12 of the best local gin cocktails

Granddad Jacks' Seymour Street via @shark4chipdrink

On Saturday June 8th we raise a glass to World Gin Day and the spirit that has certainly had it’s come up over the last little while. The Gold Coast boasts our own gin distillery plus there’s a host of bars making magic with local gins made from here to Byron Bay.

All of which you won’t be surprised to learn we’re big fans of.

So, in honour of that, here are the best spots to get your gin fix on the Gold Coast this World Gin Day. Happy sipping.

A must-visit cocktail bar in Surfers Paradise, FIX at the Hilton, is the city’s sexiest spot for a great night out, capturing the seductive style and glamour of the 1920’s prohibition era with a unique selection of cocktails and premium spirits. For World Gin Day try the Garden of Eve made up of Beefeater Dry Gin, elderflower syrup, apple liqueur and apple juice.
Location: The Hilton, 6 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise

The Island Rooftop
You might want to start the International Gin Day celebrations early this year. The Island Rooftop bar is bringing you Gin and Jazz Thursdays! Tonic takes over the rooftop from 6.30 pm every Thursday night. Sip on some gin, devour some southern inspired food and listen to the sounds of Tonic. Our recommendation: The Island Cup made with Beefeater Gin, elderflower cordial, red grapes, pressed green apple, lemon, mint and soda.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

Tamborine Mountain Distillery
Tucked away on Mount Tamborine is one of Australia’s smallest and most unique distilleries with over 280 International Awards. Their gold medal award winning gin is the Lilly Pilly Gin, a pot still gin using botanicals such as Australian Lilly Pilly (Riberry), Juniper, Angelica root, Orris root, Citrus peel, Caraway, Coriander, Aniseed Myrtle, Elderflower, Mistletoe, Passionflower, Shepherd’s Purse and more. The best part about it, it’s got a delightful pink hue.
Where: 87-91 Beacon Road, North Tamborine

Aloha Bar & Dining
How does an Undead Mermaid sound? Fun right! That’s exactly what you need to order if you find yourself at epic back alley tiki bar, Aloha. It’s a house favourite with packed with citrus flavours and herby dry gin notes – quite full on like their classic Zombie cocktail. The bar itself is decked out in full colour, with hidden rooms and moody, good time vibes aplenty. Follow the music down the alley and you’ll find yourself in a magical world of tiki goodness.
Where: 18 Main Place, Broadbeach

Roosevelt Lounge
Lead Mixologist at The Roosevelt Lounge, Breeana Erica, has created a special Gin libation titled One for the Sages. The sexy sip melds Green Chartreuse, Applewood Gin infused with Tarragon, lemon and lime juice and green mandarin syrup snd it won Best Cocktail at the World Chartreuse Day competition earlier this year so you know it’s a goodie.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

Glenelg Public House
You won’t find anything that’s not done well in this super cool and intimate gastro pub. The low lit fit out makes it the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a couple of gins this Saturday. How about the Butterfly Kiss made with 18 Ink Gin, Campari, Paraiso, lemon, orange bitters and fever tree tonic. It’s a great pal for a perfectly cooked steak!
Where: 2460 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Après Surf
The Ink Gin Fizz is the tipple of choice at laidback, neighbourhood bar Après Surf, a Mermaid Beach favourite. It’s got locally distilled Ink Gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, maraschino syrup and it’s topped with soda and dehydrated grapefruit. It’s an absolute delight, all citrusy and delicious and one of the very best cocktails on the Coast. Cheers legends.
Where: 2376 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Granddad Jacks
The Gold Coast’s first (and only) gin distillery Granddad Jacks are, quite obviously, king when it comes to gin cocktails (and gin in general). Our number one on their list is Seymour Street with their very own Greenhouse Gin plus Eucalyptus and fresh lime juice because it’s the ultimate in Aussie-inspired freshness and it tastes top notch too. Love your work mates.
Where: 45 Lemana Lane, Miami

Rosella’s Bar
Oh Rosella’s, little love of our lives. A refined Australiana bar in the heart of Burleigh Heads, Rosella’s is a relative newbie on the scene bringing all Aussie eats and tipples to the very appreciative people. On a list of cocktails that will 100% improve your life (especially the Pet Nat Slushie – love you) but for the purposes of this article let’s chat about the Kylie Minogue martini. Yes indeed. Called ‘I’m spinning around’ it’s got gin, vodka, verjus, elderflower and pink peppercorn and it is, of course, a taste sensation. Kylie, bringing the goods as always.
Where: 6/1743 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

San Sebastian
Live music, Spain’s traditional Pinxtos and an atmosphere akin to an energetic European holiday, San Sebastian brings vibrant, high energy dining to Palm Beach. Of course, Spanish-inspired cocktails also grace the menu. The Lady Marmalade hits the spot, think gin, a slap of basil and lime marmalade, all shaken. Salut!
Where: 1089 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach (between Sixth and Seventh Ave on the beach side).

The Collective Palm Beach
The Rooftop Bar at The Collective Palm Beach is a gin-lovers paradise with beloved gin-based cocktails including the Rose Hip Martini with Poor Toms Gin, hibiscus syrup, lime and grapefruit and the Unnamed Sympathy served Tiki-style with macadamia-infused Nobel Cut Gin, Bushfire Botanic Australis Gin, and pine-lime allspice. Both of which are tried and tested by us and both of which are really very delicious.
Where: 1128 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

Saint Helen’s Kitchen + Bar
If sipping cocktails seaside is your thing (and we know it is), you’ll love Saint Helens Kitchen + Bar signature slurp The Gin Thruster. It’s got gin, blueberry and tonic. It’s bright, refreshing and super Insta-worthy – if it lasts that long.
Where: Shop 2/78 Musgrave Street, Kirra

Words by Kirra Smith