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by Shauna O'Meara (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer and artist living in Australia. I'm @OMearaShauna on Twitter and you can also contact me at https://theshaunacorner.wordpress.com/
Published October 23rd 2016
Home of the deep-fried Golden Gaytime
This is the place I always take friends to when they come to visit me in Canberra. This bar has an easy-going, open-plan ambience, with seating made up of a blend of warm, communal bench tables and intimate, couchy booths. The decor is hip and different, with cool feature walls and art pieces that catch the eye without overwhelming the space or making it feel cluttered. The bar staff are helpful and good at their roles without being intrusive (they don't hover - they just let you be, which is nice).


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Food:

Shorty's Bar has an excellent menu ranging from quick-bite finger food like sliders (little burgers), duck wings, tacos and nachos right through to fancy burgers with the lot and a good selection of main meals. Those of you who like your Aussie bar fare a little more traditional than artisanal burgers with soft-shelled crabs (which are excellent by the way) will be happy to see that Shorty's menu has not omitted such favourites as beer-battered fish and chips, nor the good old parmi and schnitty.


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Grilled corn on the cob with parmesan and chipotle mayo - whatever you order at Shorty's bar in Canberra, you must have it with a side of these.


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Pork bahn mi sliders.


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Salt and pepper squid with chilli and lime & nam jim definitely met the approval of my friend on a recent visit.


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Crispy duck wings with honey and 5-spice are amazing. I have these every time I go to Shorty's.


Desserts - because desserts are more than just food:

Shorty's is pretty much known for its unique spin on fried icecream, which is the deep-fried Golden Gaytime (for those who don't know, a Street's Golden Gaytime is an old-school super-tasty treat consisting of toffee and vanilla icecream coated in chocolate and then dusted in biscuit pieces). If all that sounds like far too much toffee or if, like me, you've had it pretty much every time you've been to Shorty's, they also do a Nutella Parfait, and a banana split that comes with candied bacon, bourbon caramel and a peanut butter cookie (*Homer Simpson drool*).


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My depiction of the Deep-fried Golden Gaytime.


Drinks and alcohol:

Shorty's has a solid range of wines, beers, ciders and cocktails suitable to most tastes. The science fiction and fantasy geek in me loves that they have named a cocktail after Zapp Brannigan and another after Ginny Weasley (which is peach ice tea based, because, of course, it is).

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Tips for visiting Shorty's:


Tip 1 - If you are dining with a group of more than four people (especially on a Friday or Saturday night or on the evening of a major performance at one of the local theatres), it's always worth making a booking. Shorty's is popular and can tend to fill out, but don't let that scare you away. Shorty's is one of those unique Canberra bars that seems to achieve its best mood and full funky potential the livelier it becomes.


Tip 2 - There is a little outdoor strip of small tables available if you get in early. It's really nice out there on a warm evening.


Tip 3 - You order at the bar.


Tip 4 - Check when the kitchen closes. It tends to close before "last drinks" so if you want dessert, you will need to order before then.


Tip 5 - Parking is available nearby at the parking lot on Cooyong Street (outside Dendy) and at several sites in the Canberra Centre.


Tip 6 - Dress is smart casual for the most part - think hipster and university student chic. Beards and man-buns welcome.



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Phone: 02 6230 7692
Where: 29 Garema Pl, Canberra ACT 2601
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What a great article, Shauna - welcome to Weekend Notes!
by Elaine (score: 3|3785) 241 days ago
Hi Shauna,
Another welcome! Great article and such creative artworks! There aren't many people writing for Canberra so it's awesome that you have jumped on board - the more the merrier! It makes our Canberra website more interesting for people to read too. The Weekend notes community is lovely too, you will get many other nice comments along the way. Have fun! :)
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