As the summer months approach we are dreaming of sipping a cool G&T in a beautiful al fresco setting. And as much as we enjoy the privacy of our own back gardens to enjoy our Gin of the Month, we do appreciate a beautiful gin bar! So wherever you are in the UK we are pretty sure we’ve found the perfect outdoor bar for you…cheers!
MOUNT HAVEN, CORNWALL
Where is it? Part of the Mount Haven boutique hotel, which nestles on the edge of Marazion, near Penzance, overlooking the sweep of Mount’s Bay with stunning views to St Michael's Mount.
Posh or casual? Charming seaside chic.
Gin credentials? Look, this one’s more about the views than the gin selection! That said, there’s a lovely little cocktail menu which the website reports has been developed in partnership with an award-winning duo from London. Frankly, a gin and tonic alone - when sipped in this setting - would be elevated to something even more special than usual, no?
Outside space? The Terrace is an intimate candlelit space where you can also get nibbles with your cocktail, perhaps before heading inside to the restaurant.
THE MAYTIME INN, OXFORDSHIRE
Where is it? The glorious Oxfordshire countryside, near the picture-perfect 17th-century town of Witney.
Posh or casual? Elegant but relaxed.
Gin credentials? Excellent. The bar specialises in gin, with more than 100 options available, plus 12 different tonics to choose from. Groups of four or more can book gin-tasting sessions.
Outside space? Take a look at the photo! There’s a big garden and terrace with a Boules pitch to boot, all offering views of the undulating fields. There’s live jazz every Sunday, too. Oh, and the Inn is also a boutique hotel - ideal for couples who can’t agree on who’ll be designated driver.
THE JETTY, DEVON
Where is it? Part of the Salcombe Harbour Hotel, located on the shores of the stunning Salcombe estuary, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Posh or casual? Coastal cocktail hour.
Gin credentials? This is definitely more of a restaurant bar - i.e. not gin specialists per se; however, the website states that between 12pm and 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays, it’s “Gin o’Clock” with a choice of four different gin and tonics for £5 (at time of writing).
Outside space? Fabulous sun-drenched terrace bar overlooking the sparkling waters of the estuary.
SIX ROOFTOP BAR, CAMBRIDGE
Where is it? Perched atop Six restaurant in the heart of historic Cambridge.
Posh or casual? Stylish, not stuffy.
Gin credentials? The actual gin selection isn’t as extensive as some of the gin bars on this list, but there’s a very decent range of gin cocktails on the menu; plus, they get bonus points for their take on the Elderberry Collins, which apparently includes homemade blueberry-infused gin.
Outside space? Spectacular skyline views of Cambridge’s world-famous colleges await you in this chic rooftop garden space. On weekends there’s a BBQ.
EAST RIDING GIN BAR & KITCHEN
Where is it? The historic market town and thriving foodie hotspot of Beverley, East Yorkshire
Posh or casual? Relaxed posh.
Gin credentials? Fantastic. The bar stocks over 130 different kinds of gin and a seasonal cocktail menu; you can choose your own garnish or let the bartender surprise you.
Outside space? A grassy, tree-lined garden lounge to seat 50, with actual cushioned sofas, heaters and awnings so you can still stay warm and comfy while you sip your G&Ts when the inevitable summer wet weather hits.
BOTANICAL GARDEN, LIVERPOOL
Where is it? Liverpool’s edgy, vibrantly creative hub, the so-called Baltic Triangle
Posh or casual? Casual hipster without judgement.
Gin credentials? Really good; the only (we think) outdoor drinking venue in Liverpool specialising in gin.
Outside space? A cosy, colourful courtyard space adorned with colourful graffiti, fire pits, fairy lights and an abundance of vivid flowering shrubs. DJs attract a lively crowd on weekends, while the sunlit courtyard provides a more peaceful, gently humming oasis in the middle of the city during the week.
Where is it? The top deck of upmarket seafood restaurant, Rocksalt, directly overlooking gorgeous Folkestone Harbour on the Kent coastline.
Posh or casual? Relaxed posh. No beachwear allowed.
Gin credentials? It’s a case of quality over quantity here. The bar prides itself on the same quality of ingredients and elegant creations as the restaurant, so there’s a compact but lovingly curated selection of gin and tonics, cocktails and martinis a multitude of ways to choose from.
Outside space? Unparalleled views of the bobbing fishing boats across the harbour from the elegant south-facing terrace for long hours of sunshine.
ATLAS BAR, MANCHESTER
Where is it? Plum in the middle of Manchester’s vibrant city-centre Deansgate area.
Posh or casual? Chilled-out hipsters on the terrace; a little more chic inside.
Gin credentials? Exceptional. This award-winning venue has an unbeatable (in Manchester - and quite possibly the Northwest) selection of gins, with the website reporting an incredible tally of more than 420 gins from around the world!
Outside space? The south-facing terrace allows you to soak up the sun while you work your way through the bar’s self-proclaimed ‘gin bible’; we like the bright cushions and pretty floral touches that add a bit of colour to the urban surroundings. Heaters are ready for cooler evenings.
THE WATERFRONT, LEICESTERSHIRE
Where is it? Right on the Union Wharf of the Grand Union Canal canal in Market Harbourough.
Posh or casual? Friendly neighbourhood vibe for everything from after-work relaxation to date nights.
Gin credentials? This humble local restaurant and bar punches above its weight when it comes to gin. Alongside more than 60 gins from around the world, they apparently also stock their very own house gin, The Boathouse Blend.
Outside space? It’s the fabulous position of this waterside gin bar that’s earned it a place on our list; we can’t think of a more peaceful way to spend an hour than sipping a gin and tonic in the sunshine, watching the canal boats ease their way in and out of the wharf. Plus, in colder months the clever folk behind The Waterfront installed actual glass-walled igloos in which to spend your evening, so you can still make the most of those fabulous views!