Begin your gin journey at Brogan's Way Distillery in Richmond. Opt for a tasting flight option or a classic gin cocktail. Gintellectuals can book into a masterclass to learn about the art of gin-making, or take a tour of this working distillery.
Wander up to Victoria Parade and hop on the 96 tram. Alight at Lansdowne Street and head up to Gertrude Street, where you'll arrive at The Everleigh.This intimate cocktail den has a range of gin-based mixtures on their menu. Try one now, or take home a bottled negroni or martini for later.
Head back down to Victoria Parade and jump on the 86 tram, to make your way to Parliament Station. From there, it's a short stroll to the Little Lon Distilling Co. Housed in a heritage-listed building, this 20 seat bar and distillery offers intimate gin tasting and masterclass experiences. Sample from their unique small-batch collection and learn about the history of both the distillery and Little Lon, while munching on plates of cheese and charcuterie.
Take in the old-worldly glamour of 1806, a plush CBD bar with an extensive range of gin nestled behind the counter. Pair your pick with the perfect tonic, or choose a gin-based cocktail from their chronologically arranged menu. Grab a quick bite at late-night institutions Trunk Dinner and Stalactites, or dive into a pile of pasta at Pellegrini's.
Gin takes a starring role at Romeo Lane – take a seat at the bar, pick a cocktail and take it sloe. Or jump for juniper at art-deco inspired Lily Blacks, where spirits are sourced from far and wide. Nearby Pizza Pizza Pizza offers slices of - you guessed it - pizza, that you can grab on the go.
Continue on to basement cocktail bar Gin Palace - Melbourne's original gin bar. The 200 gin options behind the bar will really lift your spirits. Opt for the eponymous cocktail at Andrew McConnell's sensational Gimlet.
Take a tram along Collins Street to the eclectic State of Grace, and settle into a velvet seat. Order a dinner feast or pick your way around delicious late night bites. Head to their rooftop for a tipple with a view, or navigate your way through the secret entrance to hidden cellar bar, Fall From Grace. This three-level venue hosts regular bottomless 'G&Tea' parties, where gin and tonics are paired with sweet and savoury bites.
Flip this itinerary to start your spirit-ual journey at Patient Wolf Distilling Co, just outside the CBD. Sample their full range with a tasting flight, order a classic cocktail or opt for a more experimental combination.
Or, make the journey north to Brunswick Aces Distillery, creators of Australia's first non-alcoholic gin, for alcohol-free cocktails at their newly-opened bar.