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The Secret Garden Bar at QT Melbourne

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Select herbs from the garden to mix with your gin
The Secret Garden Bar at QT Melbourne
The Secret Garden Bar at QT Melbourne


The Secret Garden Bar at QT Melbourne has launched in time for summer. Via a secluded back of house doorway, guests are transported to the lush, leafy haven set against a startling city view.

The bar holds only 40 people amongst bushes of Native River Mint, large leaves of Fruit Salad Sage and Blue Lilly Pillys, so the Secret Garden Bar feels like your own private terrace, in the middle of Melbourne.

The Secret Garden Bar at QT Melbourne
The Secret Garden Bar at QT Melbourne


QT Melbourne and Victorian distillery Four Pillars, have collaborated to create a bespoke drinks menu including a small-batch gin distilled exclusively for the space by Four Pillars Distiller & Co-Founder Cameron Mackenzie and QT Melbourne bar staff.

Guests can order off the cocktail list, that includes a cocktail that utilises the bite of passionfruit, and is the perfect balance of sweet, sour, bitter and bubbly. The 'Wild Strawberries' uses the garden's wild strawberries and coriander, mixed with Four Pillar's Rare Dry Gin and 'Wild Rosť'.

The Secret Garden Bar at QT Melbourne
The Secret Garden Bar at QT Melbourne


Or guests can choose their own adventure, even selecting herbs from the garden to mix with their gin of choice. It doesn't get much fresher than that.

The Secret Garden Bar at QT Melbourne
The Secret Garden Bar at QT Melbourne


The Secret Garden Bar menu is prepared by Executive Chef Andy Harmer and Four Pillars Creative Director of Made from Gin, Matt Wilkinson.

The menu sees Four Pillar's Gin Pig featured with a QT twist, where guests can choose from dishes like the 'Gin Pig Skewers' with marmalade glaze, or the barbequed 'Gin Pig Chipolatas'.

The Secret Garden Bar at QT Melbourne
The Secret Garden Bar at QT Melbourne


This bar is a collaboration of music, food and art.

In celebration of the opening and paying homage to the street art that adorns Melbourne's laneways in the streets below, QT Melbourne commissioned local artist, Ry Wilkin, to create a mural in the space inspired by the 1800's gin craze.

Using acrylic house paint and high-end aerosol paints, the mural captures the different characters that inhabit our city and draws from the bold quirks and abstract characteristics of the Melbourne CBD.

The Secret Garden Bar at QT Melbourne
The Secret Garden Bar at QT Melbourne


Wilkin's piece also weaves in the notion of changing seasons, collaborating with multidisciplinary artist Michael Fikaris, to bring to life the lush and natural elements of the garden to the previously concrete walls.

The Secret Garden Bar at QT Melbourne
The Secret Garden Bar at QT Melbourne


The Secret Garden Bar launches Thursday the 24th of October and will be open every Thursday and Friday, from 5pm.
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Why? Pick your own botanicals for you cocktail
When: It will be open from 5pm until late every Thursday and Friday until the end of summer.
Phone: 03 8636 8800
Where: 133 Russell Street, Melbourne
Cost: various
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