Portobello Road Gin lives on down the road from where it began. Find it at The Distillery, the brand’s famous gin hotel (yeah, that’s a thing). Pop up to the first floor to sample G&Ts, Spanish-style – served in giant goblets and with stunning garnishes, these are summer in a glass, served in a bright, Andalusian setting.
Negozio Classica is a cosy wine bar showcasing Tuscan Avignonesi wines by the glass. There’s also a careful selection of other Italian wines, many of them organic or biodynamic. It's a prime spot for aperitivos, with the Aperol Spritzes going down a storm.
Okay, so there's no booze at the bar, but Redemption Bar fits in to Notting Hill very well, thanks to a raw food menu to complement the alcohol-free cocktails. Mock-jitos are all the rage, don't you know.
The ground floor bar at Portobello Road’s aforementioned gin hotel is an all-day destination for Notting Hill’s cocktail drinkers – and they don’t have to be gin fanatics. The Resting Room makes cocktails from a full range of spirits that are aging in barrels up above the bar. It’s a setting that’s laid back enough to coax in the local dog-walkers. Make it your next doggy pit-stop.
There surely can’t be a more jolly place to drink in Notting Hill: colourful wooden wall-slats and furniture fill the upstairs bar, and down in the party-time basement there’s good reggae, very friendly staff and rum, rum and more rum.
This popular Portobello Road basement bar calls itself a tiki bar, but the hilariously dodgy decor resists simple categorisation. It looks like a suburban-American rumpus room c1964; even Alan Partridge might find it a bit much. But underneath the thick layer of kitsch is a very good cocktail bar; the bartenders know their business. They also spin a great ’60s playlist.
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