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Melbourne’s Hidden Gem That’ll Transport You Back In Time

by Emily Corless

Do you ever catch yourself wandering through and wondering what Melbourne was like back in the day? No, like way back. If you enjoy a side of history with your drinks, then you’ll love Little Lon Distilling Co!

Built in 1877, this quaint little cottage has survived Melbourne’s modernization, and earnt itself the title of the last remaining single story building in Melbourne’s CBD.

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Situated in the heart of the CBD, Little Lon is a gintrified venue, dedicated to keeping the spirt of Melbourne alive, through celebrating the venue’s vivacious history, and commemorating those who contributed to its tales. Blink and you’ll miss it, this tiny red-brick abode seems worlds away from the modernity of its surrounding skyscrapers. However it’s unusual nature is all part of Little Lon’s charm.

Step inside and be transported to old-timey Melbourne. A bohemian delight, adorned in vintage wallpaper and gilded mirrors. With authentic weathered floorboards and a warm glow that’ll make you feel transported into the fantasy.

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The inviting ambiance extends to the staff, who are ready and willing to regale you with the legendary stories that have occurred within the walls. Speaking of walls, if they could talk, Little Lon would be the biggest gossip of them all! Harboring 144 of years of history, Little Lon has been a popular watering hole to some of Melbourne’s most colorful characters!

Little Lon are devoted to commemorating  these icons on a daily basis, through their range of  spirits, carefully crafted in their on-site distillery. Brewing up a range of flavors that’ll be sure to satisfy your taste buds,  each of which acts as a love letter to one of the eccentrics who once graced the halls.

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One of the highlights of visiting Little Lon is learning about the twisted tales of these raunchy characters as you sip on their commemorative gin. With selections such as:

Dutchy Thomas, Dutch style. Whiskey meets gin, inspired by a Hollandic hooligan, Arthur “Dutchy” Thomas.

Miss Yoko, A taste of the Orient with fresh seasonal lychees, a homage to the seductress of the same name of Victorian-era Little Lon.

Proudfoot, London dry-style gin with garden fresh rosemary, a salute to Constable Proudfoot, Little Lon’s long arm of the law.

Enjoy these delicious varieties in a cocktail from the menu!

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Curious to dive deeper into Little Lon’s lore? You can book their Gin Masterclass for tastings from the distillery, learn more about the history of Little Lon, as well as enjoy a tour, and a cocktail of your choice to finish! Click Here for more info.

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You can also book private functions at Little Lon, with no venue hire fee! Whether you’re looking to host an authentic cocktail party, a birthday or a corporate event, Little Lon would love to host you!


17 Casselden Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000


Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 4 PM – 11 PM
Friday: 4 PM – 11 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 11 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 6 PM

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