Boutique traditional English style pub serving up a dozen ales from hand pumps. A brilliant pub to while away the day (and/or night) to some excellent beers and company. Expect standard pub fare in the way of food, and the service was great all round. Throughout the weekend it was consistently busy but never really felt overcrowded and had a good mix of people chatting and enjoying the brews. The beers are served very well and the general quality is high. The W&P is great value and without any doubt my favorite pub in Oz.
Located right on campus - seems a bit strange for a brewpub, but it works. Feels very student-y with mostly students as clientele it seems. 14 house beers on tap when we visited. You can order a paddle of 5 for $20, which is rather exorbitant especially considering itís on campus. Beer quality was mediocre, mostly standard styles with a couple of more ambitious ones. Service was friendly and helpful. Worth stopping when in Canberra, but the new BentSpoke Brewing provides a much better experience all round.
Comfortable place with nice English pub atmosphere. Staff was friendly. Kitchen was closed for the Holidays, so never tried the food. Beer was served too cold. Prices were reasonable. Samplers avialble on the 13 taps. The only real let down was the quality of the beer, which fell considerable low of expectations. With a couple of exceptions all the beer is very average. Certainly worth a stop for ticks and it is a pleasent place, but just donít hope for great beer. I should add that depending on your feellings on ACDC, rating could change significantly. Three hours of nothing but ACDC - at moderate levels- while I was there.
mullet (230) Melbourne, Australia | November 10, 2004| Updated April 22, 2007
Iíve only been to the Wig & Pen twice but itís got to be the best place to drink in Australia (honourable mentions to Colonial and Feral... and I havenít been to Murrayís yet.) Thatís really all you need to know. Not all of the beers are hits, but youíll probably find at least half a dozen things youíll really enjoy. The IPA and imperial stout are definitely in the top echelon of Australian beers and Iím dying to try the Berliner weisse. The only thing I can criticise here is the food - itís not bad but not particularly exciting. Itís cheap though.
Canít add a lot to the other reviews. Does the Pommy / Irish look nicely and quite tasteful (for a change!). Decent service and very good / adventurous range of house beers. Very quite on the Monday night I was there but gave me a good chance to study the merchandise properly...very relaxed place to geek it up on the notes. Re ambience the Alice & Chains unplugged on the stereo took me back to my uni days of the early 90s!
Bif (119) St. Louis, Missouri | September 15, 2012
Pub is located in central Canberra near the university. It is not much to look at from the outside but inside looks more like a Engish pub with low ceilings. It is fairly small but never seems crowded. In the back is where the beer is produced. The bartender is very knowledgeable about the beers on tap and will provide a sample if you are not sure about a particular beer. There is a small menu of pub grub, but everyone is here for the beer and good company. Too bad that Canberra is so far off the beaten track. Worth checking out if you are ever in the area.
Nice British style pub a few minutesí walk from ANU we ended up there most nights. Fun range of beers brewed on site, quite good considering. It was a pain to get in on Friday night around 5 or 6 PM, though it cleared out toward 7.
Exceptional selection of home brews. Their regular stout is top of the top, and they always have imaginative and tasty seasonals. I was very impressed by their imperial stout.
The staff is always friendly, and the atmosphere is nice and quiet, except for Friday nights, when it can get busy.
About the food, I only tried the cheese plater, which was very nice.
This English-style brewpub in downtown Canberra is a must-visit. They have set out to create a hearty English pub atmosphere and they have done it pretty well, from the wood-pannelled frontage to the Tudor-style beams and the collages of beer mats and labels framed on the walls. The only things missing are a local squire, a buxom barmaid and a few horse brasses. Instead you get students from the nearby university quoting "The Young Ones" at one another while the bar staff play Pink Floyd over and over and over... There is a terrific range of beers - 12 on tap the night we visited, including three seasonals. And the bar supplied tasting notes! How cool is that? First time Iíve seen it in Australia. The overall standard of the beer was good, with a couple of real stand-outs. The bar staff seemed to know their stuff. The crowd ebbed and flowed on the Friday night before Christmas that we visited. It was busy when we arrived at 7pm, quiet as the grave at 9.30pm, then suddenly mobbed with rowdy students. Go figure.