A quick google for gin bars in Sheffield and Trippets Lounge Bar came up as top. Not knowing the city well, Dr C and I decided to head there and see if it was right to be ranking number 1 in the search.
At first we weren’t sure when we walked in to the restaurant area as we couldn’t see the bar, but then we found it… Dr C and I took one look at the gin collection at Trippets Lounge Bar and that was it… Soft jazz music, comfy bar seats and the most knowledgeable barman ever. Basically even if you know gin, Dave knows gin better than you. It was safe to say we’d reached gin heaven.
When You Can’t Choose, Choose Gin Flights…
Ok so for once I was totally stumped, as was Dr C. We weren’t going to pick something we knew, but to be honest looking at the gin collection we just didn’t know where to begin. Then we were given the Gin Flights menu and we knew where to start our journey. The Gin Flight menu offers up 3 gins all on a similar theme for you to try. Perfect right?! Even more so when they’re all matched to a suited garnish.
I opted for the Emerald Isle Gin Flight. A range of gins from Ireland, all I’d never tried before. I was really looking forward to trying Jawbox Gin, I’ve heard such good things and it was a hit in my books. There was also Gunpowder gin and Shortcross gin on my flight. The Gunpowder was the most intriguing of the lot, you could really taste the green tea. Now whilst I don’t usually like green tea, it turns out it’s alright with gin. One for the gin shelf I think!
Dr C opted for the Oh So Savoury Gin Flight. The Conker Gin was one I’d already tried, which is why I didn’t pick this flight. But Trippets serve it with Samphire, which I’d really suggest to anyone looking for something different garnish wise. Dr C really liked the Xoriguer as it was also a little bit different, and new to both of us. The seaweed gin was another we’d tried already, but it’s still tasty all the same.
Something New to Try…
After the beginning of our journey with gin flights, we switched to quizzing Dave for more suggestions. Both looking to continue our adventure with never tried before gins.
First up was the Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin. Now I’d had Four Pillars Gin before, but this is something new and has become a firm favourite of mine. Shiraz grapes are steeped in gin spirit for 8 weeks. The result is a pokey (38%) gin that is perfect in a gin and tonic with a slice of orange. I must admit, this one is on the top of my to buy list after this experience. Pair it with Double Dutch Tonic Water for bringing out the orange flavours.
Next up I picked the Sheffield Dry Gin with Raspberry and Hibiscus. A traditional dry gin with a sweet and floral flavour. I was unsure, but willing to try as I really enjoyed their normal dry gin. This was served with 1724 Tonic and a few raspberries. It was surprisingly tart, good for me as I am not a fan of the overly sweet. The tonic balanced it and added some sweetness. A definite summer drink here!
Dr C then finished up with the most intriguing of all the gins. The Zymurgorium & Northern Monk Brew Co. Infirmarian. A gin inspired by black IPA beers featuring Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic hops, along with liquorice and pink grapefruit. This went perfectly with Fever Trees Aromatic Tonic and was a wonderful surprise.
What I’m Gonna Try Next Time…
Overall Trippets Lounge Bar was a fantastic find. It’s safe to say Dr C and I totally agree with the number 1 ranking on ‘Sheffield Gin Bars’ Google search! I’ve already planned my next visit, there’s a whole load of gins in their collection I’m yet to try. But first and foremost the food is something on our list. The restaurant looks incredible. Spoiler alert… We’re already booked in for a visit in October!
Have you checked out Trippets Lounge Bar? Are you a gin fan? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Trippets Lounge Bar is located at 89 Trippet Ln, Sheffield S1 4EL.
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