Ginuary Festival Heads To Howard Smith Wharves For Its 2023 Edition

Get ready, gin lovers! The iconic Ginuary Festival is returning in January 2023, bigger than ever as it takes over the Rivershed and the Green House at Howard Smith Wharves. Here’s what to look forward to in the upcoming event. 

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Gin Tasting Hall

Ginuary Festival
Photo credit: Covent Garden/Facebook

Expect more gin ever than before, as Ginuary Festival is back with a vengeance following two years of restricted events brought by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021 and the floods in 2022. 

The ‘gin tasting hall’ is a fully covered space which features more than 10 different degustation stations, where guests can enjoy free gin tastings. There’s also an opportunity to purchase limited-edition gins or find new potential favourites.

As Ginuary Festival returns for its fifth year, Covent Garden has once again teamed up with Long Rays, CG Gin Co and some other Australian distillers to showcase the best of the homegrown gin industry at the gin tasting hall.

‘Gin House’ area

Ginuary Festival
Howard Smith Wharves (Photo credit: Odee/Google Maps)

Covent Garden will be bringing along more than a hundred of your favourite gins, for you to indulge in, whilst enjoying the best view in town. 

Howard Smith Wharves’ Rivershed is a heritage wharf building with an incomparable space overlooking the city and the Story Bridge. The Green House, on the other hand, offers an intimate, inner city escape for guests with plenty of natural light and greenery.

Hottest 100 Aussie Gins

As part of Covent Garden’s annual tradition, they will be bringing to you a countdown of the Hottest 100 Aussie Gins, voted by the people, especially gin lovers. 

Voting is now open at This year’s nominations have already reached a record number of more than 650 and are still growing.

Save the Date!

WhatGinuary Festival 2023/ Hottest 100 Aussie Gins 2022
WhereHoward Smith Wharves, 5 Boundary Street Brisbane City
WhenSunday, 22 January 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Ticket prices for the event start at $69, with a discount for early bird. For more details, visit their Events page on Facebook. 

Ginuary Festival 2022 Makes Big Move To Fortitude Valley

West End’s popular gin bar and restaurant Covent Garden is bringing its annual Ginuary Festival to Fortitude Valley for its biggest event yet, where the Top 100 Aussie gins will take the spotlight to celebrate the accomplishments of the craft gin distilling industry in Australia. 

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Covent Garden has teamed up with Long Rays and other Australian distillers to bring the event to X-Cargo in Fortitude Valley, a venue ten times larger than its existing location in West End.

Covent Garden West End
Photo credit: Covent Garden West End/Facebook
WhereX-Cargo, Fortitude Valley
When30 January 2022 (11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m)

From over 400 nominees, Covent Garden will only name the top 100 gins this year. Voting is still up for your favourite gins, so better hurry up and vote for your picks! 

Photo credit: XCARGO/Facebook

Last year’s top choice was Ink Gin, a premium gin by Tumbulgum-based boutique distillery Husk Distillers. Other top contenders were Bundaberg’s Kalki Moon and Grandad Jack’s 65 Miles. 

Aside from featuring the most popular gins of the year, Ginuary Festival 2022 will feature a gin alley lined with eight degustation stations where you can taste gin for free or buy limited edition ones.

A special Brookie’s cocktail bar will also be featured, whilst those who want to take the experience to the next level can buy VIP tickets which include masterclasses, cocktail classes, and more. 

Ginuary Festival 2022
Photo credit: Covent Garden

You can head to Covent Garden’s website to find out more about the upcoming festival, including ticket prices.