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The Gibson (Bar)

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44 Old Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 9AQ
Cuisine: [Other/Unclassified]
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Top 10 things you need to know about The Gibson cocktail bar:

1) Given Richard Branson is still struggling with his rockets for space travel, waiting for an entrepreneur to perfect time travel might still be sometime away. In the meantime, a more cost-effective option would be to visit The Gibson.

2) You haven't done Prohibition or Art Deco era until you've visited this speakeasy bar near Old Street. Dark, mysterious and secretive from the outside, it might give the impression of an old-fashioned pub but that’s far from the truth.

3) Inside is all shiny copper bar, mirrored table tops and crystal lampshades. If the Great Gatsby crowd were heading out to town for pre-dinner cocktails, this would be where you find them.

4) James Bond might prefer a vodka martini, but the classy Gatsby crowd prefer a Gibson, which is a variation of the martini using pickled onions as a garnish rather than olives.

5) Actually, The Gibson bar is more like a bespoke tailor from Savile Row, you tell them your requirements - sweet, sour, bitter, out of the ordinary - and they will deliver it using the most spectacular receptacle ever, above and beyond your expectations.

6) Don't have a sweet tooth? Their Electric Earl cocktail will electrify your taste buds. It comes in a cocktail glass looking like a light bulb, it’s 10-plus ingredients combine for an elegant, refreshing, sensual citrus delight.

7) Need something stronger to help deal with the Mafia/gangster types in your life? The Ponderosa is your calling then. Its lamb jerky-infused Knob Creek rye will stiffen anyone's resolve. Yes, the drink does come with actual lamb jerky on the cocktail.

8) Even Bloomingdale's won't have The Gibson bar's vast selection of cocktail holders. Look out for their tiny eau de vie holders with two gorgeous mini-carps.

9) Remember in the 1920's/30's, people didn't rush. Enjoy your time with a cigar, a sumptuous charcuterie board or admire the beautiful gibson girl drawings on their epic 16 page menu.

10) 3 + 9 probably equals 2. The people behind The Gibson bar are Marian from Nightjar, the world's 3rd best bar, and Rusty from the Connaught bar, the world's 9th best bar. No doubt, The Gibson bar will be high on the list of the world's top bars very soon.
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