Delve into Brisbane’s Best Gin Bars

No one is immune to the gin craze sweeping the nation, so why should Brissy be any different? Some exceedingly fine gin bars are popping up around the city, and we’ve taken a look at the finest.

Dutch Courage Officers' Mess - Brisbane
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Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess

Fortitude Valley

Cocktail to try: Strawberries & Cream – Botanist gin, apple, lime, house strawberries and cream syrup.

With over 100 different gins on offer, Dutch Courage is two spacious floors of pure ginspiration. Taking its cues from old-timey British colonial outposts, you can expect vintage furniture, dashing staff, and just a hint of the great wide wilderness creeping in to the tasteful décor. Find out more

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The Laneway - Brisbane
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The Laneway


Cocktail to try: Ginception – Tanqueray 10, passion fruit syrup, grapefruit bitters and citrus oils.

Intimate, tucked away and splendidly classy, The Laneway is the kind of place you choose when you’re really looking to show off. The cocktails are vibrantly diverse and the food is gourmet perfection. We still catch ourselves daydreaming about the pork burger sometimes… Find out more

“This place is a hidden treasure. Wonderful food and excellent service.” – EmDavis200

Canvas - Brisbane
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Cocktail to try: Kung Fu Hustle – Old Tom gin, lemongrass, Vietnamese mint and chilli.

Canvas is cool. Really, really cool. Street mural-style artwork adorns the walls, homely little lanterns dot every table, and even the food is described as “Spanish cuisine with a Southern accent” (cooool). The huge, pop culture-inspired cocktail menu is fantastic too, and watching the talented bar boys do their thing just never gets old. Find out more

“From a booth at the back of the long narrow room, I can see why Canvas works. A steady stream of 30-and-40-somethings are welcomed warmly at the door by the head waiter as though by an old friend into their own home. In the glow of warm lighting the muralled walls are alive with local art, the bar boys banter as they mix classy concoctions for the eager crowd, and the music puts just the right finishing touch on the funky vibe.” – twoozamigo

John Mills Himself


Cocktail to try: The Bees Knees – West Winds Sabre gin, lemon juice, Bee One Third Neighbourhood honey and fresh honeycomb.

With gorgeous artwork lining the brick walls, stepping into John Mills Himself feels a bit like a blast from the very cool past. Everything served here is crafted from real Australian ingredients, and is a glorious triumph of proud culinary patriotism. What’s more, they’re totally committed to local produce and their menu shows you how far every drink has travelled to get here. How cool is that? Find out more

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Libertine Bar


Cocktail to try: Libertini – Hayman’s gin, peach liqueur, lemon, grapefruit and lychee.

Libertine takes the yummiest aspects of French and Vietnamese cuisine and mashes them together like a kid with toy dinosaurs. We love it! The place is richly decorated, alluringly lit and buckling with explosive flavours, and a cocktail or two goes down mighty nice beneath the lavish chandeliers. Find out more

“It is a French/Vietnamese restaurant, with stunning decor in rich colours. We had a cocktail whilst waiting (great martini) and then rice paper rolls, prawns etc., for entre. Then I had the pork belly which was amazing too. Brilliant and attentive service. I think this is the best restaurant I’ve been to in Brisbane.” – luvholiday


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