Gin is experiencing a revival. This strong pure spirit, distilled from grain and malt and flavoured with Juniper, is today’s trendy tipple.
Bars dedicated to Gin are popping up in major cities all over the UK and people are flocking to try brands like Hendrick’s, Sipsmith, Bombay Sapphire and Plymouth mixed with artisan tonics and exotic botanicals from the far corners of the world.
Gin was created in London in 1689 and people love it because it’s low in calories, high in taste and ‘insta-cool’ (looks sweet on your Instagram) – especially when served in big goblets with ice, lime and juniper berries.
Here are seven super-cool gin joints that you can try when staying with Sleeperz Hotels in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Newcastle.
Sleeperz Hotels are design-led budget hotels with rooms designed to be minimalist and functional without sacrificing style, comfort and convenience.
One of the advantages of staying in a Sleeperz budget hotel is that once you check in you’ve got plenty of cash left over to style it out with a few G&T’s!
7-Super Cool Gin Joints near Sleeperz Hotels
A chic and compact eatery and bar on Newcastle’s famous Grey Street, Dacantus boasts its own Gin Lab serving more than 40 speciality G&T’s from around the world. To guarantee a seat, it’s best to book a table and eat there too before setting off on your Gin journey.
30 – 32 Grey Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
In the 18th century, one in every four London homes had a gin still. The owners of funky bar and eatery Bealim House were obviously inspired by this British tradition and created their own gin distillery producing exclusive blend called Newcastle Gin.
The still is an 8ft tall, 400 litre receptacle, hand-beaten in Portugal – and is on view to customers in the bar and restaurant. Newcastle Gin has ‘hibiscus tones’ and is made in collaboration with the makers of Durham Gin.
Newcastle upon Tyne,
0191 221 2266
PTMY on Newcastle’s High Bridge claim’s to be the city’s original gin bar. Known for cool cocktails and sharing plates, this is a great option if you would like to do Gin on a shoestring.
Its Highbridge Gin Club invites you to sample cocktails at a special rate of two for £10 between 4pm and 7pm, Sunday to Thursday.
For groups, hens and stags – they even run a 90-minute Gin Making Masterclass with tasting and nibbles for £30 per head.
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41-45 High Bridge
Newcastle Upon Tyne
0191 340 5137
Located in an old bank vault beneath the city, The Potted Pig is a place for people who love eating, drinking and Gin. Serving only the finest Welsh produce to your plate, kick back after dinner with one of 30 premium gins on its hand-picked drinks menu.
The house may be a classic Tanqueray but you can also choose from specially selected London Dry’s, Floral gins, Oriental and Spiced gins and Fruity gins.
27 High Street, Cardiff, CF10 1PU
Tel: (029) 2022 4817
Lab 22 is not exactly a Gin Bar, more a mixologist’s mash up and a Cathedral of Cocktails. Whatever your fancy, they’ll make it and shake it, but they do a rather special line in Hendrick’s Gin cocktails which will tempt any lover of the Juniper.
From Gindian Summer to Ginny Hendricks, these drinks alone are worth the visit, see the full bartender’s Hendrick’s selection here
22 Caroline Street
Tel: 02920 399997
If you’re heading to the Scottish capital for a city break you’ll find a slightly different version of Sleeperz Hotels. Our sister brand of budget hotels is called Cityroomz and you’ll find our flagship property just off Prince’s Street, in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End.
Even though Gin was invented in London, today 70% of the UK’s Gin is produced in Scotland – including Hendrick’s and Tanqueray.
Where better to enjoy a G&T than Scotland’s best-loved city.
The name says it all and the gin cocktails are great too. Best of all, it’s not far from Cityroomz Edinburgh and if you manage to get one of the most coveted window seats – you’ll have stunning views of Princes Street and the Gardens.
Juniper’s cocktails are blended by top mixologists and for the more adventurous among you can try a selection of tasting menus. If you like to drink Gin in peace and quiet head to the Library section with its comfy wingback chairs.
Juniper is at 20 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AN.
One of the newest gin bars in Edinburgh, the Jolly Botanist is in the West End near Haymarket. The bar has an old school Victorian decor with old taps, top hats and pressure gauges tucked around every corner.
As well as a choice of 72 great gins, check out the full list here, Jolly Botanist is also a first rate dining room serving tasty treats from Haggis Scotch Egg to baked in a bag salmon.
The Jolly Botanist is located at 256–260 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8DT.
Those are our seven super-cool gin joints near Sleeperz Hotels in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Newcastle.
One of the benefits of choosing a design-led budget hotel brand like Sleeperz, is that you get to stay in style for less – leaving you plenty of spare cash to visit great bars and experience the finer things in life.
When you finally make it home from these Gin joints don’t forget to check out the lounge bars in our Sleeperz hotels which stock a premium range of wines, spirits, imported European lagers and craft beers.
For the best rates book direct at www.sleeperz.com