If you’re looking to take your gin experiences to the next level, you’ll want to look past your local and turn your head towards the ingenious cocktail bars that are cropping up across Europe.
Bars all over are beginning to come up with creative concepts and explore art of molecular mixology, bringing together science and shakers to make one-of-a-kind cocktails that will seriously ‘wow’ you! Don’t know where to start? These popular spots are perfect for furthering your drinks discoveries.
If you’re just starting to discover variety of cocktails that exist beyond a G&T, BYOC (Bring Your Own Cocktail) is a London-based trio of bars that will open your eyes to a world of possibility. It’s a simple concept: you bring the booze, pay a fee and then enjoy an evening drinking all of the tastiest tipples BYOCs bartenders can come up with! You can bring any unopened bottle of booze you like, but we recommend bringing your favourite gin so you can learn new ways to enjoy it.
2. Velvet Bar
Image: Velvet Bar Berlin
Found in Berlin’s uber-cool Neukolln district, Velvet is a brand new bar that places the focus on seasonal cocktails. The bar is pioneering the concept of ‘farm-to-shaker’ cocktails, only sourcing ingredients that grow locally and are in season. You won’t find pineapple juice on the menu, but you might enjoy a cocktail made with chanterelle mushrooms or pumpkin seeds! But don’t let the idea of something slightly offbeat box scare you. At the end of the day, Velvet aims to do one thing: make good drinks anyone can enjoy! So trade in your Maß of beer for a Velvet cocktail and watch your taste buds sing.
3. Alchemistry Molecular Cocktail Bar
Image: Alchemistry Molecular Cocktail Bar
Spain is famed for its gin tonics and brought the big balloon glass into our lives, so it’s no surprise that some serious cocktail creativity is happening over on the Iberian Peninsula. Alchemistry is a perfect example of ‘molecular mixology’: the use of special equipment and techniques from science to create new flavours, textures and experiences. Conveniently located in the popular Canary Islands, it’s a must-do for any island-hopping holiday-goer!
4. Nottingham Forest
Image: Nottingham Forest
With drinks that draw inspiration from all four corners of the world, Nottingham Forest is a Milan institution that consistently tops ‘best bar’ lists – all due to its mastery of molecular mixology. House-made infusions and blends take centre-stage in the cocktails here, which manifest themselves in drinks adorned with foam, smoke and plenty of forms in between. Dario Comini, known as Italy’s godfather of molecular mixology, leads the staff here to produce cocktail perfection.