Wig & Pen Tavern & Brewery

Llewellyn Hall, William Herbert Place
Canberra, ACT, Australia 2601
brewpub (Wig & Pen)  4.35/5.0 23 reviews
Mon-Wed: 1130am-10pm, Thu: 1130am-11pm, Fri: 1130am-12am, Sat: 2pm-12am

Mayor: Oakes (1) | Taps: 8-12 |
Moved to new location late 2014
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Vas  (17) , New Zealand | December 6, 2010
Such a delight to discover this place in central Canberra on a Monday night! Great range of beer brewed on the premises. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Good, reasonably priced food. A rare place that I could park up for a few beers on my own and not feel out of place. A top spot, almost worth going back to Canberra for (almost).
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Mjollnir  (11) Canberra, Australia | August 13, 2010
Small English themed brewpub, complete with false exposed beams in the ceiling and the microbrewery visible behind glass doors. Simple but good value food, a reasonable selection of year-round brews and a revolving door of seasonals and specials. They also have a selection of bottled ciders and occasionally a bottled Belgian menu. The value of the beer is a bit worse than that of the food but in the context of Australian pubs the quality is decent in most cases.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
davidm  (64) Sunnyvale, California | January 26, 2010
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.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
TimE  (307) Tokyo, Japan | January 1, 2010
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.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
feirit  (4) , Australia | July 8, 2009
A good selection of beers. The Velvet Cream is great and there is also some experimentation during the year like the Hopidemic and Wobbly Boot which have a fan base. On a thrusday or friday get there by 5 as there usually is a queue to get in. The place does empty of people about 8.30 and then is packed again by 10. They should serve the imperial russian stout in a pint.
84
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
nate2g  (1071) Boomtown!, Australia | May 25, 2009
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.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow  (83) Seattle, Washington | July 26, 2008
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.
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Stew41  (163) Phuket, Thailand | April 26, 2006
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!
56
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Lunkie  (7) Glen Iris, Australia | April 2, 2006
Have been her a few times now. Always something new on tap to try. Seasonals are always something different. Was asked to make sure I picked up after the rug rats because someone may trip over a beer coaster or pen they left on the ground. UUMMM.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
highlandlad  (52) Blue Mountains, Australia | December 30, 2005
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.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
DrunkenCumquat  (3) Canberra, Australia | September 5, 2005
One of only two drinking establishments in the very centre of Canberra worth visiting - but luckily, well worth it. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable, beer selection is broad even if there are a few stinkers alongside the crackers like the Velvet Cream, and the pub atmosphere is warm and distinct, yet understated. Good rotation of beers/seasonals too. God help you if you want to try and get a seat on a Saturday or Friday night though - can be very crowded; particularly popular with ANU students & staff due to its proximity to the uni. Not too crowded on other nights, though. Food is cheap, good and reasonably original given that youíre getting 10 buck pub grub rather than restaurant fare.

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