G&Tea, is an al fresco bar dedicated to The Queen Mother’s crutch: gin.
Sprawling across the corner of Kerr and Brunswick Streets, G&Tea serves 10 cocktails and “Fitzroy High Tea” under a leafy plane. This has got to be the perfect spot for afternoon-to-early-evening.
There are around 80 gins are available. Bartender Andy Griffiths has prepared the cocktail list, using his own handmade tinctures, bitters and tea infusions. Standouts include the questionably named, but assuredly tasty, Pink Bits, made with Hayman’s Sloe Gin tang, Maidenii, pressed citrus, egg white and soda. Then there’s the French 750, with Bombay, chardonnay, quince and green tea, carbonated and served to share in a champagne bottle.
Chef Laura Rosadoni, formerly of Majority, is serving her cheeky take on the traditional English afternooner: Earl Grey-poached chicken sandwiches with pickled celery, Turkish-delight doughnuts, mini red velvets with juniper butter-cream frosting. This is high tea without the gloves or the choux pastry.
Happy hour is from 3pm to 6pm daily, with $5 tap beer and cider, $7 gin and tonics and $16 cocktail jugs.