Discover the 5 best gin bars in Cheltenham

Gin, who would have guessed that a drink associated with debauchery, mass alcoholism and your mother in laws favourite 6 o’clock drink, has now become the most fashionable drink to have at your side when you take to the bars and night life on a carefree weekend. To celebrate this classic botanical spirit, here’s a list of the best bars in Cheltenham to enjoy a tipple of ‘Mother’s ruin’.

The classic way to sip gin is an old favourite, the G + T, and in 2016, the year of the Gin and Tonic, the iconic cocktail underwent somewhat of a renaissance. A colonial favourite due to the addition of quinine, the British East India Company introduced the cocktail in 19th century India, and has now brought out it’s own tonic to try. 

Royal favour shows that this versatile spirit can be dressed up in a Gin and Dubbonet cocktail, loved by the Queen and Queen Mother, or keep it simple like the Duchess of Cornwall’s drink of choice with a Gin and Tonic.

Gin & Tonic or not, one thing we know for sure, it’s here to stay for a while, and here are the best bars in Cheltenham to enjoy them. To good health!


Crazy Eights, 131 The Promenade, Cheltenham

This Georgian mansion exudes the sophistication of Cheltenham, and is a must do bar for local, artisan gin tasters.

Set in the heart of town, No. 131 is a chic hotel, restaurant and bar. It is a painstakingly conceived outfit offering relaxing, best-of-British dining and probably the most stylish bedrooms in Cheltenham.

In the former garage below is the buzzy Crazy Eights bar where you can order steaks and the like, play billiards and enjoy a club-like atmosphere. Try local Sibling’s Gin made just outside of Cheltenham by four siblings or a wonderful fruity Polo Gin, made by Richard in Wales.

Crazy Eights Bar - Courtesy of Cotswold Life

The Daffodil

Sip a Charlie Chaplin with Sloe Gin, in style on The Daffodil’s circle balcony, overlooking the bustling restaurant and open kitchen below.

This is 1920’s glamour, it’s dark interiors, the former cinema boasts an Art Deco interior with jazz acts performing every week.

The Daffodil

Door 4

If there is one area of Cheltenham that gives you that Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment, it is Montpellier, and what better way to be seen in Montpellier than in Door 4. The classy barman here knows their stuff, and seek to create magical chemistry with their cocktails. Try a Parma Violet Martini while indulging in a Plum and Armagnac sorbet.

Door 4's Parma Violet Martini
Door 4's Plum and Armagnac Sorbet

AquaVitae

Translated as ‘water of life’, new Cheltenham bar and restaurant AquaVitae certainly lives up to its name with its range of inventive cocktails, many of which have been created to match the food cooked by ex-Jamie’s Italian chef Marc Davies.

On-trend exposed brickwork walls have been paired with bare and copper lighting, together with leather banquette seating and scaffold top tables. A hand-painted horse head mural provides a dramatic backdrop for the marble top bar upstairs, with sumptuous deep blue velvet seating and grey brass-studded topped stools.

Try the Gin Punch with elderflower infused, or The Last Resort with Tanqueray London Dry Gin but must be paired with a Cotswold pulled pork or beef slider. Delicious!

AquaVitae Bar

Jessops House

Technically not a gin palace, rather a craft beer house and restaurant, they however offer an extremely good range of gins, and they have also had a go at making their own Wild Beer Gin. Their British Tapas to pair with your gin is second to none. Make sure you try the Canadian Poutin chips, deliciously decadent, and their pig cheek and Cotswold beef meatballs are also fantastic. The décor is hip and happening and is a real favourite haunt with the locals.

Jessops Sleeping Lemon Gin

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