Barfly: Guide to gin bars in Leeds 2016

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Next week marks the sixth annual International Gin & Tonic Day (Wednesday October 19) and to celebrate we present a round-up of some of the best places in Leeds to test out the drink once known as mother’s ruin but which is now one of our favourite tipples.

The Botanist

City-centre pub, The Botanist, not only offers a cosy and quirky location for you to enjoy a good old G&T but also has an impressive gin list to go with it.

The bar, located on Boar Lane, offers a range of some of the UK’s finest gins, all local to the Botanist sites with small batch craft gin, Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin, selected for the Leeds venue. Other favourites include; Hunters, Thomas Dakin and Langley’s.

The Botanist also offers live music every evening, as well as comfort-food classics including steak sandwich, scampi and chips and hanging kebabs making this pub the perfect spot for a relaxed, autumn evening.

Ricci’s Tapas and Cicchetti

Ricci’s is well known and loved for its authentic tapas and focus on fresh, seasonal produce. But what it’s not so well known for is its secret basement gin bar, The Vault.

The gin bar offers a range of gins including; Rives London Dry Gin, Bombay Sapphire and Gin Mare – all great for a classic G&T. With its elegant and luxurious interior, Ricci’s is the perfect location for a special gin-filled occasion.

Gin Garden

Gin Garden, The New Ellington, York Place. The New Ellington is home to the Gin Garden with over 300 gins, so more than enough to keep even the most ardent gin enthusiast busy. The Gin Garden is a completely new saloon experience, with a relaxed atmosphere and lavish furniture. In addition to the show-stopping range of gins, The Gin Bar also specialises in cocktails and carefully selected beers and wines.

Around the World

For those who would prefer a beer with friends rather than a taste of the juniper-flavoured spirit - head to Around the World.

As the name hints, this bar offers a selection of beer from across the globe, giving folks the chance to stamp off a beer passport, without leaving their seat. It’s a real beer-lovers paradise, offering over 100 of the world’s most famous beers, from 30 different countries.

Other Options

Pintura, Trinity Leeds: The basement bar serves over 100 types of gine.

The Pour House: Housed in the old Granary building, which overlooks the canal of Granary Wharf, it stocks 19 different gins.

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