A new gin bar has opened up on the Tweed Coast, and we are officially losing our minds.
It’s no secret that we love Fins at Salt Village (you can read all about our recent degustation experience with the team here). So when the team at Fin’s told us they were launching a new gin bar AND a new takeaway and bar menu, we locked down the opening night date in our calendars and counted down the hours until we could be sipping gin in their beachside oasis.
Arriving to Fins we were greeted by the team handing out gourmet canapes, and with food in hand we were instantly drawn to the new Fins gin bar. Spread out across the Fins bar, were 22 different botanicals to choose from accompanied by a very extensive list of 20 handcrafted boutique gins from both local and international suppliers.
We picked a Brookie’s Gin, which is handcrafted in Byron Bay for those of you playing at home, and paired it with a fizzy Fever Tree tonic. Next, we had to pick our botanicals to personalise our Friday night pour, and with all of the choice we were pretty much big kids in a gin store. From dehydrated oranges and strawberries, to lemon myrtle, fruit slices and cinnamon, the opportunities to create something unique are endless.
As the sun was setting we sat down to enjoy a ‘feed me’ menu in the Fins bar, while we watched perfectly packaged takeaway bags make their way out the door en route to local residents.
As we sipped our lemon myrtle and cucumber gins, we grazed on a home-made smoked eggplant & white miso dip, teamed with fresh sourdough. Followed by local crispy calamari with smoked paprika salt, lemon and aioli hit the table.
We moved onto a bottle of bubbles (because… celebration!), as we were treated to a spicy local fish poke bowl. The delicate flavours balanced perfectly with a level of spice.
Lastly, we shared a Pescador seafood linguine with Tweed prawns, line caught fish, hand-harvested poppies and cuttlefish. We paired this with a stunning rose, as we spoke to Morgan Snow about their ethos of maintaining a sustainable restaurant with their wine list now featuring only biodynamic and organic wines.
We completed our night with two famous Fins desserts (that we have been lucky enough to indulge in before), the decadent “5 Shades of Chocolate” and a fresh, zesty lemon myrtle pannacotta. Heaven.
If you’re a gin lover, or just a lover of good food and wine in general, get yourself down to the new Fins bar for a night time experience or to try the new Fins takeaway!