Gin-lovers of the world rejoice! World Gin Day is back upon us and we finally have an excuse (not that we need one) to stop into a great bar for a gin tipple… or three. Falling on this Saturday June 10, there’s no better time to start your Juniper journey – with a Sunday to recover afterwards.
Here are our top picks of Brisbane’s best bars to raise your glass and say cheers to gin o’clock.
Cocktail to try: Mother of Dragons
From the Woolloongabba Precinct comes the vintage inspired cocktail and wine bar Canvas. Putting a twist on the classic G&T is the Mother of Dragons. Known for its refreshing summer spritz and little fiery kick this delicious drink is created using Black Peppercorn infused Tanqueray Gin, strawberry syrup, lime, cucumber, mint and topped with Soda. Served with a dragon’s flame this will be one to remember. #GOT
John Mills Himself, Brisbane City
Cocktail to try: The Bees Knees
JMH may be one of the smallest bars in Brisbane, but don’t let that fool you! Using West Winds Sabre gin with lemon juice, Bee One Third Neighbourhood honey & fresh honeycomb, The Bees Knees is seriously just that – the bee’s knees. What makes it better is that they’re totally committed to local produce and you can see how far every drink travels to get there.
The Laneway, Brisbane City
Cocktail to try: Rhubarb Gin Smash
Tucked away in the corner of Spencer Lane, The Laneway has a big emphasis on being green! all herbs used in their cocktails come from a home-grown herb garden. Mixing the world of drinking and desserts, comes the Rhubarb Gin Smash: a concoction of Tanqueray gin, charred rhubarb and mint. It tastes good and keeps your alco-woes at bay.
Dutch Courage, Fortitude Valley
Cocktail to try: DC Cobbler
As Brisbane’s first dedicated gin bar, Dutch Courage is the perfect place to embark on your journey of discovery. Kitted out with vintage campaign furniture, the venue has over 120 types of gin. Combining Brockmans berry gin, oloroso sherry lime, blueberries, mint, bitters, it’s seriously hard to look past their DC Cobbler.
BOSC, West End
Cocktail to try: Sweet Disposition
No, this isn’t the Temper Trap song we’ve all grown to love but it is an epic gin cocktail from BOSC (Bar of Social Conscience). Specialising in gin cocktails, these guys know their stuff. Blending gin with lime juice, mint leaves, and rosemary syrup, you won’t be stopping at just one.
Riverbar and Kitchen, Brisbane City
Cocktail to try: Pavlova Martini
The Pavlova has always been (and always will be) an Aussie icon. It seems only fitting that it should be so expertly mixed into a delicious cocktail consisting of West Winds gin, strawberry, vanilla, lemon, egg whites and passion fruit. Bloody oath that’s ace!
Darling & Co., Paddington
Cocktail to try: 50 Shades of Earl Grey
The darling of Paddington’s cocktail is enough to make anyone fall in love with Earl Grey tea (and 50 Shades of Grey). Their house brewed ice tea is paired with Tanqueray Gin and Autumnal fruits making it the perfect starter (and finisher) to every night out.Libertine, The Barracks
Cocktail to try: Pink Pink Baby
Libertine is the place where you can take a journey through France, Vietnam and Brisbane all at the same time. Their Pink Pink Baby fuses Hayman’s Gin, with rose syrup, watermelon liqueur, watermelon puree, lemon juice and pink grapefruit juice making it the perfect cocktail to pair with one of their banquets or as an after dinner treat.
Chu The Phat, South Brisbane
Cocktail to try: How Chu Doing
Taking inspiration from the hawker stalls of Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan you’ll be whisked away into the streets of Asia as soon as you step through the doors. Their very own How Chu Doing is perfect for Negroni lovers, mixing gin, elderflower and niolly prat.
With that, we leave you with one question: to gin, or not to gin? #WorldGinDay