At 40 St Pauls, gin is no laughing matter. With roughly 140 different gins in their arsenal and an unrivalled knowledge of mixers and garnishes, it’s hard to find somewhere that does it quite like 40 St Pauls. And it hasn’t gone unnoticed, with their dedication seeing them taking home the titles of ‘Best Gin Bar in the World 2019’ (Icons of Gin Awards), ‘Best Gin Bar in the UK 2018’ (Icons of Gin Awards), and ‘Best Gin Menu in the UK 2017’ (Imbibe Menu Awards).
Whatever gin you drink, you’re sure to find it here. The bar is an impressive sight, lined with a seemingly endless collection of bottles from distilleries across the UK and beyond. Old favourites (such as Gordon’s and Bombay Sapphire) sit alongside contemporary classics (think Monkey 47 and Portobello Road) and flavoured sips (like Plymouth Sloe); nestled between these you’ll find rarities and small-batch bottles including Wolf’s Nose, Hernö Juniper Cask, Half Hitch and Anty Gin.
But the secret to their success isn’t purely limited to their incredible offering. Largely, it comes down to their knowledge, with an impeccable understanding of flavour profiles and how to bring out the best from each variation. Whether it’s a straight-up G&T, or a more extravagant gin-based cocktail, 40 St Pauls understand the value of different tonics, garnishes and spirits to create the perfect drink; they’ve mastered a fine balance to perfect a limitless drinks choice. They share an insight into this understanding in their menu too, with charts that breakdown the flavour profiles of each gin into primary, secondary and tertiary notes, and describe which garnishes come with your choice and why.
The overall experience is further enhanced by the venue itself. With just 24 seats available, it’s an intimate space that immerses you into each drink. It exudes a minimalist sophistication, with leather bench seats, and an art-deco patterned wall-paper. The bar is bright and simple, with a focus on the array of spirits and the small team cracking on with mixing drinks and sharing knowledge with visitors. It’s a neat spot with a relaxing finish.
40 St Paul offers an awe-inspiring gin experience, and is a must visit for gin-lovers. And if you’re on the fence, then the team are sure to convert you into a loyal support of this libation.