World Gin Day 2018 is here and this year it’s gone BIG in London with a 4 damn day long festival dedicated to drinking gin in the best bars. Nice.
Some of London’s best bars (you know, the ones where a cocktail might cost more than the shoes on your feet but are worth every penny) are offering signature gin cocktails for £6 a pop. If that’s not an excuse for a gin-fuelled bar crawl we’re not sure what is.
How do you get involved?
First up, you’ve gotta get a festival pass to be in on the action. You can get them through DrinkUp London (the people who bring you London Cocktail Week and other boozy festivals in the capital) either through their app or website.
Which bars can you hit up?
There are loads taking part, 75 in fact. But here are our pick of the best gin cocktails to try at some of our favourite bars.
'Running Daisies' at Scout London.
It's botanical, light and fresh as hell. Plus you'll be checking out one of London's most talked about new bars.
'Thai Salad Collins' at The Shrub and Shutter.
Never had a Thai Salad as a cocktail? It's about time. Spicy, long and kind of a replacement for dinner. Plus it's at our favourite cocktail kitchen where you never quite know what to expect, but you do know it's going to be epic.
'The Wellington' at Worship Street Whistling Shop.
This place knows how to knock out a classic, and this twist on a Negroni is as perfect as drinks come. Date night alert.
'Sake Punch' at Cocktail Trading Company.
A gin cocktail served in a hand with a shot of sake on the side, pretty much sums this place up. Come here the killer drink, stay all night for the good times.
'Ritual Fire' at Henson's Bar at Mimi's Hotel.
If you like a sour, you've gotta give this a try. It's zesty, frothy and delicious. Grab an al fresco table out the front for ultimate Soho people watching.
Take a look at the full list of bars taking part in World Gin Day here.
What else is going down?
Gin brunch sound like your thing? Saving Grace at First Aid Box on Sunday is where you want to be for this one-day-only pop up. Think Red Snappers and Breakfast martinis served with all your favourite brunch dishes – yes, avocado will be making an appearance.
WHEN: 10th June
Gins from around the world paired with dishes from around the world. We’re in. Start in London with a King of Soho G&T, then hit San Fran with a No.209 French 77 paired with Pimento cheese and devilled eggs. Next up is a New Zealand Gin Scapegrace Southside cocktail with chicken and shrimp gumbo before dessert brings you back to the UK with Langley’s Old Tom served in Fat Bears punch alongside a Key Lime Pie.
WHEN: 8th June