A particular aspect I love about Canberra are the iconic buildings scattered around the city. I think my favourite is the Old Parliament House, with its starch-white exterior and symmetrical location at the bottom of its successor. Last Friday night, A and I headed along to the Friday Night Drinks*.
Entry to the drinks are at the rear of the building, leading into the House of Representatives Courtyard. By the time A and I arrived at 5.30pm, the courtyard was busy with groups strewn around the area enjoying a laugh and a drink. A and I scouted the food and drink menu first, before meeting up with Sean, the Key Account Manager of Restaurant Associates, who facilitates the event.
Sean took A and I on a quick tour of Old Parliament House, where we visited the Members Dining Hall (which can be booked for private functions) as well as the Members Bar (which is open to the public on Wednesday evenings). A and I loved seeing and hearing a little bit more of the history of Old Parliament House, but I enjoyed seeing that its creating a new history for itself by opening for Friday Night Drinks.
Our evening started with the house cocktail for me (“OPH Orange Whisper” – vodka, orange, cranberry, lime and ginger ale) and a glass of the 2010 Salinger Vintage Cuvee for A.
We sat on the edge of the fountain overlooking the courtyard area and the atmosphere of the evening was near perfect – it was busy but not crowded, the weather was a perfect temperature and the DJs at the front were playing fantastic music. A and I were very content in our little corner.
Once our bun was placed into our hands, we were welcomed to help ourselves to a variety of sauces as well as the items available on the cart, which included cheese, bacon, salad and pickles. I loved the simplicity of this idea – but the generous serving size and inexpensive option to accompany drinks on a Friday evening was impressive.
A and I went back to try the tandoori chicken skewers with raita, steamed rice and salad greens ($6). As much as I loved the Bavarian bratwurst, it was the tandoori chicken that won my heart. The chicken itself was still moist and the tandoori flavour was lovely. Again, it was such excellent value and you could definitely head along to Friday Night Drinks for dinner as well.
I loved heading along to Friday Night Drinks. During the night, A and I chatted about our upcoming move to Perth, and as much as we are looking forward to going home, we will miss being able to partake in such an experience in one of the most iconic Australian buildings.
Friday Night Drinks occur on Fridays from 16.30 until late.
Many thanks to Professional Public Relations and Restaurant Associates for the invitation*.