People have flocked to Brisbane’s rotating food truck stop, Welcome to Bowen Hills, since it opened in February. Now there’s even more reason to go: 100 Burgers Group has launched Swill, the precinct’s new gin bar.
“We’re getting good responses to [Welcome to Bowen Hills] and getting a lot of people along,” says venue manager David Ashford. “Swill complements that offering.”
The gin bar occupies the Brisbane Showgrounds’ Sugar Building, right next to the Dairy Hall home of Welcome to Bowen Hills (Yes, you can bring food from the food-truck park into the bar).
The exterior of the Sugar Building hasn’t changed at all but the interior has taken on a dark Prohibition-style look. Alexander Lotersztain’s Derlot was behind the fit-out, which includes exposed columns, bright-orange booth seating and plenty of dark-blue paint.
The bar is stocked with 120 gins, plenty of which are Australian, such as Brookie’s from Byron Bay, Patient Wolf from Victoria and Mt Uncle from Queensland. There’s also a range from overseas, including Q from London, which is made using botanicals that are grown in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Customers can choose to follow the staff’s pairing suggestions or create their own.
Other than gin and tonics there are gin cocktails and gin spritzes, as well as beer on tap and a short wine list.