The world’s 10 greatest gin joints

25th September, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Portobello Star, London

The-Portobello-StarNotting Hill bar the Portobello Star is one of the most popular gin joints in London, and even produces its own house gin brand.

With a bar packed full of the spirit which lead to “mother’s ruin”, the Portobello Star offers visitors the chance to taste its own branded gin created by Jake Burger and Ged Feltham in the bar’s tiny pot still, called “Coppernicus”. Burger also helps gin enthusiasts make their own bespoke bottle of gin through the bar’s “Ginstitute”.

The bar claims that, like gin palaces of the Victorian era, it is frequented by “royals, scallywags, urchins, beggars, scarlet ladies, drunkards, intellectuals, and popular musicians of the day”.

4 Responses to “The world’s 10 greatest gin joints”

  1. Jan says:

    i think you missed bars in continental Europe, Like the G&T Bar in Berlins mitte District – a small speak easy that started by only serving Gin and Tonic having a seasonal Manu with chaning Tonics and Gins representing the seasons.

  2. Ian Buxton says:

    Only one in Spain? Really? And COLD Bar, just off Fleet Street carries a good few, as well as distilling their very own.

    • Ignacio says:

      U re right, gin was created in Holland, perfected in UK and apart from phillipines (where is most drunk), Spain should be highlighted as one of the top places to taste gins. Spain’s gin consumption ritual makes the difference by offering gin in a ball-glass full of ice and using best garnished and premium tonics. Living in the UK I regret to order premium gins and seeing how they make it in tube glasses and adding lemon wedges!

  3. Katie says:

    The Oliver Conquest on Leman Street (by Aldgate East) is another great choice for London gin bars. They have 210 gins at last count and it’s constantly growing! Friendly staff will help you choose a gin to suit – even my friend who loves bourbon was impressed with their aged gins which are similar to whiskey.

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