Sips & Bites #5: Artemis Gin, Long Chim Sydney, Whisky Chicks & More

Sips & Bites is a new section featuring bite-sized information on new restaurants and bars including what’s on in Sydney. This new feature replaces the monthly “New Restaurant and Bars Openings” and is published on a regular basis.

Artemis Gin


A new Australian gin distilled by Derv and Seb at the Craft & Co. is being released through a crowd funding campaign. Artemis Distilled Australian Gin (44%ABV) is a classic dry gin, juniper forward, inspired by history, cocktails and the scientific method. Named after the botanical Artemisia, the gin combines classic and native Australian botanicals. The duo behind it are Derv and Seb, a scientist and a bartender respectively. You may know Sebastian Reaburn from many notable Melbourne bars including 1806. He also co-created Heartbreaker and worked on 42 Below, 666 Pure Tasmanian Vodka, and Bacardi Martini Australia.

Batch 1 of Artemis Distilled Australian Gin is now available for pre order through Pozible. You can support the new Australian gin here.

Long Chim Sydney

Long Chim Sydney, David Thompson’s casual Thai street food restaurant and bar is opening for dinner on Monday August 29 at Angel Place. Meaning ‘come and taste’, the 190-seat restaurant is split over two levels. The cocktails are developed by Long Chim’s main barman, James Connolly, and the list of  wines is selected by Greg Plowes. Full review to come soon.

10 Martin Place (entry via Angel Place), Sydney

Whisky Chicks at The Oak Barrel

Whisky Chicks at The Oak Barrel

This week I was invited to attend an event close to my heart, Women in Whisky with Shanti Korporaal of Whisky Chicks at The Oak Barrel in Sydney where a line up of women in the whisky industry discussed their experience over 7 drams in a relaxed and engaging evening.

The speakers were L-R: Sarah Miller (Pure Scot/Bladnoch); Laura Hay (veteran of many distilleries); Lisa Russell (Island2Island); Shanti Korporaal (Whisky Chicks); Bethany Cannan (Oak Barrel); Kathleen Davies (Nip of Courage); Rachelle Hair (Baxter Inn – not in photo).

As many of you know, back in 2014, I published “Women in Whisky: The Girl from Glenlivet, The Ambassador & The Writer” with Laura Hay, Jane Overeem and myself in a round table interview/ discussion. Last night’s event reminded me of what was a mere idea that I brought to life, bringing together women of various whisky backgrounds over the appreciation of fine drams and conversations. Kathleen Davies of Nip of Courage kindly spoke about my article in her discussion of women in whisky in Australia. Keep an eye out for more women-only events with Whisky Chicks.

Project Botanicals with Bombay Sapphire & True Artistry

Bombay Sapphire’s latest ‘Artistry’ campaign includes a bespoke Bombay Sapphire perfume created by collaborator and fragrance specialist from Melbourne’s The Powder Room, Samantha Taylor and an exclusive playlist curated by international DJ duo Yolanda Be Cool – Yolanda Be Cool x Bombay Sapphire: Songs to Drink Gin To.

The sensory elements will be in play at Bombay Sapphire’s Project Botanicals to be held from Thursday 8th September to Sunday 18th September 2016 in Melbourne at Taxi Riverside, Federation Square and again in the summer at Botanic Gardens Restaurant in Sydney in March, 2017.

Drinks Industry Show

The Drinks Industry Show is back at Luna Park in November. The trade only festival features suppliers, brewstars, brand ambassadors, and offers opportunities to network with Australia’s drinks community. The exhibition will be held on 7th-8th November and will feature niche products, brands, beer, wine, spirits and cider.

Other News

  • Aria restaurant is closing its doors on August 21 and will re-open after a 10 week. The venue will be revamped and the kitchen will introduce a large grill section but won’t be moving away from fine dining.
  • Bondi Pizza will open its next store at Broadway Sydney later this summer. The new Level 2 of the centre will be unveiled to the public for the first time on Thursday 18 August with food, fashion and beauty retailers.
  • Are you a whisky nerd? Find out in these 12 easy steps.
  • The Gilt Lounge at QT Sydney has released a new seasonal cocktail list.
  • How much do you know about vermouth?
  • Less than one month till Sydney Bar Week starts and we have the scoop on all the events and parties.

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About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.