Imperial Measures Distilling, Thebarton

ADELAIDE | Imperial Measures Distilling was founded by bartenders and friends Chris Jones and David Danby in 2014. Motivated by the ‘Gin Renaissance’ that was occurring overseas, and was just starting to take root in Australia, the duo decided to delve into the art of distilling. In 2015 they released their first gin, Ounce Gin ‘Signature’, and haven’t looked back since.

They moved into their current location in Thebarton in early 2018, followed shortly by their bar and cellar door ‘Ounce Bar’. There’s the front bar featuring the full Imperial Distilling range, other spirits for cocktails, a single local craft beer tap, and a six-item wine list. Around the corner is an open space looking across to the distilling equipment, with a communal table and assorted seating.

Both the ‘Signature’ and ‘Bold’ gins are top notch, whether enjoyed straight, on the rocks, or as part of a cocktail. Something that you should definitely try is the Mandeaux Liqueur. It’s a French-style liqueur made from Imperial Mandarins sourced from Imperial Measures’ neighbours and friends in Thebarton. Hyper local, and very delicious. The Ruby Bitter, an Italian style amaro consisting of 12 botanicals, is also great.

For food, it’s a small selection of delicious burgers. There’s the signature beef smash burger, a haloumi burger, a vegan burger, and a rotating special burger.

Imperial Measures Distilling

31 West Thebarton Road
South Australia 5031

Telephone: 0406 144 204
E-mail: [email protected]

Mon – Sun: 1:00pm to 9:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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