There’s no future in it.
However, jazz lounge speakeasy The Gibson seeeems to have travelled from Belle Epoque Paris – via 1930s America – to modern-day London… making itself at home ever since.
The creation of master mixologists Marian Beke (formerly of nearby Nightjar) and Rusty Cerven (formerly of The Connaught Bar), The Gibson has an art deco-meets-Edwardian London exterior that sets the tone for the classic period look of the interior. Copper and steel mixing utensils sit upon the wood-panelled bar, ready and waiting for one of the skilled barkeeps to create one of nearly 50 cocktails available from the menu. Speaking of which…
The menu is a veritable snapshot into the past itself, with quotes from Hitchcock and Hemingway, excerpts from period guidebooks, historical tidbits, and even ‘a recipe for immortality’. Sadly, they don’t serve that particular drink. But happily, they do serve cocktails like;
Tatanka’s Smoke with vodka, honey mead, iceberg lettuce juice, and white sage smoke.
The Boston Club Cocktail blending unfiltered vodka, smoked chianti, and honeycomb – all aged in a parmegiano reggiano barrel.
Bourbon Baked Tea with whiskey, strawberry beer, soft tofu and cherry sorbet.
A live band can occasionally be found tucked into one corner of the intimate setting playing late into the night, and there are cheese/charcuterie boards should you begin to feel peckish.
It frequently happens at around 19:30.
NOTE: The Gibson is open Mon-Sat 5pm-2am, and Sunday 1-10.30pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations can be made HERE.
The Gibson | 44 Old Street, EC1V 9AQ
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