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.
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).
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.
dmarsha4 (118) , 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.
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.
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 I’ve 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.
Very comfortable atmosphere that can get busy during the busier nights. The staff are friendly and know their stuff. The head brewer can sometimes be found behind the tap, and his passion for his beers can be infectious.
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.
Bif (121) 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.
The interior belies the sterile concrete building that houses it. A nice place to while away a few winter hours in Museum City. Some excellent beers available and some pretty average ones too. Quiet and not crowded most of the time, frequented by uni students.