Celebrate World Gin Day in Newcastle
Last year nearly 80 million bottles of gin were sold in the UK, so it’s safe to say it’s one of our favourite tipples, and no surprise that there’s an official World Gin Day – taking place on Saturday 11th June! Here, we pay tribute to all the gin-loving things you can do in Newcastle, from enjoying the spirit (responsibly!) at one of the many gin palaces and bars in the city or purchasing a bottle to take home, we’ll uncover some local favourites and even some experiences you can join in with. Enjoy!
Dacantus, 30-32 Grey Street
With over 350 gins in stock the staff at Dacantus are experts when it comes to the spirit. Their tonic menu is equally as revered, with bags of choice on offer and a large selection of botanicals too. Serving their drinks in special ‘fish bowl’ glasses with extra large ice cubes (very important!), their specially curated G&T menu offers a wide choice. We’re also huge fans of their Negronis!
Spend World Gin Day in the opulent surroundings of The Continental, who have worked with their pals Dacantus to create a tantalising menu of unique, original cocktails and gin and tonics, served by knowledgeable bartenders. The gin palace’s menu includes original creations as well as tasteful twists on classics like Durham Gin paired with apple slices and basil, and they also feature live music from local musicians for that perfectly chilled vibe. Treat a pal and take advantage of their two G&Ts for £10 (25ml) or £15 (50ml) menu.
Pleased To Meet You, High Bridge
As one of the city’s most notable and hippest gin palaces, Pleased To Meet You is widely known for its pick ‘n’ mix G&Ts and delicious sharing plates, which make it the perfect place to spend a leisurely evening. Their bar boasts over 100 gins and they’re always adding more, with tonnes of choice from fruit and gin liqueurs to stronger ‘Naval’ gins and spirits with special secret ingredients. Typical tipples include their brand new Hepple Highball, made with Calvados and ginger tonic or their ‘short and strong’ namesake featuring Gabriel Boudier Saffron gin and DiSaronno Amaretto. Use their handy guide on their extensive collection menu to create your perfect drink.
Bealim House, Gallowgate
Newcastle’s one and only gin distillery is secreted away behind St James’ Park in a former printworks. Bealim House is one of the classiest establishments in the city, and they offer a range of experiences as well as a superb and lovingly curated menu of G&T varieties and cocktails. The venue offer regular gin tasting events where you can learn about the fascinating history of the spirit and enjoy a sensory tasting experience, take a cocktail masterclass with their gin instructor, or go on a Gin-Vention Experience, in which they’ll instruct you on the wonderful world of botanicals, where you’ll create your very own flavour.
What’s more, to celebrate World Gin Day they’re launching a brand new product! Newcastle Gin Watermelon is a refreshing 39% summer showstopper which can be savoured straight or paired with a tonic or lemonade. Join their celebration at Bealim House on World Gin Day to get your first taste or head to the bar on Thursday 16th June to grab yourself a free drink from the five bottles they’re giving away!
The Gin Bar @ Crowne Plaza Hotel, Forth Street
A bit of a hidden treasure, the Crowne Plaza Hotel’s intimate gin bar specialises in sourcing premium spirits and creating delicious gin-based cocktails, or you can ‘re-engineer’ your own using their tasting menu. Pair your tipple with a bite from their fantastic food selection.
The Botanist, Monument Mall
A Newcastle crowd pleaser and a favourite any night of the week, The Botanist is a great place to spend World Gin Day – not least because of that beautiful view of Grey Street! The impressive bar’s décor is matched by an extensive drinks menu, including their famous botanical cocktails. Fans of fruity concoctions will love the Cherry and Strawberry, made with Luxardo Sour Cherry gin, or give their aromatic Rhubarb and Sage Spritz or Lily Pad Sour a try.
Boasting the claim of being the UK’s smallest gin bar, WC Gin Closet may be small but their gin menu is perfectly formed. As you’d expect, there’s a wide selection of G&Ts, and their recently updated cocktail menu features delights like Sparkling Gin N’Juice featuring Durham Mango gin and the decadent Jaffa Cake Espresso Gin-Tini which includes Jaffa Cake gin, Kahlua, chocolate orange cookie gomme and espresso. Yum.
Or why not grab a bottle for home…
All the local favourites are stocked in this little shop at Central Station, making it perfect for a grab and go bottle. They’ve also got a great selection of craft beers.
John Lewis, Eldon Square
If you’re looking for a treat for your gin-loving friend (or yourself, you deserve it!), John Lewis’ superb range of gin-related gifts will be just the ticket. Aside from a great range of the spirit itself, they also stock cocktail recipe books and gift sets from the likes of Sipsmith and Fever Tree, as well as a range of elegant glasses to serve it all in.
Fenwick, Northumberland Street
As you might expect from a shop as well stocked as Fenwick, their wine and spirits department features a massive variety of top quality gins including regional favourites like Durham Gin’s Sloe and mango varieties, Newcastle Gin’s selections, Alnwick Gin’s lime and ginger and raspberry and vanilla flavours, Poetic License’s Northern Dry Gin and over 80 more! Not to be missed is their very own No. 39 Fenwick Northumbrian gin, their variety has a London dry gin base and is fused with juniper, coriander, angelica root, citrus peel and cacao nibs to result in a drink full of Northern soul, distilled in Northumbria.
No matter how you choose to imbibe this most celebrated of spirits, Newcastle has a plethora of ways for you to contribute to this year’s gin sales, let’s make it the best one yet!