Tiki in July

We are very excited to announce out next cocktail masterclass: Tiki in July, a rum cocktail masterclass.

Love Pina Colada’s but find yourself caught in the Melbourne weather more then you’d like? Come fly away with us, as we explore a variety Caribbean classics.

Huw Griffiths of Union Electric and Plantation Rum will be taking us on a tropical journey, showing off a variety of classic Tiki drinks, as well as exploring the history of rum and tiki cocktails.

The class includes a drink on arrival, as well as tasters of a variety of tiki cocktails to help you escape the cold Melbourne winter.

Please see the events page to book tickets.


DIY Tonic Masterclass

We’ve have a very exciting class coming up next week, on Thursday 11th May.

This class will be an exploration of quinine, the key component in tonic, and how to make delicious tonic syrup for use in home made Gin and Tonics. The exceptionally knowledgeable Nick Tesar, previously of Gin Palace and Lume, and currently of Bad Frankie and Bar Liberty, will be demonstrating how to make tonic at home, as well as discussing the history of cinchona, quinine and tonic, its uses, and recipes ideas and tricks.

The class will include a drink on arrival, a demonstration of how to make your own tonic syrup at home, as well as recipes ideas. The shop will be open for half an hour following, with DIY tonic kits available for purchase. Never be stuck using sub-par tonic with that beautiful bottle of gin again!

If you would like to buy tickets, head to the Events page!

The Yin and Yang of Cocktails with Archie Rose, photos

Here’s a few pictures of our record time sell out cocktail class with Archie Rose, the Yin and Yang of Cocktails! Nick Baxter from Archie Rose took us through a few classic drinks, exploring the changes you can make to these cocktails with small changes, and the mysterious nature of balance in a drink.

This class was so popular, we’l be planning a follow up, to be announced soon!

Whisky Cocktail Class, photos

Following last weeks fantastic Whisky Cocktail Masterclass run by the Bitters Lab and Max Allison, head bartender of Boilermaker House, we felt the need to share a few fun pictures of the event.

Max took everyone through various styles of whisk(e)y, and a range of delicious cocktails, both classic and contemporary. His knowledge and concoctions were a sensation!


febfast Mocktail Class. Last Chance Tickets!

We are excited to host our febfast Mocktail class this Thursday 9th, 6 – 7:30 at The Bitters Lab. Pause for a Cause! By taking part a portion of the tickets go to supporting disadvantaged youth across the country. febfast do fantastic work and we are proud to support them!

Everybody will be able to taste some non-alcoholic thirst quenching mocktails from expert Alex Archibald from Seamstress, one of Melbourne’s classic cocktail bars. Seats are limited. Be fast! You’ll be able to beat the heat and impress your friends this summer. Embrace over brunch, lunch or your next dinner party. Embrace the mocktail!

Head to our events page for details.

Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year!

We hope that everyone had a great time over the festive season, and that you are coming into 2017 healthy and happy.

We are back open at The Bitters Lab, with new hours for you to enjoy more of the amazing smorgasbord of products we have in-store! More coming all the time, so don’t forget to head over to our event’s page and sign up for the mailing list to find out about new products and classes.

Opening Hours 2017

Mon – Thur 10am – 5:30pm
Fri – Sat 10am – 6pm
Sun 10am – 5pm

X-mas Opening Hours!

Hey Y’all!

Don’t worry, you’ve got plenty of time still to get your goodies for Christmas, and The Bitters Lab is chock-full of amazing gift ideas for the liquor-lover in your life.

Special Christmas Opening Hours!

Sun – Thurs 10am – 6pm
Fri – Sat 10am-6:30pm

Closed on:
Dec 25
Dec 26
Dec 27
Jan 1
Jan 2

We open back up on Tues 3rd January of the brand new 2017!

See you then!

Bitters ~ The Barman’s Spice Rack


We are very happy to announce our next cocktail masterclass; “Bitters, The Barman’s Spice Rack”.

Run by Jacob Taylor, creator of Australia’s first bitters label Mister Bitters, this class will be all about the classic cocktail spice and digestif, from the medicine to the mixing glass and everything in between. Jacob has a wealth of information to share, and you might even get some tips on how to make your own bitters at home!

We will be stirring up some delicious cocktails with Mister Bitters, and The Bitters Lab have some exclusive giveaways for the lucky guests who attend. Seats are limited, so head to the booking link to secure yours today!

Strictly 18+

Date: Thursday 24th November

Time: 6-7:30pm

Location: The Bitters Lab, Shop 9/397 Smith St Fitzroy 3065

Cost: $35.00

 Click to book!

Vermouth Fun!

Our second cocktail class last week was a great success! We had so much fun tasting and learning about Vermouth from the legendary Shaun Byrne from Maidenii.

Maidenii Vermouth use loads of amazing Australian botanicals in their products, so Shaun took us all through the things that make Aussie food and drinks so unique. We got to see things like Lemon Myrtle, Toasted Wattle Seed, Strawberry Gum to mention a few!

The next class will be about a month away, so make sure you sign up at our events page to be in the loop!

Saluti a vermouth!

Upcoming event: Vermouth & Australian Botanicals

We are very excited to announce that following the success of our inaugural class on tonic syrups, we are about to host our second masterclass in-store at The Bitters Lab!

This class will be a very interesting and unique session on Vermouth and Australian Botanicals, run by Shaun Byrne, creator of Maidenii and all round fair dinkum bloke. Shaun will be discussing what makes vermouth, and what Australian native ingredients are used in our food and beverage to give it that unique quality which has boost Aussie spirits reputation in the global marketplace.

Our guests will be able to taste some lovely products, and even taste some vermouth in a cocktail to experience it in the classic bitter style.

Head to our events page and follow the links to secure your tickets. Seats are strictly limited, so you’d better get in quick!