Proud Henry Wine Bar & Ginoteca
To stay ahead in the hospitality game, versatility and evolution is key. Darren Davis of Grape Therapy and Baedeker fame is proof of this concept, having constantly found new ways to bring world-class wine to Brisbane drinkers for years. In early 2017 after a European sojourn, Darren discovered an affinity for gin, which put the wheels in motion for a new bar concept at the space formerly occupied by Grape Therapy Fortitude Valley. Together with venue manager Carmen Hartwich, Darren shifted focus and transformed the space into Proud Henry Wine Bar & Ginoteca – a chic venue stocking some of the best small-batch gins from Australia and overseas as well as a stellar selection of wine. Upon opening, Proud Henry boasts more than 80 gin varietals, with more being added every week. Rare bottles from artisan distillers are available to sip, with Proud Henry being the only bar in the country to stock certain limited-edition bottles. The wine selection has also changed, with a focus on quirky international styles and wines that haven’t been seen in Brisbane. Patrons can also snack on cheese and charcuterie, and will be able to participate in gin tastings and masterclass sessions.