From chic cocktails and fine wines, to real ales and stiff spirits, Cheltenham’s bar scene is thriving and here SoGlos rounds up eight swanky cocktail bars worth a visit.
With everything from a selection of cocktails concoctions to the finest wines, there’s sure to be something to whet your whistle.
Sample creative cocktails featuring unusual ingredients at The Botanist, a stylish bar and restaurant located in The Brewery Quarter. With a focus on using subtle, delicate and sometimes strong flavours from greenhouse herbs, you can expect a true sensory experience.
Whether you fancy a fruity concoction, a gin-based creation, or a unique smoking tea pots, there’s something for every palate, along with delicious alcohol-free cocktails.
Malmaison in Cheltenham’s Montpellier area promises plenty of style and substance when it comes to cocktails. Its menu features traditional classics and tasty seasonal specials created by the talented mixologists.
There are also 15 cocktails inspired by the cities where it’s located across the country, including the Cotswold Julep, which features William Chase gin, St Germain Liqueur, Lillet Rose, mint, soda and sugar.
Superbly sophisticated Gin & Juice is a trendy bar which forms part of hotel and restaurant, No.131, located at the top of Cheltenham’s Promenade.
Boasting over 300 gins, Gin & Juice is sure to offer something for even the most discerning drinkers – whether you’re looking for a velvety vermouth, bold brandy or glorious gin.
Complete with its 1920s art deco design, The Daffodil is one of Cheltenham’s
most iconic bars that’s nestled in The Suffolks. There’s a whole host of tipples to peruse at The Daffodil’s signature curved Circle Bar.
From elegant champagne cocktails and espresso martinis, to rum-based creations and classic favourites, you’ll find plenty to tempt. And, if you want to get your week off to a flying start, take advantage of its 2-4-1 Martini Mondays.
Inspired by the Victorian era, Lily Gins serves up a whole host of tasty drinks and boasts plenty of space to party the night away as the music keeps on coming.
With experienced bartenders creating cocktails including a classic Bloody Mary and Lampone Fizz, guests can also enjoy an original concoction like the Regent’s Sling.
Standing proudly on the corner, Montpellier Wine Bar offers cosy interiors as well as an inviting alfresco space for warmer summer drinking.
Cocktail-lovers can peruse the menu of classic combinations including a Mojito, Espresso Martini and Cosmopolitan or, enjoy a glass of bubbles from the bar’s extensive Champagne selection.
With a quaint courtyard and a cosy atmosphere, John Gordons Bar is nestled on Montpellier Walk and is the perfect spot for enjoying a boozy beverage on the barrel top tables.
Also renowned for its bountiful brood of whiskies, gins and wines, guests can choose from a mixology menu of gin-based beverages including a Breakfast Martini and G & Tea.
Paying homage to its former use, The Fire Station boasts exposed brick walls and original features as well of plenty of space to enjoy a crafted cocktail.
Covering just about every palate, cocktail connoisseurs will be spoilt for choice with summery sensations including Floradora, which combines gin, homemade raspberry syrup, lemon juice and ginger ale.
By Sophie Bird
Monday 28 January 2019
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