Find Cedar Fox Distilling Co – a distillery from locals Craig Westwood and Ran Zaydan – in a former warehouse near Batman Station in Coburg North. Its bar and cellar door is the culmination of years of hustling from the duo.

Westwood (ex-White Rabbit, Starward Whisky and Mountain Goat) started Cedar Fox in 2017 out of a nondescript 50-square-metre space not far from the current site.

As you walk in, your eyes are immediately drawn to a green onyx bar top and a large mural – the work of Melbourne-born artist Seldon Hunt, who also designed the Cedar Fox labels – that depicts lush undergrowth, skulls and a wily fox.

The creative cocktail menu combines Cedar Fox gins with local favourites like Marionette liqueurs and Maidenii vermouth, and deftly riffs on classic drinks.

Pomegranate and sumac add intrigue to the Fox and the City cocktail, which is a play on a Cosmopolitan, while Lebanese cucumber and parsley put a new spin on the classic gin, mint and lime Southside cocktail (dubbed Northside here).

Elsewhere, the Cedar Fox Martini flight is a clever and original offering: you might sample three small Martinis – dry, dirty and Martinez-style, with red vermouth. Gin not your thing? Beers from nearby Co-Conspirators, Hawkers and Watts River Brewing are joined by a tidy wine list of local and European drops. And a concise list of bites includes cheese, charcuterie, olives and sardines.

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Updated: June 1st, 2023

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