Stepping through the doors of The Gin Lounge is like stepping back in time to a bygone age of lush Edwardian decadence. Opulent décor with deep rich colours, antique artefacts and vintage furniture fill every corner of this bohemian new lounge bar in Ilkley which is rapidly becoming the place to head for some pure indulgence in the most relaxing of settings.
Throw in the fact it serves up a staggering selection of gins from around the world and it is little wonder it has become the talk of the town.
The brainwave of owners Rachel and Lindsay (pictured left) The Gin Lounge has added a quirky new dimension to the social scene in Ilkley and in a day and age when there is an influx of modern new bars filling the high street it delivers something totally unique.
Set in the heart of this famous old spa town, the private members bar offers over 150 types of gins and cocktails which can be enjoyed to a musical backdrop of classic jazz and swing.
From a smoky salty gin with fresh olives and a sprinkle of black peppercorn to fruity gins with garnishes of strawberries and fresh basil, this is the place to head.
Rachel and Lindsay have worked tirelessly to source all the antique furniture themselves and have decorated it from top to bottom to create a bar they are justifiably proud of.
But it is not just drinks that guests can enjoy as upstairs two opulently designed en-suite bedrooms, The King Edward Suite and The Madam Geneva Suite have been lovingly designed for B&B bookings.
Complete with inviting double beds, rolltop baths and oozing all the same style and charm of the bar downstairs, they provide the perfect accommodation for an indulgent night.
While non-members are always welcome to pop in as guests to sample the unique atmosphere, membership to this over 25s bar provides access to a host of special events including gin tasting, live music and burlesque nights.
For something completely different and the ultimate escapism, pay a visit to the Gin Lounge and discover a place that is proving to be the perfect tonic for those cold winter nights.
45 Brook Street, Ilkley
West Yorkshire LS29 8AG