Our distilleries have a world-class reputation with Jawbox, Shortcross and Belfast 1912 gins among the some of the names made here. Take a tour then enjoy a local gin and tonic.
Rademon Estate is the birthplace of Shortcross Gin, Northern Ireland’s first craft gin and now the most awarded gin in the island of Ireland. Book a guided tour to learn about how it’s created; they harvest local botanicals and use fresh water from the distillery well to create its smooth and aromatic taste. Then enjoy a drink in Shortcross Gin Bar and browse in the Distillery Shop.
Set in the stunning, mature countryside of the Ards Peninsula, Echlinville Distillery is a must-visit for gin fans. The estate is home to the Jawbox and Echlinville Gin brands, and was the first licensed distillery in Northern Ireland in over 125 years. They also produce Drumville & Co whiskey and Ban Poitin. Join a guided tour and enjoy a taste of the exquisite spirits afterwards.
Belfast Gin and Spirits School
Why not try making your own gin at the Belfast Gin and Spirits School? You’ll have the chance to blend your own recipe using a base spirit and botanicals to create a drink you can take home. The school is housed in a speakeasy-style location in the city centre and offers classes in whiskey, rum and calvados too. Enjoy bespoke cocktails as part of the experience, treat yourself to afternoon tea themed on the spirit of the day.
Hughes Craft Distillery
Book into the spirit school at Hughes Craft Distillery and you’ll be taught how to distil your own gin, made with your own choice of botanicals (which can be picked from the walled garden depending on the season). You’ll also get a tour of the distillery and can enjoy a delicious meal in the adjoining gastro pub.
Gin Walking Tours
Take a guided walking tour to discover Belfast's vibrant bar scene, and visit some of the city's top gin spots along the way.
Belfast Gin Jaunt
Join Taste and Tour NI for the Belfast Gin Jaunt, Northern Ireland's first gin tour! Starting at the Crown Liquor Saloon, a historic Victorian gin palace, you’ll visit five different bars and have the chance to sample seven gins. The tour visits Belfast’s top gin joints and ends the lively Cathedral Quarter.
Gin Afternoon Teas
Treat yourself to an afternoon tea with the perfect combination of savoury food, sweet treats and gin!
Tipsy Tea with Gin Cocktails
Head to Babel Rooftop Bar and Garden every weekend for spirited afternoons of savoury sandwiches, sweet treats and sensational gin cocktails. This sleek bar and kitchen on the top level of the Bullitt Hotel boasts Instagram worthy drinks and stunning city views.
Gin Afternoon Tea at Radisson Blu
Indulge in a gin afternoon tea in the Gasworks restaurant at Radisson Blu, with delicate gourmet sandwiches, freshly baked scones with fresh cream, macaroons, mille feuille, and fresh cream eclairs, all served with gin signature serves and a gin infused tea menu.
Gin Tasting and Savoury Afternoon Tea at La Mon
Sample craft gins and handpicked botanicals at La Mon Hotel & Country Club. Their gin afternoon tea runs on selected dates until December 2019, and includes delicious savoury nibbles like petite beef Wellington and pulled pork sliders alongside some exquisite gin pours.
Belfast Gin Festival
21-23 June 2019
Come and celebrate all that is gin with Seedhead Arts and Taste and Tour NI at Northern Ireland’s original Gin Festival. Ticket price includes entry to the premises at Elmwood Hall for each session lasting 4 hours, a featured gin and tonic on arrival as well as your very own Belfast Gin Fest 2019 goblet to take home.
More Gin Events
From gin festivals to special distillery tours, find the perfect pour at a range of gin-based events. Browse our food and drinks events to see what’s on.