Located inside the Intercontinental DoubleBay is the sophisticated Gin Lounge and Bar “Stillery”. Its a hotel bar with a difference – its gin centric and a wonderful one at this with a large array of gin too. The drinks selection is wonderful, food was also top notch and coupled with great world tier service? This is a bar that ranks as one of our favourites visited last year (2014). It’s well worth your time and we thought that the team here nailed it. Coupled with the fact that it was not a known quantity meant that service was personalised and you didn’t really have to run around chasing drinks as you would at some institutions. Slow, unhurried, luxuriant. If you love your gin, you’ll need to pop on in asap because their cocktail game is on point.
A look across Stillery Intercontinental – the space is large with a manorial quality – understated and quite lovely. It’s got a lazy sunday vibe which we appreciated and you’ll feel right at home quite quickly. It’s a comfortable space where you’ll happy lay back and enjoy the pleasure of your companions. There on that bar is all gin, with about half Australian. They mean business; because they are business.
We were shown the selection of tonics that they had to go with their arrays of Gin here at the Stillery and you gotta love the investment and dedication to quality and range – The Quinetum by Hendricks there had interesting honey tamarind notes and these small batch tonics were brought in to complement the cocktails here.
South side of the Bridge – Fords Gin, Lemon. Lime and mint. Clean and easy drinking. A lightly spring gin cocktail with a clean lemony aromat.
Kiwi and Taragon Smash – this Old Raj cocktail tasted very much like a Mojito and it looked chock a block full of muddled goodness you can see. Very tasty.
Their #secretmenu item a “left of 5 ways” with blood orange, lime and chocolate. There’s an interesting ferrero rocher note in this from the chocolate. The colour looks amazing and well, its a nice large cocktail to boot.
Kaffir Lime, chartreuse and Tanqueray – The “Right at the Rushcutters” served tall is a refreshing cocktail.
A highball version of their White City Court – features Hendricks, Raspberries, Orgeat, Lemon and Chamomile. You get this as a shared punch for 4-6 people (the punches price guide vary between 65-70).
Melbourne-based MGC Gin features in their Mother in Law cocktail. Its one Mother in Law you’ll love with fruit flavours of rhubarb, raspberry and shortbread syrup.
Their Charcuterie plate is an amazing selection of eats – and you can configure how much you want to spend. They do have the most expensive bresola in the world there and it’s an amazing platter.
Bone Marrow is delightfully rich and gorgeous. If you’re a fan, you’ll love these.
Their Charred Fremantle Octopus is a nice plate of food and tender.
Also on the menu, a heart stopping freshly made deep fried chicken skin nibble. There’s a bit here and its gooey, crunchy and different.
Peking Duck Pancakes also feature on their menu; light and delicious, rolled into little pancake cigars.
This kimchi, pork belly, lemongrass foam was one of the our favourite eats last year. It was simply finished with some crunchy pork belly (it’s a good sized eat too) and there was something in the cookery that made this quite wonderful. A highlight
Almond Milk Pastille finishes our time at the Stillery. Its a light tasty dessert which showcases some wonderful techinque on that plate.
Stillery is a great bar/cocktail bar. Its also a quick favourite with an immediately appealing space, great price guide to the drinks (all well priced premium cocktails $17-20) and adding to this was their food (by chef Julien Pouteau) was delightful. We haven’t been to the stockroom that is here but we’ve heard praises. Well worth your time and money.