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High Jinks, Canberra, AU-ACT

High Jinks

4.6
4.6
74 Reviews
$40 and under
Cocktail Bar
Discover High Jinks, your friendly neighbourhood bar. Stroll through the garden opposite the Nishi building or up Kendall Ln to find us in the basement. Take the elevator, or the stairs between Ily and Parlour. Feel a true neighbourhood vibe with a warm atmosphere, rockabilly tunes and good old fashioned hospitality from a passionate and creative team. Select from a range of tap beers, local wines, choice spirits and signature cocktails. And nibble on tasty bar fare and antipasto platters to nourish the soul. Whether you live, work, visit or dine in the area, High Jinks is your local.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Home Style

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar, Speakeasy

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 6152 0718

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Canberra City

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 74 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  • Inner North

    Most Booked

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  1. AR

    AlexR

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very cute spot! The staff were fabulous, very attentive, helpful & fun! The cheese platter & cocktails were delicious. We are very excited to head back next chance!
  2. R

    Rudi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful vibe, intimate and great service! Perfect for dates nights.

    High JinksResponded on January 23, 2023Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some feedback Rudi! We look forward to seeing you again.

  3. ZH

    ZanHart

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely venue for a catch up with friends. Staff friendly and engaging. Interesting range of cocktails, and fun customised mocktails

    High JinksResponded on November 21, 2022Hi Zan, Thanks for taking the time to give us some feedback, we look forward to serving you again!

  4. RJ

    RichardJ

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, really friendly service and great attention to customers. Funky space and open on a Monday!

    High JinksResponded on November 21, 2022Thanks so much Richard, We'll see you for another drink soon!

  5. TD

    TristanD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting cocktails, small but good menu of light meals, entre-type food. Highly recommend the prawn buns. Great service from friendly staff.
  6. TJ

    TimJ

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and friendly service. Highly recommended for a great night out

    High JinksResponded on November 21, 2022Hi Tim, Thanks for much for the great review, we look forward to seeing you next time!

  7. O

    Oscar

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    High Jinks is easily one of my favourite cocktail bars in the city. All drinks are good, I've never been disappointed with an order and the staff is very friendly and helpful, specially if I'm undecided. Great music and just the right volume to chat with my friends

    High JinksResponded on November 1, 2022Thanks so much for your kind words Oscar! We look forward to having you back.

  8. JB

    JackB

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time my wife and I have been to high jinks and yet again incredible night, the staff are absolutely amazing very helpful with drink selection. It’s such a beautiful and intimate atmosphere. Will definitely be coming back in the near future

    High JinksResponded on October 18, 2022We're so happy that you enjoyed your time with us Jack, We look forward to your next visit!

  9. PK

    PaulK

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    The bar itself and the guys behind it made our night. It happened to the the Queen's memorial day off - so no food available. But the cocktails and the funky space made it well worth our visit. We will certainly go back next tome we're in the Nation's Capital. If you're looking for cool cocktails, great music selection, a chat and fun High Jinks has it all - cheers!
  10. PC

    PeterC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and great advice on cocktails. Great service well worth a visit

    High JinksResponded on September 12, 2022Thanks so much for your feedback Peter, we look forward to serving you again!

  11. S

    Sergio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice and cossy place. Great service, food was coming at the right time and the price was just right. Definitely, coming back

    High JinksResponded on September 12, 2022Hi Sergio, The Jinks team is so happy you loved us, we’ll be seeing you around for sure!

  12. TW

    TraceyW

    New South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Birthday drinks
  13. LM

    LeeM

    Canberra

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Highjinks was popping for a Friday early evening. The staff are always friendly and accomodating. A little disappointed with the food (was a little cool). But overall still enjoy coming here.
  14. K

    Kirsty

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous (& secretive) little spot to spend time with close friends.

    High JinksResponded on August 9, 2022Hi Kirsty, Thanks for the review! It is nice and secretive, but you must tell all your friends about us ;)

  15. S

    Sneakeasy

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Always good atmosphere and nice choices. Thanks team

    High JinksResponded on July 14, 2022Thanks for the review! Catch you down in the basement next time!

  16. MT

    MelT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    After 9 the noise levels resulted in feeling like you were in a night club, which significantly impacted the ambiance of a traditional speak easy. In addition the second gin and tonic was in a tall glass which I did not ask for and i would have expected in a short glass. There was no ice added to the first drink while ice added to the second. So perhaps waiting staff could be trained to ask the customer for their preferences when asking for a gin and tonic and bar staff not provide mixed drinks in tall glasses unless requested by the customer.

    High JinksResponded on July 14, 2022Hi Mel, It looks like the expectations for you visit may have been skewed a little. To clarify, we do market ourselves as a venue with an energetic atmosphere, and one of our main points of service is having rambunctious fun. We tend to be a little quieter during the week, so if you were after more of a speakeasy vibe this will be perfect for you! Apologies about the situation with the g+t, that is not usually how we run things here and our service standards will be reviewed.

  17. LW

    LibbyW

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is a fantastic little bar with great ambience and a mixed crowd. Really creative cocktails with a seasonal menu, so it's always interesting. Menu not extensive, but this IS a cocktail bar, so what they have on offer is actually quite generous, with good variety. Well priced, especially for the quality you get. Only thing was the music was waaaay too loud for such a small place. I was having difficulty hearing my friend who was sitting right next to me. The staff turned it down just little when I asked them to, but it was still at a level where conversation wasn't easy, and I still couldn't get the staff's attention over the music, so had to rely on catching their eye. Will definitely be back though - love it :).
  18. JB

    JackB

    Canberra

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time being to high jinks, took my wife there for our anniversary. First thoughts upon entering was a small bar, but as we got sat it was just perfect! The staff were amazing, the drinks and food tasted perfect, the atmosphere was incredible. A perfect and romantic cocktail bar for any situation, will definitely be coming back in the future will definitely be recommending to my friends!

    High JinksResponded on July 14, 2022Hi Jack, thanks for your review! I'm so glad you and your wife had such a good experience with us. Happy anniversary - catch you again next year ;)

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great little bar, hidden away (which makes it a challenge to find - but well worth it when you do!) with a spectacular ambiance and drink selection. Will most definitely be back.

    High JinksResponded on July 14, 2022Thanks for your review! Can't wait to have you down in the basement again

  20. M

    Monica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect experience ,will come again! There was a girl Issy or.Lizzy ,super nice, best service ever

    High JinksResponded on July 14, 2022Wow, thanks for such a glowing review! And we couldn't agree more, Issey is a superstar

  21. G

    Grande

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I organised a table for 15 people after the launch night of a digital art experience in Canberra. The team were quick to respond and even letting us pre-order pizzas for our hungry group for when they arrived. The team loved the venue, staff and food! Thanks for a great night.

    High JinksResponded on July 14, 2022Hey there! It was an absolute pleasure to have you guys in the other night, I'm so pleased you had a good time. We'll catch you all down again next time you swing past :)

  22. PK

    PrueK

    New South Wales

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Disappointed. Ambience and decor very average, not what I expected form my research. Small area with seating facing each other. Only 12 cocktails on the list, limited wine.

    High JinksResponded on May 26, 2022Hi PrueK, Guess we're not your cup of tea or the expectation was skewed. To be honest, this is not our regular review but we understand as a team we have to be open minded. To clarify, we're licensed as a small bar which limits our operational capacity, while we market ourselves as the precincts neighbourhood bar/local. Perhaps the photos don't do justice for the venue or maybe we update the comms so when people search for High Jinks the venue's capacity is clear. Kind regards,

  23. OC

    OliviaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance, accomodating & friendly staff, delicious pizza & amazing drinks. Thank you. My friends & I had a fab time.

    High JinksResponded on May 26, 2022Hi Olivia, Thanks for the review. It's very encouraging - we're excited to see you in the future!

  24. A

    Akdennis

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lady who greeted and served us from 7-9 pm on Thursday 5 May has done an amazing job overall. Her multitasking and serving skills were outstanding.

    High JinksResponded on May 11, 2022Wow, thanks for such a glowing review! We couldn't agree more, Issey is an absolute gem, isn't she! It's so wonderful to receive a review like this. We can't wait to have you back down again soon :))

  25. d

    debrah

    Brisbane

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Thank you, very nice and helpful staff , and good choice of drinks

    High JinksResponded on May 11, 2022Thanks for your review Debrah! We're glad you had such a good time!

  26. N

    Nick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great little restaurant / bar highly recommended!

    High JinksResponded on April 22, 2022Cheers, Nick! Thanks for your kind words. Can't wait to see you back again soon!

  27. HC

    HalC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great atmosphere. Special thanks to the bartender that night who was very friendly, helpful, and made our experience extra enjoyable.

    High JinksResponded on April 22, 2022Thanks for such a glowing review, we'll definitely pass on your kind words to the bartender! We're glad you had a good time and can't wait to see you down again soon!

  28. S

    Sassy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and was surprised what a cool place. Excellent music, food etc

    High JinksResponded on April 11, 2022Hey Sassy, thanks so much for stopping by! We'll see you next time for some sweet tunes

  29. D

    Dish

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful place, wonderful staff, wonderful food and drinks! Definitely coming back.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Bar tender was amazing. Person and knew his stuff.
  31. J

    Jezza

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great customer service by the young gentleman and a lovely place.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    As always a class experience. Thanks guys!
  33. JM

    JessyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails were so delicious and so amazing. Almost as good as the service and the staff there. It was so cool being able to sit there and watch them make the most amazing cocktails.
  34. LM

    LeeM

    Canberra

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It has become a favourite place of mine. The staff are engaging, helpful, you know they enjoy what they do from how they treat customers. The food is deliciousness and delightful. Keep doing what you are doing. It’s a great little hidden gem in Canberra for a cheeky drink and nibbles.
  35. f

    funnyfish

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reliably delicious cocktails and always excellent service.
  36. N

    Natalie

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High Jinks was outstanding, the bar tender we had was incredibly knowledgeable and fantastic! Couldn’t recommend going here enough!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chill vibes and sweet service, highly recommend for a nice night out 💕
  38. M

    Mish

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Visited on New Year's Eve and the team on the night were so lovely! We were well looked after. Loved the fun vibe and great cocktails!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Spent a couple of hours at High Jinx on NYE before heading to another event. Cocktails and food were fantastic, staff friendly and accomodating, atmosphere was laidback and cool. Very nice start to the night!
  40. DE

    DanE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very comfortable and the staff are the best , the food and drinks were great ,couldn’t have spent Christmas Eve in a better place 👍🏼

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

High Jinks is rated 4.6 stars by 74 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for High Jinks

B 2 15 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra, AU-ACT 2601

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Canberra City

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar, Speakeasy

  • Dining style

    Home Style

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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