The World’s Best Gin Bars
As the popularity of gin continues to grow, establishments from San Francisco to Wellington are cropping up to cater for connoisseurs.
Australia & New Zealand
G&Tea at The Star, Sydney @thestarsydney
This chic bar is hiding two personalities. By day, a refined tea house and by night, a quirky and discerning establishment specialising in in a covetable array of this diverse spirit. On the ground floor of the Astral Hotel, guests will be illuminated by immersive screens lit up with fireflies as they taste-test everything from classic gin martinis to daring new fusions after sundown. If you’re equally drawn to the fruits of both day and night, innovative “Tea-Tails” include the Green Tea Mojito and the Passionfruit Green Tea Whiskey.
Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess, Brisbane @dutchcouragebrisbane
Just five minutes outside Brisbane’s CBD, enjoy sophistication without snobbery in Fortitude Valley. Here, knowledgeable staff bring quality drinks to the masses and even offer cocktail master classes. Its key inspiration is the invention of the gin and tonic in the late 19th century, although its repertoire also boasts adventurous contemporary concoctions.
Atlas, Singapore @atlasbarsg
Parkview Square’s lobby bar is a gilded ode to the excess of Art Deco. Standing over the plush, velvet seating and lamp-lit tables is Atlas’ collection of 1000-plus bottles of gin (one of the largest in the world), displayed in an Instagram-worthy three-storey tower that climbs to the painted ceiling. Try the Gin Tonica, a grapefruit-accented floral update on the G&T, or the punchy Atlas Martini.
The Distillery, London @distilleryldn
Home to two bars – The Restroom and Gintonica – this building is a four-floor mecca dedicated to gin on Portobello Road, offering guest rooms and a topfloor dining room. However, the bar is most proud of its blending experience, the ‘Ginstitute’, a museum dedicated to the rich history of the spirit. Its menu is designed by master distiller Jake Burger, the man behind Portobello Road Gin.
Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour, London @mrfoggsgb
Undertake expert tuition in the Gin Safari experience, where a master class on gin, botanicals and tonics, plus a cocktail tasting, is bound to give you a new appreciation of the spirit’s lively history. This Covent Garden establishment will take you on a gin-themed journey of the globe and, at last count, is home to an estimated nine million G&T variations.
The Gin Joint, Athens @theginjoint
Although tiny, this bar is a temple to all things gin. Hidden within its walls you’ll find one of the largest collections of this botanical spirit in Greece, and an exceptional mastery of the Negroni. It is the creativity and innovation of its mixologists that showcases the variety of its collection, calling on their knowledge to give guidance on which tonic is naturally sparkling, or which gin best suits your tastes.
Dry Martini, Barcelona @drymartinijdlm
This Spanish speakeasy is host to an array of gin cocktails but, as the name suggests, pays special homage to the classic martini. Knowledgeable staff in crisp tuxedos serve cocktails in a setting of leather, wood and brass reminiscent of classic British cocktail bars, while decor pays a stunning tribute to the spirit, with every surface showcasing antique gin bottles and other memorabilia.
Cunard’s Gin & Fizz At The Midships Bar
Featuring a collection of over 40 international gins, this onboard bar is a testament to the classic luxury of Cunard’s Queens. Expert mixologists will assist you in selecting the ‘perfect serve’ of mixers and garnish for your gin of choice. A standout is Cunard’s collaboration with Pickering’s Gin to create its exclusive 3 Queens Gin cocktail menu.
Bathtub Gin, New York City @bathtubginnyc
In the era of prohibition, producers of illicit gin in the USA used the steeping powers of the humble bathtub to mix grain alcohol with flavourful ingredients such as juniper berries to mask the taste. It is from these origins that the Chelsea bar gets its name. The menu features cocktails that uphold tradition while exploring adventurous compositions, which can be enjoyed into the wee hours.
Whitechapel, San Francisco @whitechapelsf
Step into an abandoned 19th-century East London Underground station at this historical fantasy within the Art Deco Embassy Hotel. Whitechapel’s 600-plus gin collection is said to be the largest in North America and its menu is a whimsical walk through the spirit’s history. The bar is also home to the Polk Street Irregulars Gin Drinking Club, a secret society that celebrates the diversity of gin.
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