Leeds Prepares For Its First Gin School and Drinks Lab At Liquor Studio

Leeds Prepares For Its First Gin School and Drinks Lab

The many liquor enthusiasts of Leeds are in luck as Leeds welcomed its very first gin school and drinks lab. Brought to you by 2/3 of the award-winning team behind the celebrated Hedonist bar on Lower Briggate, Liquor Studio will be a one-stop-shop for those wanting to make their own gin and learn everything there is to know about the UK’s most beloved spirit. 

The carefully curated Gin Making Masterclass will include a fascinating walkthrough the colourful history of gins past. Guests are then invited to get their hands dirty by blending their very own brand of the juniper-based spirit.

Gin plays a part of English heritage. It goes back hundreds of years and is widely considered to be the most storied liquor of all. Its past paints a detailed picture of the British class system through the centuries. And Liquor Studio will weave this history into its gin masterclass in an entertaining manner. It promises to be as fun as it is educational. 

Leeds Prepares For Its First Gin School and Drinks Lab

‘Cult bar brand’

Liquor Studio will also be hosting its very own cocktail masterclasses. And it will be available to hire exclusively for those looking for a more unique corporate or private event. The studio can also be booked by bar owners looking to take their bartenders to the next level when it comes to mixology. 

The gin school and distillery is the brainchild of Dan Crowther and Jonathan Lee. They, along with bar partner Bruce Lerman and their team, have gradually grown Hedonist into one of the city’s coolest cult bar brands. 

Crowther has built up a solid reputation over the past few years as one of the UK’s most respected liquor aficionados. And he was crowned Global Gin Ambassador of the Year at the Icons of Gin Awards in 2018. The award was in honour of his partnership with Ableforth’s, who have been a staple of the most discerning of bars around the globe with their iconic Bathtub Gin. 

Leeds Prepares For Its First Gin School and Drinks Lab

‘Gin making masterclass’

Bookings for the Gin Making Masterclass are open now. Each class able to accommodate a maximum of 20 people, throughout the 2-hour session. Prices start at £74.95 per person

The masterclass will begin with an expertly mixed gin and tonic, followed by a gin cocktail masterclass and end with each student taking home two bottles of gin including their own creation to savour. Looking to the future, there are also plans for Liquor Studio to broaden its range of masterclasses. Look out for them including whiskey and rum.

Ahead of the launch, Dan said: “Having spent the last 10 years travelling the globe learning and teaching people about the world’s finest spirits I cannot wait to bring everything back to my home city of Leeds. The Liquor Studio will be a truly unique experience for the people of this great city. And cannot wait to get the doors open and the imbibers in.”


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