A gin lover’s guide to Melbourne

The only thing cooler than drinking gin these days is opening a gin distillery. Here are the finest places in town to get sipping and start dreaming.

Poolside Rooftop Gin Sessions at The Adelphi

The Adelphi Hotel’s classy rooftop with its cantilevered, glass-bottomed pool peeping over Flinders Lane is the venue for summery gin tipples and tempting barbecue bites from Om Nom Kitchen downstairs. The hotel toasts the pool’s recent renovation with gin sessions on Thursdays and Fridays from 19 January to 29 March 2019.

A jug and two glasses on a table next to a pool

Melbourne Gin Co. Summer Gin and Tonic Pop-up Bar

Melbourne Gin Company’s summer pop-up bar devoted to the classic G&T returns to Melbourne at petite laneway bar Patricia Coffee Brewers every Friday until 22 February. The drinks offer showcases five G&T combinations including a signature “Patricia G&T” made with the Patricia house cold-filter coffee.

Little Lon Distilling Co.

Inside a Melbourne cottage dating from the 1800s, Little Lon Distilling Co draws on the city’s rich bohemian history. Creating a handcrafted range of small batch gins, it’s a distillery and atmospheric cocktail bar all in one – so look no further for the hand of the maker.

Gin Palace

Gins of all description grace the menu of Gin Palace with its cosy nooks and masterful martinis. Pleasingly plush, the palace welcome guests until well after midnight. Food can be ordered from the bar, partnering a cocktail or two in high style.

Nordic Gin Experience and Cocktail Class

Cocktail on arrival. Gin tastings and masterclass. Three canapés. A cocktail class where you make then drink three more fancy drinkies. No wonder the monthly Nordic Gin Experience and Cocktail Classes at Henry and the Fox sell out. Get clicking to be part of the sessions.

Two bottles of gin on a table with a glass next to them

Nordic Gin Experience and Cocktail Class at Henry and the Fox

Looking for more?

Uncle spritzes into summer with it’s “Paris End” cocktail – gin, lychee liqueur, Thai basil syrup and topped with prosecco. On Thursdays, slide a tenner across the bar at The Mill House Bar for a craft creation at its weekly gin club.

Based in the historic Federation Wharf vaults, Pilgrim Bar enjoys a riverside vibe and a generous list of liquid moonlight by Australian distillers. Let the experienced mixology crew at Loch & Key treat you to a bespoke cocktail. Popular tipples include the cool and sweet Clover Leaf with gin, mint, dry vermouth and raspberry syrup.

Other Melbourne bars with a nose for fine gin include 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. At the Berlin Bar try “G&T at Nancy’s”, gin infused with Sakuranbo tea. Will you sip one in their luxe West Berlin room or stark East Berlin zone?

Please drink responsibly.

Four pillars gin bottles

Drop by to sample the weekly craft creation at The Mill House Bar’s Thursday gin club