Great Gin Bars in the UK
Artisan gin has made a huge comeback in recent years, dispelling myths that gin is simply used to give your lemonade a bit of a buzz! British gin producers have sprung up all over the UK and are crafting some of the best gins in the world. Complex flavours and intriguing botanicals have paved the way for the gin revolution - allowing anyone to buy spirits online and experiment with top class products.
Where else to buy gin and enjoy it at its best than a gin bar? With the influx of artisan gins in the UK, a huge number of gin bars have appeared, showcasing a wide range of British gins. Let’s take a look at some of the best!
Heads and Tales, Edinburgh
Home of the famous Edinburgh Gin, Heads and Tales is also the playground for a number of talented bartenders. Head to the bar and pull up pew. You can see the gin being made as the stills are situated within the bar. They have a great range of cocktails and a variety of their own gins made on site.
214 Bermondsey, London
The best artisan gin bars are tucked away and hidden from view. This one can be found beneath an Italian restaurant and offers over 100 different types of gin. Happy hour is a great time to visit for a bargain on their gin and tonics and select gin cocktails. They make their own small batch BTW tonic which gives a unique twist to your gin of choice.
Muriel’s Cafe Bar, Belfast
With dangerously comfortable couches, you could easily spend the day in this ‘cafe’. Don’t be fooled though, this is one of the best gin bars in Northern Ireland, with a range of over 100 artisan gins. Join their juniper club to take part in a journey of discovery, with their round the world in 80’s gins trip. Alternatively, check out the local Jawbox gin with honeycomb and ginger for something a little bit different.
Lab 22, Cardiff
Lab 22 is a world renowned cocktail bar and is easily up there with some of the best in the world. They specialise in artisan gin cocktails and have an intriguing array on offer. For afternoon tea with a twist, check out their Lab 22 tea - a Hendrick’s, chai infused martini with earl grey syrup, served smoking from a teapot.
The Jekyll & Hyde, Birmingham
There are 2 sides to this establishment, a traditional English pub serving real ale and craft beer, known as Mr. Hyde’s Emporium, and Dr. Jekyll’s Gin Parlour. In the latter, they stock a wide selection and whip up a great menu of cocktails. When the weather’s good, the crazy garden is a must. With its Alice in Wonderland theme, you may well feel as if you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole.