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The scene: This dark and brooding basement bar beneath Italian restaurant Antico just south of the river is all about one thing – gin.

Small and cosy, with low-level lighting, subtle candlelit ambience and mood-enhancing music that doesn’t drown out conversation, it is a cracking venue to acquaint yourself with the mother’s ruin.

The grub They do handsome fresh pasta which you can order at the bar.  Behind the bar Celebrating the spirit that’s enjoying something of a resurgence, there are about 50 different types behind its impressively stocked bar, from down the road (Jensen’s dry Bermondsey gin) to further afield (Californian Junipers).

There are tasting notes to help you identify all of the botanicals in each variety and an extensive gin lovers’ cocktail list. We tried The Aviation, a delicious mix of maraschino liqueur, lemon juice, Creme De Violette and a gin made especially for this creation.

The confident can take their ‘gin flight’ test, in which three gins are served up with their own-made tonic – pick which is which before opening an envelope to see how you got on. We’ll just say it is tougher than it sounds. 

Bill please Cocktails from £7; gin flights from £12; beers from £2.75; wine from £4 per glass/ £18 per bottle. verdict The staff know their gin, the choice is incredible and with their stunning home-made tonic, you’ll taste gin in a way you never have before. A winner. 

214 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ  
Tube | London Bridge  
214-bermondsey.co.uk

 

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214 Bermondsey - review: A winning basement gin bar near London Bridge
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