World Gin Day on The English Riviera

Originally created in the 16th Century as a medicinal pick-me-up, Gin’s popularity in recent years has led to a resurgence in the number of South West distilleries creating this very fashionable spirit, and using traditional methods blended with modern day technology.

For a true taste of the South West look out for Red Sails, Brixham Gin distilled in an Old Sail Loft with a smooth citrus finish; Deck Chair Gin, crafted with seven botanicals and a refreshing zesty orange flavour or the delicious non-alcoholic varieties produced by Sea Arch.

Whether you’re planning a hen party night on the town with your girlfriends or a romantic evening with a loved one, head to some of the English Riviera’s hot spots this summer to enjoy your favourite tipple.

Sip a gin-infused cocktail or two at Revolution, located right in the heart of Torquay’s popular harbourside, where there’s plenty of night time party atmosphere. Revolution has a great menu including Frozen Cocktails: Rosie & Gin with Aviation Gin and Botanical Cocktails: Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger and Beefeater Pink. Enjoy the Gin revolution with the 2-4-1 happy hour offers on the Revolution Heart Cocktails. Open from midday to 2am on Friday and Saturdays throughout the year this is a great place to meet friends.

This stylish lounge bar, just a few minutes’ walk from Torquay seafront, has an all year-round swanky outdoor beer and cocktail garden.  With over 80 exclusive cocktails and 180 different spirits you’ll be spoiled for choice. The motto at Soho is ‘Premium is our Standard’ so you can really relax and enjoy the English Riviera nightlife at its best. Live DJ’s play every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night to get you in the party spirit.

There are Cocktail making masterclasses, fun hands-on sessions to enjoy with a group of friends.  Look out for the mid-week premium promotions including ‘2 for £10 Long Cocktails’ if you’re looking for an early evening tipple.

This family-friendly pub and inn lies right opposite Paignton Green and Paignton Pier. Just a few minutes’ walk from the beach this is a favourite with holiday visitors as well as locals. Everyday throughout the year there’s a special offer: 2 Double Gin & Tonics for £10 and a Ginfest, buy 4 drinks and get 1 free. There’s a great range to choose including all the well-known brands, Gordon’s, Hendricks, Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire and many more.  

In a prominent waterside location, Cantina is an all year-round favourite with locals and regular visitors to Paignton. Try their own brand, Mermaid’s Ruin, a speciality gin distilled and bottled onsite and inspired by the sea containing dulse seaweed, pink peppercorns and lemon zest.  Best enjoyed outdoors with friends or loved ones as the sun sets. This is one of many dog-friendly venues on the English Riviera so why not bring your four-legged companion with you, after a long beach walk at Goodrington Sands.

Head to the Old Fish Quay in Brixham and you’ll spot Liberty’s, a quirky tea parlour and cocktail bar with colourful gigantic tea cup-styled seats outside. This quirky harbourside haunt has plenty of style with opulent décor and furnishings throughout creating the ultimate gin palace. Open 7 days a week from 10am to midnight, this dog-friendly venue offers an impressive A to Z menu of reasonably priced gins, with many new varieties added regularly to suit every taste.

For other ideas of places to visit on The English Riviera take a look at our Food and Drink pages.

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