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Asia's biggest gin festival is coming to Shanghai

Ginggle bells, Ginggle bells

Eggnog is so 2012. This winter, warm up your chilly insides with gallons of gin as the annual East Imperial Gin Jubilee makes its Shanghai debut from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 November.


The three-day gin fest will pair the world's finest gin bands with Shanghai's top bars. As well as a series of masterclasses to teach you a thing or about current gin trends, and an exclusive tour of Shanghai's best cocktail bars reserved for Time Out Shanghai readers, 25 locals bars will battle it out for the title of best gin and tonic – including well-known bartenders representing the likes of Flair, Speak Low, Shake and The Nest.


The jubilee will go out with a bang at its Gin Lane closing party at The Waterhouse, where booze enthusiasts can expect a plethora of pop-up gin bars (one helmed by yours truly), food stalls and international DJs and more.

Now in its fifth year, the East Imperial Gin Jubilee is on a mission to spread gin culture throughout Asia – a noble endeavour indeed in the continent of rice wine and light beers. With sister events in Cambodia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore, it was only a matter of time before international booze connoisseurs recognised the greatness of Shanghai's blossoming bar culture. The central item on the festival's agenda is to discover variations of the classic gin and tonic, so bring your fancy pants and prepare yourself for some botanical-infused boozy fun.