Four Pillars Laboratory arrives in Sydney

Yarra Valley-based distiller Four Pillars, will open the Four Pillars Laboratory in Sydney’s Surry Hills on Friday, June 12, 2020.

The Four Pillars Laboratory is located in the Bussell Brothers Building at 410 Crown Street, Surry Hills. It will incorporate a Gin Shop, a Gin Lab featuring a working experimental still, and a destination cocktail bar, Eileen’s Bar.

All three components of the new venue will be open for business from June 12, the eve of World Gin Day.

The development of the Four Pillars Laboratory has been led by Four Pillars co-founder Matt Jones and experience director Leah Mackenzie, together with Yasmine Ghoniem from YSG Studio (formerly Amber Road).

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The Four Pillars Gin team outside the Four Pillars Laboratory
The Four Pillars Gin team outside the Four Pillars Laboratory in Sydney’s Surry Hills

Four Pillars creative drinks director James Irvine collaborated on the design of Eileen’s Bar with Oslo-based bar design agency Behind Bars.

The Gin Shop on the ground floor will feature all Four Pillars’ signature and limited-edition gins, alongside bar gear, books, merch and the company’s Made From Gin products including marmalade and chocolate. It will be open from 10am-6pm every day.

Upstairs from the Gin Shop is the Gin Lab, featuring the 70L German-engineered Carl copper still Eileen, ready to make small batches of bespoke gin in a room that will host gin, distiller and cocktail masterclasses.

James Irvine pouring Rare Dry Gin at Four Pillars Laboratory
James Irvine pouring Rare Dry Gin at Four Pillars Laboratory

Eileen is named after Matt Jones’ mother and was located at Four Pillars Distillery in Healesville for the past three years, before making its journey to Sydney earlier this month.

The Lab also features its own full bar sitting proudly beneath four fiberglass sphere pendants, a tribute to the signature four dots of Four Pillars.

The Lab will offer all-day gin drinks for walk-in customers including the much-loved Four Pillars G&T Paddle (three different gins, three garnishes and a bottle of Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic) alongside a collection of gin classics including a regularly-changing martini and a perfect Negroni.

The Four Pillars Gin Lab will be open from 10am-6pm every day.

Eileen’s Bar can be accessed by a separate, discreet door on the corner of Fitzroy and Crown Street.

“Climb the ‘Juniper Blue’ stairwell and you’ll find a bar that combines aesthetic beauty, superb cocktail-making capabilities, delicious gin drinks (plus a few not-gin drinks too) and Four Pillars’ own trademark warmth and hospitality,” Four Pillars says.

“At its heart is a stunning asymmetrical, Juniper Blue concrete bar with three bar stations and 20 perfectly-positioned stools, the best seats in the house to see your gin drinks being made.

“There will also be tables for small groups, comfortable banquettes and a set of three cosy two-tops in the shadows at the back of the bar (our very own ‘Tinder Alley’).”

James Irvine has designed a drinks menu of gin classics and modern masterpieces utilising the full Four Pillars family of gins. There is also a range of snacks designed by chef Matt Wilkinson and a curated selection of beer, cider and wine.

Eileen’s Bar will be open from 5pm-midnight, Wednesday through Saturday.

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Author: James Atkinson

Journalist specialising in the food, drink, travel and hospitality arenas. Australian International Beer Awards 2017 Media Award Winner and Certified Cicerone®.

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