The Four Pillars Martini Collective in Melbourne

Wed 1st May, 2024 – Sun 2nd June, 2024
Various Locations
Price: Varies according to the location
Four Pillars celebrates the iconic Martini by taking their annual Martini Collective to Melbourne. In partnership with some of the city’s best restaurants, guests can order aperitif-style gin mini martinis with a bespoke snack while perusing the menu.

From its original heyday in the Roaring Twenties to the present-day cocktail craze, the Martini has truly stood the test of time. In Australia, Yarra Valley-born gin distillery Four Pillars is one of the country’s most recognisable names. It launched in 2013 and very quickly became Australia’s top craft spirit brand and last year was named the World’s Best Gin for a third time.

Whether you’re a lifelong Martini lover or a newcomer to the classic cocktail, one thing’s for sure: a Martini made with Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin is in a category of its own. That’s all thanks to a gloriously savoury infusion of olive leaves, cold-pressed olive oil from three olive varieties, rosemary, bay leaf, native macadamias and fragrant lemon myrtle. A gin literally made to put in a Martini.

This May, Four Pillars teams up with some of Melbourne’s favourite restaurants to celebrate the enduring legacy of the Martini. After a successful run in Sydney last year, it’s time for Melburnians to get in on the action. Throughout the month, visit a selection of venues and enjoy an aperitif-style Mini Martini (made with Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin of course) paired with a specially matched snack plate at each location. It’s a cost-effective – and delicious – way to try out the food at some of Melbourne’s best restaurants, while you also get to sip away at an iconic cocktail.

At Andrew McConnell’s Fitzroy mainstay Cutler and Co, diners can enjoy an almond and anchovy stuffed olive, finished with a herb crumb and served on a skewer with an anchovy and piquillo pepper. At warm Carlton bistro Bar Bellamy, Martinis will be paired with mussel croquettes, fried in a healthy amount of butter. There are plenty of other venues participating as well, including the opulent Reine & La Rue inside the former Melbourne Stock Exchange’s Cathedral Room, iconic Chinatown restaurant Flower Drum and Lui Bar within Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde.

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This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Four Pillars.