A Gin Tour Of The UK- The UK’s Finest & Secret Gin-erys

A Gin Tour Of The UK- The UK’s Finest & Secret Gin-erys

We are a nation of classy and innovative Gin drinkers and the UK is dotted with some global quality bars that specialise in that thing we hold so dear. . . Gin! After a tipple or 2, we thought to ourselves, I wonder how many secret Gin-erys there are around the UK, I mean some bars wish to remain secret but just like a terrible tabloid journalist in an ol’ timey news office, “We are busting this story wide open” and bringing some of the UK’s best kept secrets to you fine people. No doubt you have a favourite spot to visit in your local area but we thought, why not make our way around the UK.

 

A Place Of Gin Worship- A Secret Speakeasy

Now we are not for one moment suggesting that you plan a trip that involves paying a visit to every spot, no hang on, that sounds blooming delightful. But rather if you are visiting any of these spots any time soon you will know exactly where to head first!

 London Cocktail Club

 London

What’s your top recommendation for a G & T serve

Honestly, the biggest problem with the G&T is that there’s always too much tonic! You really want to grab yourself a good quality gin, have a ratio of 3:1 tonic to gin, lots of ice and drop in a citrus zest which compliments the botanicals inside your gin – Lemon or Grapefruit is a good option. Tonic is an ingredient that is meant to complement the gin – not drown it.

What’s your signature gin cocktail?

For me, the White Lady is such a classic Gin cocktail. It represents exactly what we think a cocktail should be: focus on a few flavours in just the right proportions to create a harmonious drink which has just enough of everything without too much or anything. Grab your favourite London Dry Gin, some cointreau, a squeeze of lemon and a little sugar if you have a sweet tooth. Shake with egg white and ice. This drink has no gimmicks and it’s ingredients have nowhere to hide.

Why should people visit your bar?

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.

 Martello Hall

 London

What’s your top recommendation for a G & T serve

My top recommendation for a G&T serve is a good juniper base gin with Schweppes Tonic water Garnished with a rosemary sprig and a small pinch of juniper berries.

What’s your signature gin cocktail?

My signature gin cocktail would be The Kingdom Mule with Old Tom or regular Gin combining
Simple Syrup, Cranberry Juice, Ginger Beer with Rosemary, lime, and a cranberry for garnish.

Why should people visit your bar?

People should visit our bar for the good drinks great vibe and Delicious food. We make gin on all our sites and our distiller is all ways trying to improve recipes and venture in to new distillery challenges.
Answers by Jack Mannering – Head Distiller.

 London Gin Club

 London

What’s your top recommendation for a G & T serve

Always use the best gins available, use a copa serve, use hand cracked twice frozen ice to minimum melting ice, which will flatten the tonic, pair your garnish with your gin to bring out the best in the gin, use premium tonic such as Fevertree and ideally not a flavoured tonic.

What’s your signature gin cocktail?

We have many cocktails which are created by us along with classic gin cocktails. I would say our seasonal gimlets show our skills at creating classic cocktails with a contemporary edge.In particular our cucumber and celery gimlet!

Why should people visit your bar?

Our selection of gin is not the biggest, around 400 gins, but it is the best. We curate our collection to ensure we can offer the finest gins available which are paired correctly with their garnish. We are very serious about gin and tonic and cocktails. Being the first gin bar in the Uk and the only gin only gin bar ( we don’t stock any other spirits, wines or beers!) we know our gin better than anyone!

Atlas Bar

 Manchester

What’s your top recommendation for a G & T serve

Atlas owner, Elaine, loves to drink a quality London Dry Gin and Premium Tonic, served in a stemmed glass, with ice and a vibrant garnish. One of her favourites is Colonsay Gin, served with Walter Gregor Tonic and a Mint and orange garnish. Owner Mark’s favourite is a Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin with a Double Dutch Tonic Water. although it’s equally amazing neat!

What’s your signature gin cocktail?

Would have to be a Negroni! Amy, who is one of our bar team, and also hosts our Gin Master Classes, makes a mean one! A definite if you ever visit Atlas.

Why should people visit your bar?

We stock Manchester City Centre’s largest gin offer by far. Over 425, at the last count, from all over the world, and we add a new gin EVERY week. We 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. Our Mobile Bar can also bring Gin Experiences to your home or venue and our full offer can also be explored at www.ginbible.co.uk where you can also purchase unusual gins from our Bottle Shop.

 Rita’s Bar

 Belfast

What’s your top recommendation for a G & T serve

Hoxton Gin with Fevertree Tonic served with a slice of Grapefruit and Coconut.

What’s your signature gin cocktail?

Bellevue – Tanqueray, Red Berry Vermouth, Fresh Lemon, Homemade Raspberry Cordial, Whites.

Why should people visit your bar?

Rita’s Belfast is located in the historic Linen Quarter, beside 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.

Enjoy the superior surroundings of this cocktail bar, an 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, you will always be welcome at Rita’s.
Look out for seasonal events including live music, cocktail happy hours and bartender specials.
Open seven days a week, with table bookings for five or more. Also, private hire is available Sunday – Thursday.

 The Perch

 Belfast

What’s your top recommendation for a G & T serve

Tanqueray 10 with Schweppes 1783 light tonic and a wedge of orange.

What’s your signature gin cocktail?

Franklin 75 – Gordon’s Pink Gin, Strawberry, Raspberry’s, Lemon topped with Prosecco.

Why should people visit your bar?

Located on the fifth floor of a historic building, The Perch Rooftop Bar is a space like no other in Belfast. It has a beautiful large centre bar, surrounded by original window features, original brick clad walls and adorned, of course, with birdcages and similarly themed artwork lending itself to the name.

Nip up in the original sliding door lift and find yourself looking over the sights of Belfast whilst sipping a cocktail in the outdoor area or “take a perch” at the bar and sample some delicious gins. Meet our fantastic team who can chat you through the drinks we have on offer.
In the summer, find yourself listening to beautiful, summery house music from the resident DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. In the winter cosy up under some heaters with blankets and a hot cocktail.

 Lab 22

 Cardiff

What’s your top recommendation for a G & T serve

A cheeky large measure of Silent Pool Gin, Rocks glass, Ice, lemon twist. No Straw.
What’s your signature gin cocktail?

Botany (Bt) from our Discovery & Progress Menu – Gin, poppy liqueur, prosecco, flower power (a homemade floral tincture) and a scented meadow mist. Looks great, tastes better.

Why should people visit your bar?

We are always working to innovate and push boundaries; to create weird, wonderful and original drinks, all the while keeping in mind sustainability, the environment and local independent businesses.

 Below The Stairs

 Leeds

What’s your top recommendation for a G & T serve

Everyone has different palettes, different preferences, so I wouldn’t want to ever tell you “this is how to make a G&T”. What I would say is that there are simple things you can do to make a G&T as delicious as possible. First, find a gin you love. Secondly, make sure you have good ice. If you’re using Supermarket bagged ice, get the ice out a good 20 minutes before you make your beverage. The ice will come up from in temperature, losing its super-cold ice dust. We call this tempering in the industry and doing this simple thing results in a tastier, less diluted G&T. Third, find the right tonic for you.

All the major brands have something to shout about. Fever Tree is particularly flavourful, whilst Schweppes has really good carbonation. Personally I really Double Dutch Indian Tonic. Great flavour, great effervescence and it sits gently against most gins. Fourth, garnishing is key, but trust your own palate rather than the brands ‘recommended serve’. So try the gin over a little ice, and see what you taste. Decide which of those flavours you want to emphasise and that’s your garnish. Alternatively, try it neat and if you’re inspired to garnish with something left-field then do it. There’s no perfect way to make a G&T – or any mixed drink – it’s all about what you want in that moment. For example, I really like Tanqueray TEN, it has a clarity of flavour and solid body that I enjoy, but I garnish it with dill in my G&Ts. Dill isn’t one of the botanicals, it’s nowhere present in the flavour, but the bright, savoury, herbaceous flavour really works.

What’s your signature gin cocktail?

I would say that right now our Signature Gin serve is a cocktail called “Scandinavian”. It’s all about walking through the Black Forest. It uses Monkey 47, has notes of forest fruits, pine and sweet cherry, with the most subtle hint of dark chocolate.

Why should people visit your bar?

People should visit Below Stairs if they want to relax and experience something truly experiential. That’s what we’re all about, providing an environment where you can turn off and just enjoy sitting, relaxing and being taken care of. Our cocktails are designed to be moments of escape, the same way a good book is. So come visit us, relax and let our cocktails take you somewhere else.

 The Maven Bar

 Leeds

What’s your top recommendation for a G & T serve

All G&Ts served in a highball, with lots of ice, paired with Fevertree Indian Tonic and a simple and effective garnish to help the gin shine.

What’s your signature gin cocktail?

Gin Garden- Beefeater Gin, Elderflower Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Apple Juice.

Why should people visit your bar?

Drink and dine high above Call Lane. It’s there that you’ll find the door to one of Leed’s worst kept secrets- only if you look carefully. A cool and vibrant two-floor restaurant and cocktail bar situated in a Victorian building. Discreetly located in the award-winning first-floor cocktail bar offering a twist on vintage and classic cocktails. Continue climbing them twisted staircase to the second-floor restaurant and feast on a Mediterranean cuisine with global influences.

 Granville’s House

 Leeds

What’s your top recommendation for a G & T serve

Our top recommendation for a G & T serve would have to be something really refreshing with a clean crisp taste like the Spanish Gin – Wint and Lila. Simply served with a slice of Orange and a sprig of mint and Franklin and Sons Light Tonic.

What’s your signature gin cocktail?

We don’t actually do Gin cocktails as we believe that a good gin only really needs a complimenting garnish and mixer to accompany it.

Why should people visit your bar?

We love people visiting our bar because we are passionate about what we do and what we have to offer. We have regular Gin and Beer events from some of the countries top distillers and Breweries so there’s always something going on.

We also love making recommendations for our guests based on their flavour profiles offering anything from a nice classic London dry, to more unique gins like the Four Pillars Chardonnay cask and many more!

 56 North

 Edinburgh

What’s your top recommendation for a G & T serve

This is a very hard one as we have over 400 gins in the bar and we also distil our own on our stills. We only stock things we would drink ourselves (simple but effective rule!). It’s more about how to serve them, lots of ice so it doesn’t melt and water down the drink (more ice means slower melt = better drinks) nice garnish and quality tonic or mixers. The mixers are such an important part of it and should never be overlooked.

What’s your signature gin cocktail?

We have a very seasonal and fun cocktail list and we’re always trying new things. We cover all the classic Martini’s, Negroni’s etc but since we trying to draw out the amazing summer it’s probably our Tanqueray Sevilla Frozen Porn Star Slushy which we’ve put into a slushy machine. Its tasty, fun and people go wild for it. I know it’s just a bit of fun but isn’t this what good drinks are about!

Why should people visit your bar?

We cover everything for the gin lovers – We are a working distillery so you can see real gin stills. We have 400 gins and are Scottish Gin Awards Gin Bar of the year. Chef and his team do amazing homemade food. You can join our senior gin team doing a masterclasses or stills tour (as seen on BBC-one). There really is something for everyone and we love the fact guest can just pop in for a new gin and recommendation from our team.

And now back to London on our final stop. . . .

 The Oliver Conquest

 London

What’s your top recommendation for a G & T serve

I would say that our favourite G&T serve,  the one we can all agree on as a team and is probably the best G&T ever is Tarquins Seadog with fever tree light a sprig of Rosemary and grapefruit peel. Although favourites depend on mood too, a Classic Warner Edwards Harrington dry with a slice of orange and Mediterranean tonic is my happy place favourite and my winter warmer will always be Sacred Cardamom with east imperial Burma tonic and rosebuds.

What’s your signature gin cocktail?

Our signature cocktail is a Negroni with over 380 gins to choose from and an extensive range of vermouths and bitters we are sure that we can find a version to suit everyone. I’m also very partial to a Martinez.

Why should people visit your bar?

People should visit us if they are looking for a relaxed friendly inviting pub-like setting with a knowledgeable gin loving team and a great selection of our favourite juniper spirit.

So that’s all for now folks. We had such fun speaking to all the wonderful folks at bars around the country and when you get to hear about how they do things, it’s super exciting, we found ourselves planning getaways around the UK with the aim of making to every spot! How about you? Did it get you thinking of all the amazing place you have yet to visit?

Did we miss your favourite speakeasy or fave gin bar? If we did let us know, we would simply love to hear from you. Email us to [email protected] and let us know where you best local gin-ery is located. Maybe you have a signature pour that you love to make at home or perhaps you want to share a super inventive or classic way of drinking gin. Don’t be a stranger, let us know.

Salute

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