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Lace up those skates
Embrace winter and try your hand at ice-
skating. If you doubt your ability to stay
upright on the ice, this is the perfect time to
throw caution to the wind and give it a go.
Remember, with a group of friends you can
lean against them for support or, if you are
lucky, they will distract everyone from your
lack of skill with their own dubious talent.
Lessons and skate hire are all available
onsite at the Phillip Ice Skating Centre, and
remember to rug up and bring spare clothes
Phillip Ice Skating Centre:
Knock them down
After mastering the ice, it is time to let your
hair down and have some laughs at ten-pin
bowling. Choose from 32 bowling lanes at
AMF Belconnen and let loose. For those
who struggle to keep their ball rolling in
a straight line, there are always bumpers.
Satisfy your hunger and thirst at their café
and fully licensed bar, before regressing to
childhood pleasures and having fun on the
many amusement machines and pool tables.
AMF Belconnen: 6251 6966
After meeting deadlines, running errands and
juggling social commitments, there comes a
time when all you really need is a weekend with
the girls; so grab your besties and hit the capital
in style for the ultimate ladies weekend.
By JONI SCANLON
Thank god it's Friday
It's here! You have waited all week for
Friday night to arrive and now that it has
it's time to kick-start a weekend of fun and
festivities in the nation's capital.
The best place to start is by taking
advantage of Canberra's late night
shopping and hitting Civic stores. There
is nothing quite like a tribe of fashionistas
prowling the shops hungry for a bargain.
A shopping mecca, Canberra Centre offers
late night shopping on Fridays and is
home to some of the best fashion finds.
With high-end boutiques and must-have
labels in-store, Canberra shopping will
satisfy any fashion-forward female.
Finer things in life
Once you have bought your fill of heels,
coats and gorgeous accessories, it is time
to have your fill of fine food. Parlour Wine
Room in New Acton offers enticing tapas
in a plush and decadent setting.
Tempt your tastebuds with oven-roasted
pistachios, twice cooked pork belly and
zucchini flowers filled with goat's cheese.
To add some heat to a cool winter's
evening try the chilli marinated olives,
eggplant stuffed with lamb mince or
the spring bay mussels, chorizo, salsa de
tomate, lemon churros dumplings. Being a
wine bar, you would expect to find a wide
selection, and you won't be disappointed --
ladies, why not treat yourself to a glass of
smooth Spanish wine as you unwind?
Parlour Wine Room: 6257 7325
No girls' night out on the town is complete
without a cocktail or two. The place to
sip on the most luscious concoctions is
Muddle Bar. This popular night spot offers
a wide variety of potent creations.
The most exclusive beverages on the
massive menu are the Muddle Bar Bellini,
with a peach and lychee puree, 180-year-
old cognac and a bottle of Moét &
Chandon French champagne for $200;
and the Ultimate Champagne Cocktail,
with a bottle of 1990 Dom Perignon
French champagne, with Hennessey
Paradis cognac and peach bitters soaked
sugar cubes for $600. Both delicious
creations serve four.
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