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By Sarah Ward
December 20, 2019
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Shhh!

Fortitude Valley's new gin bar with booths, butlers and bottle service.
By Sarah Ward
December 20, 2019
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Back in 2017, when the corner of Constance and Ann streets was reborn as the Osbourne Hotel, Fortitude Valley gained a revamped pub in a historic spot. In one guise or another, the site has been pouring drinks since 1862 — and now the enduring watering hole is adding yet another new reason to stop by.

Shhh! Brisbane has set up shop adjacent to the Osbourne. A gin joint that falls somewhere between a lounge bar and club, it's serves up plenty of strong drinks and snacks to go with them. And, if you're feeling extra luxe, it also boasts three large booths, VIP bottle service and butlers to pour your selected beverages.

Around 70 different gins  sit on its drinks menu, spanning tipples from Australia, France, Germany, the UK, the US and Iceland — with a separate lineup from Adelaide Hills Distillery. Take your pick from a six-drink gin-and-tonic range, which includes strawberry and grapefruit, mulberry, and orange and elderflower versions; opt for one of ten other cocktails, such spritzes, negronis and mules; or get tasting thanks to Shhh!'s four gin flights.

If you're keen to pair your chosen drink with something to eat, Shhh!'s food lineup includes plenty of share-friendly favourites; think pork belly bao, haloumi fries, pea and mint arancini, fried chicken tacos, and both charcuterie and cheese boards.

Open from dusk from Wednesday–Saturday, the Valley newcomer has been decked out by BSPN — the Osbourne's designers — with dark hues such as maroons, navy, burgundy and gold all featuring throughout. When you're not settling into a booth, you can also take a seat in a chesterfield armchair or along the bar. And for those in a party mood, there are live piano tunes on Wednesday and Thursday nights, plus a DJ spinning retro tracks on weekends.

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