Ah, gin. The most delicious of juniper-infused spirits; we drink it in bars, we drink it in the pub, we drink it at home. Heck, we'd drink it at work if we could. Curtail your need for a stiff G&T until after-work hours, then treat yourself to a visit to one of these ginspirational Cardiff bars for the drink you deserve.

Bar 44 needs little introduction. They have received national attention and admiration for their Spanish-influenced dishes, and their appreciation of authentic ingredients is second to none in the city. Whilst they are known for being hugely knowledgeable about sherry, they also have an impressive selection of thirst-quenchingly delicious gins. Pair a couple of G&Ts with a few slices of the finest jamón, the freshest fish, and a table full of tapas for an evening to rival any spent in Barcelona or Madrid.

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Curado Bar has only been open since the end of 2016 but has already firmly established itself as one of the best places to eat, drink and soak up the all-day ambiance in Cardiff. Almost all of the fantastic food you'll savour here (from the downstairs finger-food spreads to the heartier hot tapas "de la cocina" upstairs) is available to purchase from the deli to take home for later. When it comes to gin, they stock a selection first-rate Spanish distillations, including the floral and dangerously drinkable Ginsiderit Hibiscus. It's the perfect accompaniment to a plateful of salty, snacky pinchos (that's a small, Spanish bar snack, FYI).

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Based within a lovingly converted 19th century French gothic chapel, Chapel 1877 boasts interior architecture so awe-inspiring, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven; from colossal chandeliers and breath-taking brickwork, to stunning stained glass windows. With a focus on fine dining, the a la carte and gastro-pub menus consist of locally sourced ingredients, presented so beautifully that it almost looks too good to eat – almost. Book onto one of their gin-tasting packages for a talk on the history and origins of gin, a tutored gin tasting, and samples from 5 different local and international distilleries.

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With its unusual bank vault setting on the High Street, and a menu of modern British cooking, The Potted Pig has been even been described as a “gift to the city” by the hardest-to-please food critic, Jay Rayner. Menus change with the seasons but unsurprisingly, pork features heavily, with dishes like crispy pigs ear salad with boudin noir and a sharing plate of mustard glazed ham hock. But, it's the biblical selection of gins that draws many a juniper fan to this little den of deliciousness. With a gin menu boasting distillations in every style from fresh and crisp, aromatic and spicy, to fruity, floral and dry; this place really is a G&T lover's dream.

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Look for the neon logo lighting up the corner of Mill Lane… something weird and wonderful can be found behind. As you ascend the darkened staircase to find Lab 22, one of the city’s most prestigious and unusual cocktail bars; you'll quickly discover that the focus here is on creating a cocktail-quaffing experience unlike any other in the city. Chip-shop Mecca Caroline Street isn't the first location you'd think of for a place like this, but it's worth seeking out Lab 22's mysterious dark doorway. A whole new way of drinking gin, vodka, rum and whiskey-based cocktails awaits you.

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After ticking a coffee shop, a tearoom and a gelato cafe off their list, Charlotte and Steve Barker have expanded their small eatery empire in Cardiff city centre to include this shrine to all things gin. Occupying prime position in a corner unit on the edge of Castle Arcade, this quirky spot serves a predominantly healthy, nutritious food menu during the day, and transforms into into cosy, speakeasy-inspired bar once the sun sets. Vintage mirrors and prints of classic artists from decades gone-by adorn the ceiling, whilst cwtchy booths and bar stools line the walls. Head to the back of the bar to find the snug, and treat yourself to an Espresso Gin-tini. Or two, or three...

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This atmospheric prohibition-style bar is based on Womanby Street, one of the oldest streets in the city centre and the beating heart of Cardiff's live music scene. With free entry all week and regular live music acts spanning genres from swing and blues, to jazz and rock ’n roll, people flock to The Bootlegger for 241 cocktails, as well as excellent local and international ales, craft beers, ciders, an almost limitless range of spirits and, you guessed it - a dedicated gin bar. If sipping a G&T whilst listening to the velvety vocals of a live soul singer sounds like a great way to relax, this is the place to go.

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Hidden behind a black soot door on the doorstep of Castle Quarter, Pennyroyal feels like an authentic speakeasy, with bottles and books lining the wooden window display in haberdashery fashion. Candles flicker against raw brick and copper fittings, and the handmade apothecary-style bar boasts over 100 rums and agaves – and plenty of gin; surely one of the most impressive collections of bottles in the city. Alex and Jamie pride themselves on quality ingredients, passionate service and unique stories - so have created their own "Pharmacopoeia". A holistic-remedy-come-pseudo-scientific blueprint of alcohol, herbs and flavour-mapped brilliance, their menu takes adventurous guests on a journey into the power of creatively mixed, revolutionary remedies. Pennyroyal promises authentic mixology and a dash of the different - all set to carefully-selected hip hop tunes.

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Hungry students of Flora Street, thirsty young professionals of Hirwain Street, all you movers and shakers of Cathays Terrace. Behold! The Flora has once again flung open its doors after an extensive re-think (including an inside-and-out aesthetic overhaul, a thoroughly impressive reimagining of the food and drink offering, a sizey investment from the landlords and a new independent management team in the form of those easy going guys and gals at Ten Mill Lane). The results are mightily impressive – and you can grab a double gin & tonic served with Fever Tree tonic, all for a mere fiver!

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Published -8th June 2019