WHEN a fun new concept bar arrives in Warwick next week it will open its doors to a ‘unique experience’ for gin lovers, according to its owners.
The team behind That Gin & Cocktail Bar promise to take their customers on a gin journey of discovery like no other in the UK, when it opens in Swan Street on Monday. (May 17th)
Drinkers can select from UK Best Sellers, Local Gins, International Gins and Gins with a story as well as the bar’s own infused flavoured gins.
It marks the latest venture for entrepreneur Steve Bazell who has worked in local hospitality for the last 20 years and is one half of the team behind the successful That little Gin & Prosecco Bar in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon.
He said: “The core concept is about buying through flavours, not through brands, and giving people a truly unique experience. We want to enable people to explore different flavour profiles by talking to us about what they enjoy so we serve the right drink for them from our extensive range. Its all about finding ‘your’ perfect drink.
“This method of ordering your gin is unique and not something we’ve been able to find anywhere else in the country. I thought Warwick was well suited to this kind of concept.”
Many local distillers are among over 100 different gins to be stocked at the bar, where there will be the opportunity to showcase their local provenance.
“When you go to the bar you often opt for the gin that you know. We offer the customer a choice of a few that fit their description and have a conversation about them. Ideally we’d like people to try something they haven’t tried before,” he added.
“Also, we use a base gin from one of our distillers and infuse it with our own flavouring so that gives us the ability to come up with new flavours that aren’t on the standard supermarket shelf and means it’s a unique gin every time!”
As well as gin, visitors can select from a range of cocktails, wines and spirits, including five different types of prosecco. And drivers and under 18s can also get into the ‘spirit’ with alcohol-free gins. And there’s even the option of bottling your new-found favourite gin to take home.
From Friday, 21st May, a food menu is introduced, with sharing board options, afternoon teas plus a range of homemade cheesecakes to choose from – including G&T flavour!
But Steve is keen not to detract from the headline act.
He said: “The food is being brought in as something to eat to accompany the gin – but gin is very much the star here.”
Plans to open in December were stalled by the third lockdown, but Steve, who was aided by a Government grant, is confident That Gin & Cocktail Bar will have been worth the wait for locals.
He said: “I feel proud to see it come to fruition because it’s a concept that was borne out of a conversation four years ago.
“When we took this place on late last year it was with the belief that we were coming out of the pandemic but this suddenly changed so we had to be flexible, which you always have to be in business. Now things are looking more positive and we believe people are desperate to come out again.
“I have a strong feeling that town centres can thrive but businesses now, more than ever, have to offer a unique kind of experience that you just wouldn’t get online. So hopefully this is the format to get town centres vibrant again, by offering something different and independent. It supports a thriving local economy and helps it to move forward.”
That Gin & Cocktail Bar is being officially opened by the Mayor of Warwick on Thursday (May 20th) and, after that, will open 4-11pm on Wednesday and Thursday; 11.30-midnight on Friday and Saturday; and 11am-7pm on Sunday.