Bath is a city renowned for its elegant architecture, but there is another remnant of the Georgian era that also demands celebrating – gin! During the Georgian era Bath was gripped by the Gin Craze, as thousands of gin palaces sprang up across the country. In recent years gin has experienced a renaissance, with stills once again operating within the city of Bath. Here are some of the top places in Bath to celebrate this spirit over a crisp and refreshing tonic...
Bath Gin Company
Down an unassuming cobbled street in Bath you will find The Canary Gin Bar. This veritable gin palace is home to Bath Gin, a modern and refreshing gin distilled with bitter orange, kaffir leaf and English coriander. Aside from Bath Gin and 200 others to choose from at the bar, Bath Gin Company also offers a Tour and Gin Making Class, a truly spectacular experience for the real gin enthusiast.
Gin High Tea at Circo
Indulge in Gin High Tea at Circo for a truly elegant Bath experience. You will begin the afternoon with a teapot full of juniper distilled spirit and a range of botanicals to choose from. Fill the teapot with carefully chosen botanicals and leave it to steep as your mixologist guides you through the history of gin.
As you tuck into afternoon tea you will be served three different gins, each accompanied by their own unique story. And once the tastings are over, there is nothing left to do but try your own creation!
The Gainsborough Bath Spa
The Gainsborough Bath Spa has a great gin menu, where each of their specialist gins is paired with carefully selected garnishes to enrich the distinctive botanicals of the gin. Plump for the herbaceous Monkey 47 served with lemon and star anise for a tantalising flavour or Eden Mills Love served with strawberries and lemon for a summery aperitif.
ArtBar at Abbey Hotel
For a sophisticated drink in quirky surroundings visit ArtBar at Abbey Hotel where you can choose from 64 gin and tonic combinations whilst admiring the eclectic collection of art on display. It's easy to while away an hour or two (or three) in this sumptuous bar.
For a more unusual tipple be sure to stop by Sub 13 and have the mixologist whip up an inventive gin cocktail. With fruity Brambles and refreshing English Gardens on 2-for-1 until 10pm you will have plenty to quench your thirst whilst you relax on the stylish terrace.
No.15 Great Pulteney
One of the newest venues on the scene is Bar 15 located within the fashionable, boutique hotel No.15 Great Pulteney. Drinks menus can be found on the back of card decks, and if you play your hand right, you’ll be sipping on perfectly mixed gin-based cocktails in no time.
Upstairs Gin Bar at Slug & Lettuce
Head to Slug & Lettuce on George Street and make for their Upstairs Gin Bar to peruse their extensive menu. With over 90 gins on offer, plus a variety of classic gin cocktails to choose from, you'll be sure to find something you like. They also offer gin tasting classes, and the stylish space can be hired out for private, exclusive use, perfect for birthday celebrations!