High Jinks

4.8
14 Reviews
$40 and under
Cocktail Bar
Discover High Jinks, your friendly neighbourhood bar. Stroll through the garden opposite the Nishi building or up Kendall Ln to find us in the basement. Take the elevator, or the stairs between Ily and Parlour. Feel a true neighbourhood vibe with a warm atmosphere, rockabilly tunes and good old fashioned hospitality from a passionate and creative team. Select from a range of tap beers, local wines, choice spirits and signature cocktails. And nibble on tasty bar fare and antipasto platters to nourish the soul. Whether you live, work, visit or dine in the area, High Jinks is your local.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 14 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.8
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4.7
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Energetic
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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debbiew
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very kind, considerate of one of our dietary requirements. They matched cocktails to our tastes and service was impeccable. Will definately be back.

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funnyfish
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails were interesting and delicious; not many food options, but what they had was very tasty and well done.

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SilvieN
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place so much. Such a nice little gem in Canberra with amazing staff, service, and tasty cocktails and nom noms.

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JamesC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool, funky little hidden gem. Good feel and good atmosphere.

High Jinks
Responded on July 10, 2021

Hi James, It's a always a great vibe when you join us - spread the word...you're an Ambassador now ;) Cheers!

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HaydenR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality of service, great menu, and nice cosy vibes

High Jinks
Responded on July 10, 2021

Hi Hayden, Glad you dropped in - we do our best to make sure you sink into the lounges and lose time. Drop in again soon.

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MLS1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great little bar for after work drinks on a Friday night.

High Jinks
Responded on July 10, 2021

Hi MLS, Glad you dropped by - we're always happy to help you unwind on a Friday. It's a great vibe to start the weekend on. Cheers!

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Razzle
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Highjinks has a great atmosphere and the staff take the time to have a conversation with you and make you feel like the most important guest they have. Will definitely be back.

High Jinks
Responded on July 10, 2021

Hi Razzle, Thanks for leaving this warming review - the team feels proud as it's really encouraging for them to read this. We love what we what we do and enjoying sharing our bar with you. See you soon!

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MelissaE
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and drinks, outstanding service. Great vibe. We loved it and will be back.

High Jinks
Responded on July 10, 2021

Hi Mel, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We love what we do and we're glad you dropped by! See you soon.

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GlenS
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

So glad we found this place had a couple of great cocktails and really engaging staff always with some good suggestions.

High Jinks
Responded on July 10, 2021

Thanks, Glen - We're glad you found our place too! We've got a changing cocktail of the month. Drop in sometime for a try. Cheers,

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Unfortunately this just wasn’t what we had hoped for, and may have just been a bad night. The pros: great drinks and when attended the staff could answer a questions about the cocktail menu. The cons: great service to start and after round two we were forgotten! Repeat requests for service were met with “just 2 minutes” but no one came. No forks to eat shared food with, offered toothpicks, and looks like from other reviews I t wasn’t the first time no meat available on a Saturday night for the meat and cheese board. Had high hopes for high jinks, maybe next time.

High Jinks
Responded on June 14, 2021

Hi there - Our team is generally on the ball and so we're genuinely disappointed that was your experience - We pride ourselves on a service and we will definitely review our procedures to prevent any future issues. Moving forward, more cured meats will be on offer and forks will now be an option. Thank you, we appreciate your feedback. Kind regards, Team High Jinks

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IanG
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great cosy spot. Cocktails hit the mark and staff are excellent.

High Jinks
Responded on June 14, 2021

Thanks Ian! It is a great spot - we glad you enjoyed the drinks and the staff looked after you. Cheers,

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Patt
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic and friendly staff that were always willing to provide great advice about the drinks on offer.

High Jinks
Responded on June 14, 2021

We love what we do! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Patt

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CaitD
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great cocktails, fun intimate ambience, good service. Food is quality. Overall, a little pricey but excellent quality - worth the money for a night out.

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SharonB
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A bit expensive but very nice ! 2 beers and 2 cocktail and a cheese plate $75!!!!
No meet for platter ! 4.45 on Saturday night and out of stock ????
Should be more nibblies options
Olives were a bit soggy .

FAQs

High Jinks is rated 4.8 stars by 14 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.