Malicious tongues might claim that Bern is a little bit provincial. Honestly, this is not that far-fetched — it is not exactly a bustling metropolis. Nonetheless, the Bernese are trendy folks and always up to date with the newest gastronomical craze. Gin has a moment and it hasn’t gone unnoticed over here.
If you feel ginspired, you should pay the Matte Brennerei a visit. I recommend you go to the Münster platform first, take a view at the picturesque Matte quarter below you and step in the elevator (transportation costs CHF 2) to reach the lower town level. From there it is only a few meters to the small square, where the distillery/bar is located.
I enjoy particularly the bar’s speakeasy atmosphere and their classic cocktails with in-house produced gin and absinthe. Outstanding is that their ingredients are sourced in Switzerland, some of them are even locally grown.
Should you wish to use your own hands, you could opt for their workshops in distilling or barkeeping. Gin lovers can also try a wide range of spirits during a tasting session.
Check their Facebook page for upcoming live music and their agenda’s website for theme evenings such as gin fondue soirée 😉 and workshops.
Tip: Their stylish bottles make a unique souvenir from Bern. You can buy them in their office (call in advance to make sure somebody is there) or in many shops in the city.