A European style wine and aperitif bar in Canberra’s historic Sydney Building

Dear Prudence,
won’t you come out to play?

Tucked in the centre of Canberra, Prudence offers a list of global wines and local undiscovered bottles served with delicious tapas style friendly snacks. A playful place to visit from afternoon to late evening.

Beverages of the European kind

Curated by sommeliers Chester Mok and Benito Drovandi, our drinks list is considered and welcoming.

On the menu

Drops you’ve likely never tasted before

See Wine List

Indoor or al-fresco wine and dine

Outdoor tables amongst the Plane trees with views of bustling Alinga street provide a front row ticket for people-watching. Inside, distressed walls and arched window forms speak to the building’s history. When the sun goes down and the warm candlelight glimmers on your wine glass time will – even for just a moment – seem to stand still.

To eat

Butter beans escabeche 3
"the Gilda" 4ea.
Losada pepper & Stracciatella 5ea.
Smiths crisps & smoked pimentón 7
Cuca Navajas & XO 9
LP's Mortadella & pickles 10
Dedas Smokehouse Sopressa & pickles 10
Adelaide Hills triple cream Brie
fig, crackers & pickles
Olives 4  
Pickles 4  
Crackers 4  
Sydney Building
100 Alinga Street,
Canberra ACT 2601
  • Tuesday to Saturday 5pm – Late
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Dear Prudence is part of a larger food precinct which includes our neighbour, Brew Nation and our Northbourne Avenue cousin Verity Lane Market.