The Star at Night. Heard of it? The bar is in an unfortunate position just now as a train network is being built down the street effectively cutting off any passing trade but it was packing Friday past (30th March) as a rather special launch was taking place...the launch of The London Gin Club.
The Star's owner, Julia, is a gin aficionado. They stock over 40 gins and also do these great little packs to make your own martinis or other gin based cocktails at home with glasses, stirrers and all necessary spirits. If you fancy signing up - its free! - you get the following benefits:
- A London Gin Club allegiance card, which will reward you for your commitment to gin.
- A monthly bulletin keeping you abreast of gin news, gin reviews, events at the bar and snippets of gin history.
- Priority booking for master classes, entertainment nights and gin related events held at The Star at Night.
So the venue itself is a cute little affair with wooden tables and chairs packed into the ground floor and walls plastered with old drinks posters and a spiral stair case leading down to a Gordon's Wine Bar type basement with a curved brick cellar - white washed give more light - and about 10 further tables.
I look forward to seeing how this progresses in the months to come, and hope that they offer an alternative view to gin and enhance the upcoming scene (including Juniper Society) rather than competing directly.