By Sam Bygrave
With new bar legislation looking like it will come into effect in March, Adelaide looks set to become the next Australian cocktail destination. Looking to lead that charge is The Collins, the new bar opening soon at the Hilton, smack bang in the middle of the city. We got a look at the bar last week and were impressed with what we saw — the decor is sharp and the back bar is taking shape.
Overseeing that back bar is Grant Collins (The White Hart, Zeta). “The bar will feature one of the most extensive selections of spirits in Australia,” said Collins, “including a selection of over 45 gins and 55 bourbons, and will also have a vast array of scotches and tequilas all handpicked from around the globe.”
The bar is headed up by Zac Markov (Hakkasan), who has spent the last 15 years in England and has just returned home to Adelaide. The roster also includes one talented young Adelaide barkeep, our 2011 Rookie of The Year winner Monica Place.
Get the first look inside the venue with our pictures below. The Collins is due to open in February.