New gin bar promising to bring 'a unique experience' for gin lovers is opening in Warwick

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

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 5:41 pm

Owners of a new bar opening in Warwick are hoping to provide a ‘unique experience’ for gin lovers.

That Gin & Cocktail Bar will open in Swan Street on Monday (May 17), and drinkers can choose 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.

Owner Steve Bazell. Photo by Everybody Smile Photography.

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.”

That Gin and Cocktail Bar is due to open in Warwick. Photo by Everybody Smile Photography

Many local distillers are among more than 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.”

Mixologist Simon Greenwood. Photo by Everybody Smile Photography.

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, May 21, 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.

That Gin and Cocktail Bar will also be offering food and afternoon tea. Photo by Everybody Smile Photography.

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.

That Gin and Cocktail Bar will be opening in Warwick. Photo by Everybody Smile Photography

"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 next Thursday (May 20) and, after that, will open 4pm to 11pm on Wednesday and Thursday; 11.30am to midnight on Friday and Saturday; and 11am to 7pm on Sunday.

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