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Sydney’s First Concept Gin Bar, Stillery to Open in Double Bay

October 10, 2014 Food & Beverage No Comments Email Email

The much-anticipated new bar on the first floor of InterContinental Sydney Double Bay will open in November 2014 as Stillery – the first concept gin bar in Sydney. 

Inspired by the rich distilling history of the local area, beautifully-designed Stillery focuses on a growing collection of high-end local craft, imported, vintage and rare gin, poured behind a stunning seven-metre-long pale marble and blue leather-clad bar.

The versatility and quality of selected gins are highlighted in the bar’s expansive menu and selection of signature cocktails and punches, mixed and infused with a range of botanical ingredients and blends, including fresh kaffir lime leaves, honey, lemon sherbet, celery seed, citrus sugar and dandelion bitters.

Adding to this is Stillery’s “make your own martini” selection and exclusive bespoke collection – a list of half a dozen limited edition gin-based cocktails, where just one of each will be available per day.

Rounding out the list is a broad selection of other spirits, tonics, craft ciders, boutique beers and world-class local NSW, Australian and imported wines.

Leading Stillery’s team is a partnership between two very skilled bar professionals: Bar Operations Manager Katrina Ford, whose impressive resume includes roles at Guillaume, glass brasserie and Hugo’s Lounge; and Bar Manager Aaron Gaulke, with extensive experience at establishments such as Hotel Centennial and Eau de Vie.

“Australia’s first licensed distillery was established in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in the 1820s. We are thrilled to build on this rich local legacy with Stillery – a beautiful gin bar which breaks from the traditional hotel offering, and is designed for both locals and hotel guests to enjoy,” General Manager of InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, Frederic Brohez said.

The bar space is light and ambient, with arched windows overlooking leafy Double Bay village and a light grey, blue and white colour scheme, bringing tones of the bayside setting in to create an inviting atmosphere both day and night.

Stillery’s intimate spaces are dotted with lounges, armchairs and marble coffee tables, with a restored dark green marble fireplace and elegant grand piano at opposite ends.

Stillery will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a seasonal menu designed by Executive Chef Julien Pouteau. Options include crepes, freshly-baked pastries and croissants, and organic eggs for breakfast, a selection of light dishes, fresh gourmet salads and creative sandwiches such as the Reuben bagel for lunch, and a cheese and truffle bar, cured meats and house-made pickles and preserves, gourmet bruschetta and tapas-style dining in the evening.

For more information and reservations, please email stillery.doublebay@ihg.com or visit www.intercontinental.com/doublebay.

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