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Diners' Choice: Great for creative cocktails restaurants in Victoria

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best handcrafted cocktails in Victoria? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Whiskery restaurant
4.8 (752)
$41 to $100
Wine Bar
Geelong City Center
About the restaurant
The Whiskery is the cellar door for Bellarine Distillery. The Whiskery is an 18 years plus only venue .Babies under 12 months are an exception. The original farm shed has been renovated and is a rustic and inviting space to have a yarn over a cocktail, gin or whisky with friends.
During warmer days the gardens and decks provide a relaxing environment and during the colder months a spot beside the fire is most enticing.
Primarily our own Gins are on offer for consumption and sale, with the Whisky being available in due course - STAY TUNED. We also have a wider selection of whiskies also available for tasting. For those who wish to have an alternative to Gin or Whisky ( why? ) we do have a few of the local wines , beers and ciders available plus some soft options for the drivers.
We have a limited food menu which includes a couple of simple pizzas and cheese & produce platters .
Please note bookings are for 2 hr blocks.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Lovely atmosphere, a great place to meet with a group. The drinks were fantastic and the gin tasting came with a helpful information booklet. The food was mixed, the cheese platter was really well presented but the soft cheese was served too cold and the other two cheeses were too similar to be served on the same platter. The pizzas tasted great but the base wasn’t great and they were quite small. Overall we would come back again but would not plan to eat here for a special occasion.
A photo of Great Ocean Road Gin Kitchen restaurant
4.8 (313)
$40 and under
Southeast Asian
About the restaurant
The Gin Kitchen is located alongside the Great Ocean Road Gin Tasting Room on the Great Ocean Road , Aireys inlet. The space which has indoor and outdoor seating connects through to the Tasting Room next door. The menu by head chef Hoan Kiem Ho embraces a broad South East Asian palette. Shared plates include bao buns, san choy bao, beef in betel leaf and larger dishes such as Char Kuay Teow and Red Duck Curry. The menu is a la carte . The drinks are all about the gin, but the drinks list includes local beers and wine too.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Food was absolutely scrumptious. Shared meals between 4. Four starters, 3 mains, and rice were more than enough. The service was excellent, couldn't have asked for a better night out.
A photo of Isabella's Cocktail Bar restaurant
4.8 (178)
$41 to $100
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
About the restaurant
Isabella Billson’s story is somewhat unknown…

In the mid 1850’s women weren’t part of the public picture. We know that she accompanied her husband George as they moved from England to California in search of fortune amongst the goldfields. The chase then took them to Bendigo, Australia, before Beechworth. Here they built a brewery, a business, a brand and a legacy that has lasted until today.
We toast Isabella with the finest spirits, crafted into contemporary cocktails by our talented staff. Her gin - a specialty small batch spirit aged for 3 months in Muscat barrels - appears in the signature 50/50, a gentle approach to a classic martini.

Chef Douglas Elder’s seasonal menu of dishes to to share provides the perfect match. The wine list is exclusively sourced from the surrounding wine regions of Beechworth, Rutherglen and the King Valley.

Please note: Our cocktail bar is designed to be an adult-only experience.

Top review
Dined on Apr 19, 2024
Great service, very friendly staff, good food, delicious drinks and warm and welcoming atmosphere
A photo of Honcho restaurant
4.8 (96)
$41 to $100
Contemporary Mexican
About the restaurant
modern mexican x australian.
fueled by fuego.
comin’ in hot ~ winter ‘23.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Everything was amazing. The quality of the food was outstanding, you could tell that everything was fresh and made with great materials. Drinks were delicious too. The vide and the atmosphere was 10/10. People working here were very kind, smily and keen to help us with everything. 100% recommend.
A photo of Locavore Studio restaurant
4.8 (51)
$41 to $100
About the restaurant
The Locavore experience brings a collective of passionate foodies, coffee enthusiasts and hospitality professionals together to create something pretty special. Situated the lower end of Lilydale in a beautiful heritage building, built in the late 1880s, we offer a distinctive dining & food store experience. Thoughtfully curated local produce, coffee roasted onsite and professional service makes for a truely transformative dining experience.

Cooking brings us together, and it continues to create communities ― and with community comes feelings of connection and happiness.
Locavore Studio is based on the concept of “Produced within 100kms of consumption”.
Sustainability moving into the future is at the forefront of our minds and we are taking important steps to look after our planet and community moving forward. With relationships with local farmers, specialty artisan suppliers and butchers, our goal is to minimise our environmental footprint as best we can for a better future.

Top review
Dined on May 12, 2024
Dined at Locavore Studio for Mothers Day and had a wonderful experience. The staff were so friendly and accommodating, there were no issues with a last minute dietary request. The food and drink were delicious. Even though it was a full house it did not feel loud or overstimulating. Will definitely dine again, thanks to the team for a great day.
A photo of Frankie Geelong restaurant
4.7 (853)
$40 and under
Geelong City Center
About the restaurant
frankie. Bar and Eatery.

A premier Geelong venue specialising in cuisine from all parts of Asia (Pan-Asian-Fusion), a killer cocktail menu and unique local wine list.

Our strikingly beautiful and large venue spaces are all sophisticated, elegant arrangements of banquet seating, booths and soft, comfortable chairs. We have two stunning levels, both available for private functions (big or small) or casual dining and drink experiences.

Check our website or socials for further information.

Most reservations have a 2 hour time limit.

We do not have high-chairs, so please send a note with your booking if you need space for a pram.
Table decorations and your own cake are welcomed!

We cant wait to see you!

Team frankie.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We shared Stir Fried Goddess Greens, Wagu Beef Meatballs and Dessert Plate (Sticky Date Pudding). We were very pleased to receive a complimentary dish of rice. The sharing plates were generous in size. Taste and presentation of food excellent. Pleasant and efficient waitress. Large, light filled venue with tables spaced to allow diners privacy from other groups.
A photo of Billson’s Brewery restaurant
4.7 (1345)
$40 and under
About the restaurant
The recently restored, Billson’s Brewery, in the heart of Beechworth, offers a family friendly menu featuring local produce and an extensive drinks menu including the full range of traditional cordials, classic sodas, hand crafted spirits, beers on tap and cocktails.

The regionally inspired menu is available across three unique dining spaces. The Taproom restaurant, boasting 16 taps, cushioned booths and expansive dining tables provides plenty of space for the whole family to enjoy. While downstairs in the brewery cellar the Speakeasy bar will transport you back to the roaring 20’s. This moody, charismatic space offers intimate seating with classic leather chesterfield sofas and high-top tables, decadent glassware and antique charm. Or, make your way outside to the dog friendly Beer Garden, decked out with misters and heaters providing the perfect climate control all year round.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Great food, great drinks and excellent staff. Speakeasy area was outstanding.
A photo of The Fields restaurant
4.7 (501)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
About the restaurant
A fun little pan-asian bar and eatery located in the heart of Mansfield. Good times, always.
Top review
Dined on May 8, 2024
Food was great, staff very accomodating and the cocktails were amazing. Perfect way to let our staff knoiw we value all that they do! We had a great night. Looking forward to next time. Thankyou
A photo of Killik Handcrafted Rum restaurant
4.7 (94)
$41 to $100
About the restaurant
🌟 Discover the Ultimate Melbourne Rum Experience at Killik! 🌟

Welcome to Killik, where the magic of handcrafted rum and gin awaits you! We're not just any distillery; we're all about creating an extraordinary atmosphere for you to relish your favourite drinks.

🍹 Award-Winning Spirits: Taste our critically acclaimed rum and gin that will leave your taste buds in awe.

🍝 Fresh House-Made Pasta: Indulge in the delightful taste of our freshly prepared pasta, a perfect match for your drinks.

🍸 Exciting Australian Rums: Immerse yourself in a fascinating array of Australian Rums at our inviting bar.

Whether you're a rum enthusiast, a gin aficionado, or simply looking for an amazing spot to enjoy a fantastic drink, Killik is the place to be! Book your table now for an unforgettable experience that will leave you coming back for more. See you soon at Killik – your gateway to an unparalleled Melbourne Rum adventure! 🥳🍹🍝

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Very helpful and accommodating Food was amazing and tasty Ambiance was nice and cosy
A photo of Betel Boy restaurant
4.5 (285)
$40 and under
About the restaurant
New kid on the block, Betel Boy is serving you inspired pan asian food & cocktails in a contemporary and energetic venue, located on the iconic main street of Daylesford, Victoria. At the helm, Head Chef Chris combines thoughtfully sourced ingredients supplied by regional growers with his talent for Thai flavours and the result is some truly delicious fair. Sticky Bao Buns, drunk dumplings, sour salads top the menu. Wash it down with a Daylesford beer on tap, a cheeky cocktail or choose from the extensive wine list featuring local growers. Step in and be seduced by the vibe and surrounds of a considered space and service that makes you feel like you’ve been going there for years. Afterwards you can slip out the back to Boy-Bar, where the music is a little louder and the cocktails a little stronger.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
Food was amazing! The service the workers provided was just as good. Really impressed and definitely would go back again.
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