When something is hard to find, when you can’t get what you want, you may find yourself scouring the black market. Whether you’re searching for a rare spirit or an intimate bar that knows its cocktails, that lets you sit at your table and order without waiting at the bar, or a place that acts as your very own little hideaway from the world – this pocket-size venue should be at the top of your list.

Black Market brings a bit of theatre to the Canberra bar scene – expect hand chipped ice, liquid nitrogen, fat washes, barrel aged and bottle aged cocktails and more. Black Market is dusky and intimate with touches of sparkle that are reminiscent of 1970s New York – perfect for a pre-dinner or movie drink and nibble or as a private event space. While the area is small, the bar packs a serious punch when it comes to the detail. Think fire, dry ice, exaggerated garnishes and theatrics – everything an Instagram shot is made of.

2 Phillip Law St