Renowned for its excellent martinis, Gin Palace is where the locals go to relax after a long day at the office, or as the last stop on a night out given its late hours (open till 3am every day of the week). I was there for the latter of course.
With nothing more than a modest sign that reads GP above its double metal door, Gin Palace is a hidden gem among the typical Melbourne laneway bars that can be easily missed if you weren't looking. Walking pass the friendly doorman, you are suddenly transported into a New York styled bar that oozes class.
After settling down in one of the comfy vintage armchairs, I ordered a Pineapple Julep (Geneve, Maraschino liqueur, house made raspberry syrup and bubbles; a Jerry Thomas' classics from 1862) while my friend went for the Blinker (Markers Mark Bourbon, grapefruit juice, house made raspberry syrup) from a menu that boasts some of the best martinis and cocktails in town. It is definitely worth to mention that you will be getting value for your money here and will feel the kick before even finishing your first drink.
With its vintage furnishing, soft lighting, fresh flower arrangements, friendly table service and a very well stocked bar, Gin Palace is a venue of choice for catching up with friends, a romantic night out with your other half or throwing a party that your guests will be talking about long after the event.
If I ever move to Melbourne, this will definitely be one of my regular haunts.