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Joe's Bar at East Hotel


The dining experience at East Hotel got a whole lot cooler recently with the opening of Joe's Bar.

Located on the ground floor of East Hotel, Joe's Bar is a small bar with a grand vision. The brainchild of siblings and East Hotel owners Dan and Dion Bisa, Joe's Bar is a nod to their Italian heritage and named after their father Joe Bisa. Complementing the adjoining hotel and encompassing their love of modern design, the team have created an intimate and sophisticated bar to savour and enjoy.

"We wanted to take all the inspiration we have gathered from the glamour and sophistication of the truly stunning bars we have enjoyed in Italy and create something that melds these qualities with the vibrant energy of the bar and restaurant scene in Australia," said Dan Bisa, Director of Bisa Property.


An important feature of Joe's Bar is its authentic Italian dining options. At Joe's the underlying principle is that produce is best served in season and as fresh as possible. The menu, designed by Italian-born chef, Francesco Balestrieri, has been specifically created to share and to complement the amazing wine selection with family and friends with offerings ranging from a stunning range of Antipasto options through to more substantial dishes like 48 hour slow cooked Sous Vide Wagyu Beef Brisket with charred polenta & porcini butter. Those with a sweeter inclination have not been ignored with specialties such as Tramezzino al Gelato – house-made For di Latte (vanilla cream) gelato sandwiched between Sicilian pistachio cookies. A customised version of the menu is available for in-room dining at East, redefining the concept of room service. The food at Joe's Bar is made in-house, by hand, using nothing but the best & freshest ingredients. The mandate at Joe's is to buy local and cook with an Italian heart.

The wine list has been well thought out and executed meticulously, featuring the finest Italian wines from Piedmont to Tuscany, alongside some of the best wines from the Canberra district.

The fit-out at Joe's is simultaneously raw and refined encorporating a floor-to-ceiling concrete curtain, fine Murano glass and a chic ten metre long solid marble bar and open kitchen creating a vibrant atmosphere.


"We are promoting a style of dining that is sociable and inclusive, whether its a local dropping in, a visitor to Canberra for business or leisure or a guest at EAST. Joe's is part of the vision we have dreamt of for EAST, creating a genuine hospitality precinct." said Dan Bisa.

Joe's Bar is a beautifully designed meeting place to enjoy the curated wine list, a classic cocktail and contemporary Italian fare in the capital of cool, Canberra.

Joe's Bar is located at East Hotel
69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston CANBERRA
Bar open seven days from midday til late
Kitchen open seven days from 3pm til 10pm

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