In recent years the Toon seems to have caught the gin bug. There has been a definite rise in venues for those who above all prefer to sip this tipple, and with the ever expanding gin scene we’ve uncovered various places for the fanatics to sit back, relax and enjoy their favorite drink.
Newcastle Gin Festival 2015
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— Gin Festival (@GinFestival) April 5, 2014
The UK’s largest gin festival will be arriving at The Castle Gate in Newcastle for the third time. This is an event that has something for all gin lovers, whether you consider yourself an ardent enthusiast or more of a casual fan.
Guests will have the opportunity to sample a variety of the UK’s finest gins and a range of new products. Also on the agenda will be live music and masterclasses from industry experts who will make sure you’re fully enjoying your gin combinations.
The event will take place from June 12-13 in the evenings, and an additional afternoon session has been added on the 13th running from 12pm to 5pm because of the events’ popularity on Tyneside.
The Castle Gate, Melbourne Street; website
Pleased To Meet You
— PLEASED TO MEET YOU (@ptmynewcastle) March 27, 2015
This gin haven is situated in the city centre just off Grey street. A hidden gem with the perfect location to quench your thirst if you’re in the city, it’s always GinOClock at Pleased To Meet You.
They have created the perfect atmosphere to indulge in your preferred drink. The menu is as long as your arm and impressive to say the least, with the fruit and flavored gins highly recommended. There is even the option to create your own G&T from the selection on the menu.
41-45 High Bridge; ptmy-newcastle.co.uk
— Dacantus (@Dacantus) April 14, 2014
Dacantus is all about spreading the gin love and they’re currently leading a ‘Gin Revolution.’ This intimate Spanish restaurant is renowned for its Gin Lab ‘Specialty G&T Menu’ and their signature ‘Fish Bowl’ G&T glasses. Gin Tasting Sessions are available here for those who are keen enthusiasts, and for those who just want a grounding in all things gin. Although this venue is cozily small it adds to the atmosphere and gives the place real character. You wouldn’t think you’d just stepped off the streets of Newcastle.
30-32 Grey Street; dacantus.com
The ‘Botany of Gin’ Workshop
[Photo by Doug Belshaw; Flickr CC]
The life centre in Newcastle holds an array of adult-aimed workshops and, luckily for admirers of the English tipple, there is one right up their street. The workshop examines the history of gin from the 17th century up until its position in present day society. Those who attend will explore the various types of plants used to give their favorite gin the distinct taste that they love. Don’t panic, the workshop does also grant the opportunity to taste selected gins!
Centre for Life, Times Square; www.life.org.uk/botany-of-gin