Love nothing more than sipping on a refreshing glass of G&T alfresco? You’re not alone as the good old-fashioned combo continues to rule the bar scene in serious style – forget your straight up G&T, we’re talking craft gin with elderflower tonic, a garnish of strawberries pre-soaked in balsamic vinegar, finished off with a crack of black pepper.
Yep, you really are spoilt for choice and with countless gin dens popping up all over the place, how do you choose? Well, we’ve scanned the globe to hunt out those ‘grammable gin spots worthy of a visit. Trust us, you’re gonna wanna pin these to Maps.me.
WhiteChapel, San Francisco
The first stop on our gin trail takes us to the west coast and a British Victorian-inspired gin palace. This San Fran bar hosts the largest gin selection in North America – over 400 different types with some gins dating back to the 1920s – vintage!
Bathtub Gin, New York
Next on the list is a trip to the Big Apple’s Bathtub Gin. And yes, there’s a huge copper bathtub which takes pride of place right in the middle of the bar, but when you have a theme you run with it right? This speakeasy bar on 9th Ave in Chelsea offers delicious gin-based cocktails, perfect to enjoy after a long day running around Manhattan.
Canary Gin, Bath
Let’s continue the gin trail with a pitstop in the UK. Wander along a quiet cobbled street in the Roman city of Bath and you’ll find the Canary Gin Bar. Experiment with different flavour combos and speak to the gin mixologists behind the bar. Not sure what gin is for you? Tell them your favourite flavours and they can personalise a G&T to suit all your ginniest dreams. Plus, for all those martini fans out there – there’s an entire bar upstairs dedicated to those too.
Bramble Bar and Lounge, Edinburgh
Heading north, we take solace in Bramble bar quoted by the locals as one of the best bars in Edinburgh. It’s not easy to find (FYI down some stairs by a dry cleaners) but once you make your way through to this basement bar, the cocktails are worth the trip. Like your citrus flavours? Try the ‘Bramble’ and ‘Stepford Sister’ for your gin-based lemon fix.
Did you know gin was first produced in Holland in the 17th century? So where better to have your next gin than at the birthplace. Razmataz is a bit of everything; restaurant, café and bar. And with comfy sofas and board games, it’s a great place to chill out for an hour or so with a local gin in hand.
The G & T Bar, Berlin
Looking for a little bit of luxury? Surround yourself in the dark, luxe settings of this hotel bar in Berlin, tucked away in the hip Mitte district. Try their gin tasting menu, which includes five different varieties of gin while discovering the history of the juniper-based spirit.
Doce gin club, Valencia
The Gin Joint, Athens
It’s not all Ouzo in Greece you know. At The Gin Joint you’ll find a friendly and down-to-earth atmosphere, great music and fun gin-centric drinks with names like ‘All things Ginny’ and ‘Home is where the Gin is’. If gin isn’t your thing; number one, why are you reading this? And number two, they also make excellent tequila and rum cocktails.
When you’ve had enough of red wine in Paris, head to Tiger – an uber-chic bar where you can enjoy one of 1,040 gin and tonic combinations. These guys know their stuff, so if you consider yourself a gin-noisseur, don’t leave Paris without a trip to this gin haven in the trendy Latin Quarter.
The Barber Shop, Sydney
After a whistle stop tour of Europe, we head straight to Sydney and into The Barber Shop – gin bar of the year 2016 and home to over 350 gins. This bar features a barber shop at the front (hence the name) and is covered in charming old-world décor which reflects their amazing collection of world gins.
Gin Palace, Melbourne
The clue is in the name and with this speakeasy bar, it doesn’t disappoint. Renowned for its outstanding martinis this place is all about gin, gin and more gin. Tuck yourself into its hidden nooks and alcoves and enjoy the dimly lit ambience and table service. It really is one for the gin fans, however a little pricey so come here if you’re feeling flash.
Ori-gin, Hong Kong
If you’re lucky enough to be hanging out in Hong Kong, head to Wyndham Street in Central and stop by for a drink in Hong Kong’s first ever gin bar. Be warned it’s fancy with high tech equipment to create custom gins which serve as unique creations for gin cocktails. Don’t miss their signature cocktail served in a bathtub – one for Instagram.
Have you visited any gin bars on your recent trip? Share your favourite places, as we’d love to add them to our list! 😊