Liverpool’s only dedicated gin garden is ready to bloom for its sixth year, with the opening expected middle of March.
Widely regarded as the hidden jewel amid the warehouses and creative industries the area now harbours, at the Baltic Triangle’s heart beats The Botanical Garden. It’s a little piece of escapism in the city, a sublime sanctuary tucked away down a narrow street in the shadow of the looming Anglican Cathedral in the background, which has cultivated a following not only across the city and region but for visitors seeking to find a different side to Liverpool’s resplendent cultural scene. It’s an idyllic home for a variety of flora and fauna which adds to the relaxed ambience and sense of being a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, which is only a ten minute walk away but feels like much further.
There’s a keen focus on that once derided and now lauded juniper-flavoured spirit, with mouth-watering gin and tonics from a special menu of bespoke drinks suitable for any occasion, sipped and supped in the wonderful al fresco setting. Some of the signature cocktails in the past have included: The Tarragona; Portobello Road Gin, oleo saccharum, fresh lemon & tarragon, soda, served with a lemon slice and tarragon sprig. The Hot G&T; Portobello Road Gin, tonic syrup, boiling water, served with an orange twist & juniper berries. The Baltic Iced Tea; Portobello Road Gin, Creme de Peche, fresh lemon, chilled Earl Grey tea, served long with a lemon wheel & peach bitters.
The Botanical Garden’s opening weekend is expected around the 15th march and then so long as the weather permits it, the venue will be open each and every day through the spring, summer and into the autumn from midday – 11pm, always with free entry. During the course of the season there will be some special surprises too, including musical showcases and occasional guest DJs. More will be revealed soon alongside a delicious new street food offering.
The Botanical Garden
49 New Bird St