Party Planning How To: Gin Bars

Gin bars are cool and a huge hit with everyone, but how can you replicate a top London gin bar at your next event, birthday or wedding party?

Gin Bars Garnishes

The emergence of new-style gins and premium mixers ushered in the rise in popularity of gin bars across major cities. City gin bars deliver not just a drink but an experience direct from the new wave distilleries via professional mixologists.

We’re now seeing an increase in the number of people wanting to have a bespoke gin bar at their own private luxury parties. More and more clients are asking how they can replicate the top London gin bars and they all want a very different, bespoke look and feel to their bar. The key to success is to remember it’s all about enriching the guest experience.

Engaging a professional, highly skilled bar tender is our top tip. Knowledge is power and your head bar tender should be able to explain the detail behind each gin, the history of the distillery and the individual botanicals and flavour. They should also be able to recommend and mix innovative and unusual gin cocktails along with the classics.

It is also best to have a menu available for guest to peruse at your gin bar, describing the gins and suggested mixer and garnish. Take a look at the example gin bar menu below.

Finally, consider the design of your bar and select your glassware to match your event theme or styling. Engaging with an experienced party planner who’s skilled in event design and luxury party production will ensure you have a flawless, world-class and unforgettable event.

Gin Bar at 50th Birthday Party

Bespoke gin bar at a 50th Birthday Party in Essex

Example Gin Bar Cocktail Menu

This example gin bar menu comes from a recent private party we planned for a luxury 50th birthday party held in a bespoke marquee in the grounds of our client’s home.

  • Tanqueray No. 10
    Premium small-batch gin with citrus character.
    – Well suited to a classic Tom Collins recipe; ice, lemon juice and Franklin and Sons soda water with a wedge of lemon to garnish.
  • Monkey 47
    This award winning German hipster gin is rich in botanicals (47 of them!) and works well as a martini.
    – Served super cold with lots ice. 5 parts gin, 1 part vermouth.

Hendricks and Monkey47 gins

  • Gin Mare
    A savoury Spanish gin full of Mediterranean spirit.
    – Served with a Double Dutch tonic and a sprig of rosemary and black olives.
  • Sipsmith London Dry Gin
    Originating from London’s first traditional copper distillery since 1820, this is where the explosion in the gin renaissance all begun. The gin is complex and aromatic yet smooth and balanced.
    – Served with a light Fever tree tonic and a Seville orange peel garnish.
  • Portobello Road
    A fast growing favourite crafted from 9 botanicals including coriander seed, liquorice root and nutmeg.
    – Paired with Fentimans tonic, ice and wide-cut grapefruit zests.
  • Hendricks
    Combining flowers, roots, fruits, and seed botanicals this gin is infused with rose petal and cucumber and distilled in a remote Scottish distillery.
    – Shaken over ice Buck’s Fizz style with cherry brandy, orange juice, tangerine juice and Champagne.

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