Drinking gin in Bristol is becoming easier and easier with every pub, bar and restaurant upping their offerings much to the delight of the gin-swilling masses. But it is easy to get lost amongst the sheer volume of gin joints on offer, so here is my insider's guide to some of Bristol's best gin spots.

The Pump House

Situated in a prime waterside location close to where the city docks meet the If you are looking to broaden your gin horizons then you need to head out to The Pumphouse in Hotwells. The Pumphouse has a lot going for it, the outside space is one of Bristol's best sun traps, chef Toby Gritten is a force to be reckoned with (and a big gin fan). Last but certainly not least is the daunting wall of gin behind the bar! The Pumphouse boasts the largest collection of gin in the south west with a mighty 600 plus gins. Not for the indecisive or the faint hearted.

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Little Victories

Coffee and gin might not sound like natural bedfellows but it is fast becoming a global trend! Gin, coffee and tonic, gin espresso martinis and coffee negronis are the perfect solutions to those suffering from fatigue and sobriety. The best place to get your coffee-gin fix is down at Little Victories on Wapping Wharf, this perfect little coffee house combines the two fabulously.

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The Green Man

If you love gin but the modern world of cocktail bars and fancy restaurants isn't your scene then The Green Man is just the solution, a proper pub tucked away in Kingsdown that has over 100 gins on offer. The list is not just large but it is well thought out and is more thriller than filler. They also serve up a great Sunday roast so you can get your fill whilst getting your gin fix.

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Cox & Baloney

Cox & Baloney on Cheltenham Road is a quaint little tea room that pairs gin with everything. You can stop in for gin and cake, gin afternoon tea and gin cocktails served in teapots. Or for a truly unique experience you can book in for one of their gin and cheese pairing evenings. Gin, cake and cheese, yes please.

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Chance & Counters

Chance and Counters at the bottom of Christmas Steps is Bristol's first board game cafe and a great destination if you're looking for a unique gin fueled evening out. Make sure to book ahead as they are often fully booked. They have a team of board game experts who will help you chose a game and figure out the rules, and they make a great gin and tonic. Be warned it's a very difficult place to leave once you're a few gins in and your competitive streak comes out.

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Psychopomp Micro-Distillery

If you want to drink gin from the source and experience a proper micro distillery first hand then make your way to St Michaels Hill to Psychopomp Micro-Distillery. This tiny distillery makes local seasonal craft gins on copper pot stills. You can find Psychopomp gins in most of Bristol's great gin joints but if you want to experience it fully then go and drink it in the distillery. The distillers are on hand to serve gin and tonics, martinis and negronis all whilst the stills trickle away in the background. They also host a series of events where you can learn about how gin is made, drink a set menu of gin cocktails at the "Distillers Table" evenings and even make your own gin.

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BoxE

For the ultimate gin and food experience you have to check out BoxE in Wapping Wharf. Chef Elliott Lidstone not only cooks up some of the best food in Bristol right now he uses the spent gin botanicals from Psychopomp seasonal gins to cure fish which is then serve paired with the gin. The terrace opens in the summer months for some tasty alfresco gin and food pairing.

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Red Light

If gin cocktails are your thing, then you should check out Red Light on Unity Street. Look out for a payphone and a graffiti covered door, pick up the phone and cross your fingers that they have a table available (or book ahead). This 1950's decorated cocktail den serves up some of Bristol’s best cocktails and more importantly mixes a mean Martini.

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Dutch

One of Bristol's first specialist and dedicated gin bars, with already over 80 gins in stock, the Dutch team aim to stock over 350 in the coming months– and have also started their gin-inspired small plates menu, along with some top-drawer nibbles for the grazers out there. It's a beautiful space too; greenery lined walls and copper detailing aplenty, with sofas and benches to lounge upon.

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Corks of Bristol

Once you've toured the city and drank lots of delicious gin you will probably need to pick up some bottles to have at home, and conveniently Corks of Bristol not only have a great selection and knowledgeable staff they also have three convenient locations, Corks of Cotham, Corks of North Street and Corks of Cargo (in Wapping Wharf).

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Published -9th May 2017