Gin has officially become Britain’s favourite spirit, with a massive surge in popularity over the last few years. Last year in the UK, gin sales total value rose to over £1.9billion. As gin gets more popular, more bars are specialising in the spirit formerly known as Mother’s Ruin, including many around Birmingham.
40 St Paul’s
40 St Paul’s is a multi-award-winning bar in the Jewellery Quarter. This year, the bar was named Best Gin Bar in the World at the Icons of Gin Awards, so it’s the ideal first stop of any gin tour around the city. With just 24 seats, the bar is an intimate spot where gin fans can enjoy classic serves, cocktails and gin tastings.
The Gin Vault
Tucked away on the canal side, you’ll find the Gin Vault. They boast one of the largest gin collections in the city, with over 350 gins on offer. Monday to Thursday between 5pm and 7pm, you can enjoy 2-4-1 gin cocktails. If you’re in need of something to soak up the spirits, the Gin Vault also has a small tapas menu to sustain you.
Jekyll & Hyde
Skip the party bar downstairs at the Jekyll and Hyde and instead head upstairs to Dr Jekyll’s Gin Parlour. Drink gin in style with this table service, Victorian-inspired bar. They also offer cocktail masterclasses, with a focus on all things gin.
The Distillery is a popular canalside pub, with its own gin distillery. Upstairs in the gin bar, you can find a traditional copper gin still, used today to make Roundhouse Gin. This local gin has herbal notes and spicy undertones, and is produced in small batches. Order a G&T using a gin made just feet from where you’re sitting.
If you’re looking for gin a little further afield, Simpsons Bar on the high street on Sutton Coldfield is a great choice. This 1920s themed bar is owned by Bradley Simpson from The Vamps, and when he’s not touring, he can often be found behind the bar. The bar has a menu of 42 gins always in stock, plus a rotating cast of 30 plus guest gins, so you’re sure to find something you like.
Marco Pierre White’s
Looking for a slightly different gin experience? Marco Pierre White’s offer a gin afternoon tea, served all week. The menu is infused with gin, and the tea comes with a pink gin and tonic. This might be the best view for a gin in town.