Matt Argus & Dave Irwin

Matt Argus and Dave Irwin are the duo behind Melbourne's Patient Wolf Distilling Co. Housed in a loft-style building in the back streets of Southbank, this working gin distillery slash bar offers up a seasonally-inspired menu. Choose from G&Ts and classic cocktails such as the Negroni and Martini, alongside more experimental, hand-crafted drinks.

As head distiller, Dave hosts gin masterclasses during venue opening hours, which offer a sneak peek behind the distilling process, and tasting flights of the urban distillery's signature gins.

Matt and Dave share some of their favourite spots around Melbourne with us.

1. St Ali

These expert roasters are held in high regard by many coffee aficionados, including Matt and Dave. Navigate down a South Melbourne laneway to try their specialty coffee on site, and bag a bunch of locally-roasted beans to take home.

2. South Melbourne Market

Melbourne's oldest continually running market is highly recommended by Matt and Dave. The market is home to almost 150 stalls selling produce, meats, specialty foods, clothing, accessories, and much more. Matt and Dave say Claypots' $8 'mussels on the run' are a real treat, along with any purchase from the market's burrito stand.

3. Dinner at Chin Chin or Lûmé

Dining stalwarts Chin Chin and Lûmé top Matt and Dave's list for a quality meal in town. Ever popular Chin Chin serves up delicious, no-fuss Thai fare, while  offers up a degustation menu of modern Australian cuisine, inspired by endemic and naturalised Victorian produce.

4. Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Matt and Dave like to settle into the plush seats of Hamer Hall for a dose of local culture, followed by a stroll along Southbank, right by the Yarra River. Join the city's leading orchestra in the concert hall for a captivating performance, when the time is right.

5. Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Melbourne's renowned comedy festival is one of the three largest in the world. Brace yourself for belly laughs when this annual event is once again in full swing. Grab a gin or cocktail at Patient Wolf Distilling Co, before splitting your sides at gigs and shows around town.

"Good things take time. We like to think we balance our patience with a hunger to create something pretty damn good."

— Matt & Dave, Patient Wolf Distilling Co.

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