The Gibson | Old Street Cocktail Bar
There’s no future in it.
However, jazz lounge speakeasy The Gibson seeeems to have travelled from the American 1930s to modern-day London… making itself at home ever since.
The creation of master mixologists Marian Beke (formerly of 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 parmigiano reggianno barrel.
Bourbon Baked Tea with wiskey, strawberry beer, soft tofu and cherry sorbet.
A live band can often 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 until 1am Monday to Thursday, and until 2am Friday’s and Saturday’s. Walk-ins welcome, reservations can be made HERE.
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