Gin and tonics were afterthought drinks for Manchester’s bartenders a couple of years ago. Had you ordered one back then, virtually every bar in the city would have handed you a glass of Beefeater and a Schweppes tonic water with a sorry looking lemon wedge on the rim.

Since the craft cocktail explosion, however, it’s become a whole new game. We’ve gone from the odd tipple now and again to sales of the stuff topping £1 billion last year and there’s now even a day dedicated to it.

This juniper flavoured spirit is taking the world by storm and it’s become very much in vogue to jazz up a standard bar order by either infusing the gin or by making the tonic from scratch.

Whether you take your gin neat, in a cocktail or with a splash of tonic, we’ve found the perfect spot with garnishes galore and plenty of ginspiration for you to sip on throughout the night.

Ginopolis in Cottonopolis: exclusive gin bar to open in Northern Quarter I Love Manchester

Ginopolis has recently applied for a licence from Manchester City Council to sell booze. It’s set to be a quirky new Northern Quarter gin joint and the director Paul Schofield claims that they will serve up ‘a lot of gin and probably quite a few that people won’t have heard of before,’

Well, a new gin a day keeps the doctor away. Isn’t that how the expression goes? Perhaps not…

Anyway, as well as masterfully crafted gin-based cocktails, food will also be served but in what regard you’ll be catered to remains TBC. Ginopolis is set to take centre stage in the NQ spirit scene; the perfect spot for those who fancy a little more than your average night of drink-guzzling. With quality jangles, a convivial atmosphere and gin based concoctions that are bound to lift your spirits, there’s really no better place to enjoy a G&T or three.

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