Hippo Co

Hippo Co  •  Garema Place, Canberra City  •  (02) 6247 7555  •  Site by coordinate
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  • Behind the cocktail: the Snow Drop

    The Snow Drop

    Ever wondered what our cheeky bartenders are using to whip up your favourite beverage? In the popular cocktail the Snow Drop we use Beefeater London gin, Massanez violet liqueur, fresh lemon juice, fresh apple juice and egg white. We freshly squeeze our citrus juice at the start of each day, and juice the apple right […]

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  • Not so secret, Secret Ingredient #1

    Drinks 9.12

    From time to time we like to share secrets with you about what we put into your drinks…Any good bartender will agree that ice is THE most important ingredient of a great cocktail…

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  • Summer Cocktail Launch!

    Summer Cocktail Launch

    It’s been a long cold dreary winter this year. But the season isn’t the only thing that’s changing in the coming month, with our SUMMER COCKTAIL MENU ready to launch!

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  • The Man Behind the Bar – Tom Sheer


    When faced with the challenge of re developing one of Canberra’s longest serving cocktail institutions we knew we needed someone pretty special to head up the development of the drinks lists and staff development.

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We present live jazz every Wednesday evening, Hippo opens at 5pm with jazz starting from 8:30pm.
Hippo has been presenting jazz on Wednesday nights for over 13 years, and has hosted some of the best jazz musicians from Australia and around the world.

Master Class


Hippo Co Master Class offers you and ten of your friends / colleagues the rare opportunity to get behind one of Australia’s leading cocktail bars and mix drinks!

It’s all about having a good time, mixing up a couple of drinks from the Hippo Co menu, and with the guidance from our head bartender, creating your very own cocktail using the ingredients of your choice!*

By the end of a two hour Master Class you will have the skills to throw the cocktail party of the century straight out of your kit.

You will learn about the craft of the cocktail, mixing techniques and principles behind combining ingredients and flavours in your mixing glass!

We can tailor the master class based on your interests to include specific information on whiskey, bourbon, tequila, beer, wine or bar room counselling (maybe not counselling).

Please remember you will be consuming alcohol at Master Class, so leave your car at home and catch a cab, walk or levitate your way to the bar. Don’t drink and drive!

6 at 6 Whiskey Tasting

6 Whiskies – 6pm – Every Thursday $60

Due to popular demand we are now running two tasting sessions on Thursday evenings 6pm and 8pm.

We have over 200 whiskeys on our back bar, and 6 at 6 is a great way to unwind after work or before dinner and try a selection of our constantly evolving list.

Our resident whiskey expert will be on hand to guide you through the tasting process and give you some interesting information about the production process of each whiskey, talking about the flavour profiles and tasting notes as well as discussing tasting and nosing techniques

You can get involved in the guided tasting or do your own thing. Feel free to ask any questions about the whiskey you may have or other alcohol related questions.

6 at 6 is a group session seated at the bar on Thursdays, it includes 6 whiskey tasters and a selection of cheeses to enjoy with the whiskey for $60 and must be pre booked through our website.

The whisky tasting list changes monthly, our second tasting selection for 2014 until the end of April will focus on a whiskies from around the world!!

The tasting will include Sullivans Cove – Tasmania, Eagle Rare 10yo – USA, Michel Courvreur Clearach – France, Nikka Taketsuru – Japan, King Car – Taiwan and Amarut – India. After tasting each whisky we will discuss each one including production methods and tasting notes.

The whiskeys are offered in 15ml servings, and the tasting will consist of a minimum of 3 standard drinks, possibly more standard drinks if a cask strength whiskey is included on the tasting list. Please enjoy responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

Places Available

Please contact us to book a place on the night that suits you.

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Hippo Cocktails


Producing the best cocktails involves using the freshest ingredients!  You will see our bartenders squeeze fresh lemon, lime, orange and apple juice right in front of you it takes a little longer but it tastes LOADS better!

Have a talk to our bartenders, they are friendly folk and can help you decide what you might enjoy from our cocktail list. They all love cocktails and are only too happy to talk to you about them!

We mix a massive range of classic cocktails that are not on our list, every drink we mix we want to be fantastic.

Unfortunately we are not able to mix drinks like appeltini’s, lychee martini’s, chocolatini’s, mud slides.

They are not part of what we do well, and we only want to serve you the best drinks we can possibly produce.

We hope you enjoy your time with us!


Please fill out the booking/enquiry form below and we will get back to you ASAP.
We would love to accommodate your group however we do not take bookings for groups smaller than 10 people.

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