Elliot, who was a manager at the iconic Billy the Bums bar many years ago, got the idea for the pop up while in Cape Town.
"While I was there I visited a secret gin bar hidden at the back of a chocolate shop and realised there was nothing like this in Durban."
While sitting at Lupa, a busy Italian restaurant with a separate bar area, it struck him that the space would make a great gin garden - and so The Secret Gin Bar was born.
He partnered with Trilogie, a décor and design studio, for the look, and with Spade Design Centre for the plants to create a gorgeously lush space filled with botanicals.
Elliot then approached Haroon Haffajee, a mixologist with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the world of drink, to come in as front-of-house man for the life of the month-long pop-up.
Haffajee, with a couple of other experienced mixologists, gives customers an education, a performance and a good time.
"We had a couple driving down from Pietermaritzburg last weekend," says Hafajee.
"Believe me, they didn't come all this way just for a drink."
Lots of ice and keep it cold is the secret of a good gin he tells me.
After a chat with enthusiastic barman Luke, I try 031 barrel aged, a Durban distilled gin, with a Fitch and Leedes tonic, a cinnamon quill and a slice of orange.
A couple of drinks later I find my favourite - one of their signature drinks, comprising a double shot of lemon-scented Malfy gin, pink grapefruit and a basil leaf; delicious and lethal.
The world of gin has really opened up in the past few years, says Haffajee. And there is no need to stick to the classic G&T.
"Some people don't like the bitterness of tonic. I advise them to try bitter lemon or ginger ale instead.
"Some people find a gin and soda water refreshing or enjoy it with a dash of elderflower syrup."