1. The Gin Parlour, New York City, USA
With a 1920s, speakeasy vibe, this wood-panelled beauty oozes Manhattan sophistication. A perfect balance of buzzy and chic, this is the perfect bar to get your Carrie Bradshaw on.
111 E 48th St, New York
2. Holborn Dining Room Gin Bar, London, UK
Drinkers are spoilt for choice here . And just a word of warning – with 400 gins to select from, and comfy red leather banquettes to melt into, you might be here a while.
252 High Holborn, London
3. Canary Gin Bar, Bath, UK
The ancient town of Bath boasts a gin joint to set girlish hearts aflutter with its Jane Austen-themed cocktail list. Try The Darcy – a sweet yet complex concoction of bath gin, rhubarb bitters and cherries.
2/3 Queen St, Bath
4. The Jolly Botanist, Edinburgh, UK
These guys know their gins – the knowledgeable (and jolly) staff will even suggest the best tonics to complement your chosen gin. Plus, where else can you get a haggis pie with your cocktail?
256-260 Morrison St, Edinburgh
5. Bobby Gin, Barcelona, Spain
These Spanish bartenders are getting creative with gin, using ingredients like smoke in some of their delish drinks. Even their gorgeous bar is fashioned out of vintage doors. And tapas with that G&T? Yes, please.
Carrer de Francisco Giner 47
6. The Botanical Club, Milan, Italy
Italy’s first small-batch gin distillery in the style capital of the world? We’re there. Celebrating local plants and herbs (tomato and basil cocktail, anyone?) in their unique mixed drinks, we recommend diving into their weekly specials.
Via Pastrengo 11, Milan
7. Tiger, Paris, France
Fusing old school classics with some cool new creations, jungle-inspired Tiger is wowing the hip, Left Bank locals and visitors alike. Don’t miss trying one of their signature barrel-aged cocktails.
13 rue Princesse
8. The Barber Shop, Sydney, Australia
Fancy a cocktail with your close shave? Pssst, we know a place. Head on through to the unassuming barber in Sydney’s CBD and you’re in gin heaven. You’re welcome.
89 York St, Sydney
9. Gin Palace, Melbourne, Australia
This moody, boudoir-style bar has been the scene of many a Melbourne tête-à-tête since it opened its doors over 18 years ago. Try a distinctive Aussie gin like Four Pillars distilled with Tasmanian mountain pepper and lemon myrtle.
10 Russell Place, Melbourne
10. Mother’s Ruin, Cape Town, South Africa
Africa’s first gin bar offers local, artisanal South African gins and their cute courtyard is perfect for an alfresco happy hour.
219 Bree St, Cape Town CBD, Cape Town
11. Teens of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand
Don’t let the rustic, warehouse vibe fool you. This spruced-up shophouse serves top quality bevvies to the coolest kids in town. Don’t miss their speciality, Thai Tea G&T.
76 Soi Nana (Rammaitree), Pomprab, Bangkok
– TEXT BY LUCY CLEEVE
This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.