Star At Night – The New Gin Bar in Soho

There a new Gin Bar in town!

The Star at Night is a café by day, but, in the evening, a transformation occurs and it becomes a table service gin bar. The bar itself has been running for 10 years, but has only recently embraced gin on a wider scale. The café with which it shares the location has been running since 1933 and has been in the same family for nearly 80 years. I’ve not had the chance to go there yet, but am reliably informed by a few sources that it has a great 30s/40s atmosphere, with a lot of furniture and decoration from that period. There is also a vaulted cellar that will be used for special tastings.

I spoke to the latest generation of proprietors from the family, Julia, and she told me a little more about the concept behind the bar. They had hosted a few one-off gin parties, where they would stock a selection of ten or so gins and allow people to taste and explore the category. Such was the depth of interest in the differences between the gins, rather than just wolfing down Gin & Tonics, the focus of the bar soon shifted and the London Gin Club was born. The club is all about undertaking a celebration of gin and providing gin fans with the chance to meet and talk juniper on a regular basis.

Joining The Gin Club has the following benefits:

1) A numbered London Gin Club Members card, which can be used to receive 5% off premium gin at Gerry’s Old Compton Street;
2)  An allegiance card, which you will need to bring whenever you come to the bar. It is stamped each time you buy a gin cocktail and your tenth cocktail is on
3)  You will receive a monthly bulletin with details about any upcoming gin-related events and any new gins on the market.

For details of how to sign up click here.

The official launch of the London Gin Club is on Friday 30th March 2012 and details can be found on their blog here.

The Star at Night
22 Great Chapel Street, LONDON W1F 8FR
+44 20 7437 8778

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About DTS

partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

One thought on “Star At Night – The New Gin Bar in Soho

  1. I went there for cocktails and dinner with a friend this week – lovely atmosphere and good food too. Had a good chat with Julia, who was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Negroni and Aviation were both very good (had to specify the cocktail for the latter as they stock the gin of the same name!) Don’t think it will take long to fill up my allegiance card!

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