Where is the home of Gin? Us Brits have a very strong claim to the title. Gin may have been invented on the continent but it has been reinvented and revitalised by the bustling British Gin Scene. With companies creating innovative and creative flavoured and infused gins and other creating pure and accomplished gins- enjoyed globally its no wonder why Gin bars are popping up in all bustling cosmopolitan cities.
So we took a little mini-tour of the UK for some of the best and most loved by locals- Gin bars across the isles.
London Cocktail Club – London
London Cocktail Club is a place where you can swing lights, let loose and have a great party without having to sacrifice the quality of your drink. Traditionally it has been a trade-off between wild nights and bad drinks, or quiet bars with quality cocktails. London Cocktail Club gets the best of both worlds – powerful parties and delectable drinks made by some of the best-trained bartenders around.
Atlas Bar – Manchester
Stocking Manchester City Centre’s largest gin offer by far. Over 425, at the last count, from all over the world and they add a new gin every week. If you are looking for a Gin themed evening to get up close and personal with your favourite tiple, they also offer a host of Gin experiences including Gin Master Classes, Gin Supper Clubs, Gin Preview Evenings, Gin Paddle Boards, our Atlas Gin Passport and Atlas 100 Club.
Rita’s Bar – Belfast
Rita’s Belfast is located in the historic Linen Quarter, besides sister bars The Perch Rooftop Bar, Sweet Afton and nightclub Chinawhite.
A space like no other in Belfast, leading lady Rita welcomes you to her luxurious den, filled will lavish surroundings, velvet drapes, deluxe furniture and a burning fire. Cosy and stylish!
Enjoy the superior surroundings of this cocktail bar, a homage to the life of a “1940’s IT Girl” and delight at the creations of the talented bartenders with sumptuous cocktails and tipples.
Whether you prefer one of their 45 gins on offer, a crafted cocktail or a light bite there is something for everyone at Rita’s.
Below The Stairs – Leeds
People should visit Below Stairs if they want to relax and experience something truly experiential. That’s what they are all about, providing an environment where you can turn off and just enjoy sitting, relaxing and being taken care of. The cocktails are designed to be moments of escape, the same way a good book is. The location is also super unique, channelling speakeasy vibes and ensuring the Leeds crowd and beyond get their gin needs catered for!
56 North – Edinburgh
Scotland isn’t just about Whisky! They cover everything for the gin lovers, they even have a working distillery so you can see real gin stills. They boast a store of 400 gins and are Scottish Gin Awards- “Gin Bar of the year” which is quite the accolade. The chef and his team do amazing homemade food which perfectly compliments the Gin. You can join their senior gin team doing a masterclasses or stills tour as well. There really is something for everyone, a place where guests can just pop in for a new gin and recommendation from the team.
E voila, 5 of many amazing Gin bars in the UK that are serving as trailblazers. Using stunning ingredients, inventive or classic serves, ensuring that gin is well and truly at the forefront of British culture.
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