Taking its name from the well-known Tasuke Japanese cheap and cheerful on ground floor, Suke Suke is a subterranean den of Japanese whisky and sake appreciation, with a killer gin selection and premium spirits to boot.
Suke Suke is not the first bar in Canberra to take the speakeasy approach to its entry – namely through the back door – but it may be the bar with the grittiest. Seriously, one may feel like looking over their shoulder in case they get taken out by a Yakuza on their way down; which, given the very slim chance this will actually happen, simply adds to the theatre. Yakuza averted, downstairs is mysterious and sexy, with the lights turned way down, banquette seats and deep booths, hidden nooks, Japanese pop art motifs and stunning latticed brickwork making a feature out of the (not to be used) front stairwell and the back wall.
Suke Suke is not the first bar in Canberra to take the speakeasy approach to its entry – namely through the back door – but it may be the bar with the grittiest.
From the bar, expect a short but smart cocktail list of reinvented classics, a Canberra-region-only wine list and a plethora of whisky and gin labels that are hard to find and easy to love. Some serious searching has resulted in a solid whisky selection here, and if you are in to gin, the range is possibly the best in Canberra, taking in standards, and a heap of top notch local drops. A range of Japanese bar snacks are prepared upstairs in the kitchen of Tasuke. They include gyoza, popcorn chicken kara-age and… well, some other Japanese things that you may like but popcorn chicken kara-age… enough said.
Lower Ground, Verity Lane,
Sydney Building, Canberra
Whisky, Gin, Cocktails
Wed – Sat 4pm – Late