If you want a fling with gin, look no further than the top Australian gin bars.
Gin is in – whether you love it in a good martini, a gin and tonic, or simply straight up on the rocks (or even all three!).
But with the gin-aissance of the last fews years has come a whole crop of gin-specific distilleries and bars to catch you sipping.
From floral botanicals to savoury solutions, we’ve done all the hard work for you and compiled a list of the best gin bars and distilleries to visit around Australia.
Best Gin Bars in New South Wales
One of Sydney’s most renowned and equally unique bars, Gin Lane is an intimate venue housing about as many varieties of gin as you could want. An 18th century terraced town house with a historic edge, guests will surely feel like they’ve travelled back in time once entering. On top of an extensive selection of spirits, Gin Lane houses over 25 specially curated cocktails and 75 hand selected gins.
Archie Rose Distillery
The Archie Rose Distillery in Rosebery houses a running, functional and very aesthetically pleasing distillery with a fully stocked bar just a wall away. Inside the venue, guests are able to experience one of their legendary distillery tours to learn how their vodkas, gins and whiskies are created all followed by a tasting of their core spirits.Even better, you can join in one of their masterclasses and try your hand at cocktail making, gin-blending and more right on site. If you can’t make it there in person, you can always join in a masterclass virtually as well!
The Barber Shop
The Barber Shop on York Street is a step back in time to say the least. With their parlour-styled venue alongside their steaming, functional bar – The Barber Shop is a hidden treasure within Sydney’s bustling streets. Both ladies and gents are welcome for a traditional barber service or simply just a drink over at the bar. Also found in Barangaroo, The Barber Shop has an overwhelming liquor menu to read through so even though you can book yourself in for a hot towel shave, we recommend heading straight for the gin!
Moya's Juniper Lounge
Moya’s Juniper Lounge is an old world cocktail bar that specialises in gin. You’ll find some of the most quirky cocktail concoctions here, matched with an atmosphere that captures the old era gone by ― back when gin really was used for medicinal purposes. Bring some joy into your life with a Charlie Chaplin : bitter truth sloe gin, apricot brandy and lime juice.
Best Gin Bars in Tasmania
Sitting in Hobart’s Battery Point, Society Salamanca is a haven for any lover of gin, whisky, wine and everything in between. Specialising in a range of intricately curated cocktails – this is definitely the place to be on World Gin Day – or any day of the year. In addition to their charming, modern décor; Society Salamanca boasts a growing gin collection of over 80 bottles that’s perfectly fit for any gin connoisseur or lover.
Best Gin Bars In Victoria
Hidden in one of Melbourne’s many laneways, Gin Palace is an oasis for any gin lover out there. Named after the 19th century term to describe the infamously disreputable drinking houses; Gin Palace is definitely far from that. Since its formal opening in 1997, Gin Palace has been an extravaganza for the holiest of holy liquors. Known for their perfectly shaken or stirred martinis, as well as their Martini Masterclasses; we assure you that you’ll find a reason to never leave.
Four Pillars Distillery
Found just over an hours drive north-east out of Melbourne’s CBD is a locally produced but internationally renowned distillery – Four Pillars.Here, they make it their mission to celebrate Victoria’s best ingredients from the region. Everything from the water within the copper tanks to the infused botanicals hail from the Yarra Ranges region. With intimate tastings available, guests will be able to endeavour on the journey creators have embarked on throughout the creation of each bottle – each as unique as each other. Up your gin knowledge with one of their Gin Masterclasses learning about the distillation process, the history of gin or have a go at making cocktails yourself.
Stretching out over two floors, 18o6 is more than just your standard bar. Their intricate cocktails, mouth-watering food menu and of course their Cocktail Masterclass, all contribute to 1806’s high standing in Australia’s cocktail community. Stepping into the dim-lit venue, filled with velvet covered furniture is to step into a world of serious gin sophistication. In addition to their meticulous cocktails, definitely get your hands on the Beetroot and Lentil Spring Rolls ($12) or the Halloumi Fries ($12) for your visit.
Union Electric Rooftop Bar
Welcome to the quaintest bar in Melbourne, featuring an even quainter collection of gin that has given them a good spot in the top ten gin bars of Australia. The bar staff are restless creators and curators, bringing some of the tastiest alcoholic beverages to its visiting tipplers. It’s a craft, really. How about a Day on the Green? It boasts coconut washed Adelaide Hills Sunset Gin, apple juice and house cinnamon syrup ($20).
Best Gin Bars in South Australia
With their dim lighting, friendly service and exposed rough brick walls – guests will soon realise the resemblance to a bunker buried underneath the ground. However, after your first visit, we guarantee you’ll definitely want to be stuck here. With a heavy northern Spanish and Portuguese influence, combining the gin-infused drinks with the orgasmic food available – you’ll soon want to lock yourself here at Udaberri. Along with your gin, try the Mussels with Chorizo, Sherry and Soffrito ($16.50).
The Howling Owl
Since opening in 2012, The Howling Owl has become known as one of Adelaide’s go-to bars for gin. With over 130 small batch gin varieties available; guests will be surprised by the fact that almost a third are sourced from South Australia. For The Howling Owl, locally sourced produce is a prime factor throughout each aspect of the dining and drinking experience. Apart from the gin, there are of course a wide array of whisky, craft beers, boutique wine and a decadent sharing menu available.
Hains & Co
Hains & Co are here to lift your spirits with spirits – something which they’re very good at, especially when it comes to gin, rum and whisky. But it’s their curation of gin that has landed them on the Australian Bartender’s Best Australian Gin Bar list in 2019. The team at Hains & Co scour the four corners of the globe for the best gin, from Launceston to London and everywhere in between.
Best Gin Bars in Western Australia
Frisk. Small. Bar
The best gin-infused bar in the west. Hanging off Francis Street, Frisk Small Bar is everything gin and more. Funnily, the name surely doesn’t reflect their extensive menu. With over 100 gins available, alongside their exquisite tonic list – any gin connoisseur will feel like they’re in a gin haven. For Frisk Small Bar, gin is a sacred liquid that is best served to your desire. Whether you like it spiced, savoury, fruity and even sweet – they have it all, we assure you.
Western Australia comes back with vengeance with this quirky bar immersed in the concrete jungle of Perth. The Flour Factory loves gin, and it’s housed within a historic 100-year-old flour mill. They have over 100 different gins from around the world and boasts a cocktail list that changes with the seasons. But the coolest thing about this gin bar is their Spin for Gin Wheel, where you can spin it for $12 and receive one of 24 different gins mixed in a custom cocktail to suit your taste buds.
Best Gin Bars in Northern Territory
The Trader Bar
Dowsed in white washed decor, The Trader Bar is far from plain and ordinary. With their vibrant, luscious cocktails paired with a cheese platter that’s an art in itself – this little bar will soon seem like a home to those who visit. The contemporary cocktail bar is surprisingly housed within an old Darwin home – the residence alone providing an intimate, comfortable and outgoing feel to the staff and guests, as all products at The Trader Bar are made with love.
Best Gin Bars in Queensland
Dutch Courage Officers' Mess
Queensland’s first ever gin bar, at Dutch Courage you’ll find good food, amazing drinks and the perfect spot to celebrate – it’s simple. Stretched out over two levels, expect eclecticism – everything has found a home here, from vintage furniture, safari touches, over 150 gins and even an impressive spirit collection boasting over 250 bottles. That being said, naturally gin is their pride and joy, and comes directly from distillers across Australia, the US and Europe.
Covent Garden is the ultimate place for any gin lovers in south-east Queensland. This dash of heaven takes plenty of inspiration from the Covent Garden in London’s West End, but with a sharp focus on Australian-made gin concoctions. We recommend you tickle your palate with a cocktail like The Helmsman ($22): Mt Compass Barrel Aged gin, orange liquer, lemon myrtle, earl grey tea and bitters. If you’d rather be spontaneous, you can take your taste buds on a journey through 200+ gins, matched with a gluten friendly dining menu.
Still dreaming in gin? Why not make your own cocktails at home using one of the 7 best Australian made gins – we’ll make it even easier by telling you exactly what essentials you’ll need for your home bar. Or, if you fancy something completely new, try getting cocktails delivered to your door with this cocktail club.