Melbourne’s Hippest Gin Bars

A nice gin cocktail makes all the difference after a busy week’s works. We might even call it the beGINning of something great!

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Cocktail to try: Gin Fizz – Tanqueray 10, lime, pineapple syrup, egg whites and soda.

With its prohibition-era stylings, plush seats and utterly enormous drinks list, 1806 is class act indeed. Housed within a beautiful old converted theatre, this place is two whole storeys of comfort, conversation and cocktails, and swiftly becomes a favourite haunt of anyone who steps inside. Find out more

“A great place if you’re in the mood for a classy cocktail and some conversation amongst even classier friends. Very old timey with wooden floors and leather seats and couches, truly reminding you of the rich heritage of Melbourne. Ask the staff for the drink in the tin can, defiantly one of the best drinks I’ve ever had! They are sure to know what you are talking about!” – Joren

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The Gin Palace


Cocktail to try: Vesper Martini – A gin and vodka-based mix that takes its cues from the Bond films.

If it’s gin cocktails you’re after, you’d probably think “The Gin Palace” would be a good place to get one. And you’d be right! This softly lit, enticingly moody bar is ginnier than a Weasley family reunion (hehe), and you’ll lose yourself for hours over the fascinating array of paintings adorning the walls. Find out more

“I really wish we had something like this in Sydney! Great place to kick back and have amazing drinks. I love my gin and wasn’t even aware until I had been here that there could be so many varieties of Gin and even tonics. Try their chicken sandwich and pate too – one of the best sandwiches we have had and great to nibble on.” – Bare Essentials

Bad Frankie


Cocktail to try: Pepperberry Fizz – Gin, lemon and pepperberry syrup, egg white and soda.

Spacious, airy and bathed in a warm, golden glow, Bad Frankie is really just a big old softie at heart. None of the cocktails are over $20, which is pleasantly surprising considering how costly it must be to maintain the fetching collection of ceiling ropes (you’ll see). The jaffles are a must try too, don’t forget! Find out more

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Romeo Lane


Cocktail to try: Quill Cocktail – Gin, Lillet Rouge, Campari, sherry and absinthe over ice.

Melbourne’s strong (and slightly baffling) tradition of hiding away all its best venues continues with Romeo Lane, a beautifully rustic little cocktail bar lurking on Crossley Street. Owned by Joe Jones and Rita Ambroz (both of whom used to work for the lovely Lily Blacks), Romeo Lane emits a dimly-lit romantic vibe that’ll have you spouting sonnets in no time. Find out more

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