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The best gin holidays in Europe to book this autumn

Louise Kettle
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If you’re looking to book your next break, how about using your love of gin as a means to explore a new location?

Our guide can not only help you pinpoint your new holiday, but also show you exactly where to eat, stay and drink.

Barcelona – Spain

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Spain loves gin. It’s become one of the world’s largest consumers ­of the stuff — which may or may not be down to their delightfully hefty measures. Expect a 50:50 ratio in your gintonic (and ditch the ampersand). The humble lemon slice your auntie still slops into her slimline won’t cut the mustard here either; flavoured tonics and carefully considered fruits and herbs are tailored to each blend.

Spaniards treat gintonic as a ‘copa’ — an after-dinner drink to be enjoyed long into the night. We think it works perfectly as a tapas companion too, acting as a refreshing interlude between mouthfuls of salty chorizo and manchego.

Where to stay

Nestled between several popular gin bars, this friendly hostel makes the ideal base to explore the city. There are private rooms as well as dorms, with prices to suit most budgets.

Where to eat

The perfect place for the indecisive foodie. Four restaurants and four bars provide plenty of options, covering meat, fish, tapas and rice — after which you can indulge in a copa or two at the reasonably-priced cocktail bar.

Where to drink

With the motto ‘drink like a gangster’, it’d be criminal not to pay this place a visit. Modelled on a speakeasy, we loved the relaxed atmosphere and knowledgeable bar staff, who are happy to go off-menu and create something to suit your mood.

 

Ven – Sweden

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The island of Ven is located between Denmark and Sweden and can be reached by ferry from Copenhagen (ventrafiken.se). Despite its small size (4.5km by 2.4km, to be exact), this little gem has its very own distillery, Spirit of Hven, which produces their Organic Gin and Organic Navy Strength Gin.

Where to stay

Why stay anywhere else when you can stay at the distillery? The on-site hotel has 36 small cottages, and offers various packages which include distillery tours, spa treatments and meals from the excellent restaurant.

Where to eat

Named after the owner’s mother, this bijou restaurant by the sea serves delicious local produce in a stunning setting. A must-visit.

Where to drink

Staggering distance from your bed is the hotel bar, but don’t let the name put you off. It holds a great selection of beers and ales as well as the in-house gin.

 

Berlin – Germany

Monkey 47 is only the beginning when it comes to German gin; the number of distillers is now said to run into the hundreds. It seems the capital is still the best place to go on a posh bar crawl, with Berliners’ love for G&T rivalling that of Barcelonians’.

Where to stay

Central location, pool, gym, spa, various dining options – this chic hotel ticks most travellers’ boxes. You might not even bother leaving it, considering the bar’s called House of Gin. With 150 varieties to choose from and a tasting menu to get stuck in to, we recommend a long stay.

Where to eat

Line your stomach with some proper German grub at this charming bar-restaurant. You’ll need to make a reservation due to its popularity with locals and tourists alike — expect a crowded, buzzy atmosphere. Don’t leave without trying the pork schnitzel…

 

Where to drink

Sip your drink on the terrace overlooking Einstein Park, or in the comfort of the 1920s-inspired library bar. We recommend the Jeu et Innocence — gin, lime, grapefruit, maple, peach and lavender lemonade – but you’ll have a list of over 150 gins to pick from.

 

Amsterdam – The Netherlands

Gin’s Dutch relative jenever, from which gin evolved, is reason enough to visit The Netherlands. But like the other European cities on our hotlist, gin and tonic fever has hit Amsterdam too, meaning you can happily indulge in both. Sip canal-side while people watching, or explore the many specialist gin and jenever bars.

Where to stay

This hotel completely charmed us — the decadent interiors, the lovely staff, the free cake and coffee, the cat…! Its location is within walking distance to most of the main attractions yet away from the bustle of Dam Square’s stag and hen contingent. The bar is top-notch too, serving cocktails and snacks till late.

Where to eat

Set in the delightful Nine Streets area, this pretty patisserie makes an ideal stop-off during a saunter round the array of shops and boutiques. Don’t forget to Instagram your cake before you eat it. #blessed

Where to drink

A characterful bar serving a great selection of jenever — we recommend having a tasting session of several. Simple, delicious food is also on offer should all that quaffing work up an appetite.


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