1800 Tequila will bring its biodiversity-focussed The Greenhouse Bar to Melbourne this weekend.
It follows a collaboration with Botanic Gardens of Sydney last weekend that saw The Greenhouse Bar bar installation help increase awareness of Australia’s biodiversity crisis, while shining a light on easy things Australians can do to support biodiversity in their local areas and across the country.
Director of Horticulture and Living Collection at the Botanic Gardens of Sydney John Siemon said: “The Greenhouse Bar by 1800 Tequila represents an important partnership in our mission to raise awareness about Australia’s biodiversity crisis amongst young Australians. This immersive experience not only celebrates the extraordinary versatility of Australian botanicals but also serves as a powerful reminder of the urgent need for plant conservation action.”
Recent research has revealed a concerning gap in knowledge, with many Australians unaware of the alarming decline in biodiversity.
1800 Hopes that through initiatives like The Greenhouse Bar, they can inspire a deeper connection to our native flora and encourage meaningful contributions to preserving our botanical treasures with 100% of bar ticket sales supporting Rainforest Seed Conservation project – an initiative that plays a vital role in the conservation of Australian endangered plant species.
Rainforest Conservation Scientist at the Botanic Gardens of Sydney Dr Karen Sommerville leads the Rainforest Seed Conservation project, which is protecting our most biodiverse ecosystems by saving threatened plant species from extinction caused by habitat fragmentation, weeds, disease, and climate change.
“At Botanic Gardens of Sydney, we are collecting, researching, seed-banking, and growing both common and threatened rainforest plants at our cutting-edge plant conservation facility, The Australian PlantBank,” she said.
“This includes the critically endangered Scrub Turpentine, Rhodamnia rubescens – a plant featured within The Greenhouse Bar.”
Renowned sustainable mixologist Tom McHugh has collaborated with 1800 Tequila to create four innovative cocktails that showcase Australian natives in four distinctly different ways, each paired with a Tequila from the 1800 family.
“Botanicals are the unsung heroes of the cocktail world, weaving an aromatic tapestry that defines each drink, creating an experience that goes beyond taste,” he said.
“1800 Tequila, born from 100% Blue Weber Agave, takes botanical infusion to an art form, transforming humble ingredients into extraordinary spirits. Without these botanicals, the kaleidoscope of flavours we know and love in our cocktails simply wouldn’t be possible”.
The bar builds on the triumphs of last year’s The Recycled Bar activation and Proximo Spirits’ global initiative, The Agave Project. The Recycled Bar ingeniously repurposed locally sourced materials, crafting a sustainable space and diverting waste from landfill.
The Agave Project utilises upcycled agave fibres – a waste by-product from the Tequila making process – to produce a range of products, including a first-of-its-kind innovation: biodegradable drinking straws.
These straws not only reduce the oil used in the manufacturing process, they also reduce the carbon emissions normally created during standard plastic production.
To book a visit to The Greenhouse Bar from 27-29 October in Clifton Street, Prahran click here.