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Sydney’s Top Gin Bars

Have a penchant for gin that you can’t quite fill? Enjoy a tipple with the people who know the juniper berry juice best, the specialist gin bars (and creators) that are spread throughout Sydney.

Moya’s Juniper Lounge

Redfern is already home to some of Sydney’s most hyped specialty drinking dens, with the latest addition to the community the intimate Moya’s Juniper Lounge. The bar focuses on historically-sourced cocktails, such as ‘Ward Eight’, which was poached from a 1936 French print. The bar obviously favours variety as much as it does a history lesson, supplying a range of artisanal gins sourced from the world over.

101 Regent Street, Redfern

Stillery Cocktail Bar

Sitting snug in Double Bay’s The Intercontinental, The Stillery has an unabashed focus on gin, with more than 100 different styles on offer, including a handful that are limited-edition and vintage varieties from both close to home and abroad. To line the stomach before an evening of drinking begins, The Stillery also offers a range of share plates, charcuterie and sweets specially chosen to elevate the flavours of a gin-based tipple or two.

33 Cross Street, Double Bay

Archie Rose Distillery Co.

This Rosebery based distillery is first and foremost a working production line, but its attached bar is continuing to allure Sydney residents. Sitting just three metres from the distillery, the drinking den offers a chance to trial the full range of Archie Rose spirits, as well as discuss what has gone into the creation of the drink and its ingredients.

85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery

Middle Bar

This might not be a gin bar per se, but it is a specialist when it comes to the spirit. Embracing the trend of customisation by offering guests the chance to make their own, guests are able to choose exactly which gin, tonic and garnishes create their tipple of choice. But for those overwhelmed by decision-making, there is also a signature G&T on hand, all served in traditional Spanish copa glasses, thought to enhance the flavours of its contents.

2/383 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst

The Rook

A self-described ‘lobster, burger and liquor’ space, The Rook is an inner-city establishment that tends to be visited by the peckish. But to neglect the gin offerings on hand here is to be missing out on some of the city’s most inventive cocktails. Gin is incorporated into most of the drinks available on the cocktail menu which range from the intriguing Celery Stalker to the worldly Tale of 2 Islands.

7, 56-58 York Street, Sydney

The Barber Shop

Multi-purpose is an understatement when it comes to this venue which acts as both a traditional barbershop as well as a bar with a particular penchant for gin. While the front space is dedicated to the clippers, it’s out back where the drinking begins. Inspired by traditional European drinking venues, the bar space is a dimly lit parlour that is intentionally difficult to find but well worth the effort.

89 York Street, Sydney