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Go Mad on Mother’s Ruin at the Best Gin Tastings in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Tastings are the perfect way to discover the best gins Leeds has to offer.

The Botanist

Fancy trying some of the best gins in the world? Book in at one of these fabulous gin tastings in Leeds.

If you love gin, a tasting session is an experience you absolutely have to try. From gin-tasting dinners to an evening learning about the history of mother’s ruin, you can revel in the knowledge of Leeds’ gin-loving experts. Find your perfect gin tipple with the help of these city centre venues…

Lazy Lounge

Lazy Lounge

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Lazy Lounge is one of the best venues for gin tastings in Leeds. They take it very seriously – so much so, you get A Lazy GINploma certificate after you’ve done it. For £25 a head, you get a 2-hour session on Monday evenings or Saturday afternoons during which you’ll learn all about the history of gin. You’ll try a selection of 10 gins, from Bols to Bathtub, Jensens and Williams Chase, as well as oodles of cake that they provide to soak up the booze.

Lazy Lounge, 102 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JJ.

The Botanist

Gin and tonic at The Botanist

The Botanist go all out when it comes to gin, with a huge selection behind the bar, including the UK’s finest labels. They also do fantastic little gin tastings at their Leeds bar. It’s £25 a head for 6 to 12 people, and you get 90 minutes of gin-themed brilliance. Their experts take you through the origins and history of the spirit before guiding you through their specially selected gins, helping you to identify the unique flavours and botanicals in each one.

The Botanist, 67 Boar Lane, Trinity Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.

The Gin Journey

The Gin Journey

The Gin Journey is a gin tasting with a difference. It’s actually a boozy pub crawl – every Saturday they welcome punters onto their luxurious Gini-bus for night of gin-centric drinking. It takes you on a bar-hopping tour around Leeds, stopping at 5 bars every week. You’ll try a different gin in each bar, with a 10ml sample to sup before you enjoy an original gin-based cocktail and move on to the next one – and along the way, you’ll learn a thing or two about the city and spirit.

The Gin Journey starts from a secret location in Leeds city centre every Saturday.

Shears Yard

Shears Yard offers gin tastings that are a little bit different from the norm. They’re actually dinners, so alongside a selection of gins from a hand-picked label, whether it’s Sipsmith, Four Pillars or Slingsby, they’ll put together a 5-course menu designed to match each tipple. The events are held every few months, and usually cost between £50 and £60, so it’s worth keeping an eye on what’s coming up.

Shears Yard, 11-15 Wharf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EH.

The Maven

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The Maven is one of the most popular hidden speakeasies in Leeds and they’ll put on a gin-themed masterclass just for you. They have more than 50 gins behind the bar, and you’ll get to try one on arrival. Then the fun really starts – for £35 per person, you’ll be treated to a selection of three drinks, with a bit of history and plenty of tasting notes. They’re built around you, so if you’re after something specific, just ask.

The Maven, 1 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7DH.



Mojo is a legendary down and dirty dive bar with a singalong soundtrack of rock anthems and a love of spirits, including gin. They host their gin tastings upstairs in The Rhum Room, where a member of their team will give you a brief history of Mother’s Ruin before you indulge in a string of hand-picked samples. You have two packages to choose from – the Gold lasts around an hour and comes with their Bowie Canapé selection for £28.95 each, while the Platinum stretches to 90 minutes and includes a 2-course meal and a bonus gin-based concoction for £40 per person.

Mojo, 16 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.