The West End bar scene got a serious shake up when the gorgeous, two-storey Covent Garden bar opened, throwing a seriously refined spanner into the works.
Taking inspiration from the iconic British landmark, this completely revamped Brisbane bar is bursting with lush greenery, multiple bars (including one hidden!) and not one, but two courtyards to transport you from Brisbane straight to a verdant botanical oasis, complete with a huge, luminous stained glass ceiling dome.
It won’t just be the luxe interior though that will have you hitting up Covent Garden on the reg: it stocks 100 different types of craft gin to help you find your perfect thirst quencher. Yep, 100 different gins to mix and match to your every whim—and if that sounds overwhelming, never fear, the nifty flavour chart will help you pick the perfect distillation. Genius.
In keeping with the theme, there’s even an entire gin cocktail menu (THANK YOU!!) made exclusively with Australian gins (because yes we’re biased, but we do make bloody good gin). It’s a tough choice between the Clover Club (gin, raspberry, lemon, egg white), French 75 (gin, lemon juice, gomme syrup, champagne) and the Last Word (a potent mix of gin, green chartreuse, maraschino, lime) so we suggest simply trying them all.
However, if gin isn’t your drink (who even are you?) don’t fret, Covent Garden has an excellent selection of house cocktails as well. Our picks are the Covent Cobbler (bourbon whiskey, olorso sherry, blueberries, mint jelly, mint, aromatic bitters) and the Walker (three types of rum, tiki syrup, lemon juice, mint served with a ginger beer top). Feel like something a bit more classic? Aperol Spritz and Pimm’s Cup are on tap. We kid you not.
As if this all couldn’t get any better, don’t even get us started on the fantastic food fare. Okay, do: there’s the small bites if you’re feeling a little peckish (think manchego croquettes, chipotle chicken taco, and brisket sliders) and more substantial meals like roast lamb shoulder, pork cheeks and a Spanish flatbread feast for when hunger strikes.
Trust us when we say that once you’ve entered Covent Garden’s luxurious doors, there will be no turning back.