We’re currently going through a gin revolution and with World Gin Day now being one of our favourite days of the year, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to London’s best gin bars. So whether you want to create your very own gin crawl or want to know what’s hot this summer, Chillisauce have partnered with Drinki to bring you the top 20 places to head for a gin and tonic this World Gin Day. Look out, because there are free drinks available at 11 of them.
We also have some great prizes up for grabs including our newly launched Rose & Gin cruise and Gin bus. Also on offer, we have a cocktail class for 8 people and a meal and drinks at Inamo for 14 people.
Okay so it might not be gin-related but it’ll still tickle your tastebuds. Boasting an entire arcade on the top floor with games such as mini golf, virtual reality and Street Fighter - dreams really do come true here. As well as an extensive drinks menu, there’s a car racing track, crystal maze room and home-distilled gin. Mum, we’re never coming home.
With a brand-new cocktail list every month, Shep’s is the new kid on the block. Serving Korean banchan and delicious drinks, this laidback affair focuses on the refreshments. The masterminds behind the plot base every drink on traditional classics but you can count on some modern innovation in there somewhere.
Release your inner Carrie Bradshaw as you take time away from work’s little stresses and catch up with friends at 28 West. Located on the water in Greenwich, if you close your eyes you could be on holiday - for a minute. With leather sofas and an extensive drinks menu, your weekend is officially sorted. Plus there’s even table football for those who can’t sit still.
Beach vibes without leaving London? Yes please. This summer, the Thames will be transported to the Med with it’s very own sandy shores, club tropicana atmosphere, incredible street food, live DJ’s and cool cocktail bars. Did someone say a girly holiday?
Jay-Z and Bey may have been drunk in love but Napoleon was drunk on power. Disappointed that he didn’t achieve worldwide domination, Nap and his mates went to the island of Elba to twerk, bump and grind and drink some good booze. Bringing the history of Elba to Waterloo, this amazing rooftop is where it’s at this summer.
House of Tippler
Tapas and tipples are two of life’s most incredible things and now House of Tippler offers the best of both. With an impressive bar and delicious menu, the House of Tippler is ideal for lazy weekend brunches that accidentally go on well into the night.
This all-American diner serves authentic food alongside tantalising drinks. With live music and a tasty atmosphere, this contemporary spot celebrates all aspects of USA. Street art inspired interiors with chic finishing touches mean you’ll be coming back for more.
We’ve all heard of that traditional english classic - perhaps even studied it but not there’s a new bar in town and it’s got all the literary geniuses talking (ok, not quite.) Tequila Mockingbird is as funny as it is punny with unique cocktails, a funky decor and live DJs until 2am. There’s nothing else like it.
Who can resist a little bit of karaoke? Definitely not us. Home to plenty of booths and a fantastic cocktail menu, Lucky Voice is guaranteed to get the party started. With a great atmosphere, day and night, release your inner spice girl as you perform in front of your mates.
A chic steakhouse similar to those you’d find in New York with all the glam, jazz and pizzazz that you’d expect to find in London. Upmarket and chic, yet fun and frivolous, this lounge requires a dress code that will impress because you never know who’ll you’ll bump into.
Popular with thirsty East Londoners since 2011, Shoreditch Grind offers a good-time vibe, killer cocktails and delicious food. Situated on Old Street roundabout, it’s a local landmark, putting Shoreditch officially on the map.
There’s nothing better than homemade produce, and booze is no different. Take your pick from hand crafted fruit infused bottles that line this gin palace. Choose your mixer and prepare to wow your tastebuds. With a range of incredible liquors, there’s something for every taste.
Old Street / Clerkenwell
Named after a pickled onion gin cocktail (no, seriously) thankfully this bar also serves plenty of other drinks that are a little more mainstream. Boasting 1930s vines, signature gins and live music, we think we’ve just found your new favourite haunt.
Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour
Gin lovers around the world, rejoice. This old-style gin tavern is not only themed around the explorer, Phileus Fogg, but also offers more gin than necessary and serves a banging Sunday roast. Friendly, atmospheric and unique, the ultimate gin experience begins here.
Ladies + Gents
Housed in a former underground toilet (yes that’s right) this rare and unique bar is a hidden gem. Offering imaginative signature cocktails and home-distilled gins all made with locally sourced ingredients, this place will definitely get everyone talking.
Holborn Dining Room
Home to more than 500 different kinds of gin and 30 tonics, you really will be spoilt for choice. Like a kid in a candy store, work your way through 1400 different concoctions - just not in one night. The chic decor and informative staff add to the experience.
With over 100 gins and blind-taste-testing, 214 is one of the best places in the country to enjoy gin. Fun, friendly and with no pretence, here it’s all about the gin. An ideal place to catch up with friends before planning your big night out.
The Viaduct Tavern
City of London
This former gin palace is brimming with a history. The basement is aligned with jail cells and the staff are more than willing to discuss the spooky goings on - so you better order a double for a little dutch courage. Original gin booths and pretty glassware ensure your drink is ready for that instagram opportunity.
Crowd-funding has taken the UK by storm and now gin is experiencing its effects. This unique little micro distillery offers a range of organic spirits, knowledgeable staff and a memorable experience.
Gin & Beer
Boasting 120 types of gin, this is the ultimate gin paradise. Here, the gin does the talking as it takes centre stage amongst minimal decor, industrial surroundings and a vast menu. A fantastic atmosphere and purse-pleasing price means that everyone will be happy.
Need an excuse to get the gang together for a weekend away? Discover thousands of group experiences at Chillisauce. With everything you need to plan a stag weekend, hen party, company away day or simply a day with your mates, the choice is endless. And, with more than 50 locations across the UK and Europe, one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be one long, hot summer.