The Bitters Lab Is Fitzroy's New Dedicated One-Stop Bitters Shop

Take your drink-mixing skills to the next level.
Tom Clift
Published on June 03, 2016

Anyone looking to get a little creative with their cocktails had best pay a visit to Fitzroy's new boozy laboratory. Opening last month on Smith Street, The Bitters Lab is exactly what it sounds like: a store dedicated to bitters and tonics. It's bound to take your drink-mixing skills to the next level.

The space is the new home base for online retailer Only Bitters, run by local alcohol enthusiasts Sophia and JD Dimitropoulos. The interior is set up like an old time apothecary, its shelves lined with glass beakers and bottles full of bitters, syrups, tonics, vermouths and vinegars. Not sure what you're after? The tasting table in the centre of the room will be littered with open bottles for you to sample at your leisure. Plus, Sophia and JD are usually on-hand for some help and a chat.

In addition to their pre-made botanicals, The Bitters Lab sells cocktail recipe books and all the raw materials you'll need to make your very own bitters at home. They're also planning on hosting a number of special events, workshops and masterclasses — keep your eyes on their website for those.

Find The Bitters Lab at Shop 9, 397 Smith Street, Fitzroy. For more info visit

Published on June 03, 2016 by Tom Clift
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