*Gin Lane will open in 2017, under a different name.
James Tait has had a bellyful of laneway bars. So, together with restaurateur Peter Bartholomew (Rosa's Kitchen and Canteen, Lee Ho Fook, MoVida, et al) and his wife Cara Tait, the gun bartender is opening his own, light-filled venue on the corner of Bourke Street and Windsor Place.
The bar was originally to be named after a print by the 18th-century artist, William Hogarth, but is now undergoing a rebrand due to an existing business with that name. Rest easy: it'll still feature a library of about 400 gins, served with the Der Raum veteran’s distinctive flair.
They’re also in talks with an as-yet-unnamed Melbourne chef about a menu, and are planning to bring a restaurant-style of service to the bar, a skillset Tait has honed in recent years across Coda and Tonka, Stokehouse, Lee Ho Fook and the recently closed Woody P.
The bar will open in 2017 at 19–21 Bourke Street, Melbourne. Until then, you can catch James Tait pouring some cracking wines at Lee Ho Fook.