As if we needed an excuse to indulge in a G&T, Saturday 8th June is World Gin Day! If you’d like to participate in this global celebration of all things Gin, there are plenty of places to do so in and around Birmingham.
A compact and bijou bar seating just 24 in the Jewellery Quarter, 40 St Paul’s boasts a list of over 140 gins. It is the current holder of the ‘Best Gin Bar in the UK’ from the Icons of Gin Awards and ‘Best Gin Menu in the UK’ from the Imbibe Menu Awards. Booking is highly recommended and private hire can be arranged.
Part of the Bitters n Twisted group, The Jekyll & Hyde boasts a Victorian-inspired gin parlour upstairs. With over 80 different gins on the bar, you can book tables for a casual get together or learn all about the murky origins of gin in one of their fun masterclasses.
The Botanist on Temple Street serves a range of carafes filled with ‘botanically balanced gin and tonic’ designed to serve four people. The also offer masterclasses where you can sample different gins and learn to identify the flavours and botanicals in every bottle.
A little further afield over in Herefordshire, Chase Distillery offers unique tours of their single-estate distillery. You’ll get to see how their products are made from ingredients grown right there on the farm and taste a range of their award-winning gin and vodkas. You might even be tempted to pick up a bottle of something to take home in their boutique distillery shop.
Despite sounding like it serves just beer, Pint Shop also has an extensive list of over 100 gins. Work your way through the list while sampling some of their legendary scotch eggs and other bar snacks.
An independent canal-side bar which stocks over 300 gins and has an extensive tapas menu. Offering gin experiences and ‘gin journey’ cards which take you through different categories of gin, from juniper heavy to London dry and spiced.
Another canal-side venue with its own gin distillery, hence the name! Fancy making your own gin? The Distillery offers packages where guests can choose their own botanicals, distil and bottle their own gin which they can then take home to enjoy at home.
A small, family-run bar in Sutton Coldfield offering an extensive list of gins and a selection of platters to graze on. Relax in luxurious surroundings and let the knowledgable staff help you pick your perfect G&T. Simpsons also run regular gin tasting sessions where you'll get to sample a selection of 5 different gins with matching tonics along with a selection of nibbles.