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The Ultimate Guide To Enjoying World Gin Day In Birmingham

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WE’VE BEEN ON THE GIN DIET RECENTLY, SO FAR WE’VE LOST THREE DAYS.

Cometh 10th June, cometh World Gin Day. Our favourite day of the year, and one which we celebrate every day – because we love it THAT much… If however, unlike us, you’re not *always* drinking, come this Saturday (10th June) you may fancy dipping a proverbial toe (or a whole foot even) into the wonderful world of gin. It’s World Gin Day, so it’d be rude not to. With that in mind, here are a few ideas on how and where you can tip your hat to this most glorious tipple in Birmingham. And by that, we mean drink gin. All the gin. Every last drop.

Visit A Gin Bar

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That’s right, there are bars in Birmingham dedicated solely to gin. We’re in love. And you will be too as soon as the first sip of gin touches your lips. Our top pick of Brum’s gin bars are: 40 St Paul’s (a neighbourhood cocktail haven who own a ridiculous amount of gin – like seriously, seriously ridiculous), The Jekyll and Hyde (a Victorian gin parlour where cocktails are served in sweetie jars and bathtubs, but watch out for Mr Hyde) and The Gin Vault, who stock over 120 different gins.

Onward, for gin and for glory!

Drink Gin On A Rooftop Terrace

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The Bureau Bar and Kitchen’s rooftop gin terrace is one of the worst kept secrets in Birmingham. But seriously shhhh, it’s a secret… If you do happen to find out about it, make sure you head there with adventurous intent and order something ginny from The Bureau’s rather large cocktail menu, and then climb the winding staircase to your rooftop haven. If the sun’s out, you’re on to a winner, if it’s not, still go because it’s really cool up there.

Indulge In A Gin Afternoon Tea

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Gin Afternoon Tea. The combination of these three simple words is probably the greatest use of the English language. EVER. And certainly the only way to spend any given afternoon. Head to Bar Opus (where you can enjoy a selection of sandwiches, scones, macaroons, lemon drizzle cupcakes and more), along with a choice of 3 different Hendrick’s gin cocktails, served in vintage cocktail T-Pots. Or head to The Edgbaston Hotel and order their Moseley Serve Afternoon Tea, which comes with a selection of sandwiches, cakes, scones and more, as well as a choice of 2 gin cocktails, and is decadence manifest. Either choice is a strong one, so maybe do both…

Eat Gin-spired Food In A Victorian Gin Parlour

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The Jekyll and Hyde is split into two distinct experiences: Mr Hyde’s bar (where sweetie jar cocktails and raucous shenanigans reign free) and Dr Jekyll’s Gin Parlour (where you can enjoy a meal amidst the unique Victorian decor, or even Afternoon Tea). Once you’ve enjoyed a tipple in the former, head upstairs to the latter. The fixed price menu is extremely friendly on your wallet – and gloriously tasty – and once inside, you’ll find over 90 different gins with which to accompany your meal. Eat up, then drink up.

Drink A Local Gin

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Not made in Birmingham but distilled locally, Langley’s Gin is the answer to your question. That question being: what gin should I buy? Crack this open in a nonchalant fashion at your next dinner party and watch as jaws drop and the compliments roll in. Grab yourself a bottle at Loki Wine or Connolly’s and let the G&T’s flow. It works wonders in cocktails too.

Order This Mobile Gin Bar

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Bring the gin party to you! The Little Gin Company can create a wedding you won’t forget, the perfect party piece, a creative corporate event or festival shenanigans.

Do right by the world and hire them.

Drink An Elderflower G&T Slushie And Bask In Your Awesomeness

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That’s right folks, JQ’s ode to gin, 40 St Paul’s, have created your new favourite summer tipple – an elderflower G&T slushie. It’s a double shot of awesome gin, infused with elderflower and arriving in slushie form. What’s best about this invention – which will set you back 5 of your English pounds – is that you can take it away with you to slurp as you go. If it’s sunny, we recommend slurping in St Paul’s Square as you bask in the sunshine. If it’s not sunny (which is more likely) you can always take it back to your office, you know, to get you through the afternoon. Well played you, well played.

Note: both the plastic straw and plastic container housing this glorious slushie are made of vegetable starch (crazy, we know!) and are fully compostable. 40 St. Paul’s say no to single-use plastic straws. You can read all about our campaign to encourage Brum’s bars, pubs and restaurants to ditch the plastic straw here.

Drink A Negroni At The Edgbaston Hotel

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Masters of mixology, The Edbaston Hotel have some of the most talented bartenders in the UK shaking and stirring up their drinks. Indeed, both James Bowker (head bartender) and our good friend Tommy have made it into the final 10 of this year’s World Class finals – which, for those of you not in the know, is kind of a HUGE deal in the bartending world. Both are terrific ambassadors for Brum’s cocktail scene and wildly talented.

Your next move: head to The Edgbaston and indulge in gin. Order a classic Negroni (a delicious mix of gin, vermouth and Campari) or go off menu and ask them to mix you up something crazy. You can thank us for the top tip later.

Embark On Our Ultimate City Centre Bar Crawl

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Ok, so it’s not all gin – but it’s all fun. Our ultimate city centre bar crawl will take you on a daring trail of craft beer and cocktails across Birmingham’s city centre in what is guaranteed to be both fun and boozy. It’s a brilliant way to support independent bars and pubs, and discover a few new favourite bars along the way. And, to tie it in with World Gin Day, you could make your orders gin-based wherever possible. See, now we’re on the same wavelength.

Here’s how to bar crawl in Brum.

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