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 it’s 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 don’t 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
I’ve only been to the Wig & Pen twice but it’s got to be the best place to drink in Australia (honourable mentions to Colonial and Feral... and I haven’t been to Murray’s yet.) That’s really all you need to know. Not all of the beers are hits, but you’ll probably find at least half a dozen things you’ll really enjoy. The IPA and imperial stout are definitely in the top echelon of Australian beers and I’m dying to try the Berliner weisse. The only thing I can criticise here is the food - it’s not bad but not particularly exciting. It’s cheap though.
Can’t 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!
Best brewpub in Australia. Bar none.
English style pub with three hand pumps. Nice.
Food is very average at best.
Good pricing and some creative beers that are on tap.
Edit. This is the new location. Lost a lot of the old character and feel in moving to a new location. Beers are pedestrian at best now.
dmarsha4 (149) , Australia | March 10, 2014| Updated February 22, 2015
One of the original Australian brewpubs and still one of the best. I’ve been coming here for years (in the old location) and always loved the experience. The new location is in the ground floor of a concert hall on the ANU campus and retains much of the same vibe. Once they have their outdoor area sorted it will be even better. The beer itself is all brewed on site and there is always at least a dozen on offer including regular, seasonal and one-off brews.On food, the wedges are great but the rest of the food is average pub style at best and not always available. All up the Wig and Pen is an outstanding venue and must be on the ’to do’ list of all serious beer drinkers. I love it.
Bif (128) St. Charles, 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 minutes’ 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.