Gone are the days when gin was only your grandma’s drink of choice – now it’s become such a well loved staple that some of Sydney’s best bars are dedicating themselves to the spirit. Here is a list of where to go to get your gin education on – and that’s the kind of education we like!
InterContinental Double Bay’s main bar, Stillery, is entirely committed to anything and everything gin. With over 60 varieties of gin behind the bar (saffron infused gin, anyone?), sourced both locally and internationally, the bar staff know their stuff, so it’s best if you are not a gin aficionado to let them take the lead. So whether you are after a round of tastings or some fancy cocktails, Stillery is a drinking experience like no other!
The Barber Shop
This small Sydney bar hidden in the heart of the CBD is the perfect pit stop after a long day at work. By day The Barber Shop is a literally that for Sydney’s modern gentlemen and by night, the adjoining space turns into a vintage European style cocktail bar focusing entirely on gin and jenever. Offering a huge range of vintage gins and specially crafted cocktails, you can’t go wrong at The Barber Shop. We never knew haircuts and gin would work so damn well together.
The Powder Keg
Described as a modern and unique take on ye olde gin palace, The Powder Keg has a lot to offer by way of gin based cocktails. If you are after something more then your average gin and tonic (which comes ON TAP!), go for the strawberry smack – a gin, Aperol, crème de fraise and balsamic reduction with house made lemon curd – it’s a definite crowd pleaser. Keep your eyes peeled for their Gin Masterclasses and Twisted High Teas to be held later in 2015.
Little Fish Bar
With an amazing view of the Balmain foreshore and an emerging Barangaroo, Little Fish Bar is one of the best places to relax and have a gin in Sydney. Their cocktail list is enviable, so get ready for some hard decisions but a great reward nonetheless. With an impressive international selection of gins as well as some core favourites, these drinks are all the more tasty due to Little Fish Bar’s use of fresh seasonal ingredients that enhance the flavour of the gin year round.
Take the elevator up from this nondescript Sydney building and you will be definitely surprised as you emerge from the lift at this Melbourne style rooftop cocktail bar and dining space, complete with twinkling lights and a graffiti wall. At The Rook, the drinks menu is sure to please, with a simple yet delicious approach to gin. We like the cheekily named Pineapple Express, served with Tanqueray, pineapple juice and peppercorn syrup.
Image: The Powder Keg