Gin is a distilled alcoholic drink that derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries. It is one of the broadest categories of spirits, all of various origins, styles, and flavour profiles, that revolve around juniper as a common ingredient. The first confirmed date for the production of Gin is the early 17th century in Holland. It’s used in a variety of cocktails and mixed drinks. We’ve got a selection of the best Gin bars and experiences across the UK, everything from tastings to a Gin Spa! Perfect for all Gin lovers out there!
Gin71 – Glasgow
Glasgow’s first dedicated Gin bar with over 71 different Gins from around the world. They also carry their own home made tonics, and a superb collection of cocktails. They also host Gin Tasting nights covering gins from Scotland and further afield. As well as a Gin Spa available which is the first ever gin inspired botanical day spa. With several locations in Glasgow for example the breath taking Victorian interior of De Quincy House in the heart of Glasgow’s City Centre and another separate branch in Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square there is no excuse for the fun not to beGIN!
Heads and Tales Bar – Edinburgh
Nestled within Rutland Place this hidden Gin Gem is just waiting to be discovered. A unique venue; a perfect mix of relaxed yet fun, cosy yet open, with the two Edinburgh Gin stills – Flora and Caledonia on view that visitors can watch the Gin being distilled as they drink it! Whether it’s a night out with friends, an intimate date or that after work rant, Heads & Tales is the perfect confidante! Our ‘tenders are passionate, knowledgeable and like nothing more than “talking shop” and assisting you in choosing a drink from our extensive menu or making a bespoke concoction to suit your tastes. For those not content with just drinking Gin, why not book a Master Class. This class takes participants through the ages and stages, giving you an educational experience on gin. Taste and enjoy traditional gins and ones with flare and learn how to have them best served! A warm welcome awaits in keeping with Scottish hospitality and tradition, so come and experiment with gin in Edinburgh’s West End.
The Potted Pig – Cardiff
Located in a former bank vault basement beneath the city, The Potted Pig restaurant & Gin Lounge shares its passion for modern British food and wonderful Gins through ever-changing, seasonal menus and the odd whole suckling pig! They carry an extensive spirit range including an unrivalled choice of bespoke gin. Any Juniper fans visiting Cardiff should look no further than this dedication to Gin deliciousness. There are juniper infused offerings for every palette from fresh, aromatic, spicy, fruity and dry. Their knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help you find that perfect drink.
Muriels – Belfast
Located on Church Lane in the centre of Belfast. Muriel’s is famous for Gin and Cocktails, boasting an outstanding collection of gins – more than 100 at last count. It uses good brands, including Short Cross, Dingle and Opihr (to name just a few), as well as using fresh ingredients such as lime, apple and oranges that mean your cocktails are bursting with refreshing flavour.It’s a quirky spot with super friendly staff and the perfect bar in Belfast for after dinner Gin hunting. There is an interesting display around the walls and hanging from the ceiling, why not call in for a look and ask the staff.
Psychopomp Microdistillery – Bristol
A small, independent distillery in Bristol. Their main site of operations is 145 at the top of St Michael’s Hill, Bristol, open to the public 12pm-10pm Tuesday to Friday. They use small, handmade copper pot stills to produce craft distilled Gin in small batches and limited quantities. Creating classic and seasonal recipes for their gin loving customers and supplying them throughout the UK. Woden was their first gin and it is available all year. It is a classic London dry gin with juniper berries, coriander seed, angelica root, cassia bark, fresh grapefruit zest and fennel seed. It is perfect in a G&T with a large wedge of grapefruit or in any classic gin cocktail. They also produce limited runs of seasonal gins as the seasons change. Runs are limited to 750 bottles, each numbered. They hold a number of events for example their monthly distillers table, a distillery tour and tasting and a distil your own Gin afternoon. All perfect for any Gin lovers on a trip to Bristol.
Jenever – Liverpool
A beautiful contemporary Gin bar situated at 29a Hope Street, the only street in the world with a Cathedral at either end. Named after the Dutch drink from which Gin evolved and filled with over 120 types of Gin, specialty Jenevers and a cocktail menu not to be missed! A stroll near Hope St wouldn’t be complete without a little something from Jenever, whether it be a pre-theatre drink or a lazy afternoon G & T. They also provide specially selected gin tastings held by their lovely bartenders for the ultimate gin tasting experience! Taking you through a brief history of Jenever, revealing a couple of facts here and there before explaining how to palette the four unique Gins, tonics and garnishes which we will provide you with! A must for any G&T lover visiting Liverpool.
Atlas Bar – Manchester
Situated in the railway arches of Deansgate, Atlas Bar has been a Manchester icon for two decades. It has matured into an elegant, quality bar specialising in Gins from around the world; over 420 at the last count! The largest offer in Manchester City Centre. They host various Gin Supper Clubs and Master Classes on Gin which can be found on their events page. They also have a Gin Bible and Gin Password for browsing all the various types of Gin they offer from all over the planet.
Mr Foggs Gin Parlour – London
Housing an impressive plethora of gins, tonics and botanicals, the refined space boasts a collection of over 150 Gins, from known favourites to rare and uniquely selected Gins. The parlour, once the home of Fogg’s beloved Aunt Gertrude, features beautiful and traditionally upholstered furniture, alongside eclectic trinkets adorning the walls. Revel in the parlour’s selection of experiences, while enjoying exquisitely created cocktails and delightful small plates. The G&Tea experience indulges your love of Gin by choosing your destination, as you explore a plethora of gin cocktails inspired by flavours from all around the world. There is also a Gin Safari experience allowing you and your fellow hunters to enjoy 6 different Gins and one and a half hours of expert tuition – covering gin, botanicals and tonics. Then for a truly unique tour sign up for Mr Fogg’s Gin Distillery Experience.