If we could choose to do anything for the rest of our lives, it would be to travel the world, taking in the culture, food and, most importantly, the booze at local watering holes. Yes, we just finished marathoning our PVRed episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s now defunct No Reservations and have been plotting out the next five or so years to ensure that we will have our own travel show.
Unfortunately, like every pizzeria in New York, almost every bar around the world touts itself as the best place to get whatever liquor wets the locals’ whistles, which makes really immersing yourself into a given nation’s drink of choice rather difficult. Fortunately, we’ve found the bars that’ll let you absorb the history, the ambiance, and the very best liquor from around the world.
England – Gin
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Clearly the most notorious drink is not the be-all and end-all of wherever you’re visiting. You wouldn’t go to Canada and assume everyone is glugging down Canadian whiskey; Canadians are probably jammed in some sports bar with a liter of beer and the hockey game on full volume.
Same goes for England; just substitute “hockey” with “football.”
If you’re traveling to England and you really want to enjoy a classic gin & tonic instead of watching a fighting match with an Addicks, there are a few places of note you can stop into, but we really enjoy the City of London Distillery. Patrons can choose between distillery tours of small-batch artisan gin, a class and in-depth tour with the Master Distiller. Or, if you want to go straight for the gin, go to their C.O.L.D. bar which has over 175 gin products on their menu. It would be safe to call the City of London Distillery a certified gin joint.