Gin has been the medicinal staple for the past 300 years. Mixed with tonic and you’ve got yourself a fine natural remedy.
Where are the best gin bars around Australia? Well, thanks to Australian Bartender, we’ve got the ten finalists for you. The list below was voted by the bar industry of Australia, with each bar housing their own level of uniqueness. So, without further ado, here they are:
Covent Garden, QLD
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, with a sharp focus on Australian-made gin concoctions. It’s winter now, so tickle your palate with a cocktail designed to be drunk on cold nights; like Dirty Dancing with Bombay Sapphire gin, capsicum vermouth, olive brine, celery bitters, and chili oil. Take your taste buds on a journey through 200+ gins, matched with a gluten friendly dining menu.
Frisk Small Bar, WA
Frisk Small Bar loves gin. They have hundreds of them, from local distillers to the best ones abroad. Treat yourself to a nip of gin from quirky corners of the globe. Perhaps a shot of Kyrö Koskue from Finland ($19) or a Zuidam Dutch Courage from Netherlands ($14). They also have signature cocktails, including the aptly named Corpse Reviver #2, with gin, Lillet Blanc, Cointreau, lemon and absinthe. Buy some marinated olives from the bar and you’ve got yourself a date!
Gin Lane, NSW
It’s well-known that the best bars are tucked down lane ways. And Gin Lane proves it. They serve up a seductive interior that matches well with their eccentric gin concoctions. See that ice cream in the picture? It’s teeming with gin, and it’s a signature staple at Gin Lane. The most flamboyant cocktail would have to be Girls Night Out, with violet- and rose-infused gin, pressed raspberry, raspberry and violet liqueur, violet syrup, served with rose-infused fairy floss and a side of Prosecco.
Gin Palace, VIC
Discerning gin enthusiasts visiting Melbourne should not pass up an opportunity to enter Gin Palace. The low lighting invites the cool vibes that are reminiscent of those bars during the prohibition era. And their gin collection does not disappoint. Their cocktails are strongly focused on the classics and vary in price significantly depending on what you are having. They are always happy to make bespoke recommendations for every customer.
Hains & Co., SA
Hains & Co are here to lift your spirits with spirits, for which they are quite adept in 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. The guys at Hains & Co scour the four corners of the globe for the best gin, from Launceston to London and everywhere in between. Perhaps a shot of Deaths Door from the USA ($17), mixed with some tonic will perk your spirits.
Moya’s Juniper Lounge, NSW
Moya’s Juniper Lounge is an old world cocktail bar that specialise 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 their French 75, featuring Champagne Louis Roederer, fresh lemon juice, Crawley’s simple syrup and Aviation gin, topped with lemon peel
Society Salamanca, TAS
Of course Tasmania cannot be skipped on this list, considering they’ve got some really cool gins down there. Society Salamanca is a gin-lover’s paradise, serving a worthy collection of gin that is either locally or internationally curated. Whether you like it shaken, stirred or on the rocks, there are plenty of choices. Perhaps indulge in a salivating cocktail. How about an Elderflower Gin Mule, with 40 Spotted rare gin, Ashbolt elderflower, ginger beer topped with lime and mint? Delish!
The Barber Shop, NSW
The Barber Shop houses one of the most impressive gin collections, which tops at over 700 different bottles. Not only that, but they also specialise in haircuts and beard trims. They also have an extensive cocktail collection to whet any appetite. Go fancy and get yourself a martini, shaken or stirred, with our top choice being the Jasmine, which features Bombay Dry Gin, Cointreau, Campari and fresh lemon. Make it taste good, 007…
The Flour Factory, WA
Western Australia comes back with vengeance with this quirky bar that immerses itself 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 has 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.
Union Electric Rooftop Bar, VIC
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 Champagne Charlie, featuring lime, Sloe Gin, apricot brandy and sparkling wine? Bring your own snacks to make it a wonderful afternoon.