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If the great gin boom of 2017 brought us anything, it was a plethora of Irish gin festivals. 

With the gin trend going nowhere, it's no surprise that the coming summer months are playing host to another, affordable gin event.  

Bargain super brand Aldi are bringing delicious, bespoke and on-budget gin festival to their stores on May 31st. 

Launching in 130 stores nationwide, Aldi are introducing five delicious, infused Irish gins to their shelves – that's our summer pre drinks sorted.

The new gins include Brennan’s Old House Gin, inspired by the distillery's surrounding meadows of heather, fields of corn and hedgerows of ripe frocken berries, 'capturing a little bit of Irish magic in every bottle'.

Each “Crock of Gin” is a limited edition, produced in small batches, and available from Aldi for a not too shabby €29.99. 

The subtly fragrant Tower Gin, €29.99, has chocolate-orange sweetness emerges from the organic cacao and orange peel.

An Aldi exclusive, Ha’penny Rhubarb Gin, also €29.99 per 70cl has notes of rhubarb, juniper and lemon peel followed by subtle hints of black pepper.

'Initially there is an intense rhubarb and herbaceous body, rounding to a pleasant lingering touch of blackberry, leaving an unforgettable flavour to the palate,' according to the folks at Aldi.

One for the patriotic, Aldi is also stocking St Patrick’s Classic Juniper Potato Gin.

Described as having a floral undertone, the gin uses the freshness from the potatoes to create a unique flavour. 

Lastly, Boyle’s Raspberry Blush gin, for €24.99 combines the summery smell of fresh raspberries and pine with a hint of spice.

We'll see you in the queue. 


As if we needed another excuse to head west for a weekend, Galway is set to play host to a four-day GIN festival next month. 

The Latin Quarter Gin Fest returns to the City of Tribes from Thursday June 7 to Saturday June 10, and you better believe we'll be there to raise a glass with our fellow gin-lovers. 

Organisers promise a "weekend of gin-joyment" with a whole range of fun and interactive events planned over the four days. 

Expect Gin Cruises, Gin Forage, Irish Gin Village, Distillery Road Trip, Master Classes and Tastings, Gin Afternoon Tea, Gin Trails, Food & Gin Pairings, Gin Cocktails & Competitions, New Gin Launches and Gin Experientials – an pretty much every other gin related activity you could ever imagine! 

The festival aims to encourage people to sample a variety of gin and tonic brands, as well as educate the masses on the economical benefits of the gin trade. 

Count us in! 

A full programme of events is coming soon and for regular updates follow The Latin Quarter on social media using the hastag #LQGinFest or email ginfest@thelatinquarter.ie


Up until now, we have all read about amazing gin festivals popping up all over the world. 

However, there never seemed to be any hitting the Emerald Isle.

We have VERY good news though, because there is a speciality gin festival coming to the fine city of Cork. 

The Spirit of The City is taking place in the Cork Cricket Club, Mardyke Walk on March 30th until April 1st, when an authentic traditional style travelling big top will play host to gin lovers alike.

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Visitors can apparently expect communal table reservations, table service and a truly mouthwatering selection of local and international craft gins such as Kinsale, Blackwater, Monkey 47 and Hendrick’s.

Has anyone tried Monkey 47? Sweet Jesus, you won't regret it! 

And as if all the glorious gin wasn't enough – there will also be plenty of prizes on offer each day with Gin gift sets and restaurant vouchers up for grabs. 

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Cork Cricket Club Members will be on hand in full match gear to talk you through the finer points of the game, maybe even do a demonstration.

Honestly, you can keep the cricket – we'll take the gin though. 

Also, it won't just be gin, with a selection of ciders, a selection of wines, Champagnes, gluten-free beers and minerals also in plentiful supply.

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Local and national bands, street performers, fire breathers and DJs will keep the beer garden rocking while everyone kicks back and soaks up the spring sunshine – honestly, it sounds like the best weekend ever. 

Early bird tickets are on sale now, and cost LESS than a tenner

See you all in Cork, yeah? 


Our weekend just got a whole lot better, as we spotted a delightful new event doing the rounds on Facebook.

The Great Gin Fair is kicking off at House Dublin on the August Bank Holiday, and the entire place will be transformed into a 'marvellous gin emporium.'

On August 6, guests will be treated to a menagerie of bespoke pop-up gin bars throughout the stunning location, and the best part about it all?

Entrance is free. 

'Our Great Gin Fair will showcase more than 80 incredible gins from home and abroad for you to choose from,' reads the Facebook event

'Our Great Gin Fair will also boast dozens of bespoke gin pop-up bars, guaranteeing that you’ll find the perfect gin for your tonic!'

'Those who are new to gin need not worry, as each one of our wonderful pop- up bars will be manned by some of the most talented bartenders (and craziest self-confessed gin aficionados) Ireland has to offer, so you can be assured they will happily point you in the right direction.'

Much like Taste of Dublin, the  gin pop bars will be operating with a special currency called Junipers.

These can be purchased in House on the day.

Each measure of gin and tonic, is 7 Junipers, or €7.00

Throughout the day, guests will enjoy live music and entertainment.

This will include a series of innovative revolving talks from gin industry experts, master distillers, and brand ambassadors, as well as fun, interactive blind tastings and gin samplings.

We are so there…


There are a plethora of gin festivals taking place in Dublin this summer, but one gin gala stands out among the rest. 

The Dublin Bay Gin Cruise sounds like complete weekend goals, so if you're not hitting up Taste of Dublin or The 1975 gig in Malahide Castle, this could be an option. 

The cruise involves an amazing gin workshop on board.

The private boat will coast around around Dublin Bay, while revellers indulge in crystal, strawberry and rosé gins.

Unfortunately, tickets for this epic endeavour are sold out, but there is still a chance to board the gin vessel.


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According to the event managers, if you want to be in with a chance of being on board this weekend, you need to sign up for the waiting list.

'To get on the waiting list, or to hear about our next event (we run loads!) fire off an email to admin@jcisouthside.org with your name and phone number with the subject line "Waiting List for Gin Cruise"' advises the page. 

Everything – yes, including the gin – is included in the ticket price of €40.00 if you manage to get past the waiting list. 


Ireland is mad for gin at the moment, as we can clearly see from the amount of gin events and festivals lined up this summer. 

The first Ranelagh Gin Festival was such a smash success last month that they're brining it back for round two. 

If you're feeling like a G&T on June 1, you can head to the second rendition of Ranelagh Gin Festival


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As well as being located in one of Dublin's most pleasant areas, the G&Ts at this festival are far from overpriced, at a very reasonable €6.00.

Hosted by The Hill pub, there are a number of delicious concoctions to try. 

You can check out the event details here, and we'll see you there, vat of gin in hand. 


Love gin? 

Well apparently, so does the rest of the country, because there are a number of gin festivals being held on the Emerald Isle this summer. 

Here's a low down of all the best ones we have found:

1. Irish Gin & Tonic Festival

The Irish Gin & Tonic Festival is returning to Ireland this summer.

Running from June 25 to July 1, the nationwide celebration of some of Ireland’s best gin is back.

Any licensed bar, restaurant or hotel in Ireland can get involved by showcasing one of the many festival Irish gins served with a tonic of their choice for the week of the festival, and registration for the festival is free, so encourage your favourite bar to get involved.

2. Ginfusion

Ginfusion is coming to Dublin, and will be residing at the Bernard Shaw.

Celebrating and showcasing a host of different ways to enjoy the versatile beverage, the event will run across four days and nights on the June bank holiday weekend.

And best of all? Admission is FREE.

3. The Burren Slow Food Festival

So we all love gin, but we also have a penchant for cheese, and this festival brings the two together.

Taking place on May 12 to May 14, the festival promises to bring together food producers, chefs and writers for a weekend of talks, demonstrations and workshops. 

4. Ranelagh Gin Fest

If you have a hankering for gin ASAP and can't wait until summer, then the Ranelagh Gin Fest, on April 28 to May 1 could be for you. 

As well as being located in one of Dublin's most pleasant areas, the G&Ts at this festival are far from overpriced, at a very reasonable €6.00.

Hosted by The Hill pub, there are a number of delicious concoctions to try. 


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See you all there, G&T in (each) hand. 


The world has become obsessed with gin, and rightly so.

The refreshing and versatile beverage can be dressed up with fancy cordials and fruits, or enjoyed as it is with a light tonic, and because of the delicious amount of variety available, there is no better way to show off the drink than with a gin festival.

If you're feeling like a G&T next week, you can head to the Ranelagh Gin Festival


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As well as being located in one of Dublin's most pleasant areas, the G&Ts at this festival are far from overpriced, at a very reasonable €6.00.

Hosted by The Hill pub, there are a number of delicious concoctions to try. 

We're particularly loving the sound of the Mi-mi, because what better partner is there for gin than a splash of elderflower. 

Make sure you nook a table in advance to avoid disappointment.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!


Our Friday just got a whole lot better, as we spotted a delightful new event doing the rounds on Facebook.

The Latin Quarter Gin Fest is coming to one of the most beautiful cities in the west, and we're already so excited. 

Hosted in Galway's bustling, cultural and iconic Latin Quarter, the experience will be all the more "gin-joyable" thanks to the idyllic cobbled streets and river Corrib rushing by. 

Held March 30 to April 2, it will be well worth the road trip. After all, when is Galway not a good idea? 

Master classes and tastings, gin afternoon tea, gin trails, food and gin pairings, gin cocktails and competitions, blind tastings, new gin launches, gin experientials, along with Gins & Reels music sessions will be going on over the weekend, not to mention the multiple free workshops on offer. 

"Galway is renowned as the city of festivals, so adding Gin Fest to the programme of events is another fantastic celebration for locals and visitors to the city to savour," said the Latin Quarter Commitee.

"In the past year, bars across the country have seen such a surge in the popularity and demand for gin so we want to create a festival that brings people together from the master distillers to those who enjoy drinking gin."

Forget the international springtime mini-break, Galway is going to be unreal that weekend!

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