Worried about the general election? Trump’s increasing grip on the USA? You shouldn't be - World Gin Day is here to create world peace. Taking place on 10th of June, the day sees countries everywhere, from Australia through to Japan, raise an ice-cold G&T. Not one to be left out, Glasgow will be cheersing with the best of them; check out our recommendations for the six best places to celebrate World Gin Day.
Quirky Horn Please isn’t all delicious Indian dishes and brightly coloured interiors, it also has a cracking little gin and tonic menu. Head over to the Berkeley Street spot to try six unusual bottles all mixed with a range of specially chosen tonics and garnishes; for a Scottish twist try The Botanist (£9.75) - a small batch gin made in Islay and mixed with 22 local botanicals.
If you’re serious about this World Gin Day malarkey, then you might want to join the folks down at Glasgow Juniper Festival. Taking place at SWG3, the two-day event kicks off on 9th of June and includes a series of talks as well as tasters from all the traders. There will also be a bottle shop on site for you to pick up any new favourites, along with street food stalls to help soak up all the g&ts.
Opening in 2016, BeGIN has quickly established itself as one of Glasgow’s best gin bars. Located in the Hilton Grosvenor, the bar has an intimate speakeasy vibe with lots of low hanging lights and intimate corners. When it comes to the good stuff, the venue has more than 60 types of gin - if that sounds a bit intimidating, don’t worry the bar staff are on hand to deliver the ‘perfect serve’, a service that will match your gin with an ideal tonic and garnish.
The clue is in the title with this bar perfect for celebrating World Gin Day in Glasgow; Gin71 is renowned across the UK for their juniper-inspired antics. With a menu that reads more like a gin telephone directory, the bar serves 71 different types of gin, from spirits that have been distilled in Scotland through to a seaweed infused bottle. If you can’t make up your mind, the bar offers gin flights, which feature three varieties, for £15.
It’s not all fresh Scottish seafood at this Argyle Street beauty; The Finnieston also have more than 60 types of gin available. From the classic G&T and Martini through to a selection of cocktails based on the Golden Era for concoctions, the menu uses gin in inventive and delicious ways - order the Corpse Reviver #2 (£8) for a drink that packs a punch with Tanquerey Export, Absinthe, Triple Sec and lime juice.
Spend World Gin in a gin palace as The Griffin has transformed their middle floor into a Victorian-style drinking den. With a focus on Scottish flavours, the bar serves some of the country’s finest bottles, all as a double serve and with plenty of ice and tonic. Gins hail from all over, including The Shetlands, Edinburgh and even MAKAR from Glasgow which is as gutsy as our little city with a slice of green chilli used as the garnish.