The Best of the Botanicals: Melbourne’s Hottest Gin Bars
If there's one thing Melbourne does well, it's bars. Be it hidden down a disused laneway, perched on a rooftop with glimmering views, or all dolled up in opulent splendour – this city sure knows how to drink. And if there's one breed of bar Melbourne does extra well, it's those of the gin variety.
Join us as we sip our way through the best of the botanicals.
It’s a case of locals only at Bad Frankie. This sleek Fitzroy bar is shaking things up by serving over 80 Australian born gins – all part of a 150-strong regional drinks list. Sourced everywhere from Collingwood to Kyneton, this loving ode to Australiana sees clever cocktails paired with the likes of native pepperberry and quandong. Proof that everything you need is right here.
114 Greeves St, Fitzroy
Lily Blacks is a through and through institution. Their moody, candle-lit brand of Art Deco chic is nothing short of irresistible, while the old school drinks menu is soaked in nostalgia. Whether you’re looking for a jazzy cocktail, or you like your gin a little stronger – you’ll find the perfect mix tucked away here in Melbourne’s storied ‘Paris end’.
12 Meyers Pl, Melbourne
A short hour's drive outside of Melbourne will take you to charming Healesville, also known as the home of everyone's favourite gin distillery: Four Pillars. Once there, take a seat at the bar, drink in the scenic copper stills and order yourself a tasting paddle to sample this world-class fare. Just don't forget to pick a designated driver.
2A Old Lilydale Rd, Healesville
It’s all in the name at Gin Palace. Tucked behind the obligatory Melbourne laneway, this speakeasy style boozer with its lush fit out and dim lighting offers everything you could ever want from a gin bar. And then some. Because once you take a peak at the extensive menu, you’ll be settling into one of their plush booths for the long haul.
10 Russel Place, Melbourne
Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you that Eau De Vie possesses a certain je ne sais quoi. A luxe inner-city cocktail bar with the gin list to match, this is the kind of establishment where you know you’ll be truly looked after. Call it prohibition era chic, but they just don’t make them like this anymore. Plus, they know how to whip up a killer martini.
1 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne
If you like your cocktails with a little old style panache then sidle on up to a leather-lined booth at The Everleigh. Expertly crafting drinks from the ‘golden era’, this iconic venue matches style with substance for a deserved spot in the gin lover’s hall of fame. Whether you’re pining for a Negroni, Martini or a Gin Gimlet – no one mixes it like they do.
1 150-156 Gerturde St, Fitzroy
Swarthy Romeo Lane is custom made for romance. Brimming with old world charm, this city bar serves up top shelf gin from midday. But it’s when the lights go down that things really turn up a notch. Flickering candlelight, smooth tunes and even smoother cocktails set the mood – all making this just the place to take that someone special.
1A Crossley St, Melbourne
Featuring a gin menu spanning everywhere from the Yarra Valley to the wilds of Oregon, the team at Union Electric sure know their stuff. But where they really excel is in whipping up a steady stream of fresh fruit and vegetables to pair with your poison. Indeed, nothing matches their crisp apple juice with tangy lemon and a dash of Aussie distilled Westwinds Sabre.
13 Heffernan Lane, Melbourne
With an ex-Gin Palace bartender running the show, Port Melbourne's Clooney Kitchen and Bar has some serious credentials. The dark and moody layout is given a welcome lift by warm gold accents and bright, citrusy cocktails. While purists will be comforted by the lengthy lists of classics for those times when you just can't pass up a good old G&T.
171 Bay St, Port Melbourne