DesignMyNight have provided us with their top 10 gin bars in London, alongside expert advice on what cocktail to order. Bottoms up!
East London Liquor Company
East London Liquor Company isn't your average Joe kind of venue. This alluring cocktail bar creates daring cocktails that originate from the venue's very own on-site distiller; and they bare gin from all corners of the world, from London to South America. They're being quite 'gin'erous on the 11th by offering 2-4-1 on all Martinis and G&Ts.
Cocktail: G&T of your choice. Just tell the bartender your preference.
How does sipping a hand crafted gin cocktail while overlooking the Thames sound? Beautiful views and refreshing cocktails are what await you if you decide to skip down to Gillray's Steakhouse on World Gin Day. Not only do they serve classic and contemporary cocktails, but they boast over 100 types of gin too.
Cocktail: Tropical English (Hoxton Coconut Gin, passion fruit juice, Chambord, egg white)
If you're after a raucous night out on the 11th, you’ll find no better partner in crime than London Cocktail Club. These guys are known for their crazy antics and even wilder cocktail menu. It's hands down one of the coolest venues around; one of London's top graffiti artists helped them design the place.
New Orleans has found a second home in Shoreditch with international award winning bar, NOLA. They have a strong blues and jazz playlist to keep you swinging until the early hours and a spot-on cocktail menu for dancing fuel. If you’re after a unique place to celebrate World Gin Day, this is your spot. They even have a cigar terrace for you to enjoy the summer night.
Cocktail: 1000 Blue Eyes (Noilly Prat Tanqueray Ten Gin, lemon, rose water, Boston Bittahs)
If your Saturday is already filled with gin-related merriment, continue World Gin Day's celebrations at Graphic Bar! On the first Monday of every month the bar holds a gin social where fans of the delicious beverage can meet and sip on everything from small batch to premium brands.
Cocktail: Pink Paint Tin (Bombay Dry Gin, apricot liqueur, Peychaud bitters and Fever Tree
Worship Street Whistling Shop doesn't just have an awesome name, it also has the grandeur of old school gin palaces with the charm of Victoriana to conjure a unique atmosphere in the heart of Shoreditch. It has a plethora of seating and an exceptional menu that’s based on the four elements. Where do we sign?!
Cocktail: Persian Slipper (Tanqueray No. TEN, WS2 Chai Masala, Cocchi do Torino, tobacco aroma, dry orange acid)
As a Georgian inspired gin palace tucked away on Blandford Street, Purl is THE place to celebrate World Gin Day with your gin-loving pals. They have a broody atmosphere and their experimental concoctions know no ends! For example, among other things they use foam, liquid nitrogen and dry ice to give their cocktails that extra edge.
Cocktail: Classic Gin Martini (Vermouth, Bombay Sapphire Gin, lemon)
Shaker and Co is a retro neighbourhood bar and rumour has it they're the best cocktail joint in the area. Do yourself a favour and pay them a visit this weekend, and don't forget to check out the secret basement bar too!
Cocktail: Negramaro (Beefeater, lemon sorbet, Italian aperitvo and prosecco)
The Portobello Star in Notting Hill is home to Portobello Road Gin. As if this wasn’t impressive enough, they boast a ginstitute upstairs where you can learn the history of gin and make a bottle of the stuff for yourself. After all, what better place to celebrate World Gin Day than the distillers of world famous Portobello Road Gin?
Cocktail: The Blighty Mojito (Portobello Road Gin, sugar syrup, freshly squeezed lime juice, soda water, tonic water, mint leaves, cucumber)
After winning the award for best new venue in Soho, 68 and Boston are a sure bet when it comes to raising a glass on World Gin Day! Climb the stairs to their secret lair and find a venue with gorgeous plush interiors, vintage wares and grand portraits. It’s an all-around decadent spot with an impressive drinks list.
Cocktail: Squid Ink Martini (Tanqueray Gin, En Rama Fino, squid ink)