Covent Garden | Gourmand & Gourmet

From Spirits to Share Plates - Brisbane's Newest Gin Joint.

Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, we’ve stumbled into Covent Garden – and we couldn’t be more excited.

Move over florals, we’re all about botanicals for spring with warmer weather moving us away from whisky and straight into the arms of gin.

Whether you’re a connoisseur of Dutch courage, or just looking to take a break, step off Boundary Street and into nature’s greenroom – the inner-city oasis that is Covent Garden. Relax amongst the greenery underneath the stained-glass sky dome in the leafy courtyards, or secret yourself away in the hidden late-night cocktail bar.

With 100 craft gins across three bars, it’s not just the lush plants providing the botanicals! The extensive gin list features some of Australia’s most exclusive drops including new craft favourites Archie Rose and Four Pillars, plus exciting lesser-known Dobson’s, Stone Pine and West Winds – as well as American and European styles. 

Feeling intimidated? Let the staff guide you through their classifications, whether you’re feeling fruity, herbaceous or spicy. Covent Garden will also feature free-flowing Pimms and Aperol Spritz on tap – alongside a modern cocktail menu including The Garden of Eden (which will have you sippin’ on gin and juice…apple juice to be exact).

As we’ve been saying for years, heaven is a place on earth with cocktails – and Covent Garden is our nirvana.

More than just quench your thirst, the menu will transport you to taste paradise via the 199 bus. Eating is never cheating, especially when there are so many gins to try, so do yourself a flavour favour and indulge in contemporary share plates.

Be-gin your culinary journey with small plates including swordfish kebabs, manchego croquettes and brisket sliders with BBQ sauce, sauerkraut and cheddar. Move onto smoked salmon with kale remoulade, anise herbs and lavosh or go the whole hog with chicken and ham hock terrine. Fortune favours the brave, so why not really impress your friends by daring to be different and ordering the lamb heart with arrabiata sauce, parsley and capers?

For the main event, sink your teeth into moorish roast lamb shoulder with panzanella, yogurt and lemon myrtle, pork cheeks with sherry, nashi pear and shallots or seared wagyu with kale, welsh rarebit and horseradish.

Accompany your feast with greens with pickles, seeds and burnt orange – or a cheeky bowl of hot chips. Open now, this spring we seriously recommend ditching the gym and hitting the gin at Covent Garden

Words by Emma Callaghan
- the gourmet who is dying to begin!