Poor Tom’s Gin Bar
Due to open in 2018.
In 2015 Poor Tom’s distillery was born following an unexpectedly successful Pozible campaign. Since then it’s made a name for itself producing not only international-award-winning gin, but also a series of eccentric boozy innovations; at the 2016 Rootstock wine festival it collected spat-out wine and made grappa with it. And in 2018 it will open its distillery to the public.
Now, alongside the distillery, the team has plans to open a cocktail bar and tasting room. And Poor Tom’s has recruited Melbourne mixologist and bar manager Sean McGuire (Nieuw Amsterdam).
Cocktails will be pre-batched and made fresh. And each cocktail will riff on a different classic: one long drink, one Martini, one Old Fashioned, a sour, a Negroni. Drinks will change each week.
Because the team is still waiting for council approval concepts and menus are up in the air. It’s the same story for the design, but we do know there is archway the team plans to light from behind, and there might be stained glass. The space will also be filled with plants and use muted natural colours and textures.
The new bar will give punters access to not only Poor Tom’s spit-grappa, but also its future ideas. There are plans to make whisky using some of the local breweries’ (Wildflower beers, which will be exclusive for the bar.