If you imagine your favourite cocktail experience – what do you see? Shaved ice, poolside views and all things cool, right?

What if I told you I had THE most delicious cocktail ever, and it was warm? I wouldn’t have believed me either, but I just had an amazing experience with my first visit ever to the State Buildings in the heart of Perth for warm winter cocktails.

For those of you who haven’t visited the State Buildings in Perth, or specifically Long Chim, imagine walking down an outdoor stair case to what feels like the perfect hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. We went on a gloomy winter Wednesday evening and even winter couldn’t keep the vibes away.

After delighting in the twinkling lights and wall art, we were ready to experience Long Chim’s latest offering – Hot Gin Terrace curated in collaboration with Archie Rose Distilling Co.

The scene is set in the courtyard with a fire pit and cosy throw blankets on the chairs. Hot Gin Terrace is an evening of gin-based cocktails, each with a special historical tip of the hat, warmed to perfection, whether that be with fire or heated with a red hot poker! Yes, straight from the fire and into your gin.

Upon arrival guests enjoy a hot G&T which is the perfect introduction to this evening. The flavours are familiar but showcase how adding warmth can change the experience. You are then treated to your choice of drink from a curated menu of eight heated classics. My personal favorite was the Hot Pharmaceutical- think an espresso martini, but with cream, warm, with gin. If you like creamy cocktails this will delight your senses and leave you ready to order just one more.

The Hot Gin Terrace experience keeps on giving. Your warm cocktails are served with a side of fun and history from bartender, Eoin Kenny and Mitch Gurrin from Archie Rose Distilling Co. There are theatrics, flames, loggerheads and the Cratchit Punch has a very special story dating back to the 1800’s. There is also a little something special from Archie Rose Distilling Co. for each guest. I can’t ruin the surprise, but you will be taking a little piece of warmth with you.

This special Hot Gin Terrace menu is only available for 5 dates over a 2 week period with many at full capacity at time of writing this. Available on July 15, 16, 22, 23 and 24, you will need to book ahead to secure your place. The Hot Pharmaceutical is only available on these dates so don’t miss out!

Head to the Perth Happenings Instagram page to check out our full experience on our reels. You need to see the flaming drink to believe it.

For all bookings and more information head to the event page here.

Long Chim Perth

State Buildings – Basement level
Cnr St Georges tce & Barrack st
Perth 6000 WA