Gin – the trending liquor of choice.
There’s no doubt that we all enjoy a good martini, gin and tonic, or even straight up on the rocks (for those who are crazy enough).
But, surprisingly, gin has a long line of history. All from being used to stop scurvy, to being made in bathtubs, and now today, used at your favourite bar to make a tonic of some sort (stirred martini lover right here).
So, in celebration of World Gin Day, we’ve compiled a list of the best bars and distilleries to visit around Australia:
New South Wales
One of Sydney’s most renowned unique bars, Gin Lane is an intimate venue housing a wide array of the beloved liquor. An 18th century terraced town house with a 1750’s 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. This World Gin Day, Gin Lane will be celebrating with happy hour from 12pm – 7pm.
Archie Rose Distillery
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, followed by a tasting of their core spirits. This World Gin Day, Archie Rose will be hosting gin flights comprised of various Sydney based distilleries. On top of that, there’ll be signature gin and tonics available.
The Barber Shop
The Barber Shop on York Street is definitely a step back in time to say the least. With their parlour-styled venue alongside their steaming, functional bar – The Barber Shop is definitely 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 so definitely pop in for a hot towel shave whilst enjoying a gin.
Try saying hippocampus on repeat after you’ve had a few drinks… apart from the guaranteed confusion and tongue twister – your experience at Hippocampus Distillery and Cellar Door will be far from that. Founded in 2014 in Western Australia, a group of spirit enthusiasts created the wonderful idea of Hippocampus using traditional methods, quality ingredients and an intimate production for each bottle. Check out their tours followed by a sip or two out of one of their complex range of spirits.
Hidden in one of Melbourne’s many laneways, Gin Palace is an oasis for any gin lover out there. Using the 19th century term to describe disreputable socially undesirable 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 holiest liquors. Known for their perfectly shaken or stirred martinis, as well as their Martini Master Classes; we assure you that you’ll find a reason to never leave.
Four Pillars Distillery
Sitting 52km out from Melbourne’s CBD is locally produced Four Pillars Distillery – celebrating Victoria’s best ingredients from the region. Everything from the water within the copper tanks to the ingredients used all hail the Yarra Ranges to say the least. 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. This World Gin Day, the distillery will be offering free gin tastings served with gin scones and GinPig hotdogs – yum!
Stretching out over two floors, 18o6 is more than just a standard bar nestled within Melbourne’s streets. Their intricate cocktails, mouth-watering food menu and of course their Cocktail Master Class, all make 18o6 have its renowned title across Australia. Stepping into the dim lit, velvet covered furniture – guests will envision themselves in an era where 18o6 is the norm. Apart from their meticulous cocktails, definitely get your hands on the delectable truffle cheese toastie.
Sitting in Hobart’s Battery Point, Society Salamanca is a haven for any lover of gin, whisky, wine and everything in between. Specializing in a range of intricately curated cocktails – this is definitely the place to be this World Gin Day. Apart from their charming, modern décor; Society Salamanca boasts over 80 and growing gin collection that’s perfectly fit for any gin connoisseur or lover. This World Gin Day, Society Salamanca will be donating a dollar from every gin sold to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.
With their dim lighting, friendly service and exposed rough brick walls – guests will soon realize 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. Definitely try the baked goat’s cheese with honey and thyme.
The Howling Owl
Since its opening in 2012, The Howling Owl is known as one of Adelaide’s East Ends go to bars for gin. With over 130 small batch gin varieties available; guests will be surprised by the fact that 28% 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.
Thrift Shop Bar
Hidden behind the Ambassadors Hotel, in a little laneway is the recently renovated Thrift Shop Bar – a stop every South Australian needs to get off at. With their vintage like décor and atmosphere, Thrift Shop Bar boasts the title of Adelaide’s only all Australian craft spirit list. With their size set aside, Thrift Shop Bar is definitely a venue to experience some intricate, local and Australian derived drinks with the accompaniment of their 70’s vinyl player.
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 surely 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.
Rorkes Beer Wine Food
Sitting in Darwin’s CBD, Rorkes Beer Wine and Food is self-explanatory for any beer, wine and food lover out there. Considering its location, there’s no doubt that there’s a wide selection of international liquor including craft beers, an ever changing cocktail list and the freshest seafood anyone could imagine. Upon your visit, definitely try the seared yellow fin tuna, grapefruit, fennel and herb salad.
The Trader Bar
Dowsed in a white wash, exposed, minimalist extravaganza – The Trader Bar is far from plain and ordinary. With their vibrant, luscious cocktails paired with a cheese platter that’s a sight for sore eyes – 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.
In Brisbane’s West End is Bar Of Social Conscience, BOSC – a literal haven for any beer, wine, spirit and especially gin lover out there. Lovers, enthusiasts, connoisseurs or admirers – whatever you call yourself; we guarantee that there’ll be a calling to come back. Like a gleaming beacon of light, their gin cocktail list will have you teaming up to finish your way through it all. Apart from the friendly service, the team at BOSC donate a percentage of profits to an orphanage in Mexico.
Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess
Taking pride in their gin bar, restaurant and function space you’ll find good food, amazing drinks and the perfect spot to celebrate – it’s simple. Stretched out over two levels, expect everything from vintage furniture, safari touches, over 150 gins, a mezzanine level for dining and even an impressive spirit collection boasting over 250 bottles. Their gin being their pride and glory, comes directly from distillers across Australia, the US and Europe.