East Coast Wine Trail

East Coast Wine Trail
East Coast Wine Trail

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Through thick and gin: explore Sydney's new gin palace

Four PIllars, one of Australia's most successful boutique gin brands, has opened a "Gin Laboratory" in inner Sydney suburb Surry Hills.

The Yarra Valley-based distiller has transformed the 1930s Bussell Brothers building which now features a gin shop, gin lab featuring an experimental still (Eileen, named after co-founder Matt Jones’ mother) and Eileen’s Bar, a destination cocktail bar.

Eileen’s Bar is Four Pillars’ dream gin bar and offers chic drinks and a snack menu from Matt Wilkinson. It is accessed via a discreet door on the corner of Fitzroy and Crown Streets. A ‘juniper blue’ 20-stool, concrete bar at 11 metres in length, is the gleaming stage and dominates the 60-person venue.

Banquette seating is organised around the perimeter and drinks are the branchild of mixologist James Irvine (below left).

Money Trees is a balance of tropical fruit and acidity with Navy Strength Gin, Kakadu plum, kiwifruit, lime leaf and carbonated to order. Innerbloom features Davidson plum, macadamia and blood lime mixed with Modern Australian Gin.

Classics like the Gin Lab Martini feature the new Sydney Winter Gin (made on-site by the distilling team led by co-founder Stuart Gregor. above right) with lemon myrtle, native sandalwood and orange oils.

Eileen's Bar is open 5pm-midnight Wednesday through Saturday.

The Lab offers all-day gin drinks for walk-in customers - including the Four Pillars G+T - and is open from noon-6pm daily,

The gin shop on the ground floor features all the signature and limited-edition gins from Four Pillars, alongside bar gear, books, merchandise and Made From Gin Marmalade and Chocolate. It is open 10am-6pm daily.


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