Get into the swing of gin at a few of Melbourne’s finest bars and restaurants.
Where to be-gin
The bottomless G&Tea party at State of Grace
This high tea take on gin at State of Grace is fit for a Queen. Settle in under the sparkling chandeliers and indulge in over two hours of house infused gin, sweet treats and savoury bites. Then take a tumble down the rabbit hole and uncover their secret hidden door.
Pink gin spritz at Arbory Afloat
Arbory Afloat is turning on some riverside magic this summer. They’ve even bottled a bit of it for you with an exclusive (and pink!) Four Pillars Gin – which tastes delightful in their signature spritz. Pair with lobster tacos, pizza or ice cream, and let the day float by.
Take a gin class at Henry and the Fox
If you love gin, cocktails and delicious snacks then this is the workshop for you. Enjoy a gin tasting on arrival then spend an afternoon crafting your own cocktails at Henry and the Fox.
Gins of all description grace the menu of Gin Palace with its cosy nooks and masterful martinis. Pleasingly plush, the palace welcomes guests until well after midnight. Food can be ordered from the bar, partnering a cocktail or two in high style.
Om Nom Kitchen
If you like your gin with wow-factor, you can’t go past Om Nom Kitchen’s Purple Haze G & T. Made from butterfly pea tea infused gin, lavender syrup and lemon & lime tonic. Watch it change colour before your very eyes.
Little Lon Distilling Co
Inside a cottage from the 1800s, Little Lon Distilling Co draws on the city’s rich bohemian history. Creating a range of small batch gins, it’s a distillery and atmospheric cocktail bar all in one. Want more? Meet (and become) the maker at one of their gin masterclasses.
High seas at The Westin
Sail away on a voyage of delicious food at High Seas, the Westin’s latest high tea concoction. The menu is a showcase of Australian seafood, each dish infused with Four Pillars Gin. Starting with the gin salted kipfler potato chips, all the way to the botanical ice cream sandwich. That’s a honey oat cookie, dipped in Four Pillars orange marmalade and white chocolate. But most importantly, there are gin cocktails to match.
Looking for more?
- Pilgrim Bar offers a generous list of liquid moonlight by Australian distillers.
- At the Berlin Bar try a Klee Clover, a gin sour shot with fresh lemon and raspberry.
- On Tuesdays you can slide a tenner across the bar at The Mill House Bar for a craft creation at its weekly gin club.
- Another bar with a nose for fine gin is 1806, one of the city’s classiest cocktail dens. If you enjoy gin classics like the Southside, Aviation or Tom Collins, no one shakes ‘em better.
Please drink responsibly.