When it comes to gin, there’s only one constant: juniper. It’s this sharp, aromatic berry (derived from various types of conifers) that gives gin its distinctive flavour. The base spirit it’s steeped in can be made from wheat, potatoes, barley – anything.

Apart from this one requirement, there’s huge creative potential, from adding other classic botanicals such as coriander seed and star anise, to using native Australian flora, exotic Asian flowers or even ants. It’s no wonder the spirit has become one of the world's favourites since its invention in the mid-1600s. Here are Sydney's best spots to get acquainted.

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Poor Toms Gin Bar

Gin cocktails, seasonal creations from a beautiful German-made still and a bar styled like a church.

6 Chalder Avenue, Marrickville

Gin Lane

Cocktails that will change the way you think about gin.

16 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Moya’s Juniper Lounge

A trove of centuries-old, gin-based cocktail recipes.

101 Regent Street, Redfern

Archie Rose Distilling Co.

Don't miss Archie's eponymous, botanical-infused gin.

85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery

The Barber Shop

Get a trim, with a gin on the side.

89 York Street, Sydney

The Stillery

A wide selection of rare, limited release and local gins.

InterContinental Double Bay 33 Cross Street, Double Bay