Auckland’s best-loved bars and restaurants are sharing their hosting hacks with Aucklanders this month during the East Imperial Gin Jubilee. From this Friday the 25th of October, 54 bars and restaurants in Auckland are inviting the public to get amongst it and discover new and wonderful ginbased concoctions. You can also jump online to vote for the best gin cocktail in the city.

The festival will wrap up on 9 November 2019 with the finale at The Lula Inn with the announcement of the highest voted bar and cocktail crowning of this years’ champion gin libation. The winner receives the silver tankard for Auckland’s Best Gin Jubilee Cocktail – not to mention an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles, USA.

The 15-day jubilee will celebrate the famous tipple by showcasing a curated selection of internationally renowned, local and boutique gin brands to highlight the best of what the gin industry has to offer. Since launching in 2012, East Imperial is redefining what a traditional gin & tonic is, and the now wellestablished Gin Jubilee is the means to showcase this exciting evolution to all willing participants.

Tony Burt CEO and founder of East Imperial says, “It’s always something special bringing East Imperial Gin Jubilee home to Auckland. We’re a proud New Zealand brand, and we now have such a thriving gin scene here, and a depth of bartending talent to match any major city. The fact we have an incredible 54 bars participating this year is testament to that.”

If you want to taste some of the best gin cocktails in the world, have your say, and support your favourite Auckland spot, head to any of the participating bars between 25 October – 9 November. The full list of events and bars can be found on the website. #GinJubilee2019


What: East Imperial Gin Jubilee 2019

Where: Auckland

Who: 54 bars across Auckland – see full list below

When: 25 October – 9 November

Auckland’s Best Gin Cocktail Competition

Each participating bar has paired East Imperial mixers with a partner gin brand, the rest of the recipe is then up to the bar team, who will have free reign to showcase their creativity. The culmination of East Imperial Gin Jubilee sees the crowning of one bar with the Silver Tankard for Auckland’s “Best Gin Jubilee Cocktail” and an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angles, USA.

The public are encouraged to vote for their favourite Gin & Tonic by posting a photo of the G&T to Instagram with the geotag of the bar where they got the gin cocktail from and the hashtag #GinJubilee2019. The bar with a combination of the most public votes, and the most points from the expert Judging panel will be crowned the winner.

East Imperial Gin Jubilee Event Schedule

Throughout the 15-day festival, gin lovers will be spoilt for choice with a series of Masterclasses where consumers will learn the tricks of the trade from expert bartenders, brand ambassadors and distillers. Guests will explore the history of Gin & Tonics, learn how to make the perfect Gin Cocktail, and taste over 50 versions of the drink by the city’s best bartenders alongside Gin & Tonic culinary pairing specials.

See website for full list of events:

Gin Jubilee Finale Night

The Gin Jubilee Finale party will showcase a series of pop up bars and gin brands at Lula Inn on November 9, 2019. Auckland’s “Best Gin & Tonic” winner will also be announced here. The Jubilee party is free for all to attend, and guests can take the opportunity to try out some of the competing bars’ Gin & Tonic creations.

Participating Bars and Bartenders

1. Seven

2. 46 & York

3. 1 8 8 5

4. Mission Bay Pavilion

5. Pineapple

6. Azabu

7. Lime Bar

8. Love Bucket

9. Woodpecker Hill

10. 1 9 4 7

11. Madam George

12. Coley & Punch

13. Caretaker

14. Scarlett Slimms & Lucky

15. Clippers

16. Xoong

17. The Corner – Remuera

18. Ostro

19. Lula Inn

20. My Bar

21. Gerome

22. Fukuko

23. Satya Chai Lounge – K Road

24. Satya Chai Lounge – Sandringham

25. The Cork

26. HiSo

27. Pullman

28. Sugar Club

29. Huami

30. Masu

31. Deadshot

32. Northern Club

33. Saint Alice

34. Paris Butter

35. Tinted Rose

36. Fantail & Turtle

37. Parasol & Swing

38. Chapel Bar

39. Regatta

40. Francs

41. The Grange

42. GG flamingo

43. The Northernline

44. Long Bay Surf Club

45. 21 Days

46. Churchills

47. Augustus

48. Tok Tok

49. Oyster & Chop

50. Citizen Park

51. Gemmayze Street

52. The Wreck

53. Grand Central

54. Wu and Yu

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Shawn Moodie
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Shawn has pretty diverse interests and enjoys writing on about whatever happens to take his fancy at the time. A seasoned entertainment reviewer and interviewer, Shawn has also seen every band on his 'Musicians to see before I die' list.

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