World Gin Day Dubbo celebrations at the Monkey Bar

Smorgasbord: The Monkey Bar owner Tim Smith with the different varieties of gin, tonic and garnishes ready for patrons to celebrate World Gin Day. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Smorgasbord: The Monkey Bar owner Tim Smith with the different varieties of gin, tonic and garnishes ready for patrons to celebrate World Gin Day. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

A Dubbo pub has transformed into a gin connoisseur's paradise for a celebration of the “cool” alcoholic spirit.

The Monkey Bar has brought back its “pop-up DIY gin bar” for Friday and Saturday night for World Gin Day, held on June 8.

It has “21 different types of gin, mostly Australian” on the shelf to spark a round of “cheers” among friends.

Publican Tim Smith invites patrons to explore with six or seven different types of tonic “which will obviously change the flavour of the gin”.

“Then an awesome amount of garnishes for you to play, experiment and taste,” he said.

Mr Smith and wife Cass, who returned to Dubbo last year to pursue their dream of running a pub, said the local response to previous gin nights had been “awesome”.

“People love gin,” Mr Smith said.

“It’s cool, it’s the same as I suppose people loving craft beer or people loving different types of bourbon.”