We may have enjoyed two bank holidays in May, but an even bigger celebration for some (certainly me) – is coming up: World Gin Day. Saturday 9th June marks the annual occasion to celebrate the juniper-berry tipple in all its glory.
Manchester has plenty of places to enjoy this much-loved spirit, whether you want to sit out in the sun or enjoy it at the bar.
It even has its own city centre gin distillery, thanks to Manchester Three Rivers Gin: a super-premium gin sure to leave an impression. You can even take a tour of the beautiful hand-built distillery, enjoy a selection of delicious gin cocktails and a gin tasting, and go home with your own specially created bottle. Three Rivers keep the recipes on file so you can reorder another bottle whenever you like. That’s what we call getting into the spirit.
A Spanish selection at Lunya
This elegant Catalan and Spanish restaurant in the Barton Arcade is offering gin lovers the chance to get one of their five a day this World Gin Day by pairing five of their 26 gins (the largest collection of Spanish gins outside of Spain) with carefully selected fruits to perfectly complement each gin. Try the likes of unusual Akori Gin from Barcelona with a slice of watermelon or beautiful Bellotta Gin with orange. Plus, all double gins at Lunya are served with a free FeverTree tonic.
Inspired G&Ts at Don Giovanni
The oldest Italian restaurant in Manchester also has a dedicated G&T menu. This includes the ‘Manchester G&T’ which is Manchester Three Rivers gin, gin-soaked apricots and burnt rosemary. For an Italian twist you can try the Italiano G&T, made with Poli Marconi 45, Poli Aperitivo, rosemary sprig, dried grapefruit and FeverTree Mediterranean tonic.
Gin cocktails at Asha’s
An award-winning Indian restaurant on Peter Street which serves highly acclaimed food, as well as a series of gin options created by their very own mixologists. Whether you want a classic G&T or prefer your spirit combined in a cocktail, there will be an option for you.
G&Tea at King Street Townhouse
This beautiful boutique hotel in the city centre has stylish bar and Tavern where you can enjoy a variety of gin-inspired tipples, as well as a brilliant new twist on a classic combination… the G&Tea. That’s afternoon tea, including all their beautiful savouries and pastries, combined with gin. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Seaside inspiration at 1761 & Lily’s Bar
This beautiful British drinking and dining destination has a decadent downstairs bar, complete with a separate entrance and a marine life display. And never mind looking at fishes – you’ll be drinking like one too, thanks to their delicious gin drinks. They include a classic gin martini and even an under-the-sea inspired serve which features samphire-infused Manchester Three Rivers Gin, limoncello, lychee, coconut and lemon garnished with a sprinkle of spirulina, dill and a sea spray mist.
Canal-side sipping at The Wharf
A characterful Castlefield sunspot with a gin speciality. It recently hosted a massive gin festival, filling the huge bar and kitchen with an array of gin opportunities. Come on down for scenic Canal-side drinking with a massive selection to choose from, plus plenty of dog-spotting opportunities.
Alfresco drinking at Zouk
An Indian and Pakistani restaurant just off Oxford Road which boasts many gin options: the ideal refreshing accompaniment to your favourite Indian meal. Choose from London dry classics such as Tanqueray or exotic gins like Ophir, with well-thought-out garnishes to match. With the option to sit outside, you know it’s a winner.
Rooftop cocktails at Great John Street Hotel
Gin cocktails on the terrace certainly sounds like a good idea. This beautiful Manchester hotel even has a special rooftop area for summer drinking and not just an array of gin, but also the option of G&Tea: that’s gin-accompanied afternoon tea.
Gin masterclasses at The Liquor Store
This drinking den and kitchen just off Deansgate offers a range of gin masterclasses, so you can really get into the spirit of things. And whether you opt for lessons or not, one way to educate your palate is to work your way through the extensive gin selection.
Spinningfields sophistication at The Refinery
A Spinningfields restaurant and suntrap complete with plush outdoor seating, so you can enjoy your gin al fresco. Expect a great selection of gin cocktails, G&T serves, interesting spirits and even savoury garnishes for a unique drinking experiences.
Thai serves at Chaophraya
A stunning Thai restaurant on Chapel Walks which presents a dedicated gin serve menu – ideal for any keen gin drinker and the chance to try something different. A highlight has to be the Silent Pool with Kaffir lime leaf, basil and pomegranate tonic: a truly beautiful drink.
Experimental tipples at Grafene
This Two AA Rosette contemporary British restaurant and bar just off King Street is the perfect place to enjoy a gin in style. Enjoy it in one of their experimental cocktails – like The License: Fifty Pounds Gin, lavender, mint, lime and egg white all powdered with lavender.
A vast choice at Atlas
This bustling bar, based in the atmospheric railway arches of Deansgate, specialises in gins from all over the world with over 380 in stock. Why not try a Manchester Three Rivers with tonic as you sit out on their sunroof? Bliss.
A gin garden at Mr Thomas’s Chop House
This characterful Cross Street pub and eatery is ideal for enjoying a gin, complete with a great atmosphere. Lovely big glasses and generous presentation add to the gin enjoyment. Make the most of the option to sit out and overlook St Ann’s Square – the beer garden will be becoming a gin garden in no time. In fact, they’re even partnering up with Sipsmith over summer to run the garden, so expect gin galore.
A hidden gin nest at Impossible
A vibrant Peter Street bar and club, complete with a hidden upstairs gin nest. You’ll certainly be sorted if you are looking to enjoy a drink in stylish surroundings, with Alpine-lodge inspired surroundings and multiple gins to pick from.
Summery serves at PLY
A popular Northern Quarter bar and eatery, much loved for its pizzas and craft beer – but its gin is up there, too. They have a series of summery gin cocktails you won’t be able to resist. And the names are even better. First Day of Summer features gin, raspberry, basil and soda for a refreshing mix, whilst the Pantone Two Eleven is a positive delight of gin, rhubarb , strawberry and prosecco.
Something different at Wahaca
If you’re looking for a different serve for your gin, try Wahaca’s delicious cocktail menu. The Earl of Mexico includes gin, Earl Grey lemonade and a hint of aniseed for a refreshing gin drink with a twist.
2-for-1 at Cabana
Gin lovers will be pleased to hear that Cabana’s happy hour includes two for one on its Carlos the Godfather cocktail. A refreshing gin is paired with elderflower, lemon and lime in this vibrant Brazilian themed bar. Simple but delicious.
Around the world with Alston Bar & Beef
At this luxurious bar and restaurant there are 60 gins available on the bar and fourteen cold compound gin infusions produced on site. In the week leading up to World Gin Day, bartenders will be revealing a different gin from around the world as a special each day. The restaurant also offers a gin experience for £19.95 where groups can become a gin expert during a 90 minute class – an absolute must for gin lovers.
Gin with a twist at Mowgli
Mowgli is known for its original food menu and has put a twist on the classic gin and tonic for its drinks menu. The Mowgli G&T includes fresh ginger, fresh coriander, lime, sugar and Fever Tree Tonic. Or alternatively opt for the Rose & Raspberry G&T for a perfect summery drink.
Deep purple at Banyan Bar & Kitchen
Last year Banyan introduced a striking new gin that changes colour once tonic is added – and you can still enjoy it for 2018. The Empress 1908 Gin is infused with butterfly pea blossom giving it a deep shade of purple – but just add some citrus or tonic and it will be pink in no time. Sweet.
A taste of Wimbledon at Cosy Club
If you and your friends are looking for the ultimate sharing cocktail to celebrate World Gin Day, Cosy Club’s cocktail menu features a delicious Strawberries and Cream inspired pitcher. Mixing Williams GB gin with strawberries, the cocktail is then shaken with vanilla and lengthened with soda. Anyone for tennis?
Three Rivers at El Gato Negro
Acclaimed King Street tapas restaurant El Gato Negro is celebrating World Gin Day with the introduction of an exclusive gin cocktail, Three Rivers – inspired by the Manchester-made gin of the same name. It’s the ultimate refreshment, combining basil leaves, lemon, a pinch of pink peppercorns, Fevertree Tonic Water and Three Rivers Gin. It’s available at the restaurant all week until Sunday 10th June.