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Wildflower Gin Has Opened a Bar with Build-Your-Own G&Ts at Its Gold Coast Distillery

You can now head to Varsity Lakes, sink into leather chairs and sip lamington espresso martinis, too.
By Sarah Ward
March 17, 2021
By Sarah Ward
March 17, 2021

Earlier in 2021, Wildflower Gin grabbed everyone's attention in a very tasty way: by releasing a limited-edition lamington-flavoured tipple. Now, the Gold Coast distillery has launched something else that'll tempt fans of a stiff drink, opening a bar at its Varsity Lakes base.

Originally, the Scottsdale Drive spot operated as a cellar door; however, now you can do more than just pick up a bottle. Since Saturday, March 13, it has been pouring cocktails to eager drinkers, who can sip its regular range and try its one-off specials while sitting on antique leather chairs.

Heading the menu is Wildflower Gin's lineup of cocktails, including the 'Honeycomb' and a pink gin sour — both of which use honey from the distillery's bees. The venue's version of a negroni uses barrel-aged oaked gin, as well as dehydrated honey-soaked orange, while the lamington espresso martini heroes the aforementioned lamington vodka, alongside coffee liqueur, fresh coffee and honey.

You can also build your own G&T, if that's the type of cocktail you prefer. Just pick from three kinds of gin, four tonics and seven garnishes — and four different types of glass.

Decor-wise, vintage collectibles including a piano, typewriters and antique phones are a feature, as is a chandelier made from the old rim of a Ford Model T. The latter has personal significance for Wildflower Gin founder James Greig, as it used to hang in the house he grew up in.

Wildflower's gin-making and gin-tasting classes will continue, too. If you're feeling peckish over a drink, though, it's strictly a bring-your-own-food affair — or you can order in while you're there. Booking a table is recommended, and can also bring your pooch in with you.

Find Wildflower Gin at 2/486 Scottsdale Drive, Varsity Lakes — open Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm, and on Sundays from 2pm.

Published on March 17, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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