Gothic Bar is enjoying something of a revival.
It’s not surprising, given that it’s one of the most architecturally stunning bars in London. But now, it finally has a drinks offering to match its jaw-dropping setting, courtesy of the former manager at The Ned’s Library Bar, Jack Porter.
Gothic Bar is but a mere cranny in one of London’s most striking buildings, the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Originally built as The Midland Grand Hotel in 1876, it’s a poster child for the Gothic Revival style of the high Victorian era, designed by George Gilbert Scott (who also tacked on a wing to Westminster Abbey in his time).
Inside, Gothic Bar is almost cathedral-like in every aspect but its size, which gives the place a gorgeously intimate and under-the-radar feel. The interiors purr with plush carpets and sumptuous velvet seating which threaten to lure you into a longer drinking session than you’d intended. And all around, there are bombastic original features that wouldn’t look out of place in an Italian palazzo: elaborate, hand-painted ceilings; gilded Corinthian pilasters; and double-height trefoiled windows. Simply put, it’s one of the most dramatic and beautiful settings to go for a drink in London.
Onto those drinks. Gothic Bar does a great line in the more licentious libations: absinthe, eau de vie and cognac are all well represented on the menu, alongside a strong selection of whiskies divvied up by region. But it would be remiss not to try a cocktail here: Gothic signatures include the ‘Ode Fashioned’, a twist on the classic with roasted chestnut bourbon and date syrup; and the ‘Thirsty Gargoyle’ with sloe gin and apricot brandy. And just to convince you of their dedication to hedonism, every cocktail comes with a recommended eau de vie pairing.
If, as the night wears on – and it’s highly likely – you find you need some food for ballast, you can always head next door to the equally striking Midland Grand Dining Room, or Booking Office 1869. Alternatively, sit back and let exec chef Patrick Powell send the plates to you; the comté gougères and parmesan fritters with black garlic & shaved coppa are pretty much the platonic ideal of bar snacks. You can even order a giant platter of half lobster, dressed crab, raw scallops, oysters & mussels – maybe to enjoy on the terrace outside, if the weather’s playing ball…
…and you feel like playing catch.
NOTE: Gothic Bar is open daily. You can find out more, and make a reservation, HERE.
Gothic Bar | St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, London NW1 2AR
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