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!



“Just The Tonic” Masterclass & Tasting

We are very excited this week to be holding the very first of our cocktail masterclasses!

Our ethos has always been to provide bartenders and enthusiasts with the tools they need to take their cocktail experience to the next level. So we will be hosting masterclasses on a range of topics, in collaboration with some of our friends in the industry to help our customers get the most out of their drinks.

Our inaugural session will be with Trish Brew, the manager of the excellent Gin Palace, on tonic syrups. Tonics have a rich history dating back to British colonial times, and The Bitters Lab stocks a wide range of flavours and styles of this unique syrup.

The “Just The Tonic” class will be this Thursday the 18th of August. Our guests will have the chance to taste some delicious syrups paired with The Melbourne Gin Company, and even get to take away some treats!

There are only a few seats left, so make sure you head to our events page for your tickets.

The Secret’s Out

Four weeks deep into the shop and it already feels like home. We’ve had some great words from The Age and Concrete Playground, introducing Melbourne to the Cocktail Mecca.

Check out the reviews!




We’re open for business!

Hey Everybody!

So the products are on the shelves, the doors are open and we are trading! Thanks so much to everyone who made it down for our launch night, we enjoyed a few champagne cocktails and got a little boozy into the evening. It was great to see all our friends and customers finally get to see the expanse of our collection in person, and be able to taste and experience the products we sell first hand. Now it’s your turn!

The shop is open at Shop 9, 397 Smith St, every day except for Tuesday. We have a huge table in the middle of the room which is covered in open bottles of bitters, tonics and syrups which you can taste at your leisure, plus you’ll be likely to see one of us there who is willing to chew your ear off about the range of flavours, books and tools that we now stock.

We’re very happy to be on Smith St, and are hoping to make it our home for the foreseeable future. So please come and visit, we’ll hope to see you there!


Everyone to the site for the brand new retail project that is The Bitters Lab.

We are proud to announce that in a very short time we will be opening a unique space on Smith St in Fitzroy, where you can browse, learn about, sample and buy all manner of interesting and artisanal cocktail ingredients and equipment.

We can’t wait to show you all, so stay tuned for more details!