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The Gallery (Bar)

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190 Broadhurst Gardens, Finchley, London, NW6 3AY
Cuisine: [Other/Unclassified]
Tel: 020 7625 9184 | Email to The Gallery | | Transport: West Hampstead | Write review

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Top 10 things you need to know about The Gallery bar:

1) All great artists need a muse: Oscar Wilde and Pablo Picasso had absinthe; Marilyn Monroe had champagne; it’s gin and tonic for JK Rowling; and if yours is whisky, then The Gallery is your workshop. They have 101 whiskies to choose from.

2) Black and white are still in vogue with the fashionistas: black and white menus, black and white photos, even the clientele at The Gallery like to dress in black and white.

3) Added to the familiar colour scheme is an extensive collection of vinyls. This place is heaven for all old school music lovers, especially as they also host live jazz nights.

4) Downstairs it feels the creative hub for the West Hampstead locals: relaxing Chesterfield sofas, vocabulary-enhancing games like Scrabble, and, of course, a whisky bar with endless bottles of whiskies and bourbons.

5) Making sure you get enough of those creative juices, their menu is also heavy on the spirits front: rye-cured salmon, whisky mussels, and bourbon cherry and chocolate clafoutis.

6) Bourbon really does lift life above the mundane. BBQ squid is your standard pub dish, but with the addition of this brown elixir, it's fragrant, it brings out the flavours from the squid and it even tenderises the meat.

7) Desserts aren't always top of everyone's wish list, but add some whisky custard to your classic apple pie and it isn't hard to make extra space. Just listen to Mark Twain: "Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough".

8) If anything, their kitchen staff need more whisky before food service. The presentation of most dishes lacks any artistry. Looks aren't everything, though, as some might say.

9) If you get confused by the overwhelming choice of 101 whiskies, the helpful staff are always on hand to recommend the right muse for you. The smoky whisky sour would be a great choice for most: sultry, frothy and very Marilyn-esque.

10) If libraries were built more like The Gallery, the nation's literacy problems would be solved overnight. God bless all the whisky bars in London.
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Customer Reviews for The Gallery

Average (based on 6 votes): 6 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“i went to this restaurant after reading the review, was not disappointed, nice food, service with a smile for a change!!”
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Nick, manchester (9 years 9 days ago)

“Certainly the best bar in NW6. I pop in 2-3 times a week to have a quiet pint, read the paper and unwind after work. On occasion I'll go for Sunday lunch with friends. The staff are friendly without getting in your face. The music is always good. The food is always well prepared. The clientel are young and attractive. No alcopop people. No city wideboys. It is an excellent local. When you've lived in as many cities, and drunk in as many bars as I have over the years, your requirements for a decent boozer shift from obsequious bar staff with a flair for mixing obscure cocktails, to a welcoming competence and nice atmosphere. The Gallery is good at this.”
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Alex , London (11 years 11 months 10 days ago)

“Had a few drinks in The Gallery the other night with mates from work and had a great time - music was fab and good food. Bit packed but added to the vibe. Good place to go mid week: glass of wine, jazz and candles in winter. Go have fun (nice ladies too!)”
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topcat, london (11 years 11 months 12 days ago)

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“Too expensive too cold too chavish (You need to wear shoes) too empty rubbish music staff are aggressive full of leary blokes and ugly women”
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Ric, London (12 years 9 months 11 days ago)

“went to the gallery for first time last night. very nice atmosphere, took a few mins to get a seat, which luckily was in the gallery section. i ordered a caiprinia, which the barman was obviously not happy to make and consequently it was the worst i''ve ever had. other than that, i''d def. go back as it looked nice, food looked good and there is a small restaurant in the basement. busy and lively, took less than a min to get served. ”
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paul, [ Unknown ] (13 years 11 months 19 days ago)

“i moved into west hampstead only a few weeks ago and untill i dicovered the gallery the night life was lacking. The Gallery is hidden down a small side street so unless somone has told you about it you would not know of its exsistance. you walk in to a smal but compact little bar there are tables and chairs outside with patio heaters and the window compleatly open in the summer there is a balconey i presume this is "The Gallery. Hansome bar staff pouring very West End cocktails happy hour is 5 to 7. The bar menu is vast, not just your usual nachos and big chips the atmosphere is livery especialy at the weekend so all in all its fun with plenty of eye candy”
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Food

The Gallery's food menu offers light bites, some real English classics and various platter boards, ideal for sharing

Updated 11/12/2009

Drinks

Cocktails from £6.50, Glass of wine from £3.50, Pint of beer from £3.30

Updated 11/12/2009

The Gallery Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 12:00am Friday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 12:00am Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 12:00am Sunday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
Thursday: 12:00pm - 12:00am    

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Events and other great things going on at The Gallery

There's always something going on at The Gallery. Check out our events calendar to find out what's on tonight!

Updated 11/12/2009

The Gallery Hire Details

Available for private hire 7 days a week- The Lounge Bar in the basement, The Gallery, or just a small area.

Updated 11/12/2009

Name: The Gallery Balcony
Type: Restricted Area
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: Optional
Capacity: 20
Notes: Balcony Capacity - 20 <br />No hire charge or minimum spend
Name: The Lounge
Type: Private Room
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: Optional
Capacity: 80
Notes: NO minimum spend OR hire fee!The Lounge Bar <br />Capacity: 80, Ideal for any occasion, Catering, DJ, Dancing Area, Themed Cocktails
Name: Top Table
Type: Restricted Area
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 12
Notes: Top Table Capacity - 12

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