From the idea of two Manly locals, to now exporting gin back to the Brits, Manly Spirits Co. Distillery has kicked goals that many said were rather audacious. They produce outstanding Aussie craft spirits using locally sourced marine and native botanicals, all at their very unique distillery open to the public from Friday to Sunday.

When I dropped in to Manly Spirits Co. at Brookvale to have a chat with David Whittaker and Vanessa Wilton husband and wife co-founders, the distillery was a hive of activity with all four stills running and production in full swing. With Blackfin Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur hitting the shelves this month for the first time, the crew of ten have been pretty busy.

Just last month Manly Spirits Co. launched their line of award winning gins and vodkas into the UK market.

“It was pretty awesome to see our bespoke blue bottles, which we believe captures a little bit of the Northern Beaches vibe, being requested at some of the trendiest venues in London,” said Vanessa.

To top it off they have just been awarded Best Australian Contemporary Gin at the World Gin Awards in London.

“Walking through international duty free at Sydney Airport on the way and seeing our gins and liqueurs being sold alongside some pretty big brands is a magic moment for any business starting from scratch,” said David.

If you want to taste some spirits produced by a distillery at the top of their game, you must visit this little gem. Hidden amongst surrounding breweries, this venue is more of experience with its floor to ceiling of maturing whisky barrels, steampunk copper stills and the very cool distillery bar.


Upon arriving to the venue, you are greeted by some very friendly staff who are all trained to talk you through ingredients used, focusing on some cleverly designed cocktails to showcase all the spirits made at the distillery.

Tasting flights, G&T’s, shimmy cocktails low in alcohol and premium cocktails are all on the menu along with some local craft beers and organic wines. What better place to drink cocktails than where the alcohol is actually made? Complementing the cocktails are house made bites; share plates of artisan cheeses, antipasto, gourmet toasties, nuts and dips, all flavoured with botanicals used in the spirits. Attention to detail and a friendly vibe are what Manly Spirits Co. Distillery is all about.

For those who want to learn how this business was born, how to make great booze and want to taste a selection of spirits, you can book into one of their distillery tours and tastings where all will be revealed. It’s a fun afternoon out with friends and you can even bring your dog.

Distillery bar: Fri 3.30–10pm, Sat 12–10pm, Sun 12–6pm
Tours: Friday 6pm, Saturday 2pm & 5pm, Sun 2pm
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Manly Spirits Co. Distillery, 4A/9-13 Winbourne Rd, Brookvale  |  02 80185144