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June 9, 2022

The city is partying this weekend for World Gin Day

Celebrate World Gin Day just the way it should be done, with gin-inspired events happening across the city's East and West End.

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  • This article was produced in collaboration with the Adelaide Economic Development Agency.

South Australia is arguably the gin capital of the country, according to Hains & Co bar owner Marcus Motteram.


Gilbert Place Gin Carnivale from 12pm & Vaughan Place Gin City Limits, from 3pm, 11 June

ADL Unleashed is a joint initiative of the Government of South Australia, the City of Adelaide and the Adelaide Economic Development Agency.

The city will certainly be making a point of this, with venues across the CBD celebrating World Gin Day this long-weekend Saturday.

Gilbert Place in the west and Vaughan Place in the east will both transform into a playground for gin enthusiasts in one of the latest initiatives of ADL Unleashed.

Gilbert Place will kick off the celebrations with the support of Fever-Tree from 12pm, as its residents Hains & Co, Memphis Slim’s, and Shotgun Willie’s stretch onto the street for a Gin Carnivale.

“It’s all about a celebration of gin, from its sordid past to it being the darling of the cocktail revolution,” says Marcus, also known as Admiral of Hains & Co.

As Adelaide’s unofficial gin lane, Gilbert Place will play host to a concoction of gin tastings, cocktails, live music and special performers.

With $15 pre-purchased entry and $20 at the door up until 6pm, visitors will be able to meet Adelaide’s leading gin producers who will lavish the crowds with tastings of their gin, along with international brands.

Masterclasses will be held by SA gin distillers from 1 pm at Hains & Co, Memphis Slim’s and Shotgun Willie’s, providing an intimate insight into the distiller’s brands and their gin. Patrons will be able to register their names on the day on a first-in first-served basis — so visitors are encouraged to come early.

Participating distillers include Ambleside Distillers, Never Never Distilling Co, Threefold Distilling, Prohibition Liquor Co and Hendrick’s Gin, among many more SA brands. Marcus said each distiller will be creating a signature bespoke cocktail that can be bought at the outside bar.

“These distilleries are up there among the best in the world,” Marcus says.

“It’s because of their creativity; they push the boundaries, they experiment, and are downright passionate about what they do.

‘This is your chance to get up close and personal with these makers; speak to the creators, try their tipples and just get engrossed in the world of gin.”

Entry is free from 6pm as the evening descends, and the lane will transform into a Dark Party.

Braziers will be lit, warming the wintery night, and the music will become deeper as DJs soundtrack the change in atmosphere. Marcus says black lights will flood the street and the venues, allowing the gin and tonics to glow.

“You will be enchanted by rhythmic dancers moving to the beats and fire breathers adding to the feast for your senses,” Marcus says.

“Think Mad Hatters Tea Party meets Moulin Rouge meets Carnivale.

“Cocktails will tantalise taste buds as the night evolves, creating an atmosphere of uncertainty of what will happen next.”

Meanwhile, across town in the east end, The Howling Owl will take over Vaughan Place in an ode to gin, as it also celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Known as Adelaide’s first dedicated gin bar, and stocking more than 225 varieties of small batch gin, The Howling Owl will stretch out into the streets for its Gin City Limits event with live music, street eats and, of course, gin.

“This is a day to celebrate juniper in its many forms,” said Mick Krieg, who owns the bar with his wife Rachel Krieg.

From 3pm until late, Gin City Limits will immerse visitors in all things gin, with happy hours, gin tastings and cocktail specials.

The guided Gin Tasting Sessions can be pre-booked for $25 and will run at 3pm with Happenstance, and 5pm with Little Juniper and Heaps Good Gin.

The first happy hour will kick off at 4pm, with two-for-$30 cocktails, and the second at 7pm with two-for-one G&Ts.

Cocktails on offer are picked from The Howling Owl’s new winter menu, including Hendrick’s Hot Gin Punch, Chocolate Negroni and Rhubarb Sour.

Señor Taco’s food truck will serve up authentic Mexican food all day long, while local DJs Jessi Lou and Stephen King will spin tunes.

“Gin City Limits will be our 10th World Gin Day celebration and we’re going all out to share our love of all things gin,” Rachel says.

“The party is a great excuse to head to Adelaide’s East End and enjoy a day and evening with friends.

“Running all afternoon and into the night, the event is perfect for those who just want to come in for a tasting, a quick drink before heading out for the night, or for those who want to pull up a seat and party ’til late.”

Head west to Gilbert Place Gin Carnivale or east to Gin City Limits this Saturday, and experience the CBD as it proves its standing as the gin capital of the country.

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