Portobello Star

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Portobello Star

The Portobello Star is the home of the incredible Portobello Road gin, and gin (of numerous brands) takes pride of place on the drinks list. But there’s much more on the quaintly old-fashioned menu (which includes elaborate discourses on the origins of the drinks). The room is good-looking, long and thin, with a mirrored and wall-tiled alcove at the back with banquette seating.

It can easily get crowded even on a weeknight, with mostly young Notting Hillbillies in search of strong, well-made drinks. We wish the stools weren’t quite so high and the climb to the loos not so steep (dangerous if you’ve had a few). But these are not serious complaints about one of west London’s true star bars. Upstairs is the ‘Ginstitute’, where you can book a course to find out all about London’s spirit (and even make some yourself).

By: Richard Ehrlich


Venue name: Portobello Star
Address: 171 Portobello Road
W11 2DY
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Thur; 11am-12.30am Fri; 10am-12.30am Sat; 11am-11.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Ladbroke Grove tube
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was in last night for my birthday celebrations and had a wonderful time! I phoned earlier in the week to see if there was anyway i could reserve an area for me and my friends and this was done with ease and best of all completely free of charge... all the bookings taker asked was that we turned up and enjoyed the night. I noticed in the previous comment about the VAT price increase and can sympathise with Elena yet at the same time i understand it was only an increase of about 30p?! (i think... my memory is hazy thanks to the several birthday cocktails!) Plus the prices are ridiculous; Mint Juleps for under £7?! DJ mint, Staff mint, Mint juleps... mint!

Emma T

As a true Gin lover I knew I had to come here as soon as I could. 

the bar itself was a lot smaller than I expected, but I loved that and the atmosphere was everything you could want from a Gin palace. 

The cocktails all sounded tempting, and I loved even just the style of the menu, but I knew I needed to go for just a good G&T.

I like the salty flavour of Gin Mare, so I had the Gin Mare Copa, served with black pepper, olives and juniper. The presentation was I think the best I have had in a G&T. None of this half pint glass filled with ice, whole bottle of tonic dumped in and a stale piece of fruit- no, this was art and a delight to drink. 

My friend went for the Hendricks Copa, with cucumber and rose petal and this as well looked too good to drink...almost. 

The attention to detail and how each Gin was paired with its own garnish really made me want to go back. It is slightly expensive but if you appreciate Gin then you will be happy to pay that much for a gorgeous drink. 


Looking for gin at its finest? Look no further. Whether you’re more of a cocktail person (and the menu caters for all tastes, while also daring you to try out unusual mixes) or more of a traditional gin an tonic fan, you’re set for the night. An absolute classic and one of my favourites, the gin mare copa at the Portobello Star comes in an elegant glass topped with delicious olives and rosemary to enhance gin mare’s natural botanical flavours. Complemented by a very cozy atmosphere, think candles and lights that get dimmer and dimmer as the night progresses, a visit to the Portobello Star will not only give your taste buds a night out to remember.

NakedPRGirl Claire

How cute is this place? On the famous Portobello Road in Notting Hill, this is a picture perfect bar. It's super cosy and a lovely place to come for a late night tipple. Gin is their speciality and the menu is super inventive and explanatory! I'm more of a wine drinker than a gin gal, but who can argue with a cool cocktail in the house of gin! 🍸

Sophia M

I am giving "The Portobello Star" five stars (or five Portobello stars - haha #dadjoke #notfunny) as I really don't have any reason not too! I love themed bars in general but this is just a place where you know you'll find true love for gin. Their cocktails are amazing and you can expect classics, classics with a twist as well as imaginative and whimsical gin cocktails. 

The interior is also super cool and very Mad Men inspired. You feel like you are in a bar in the 1950's which makes the whole experience so much cooler. Their drinks menu card (or "Atlas of drinking" as they call it) looks like a cool, old, very interesting book and a huge bonus is that you are actually allowed to take it home with you when you leave. So of course I took mine, which now serves as a great, kind-of-coffee-table-book and I love it!

I have yet to have tried their "Ginstitute" experience but it is definitely on my wish list. Hands down, this is one of my all-time favourite bars! For the love of Gin.

Clare B

Cool authentic
Neighborhood bar with a purpose ( gin distillery ) good crowd

Tayla M

Amazing drinks, great selection on the menu, and friendly staff. Nice atmosphere!

Paul R

really friendly competent staff - really nice mellow bar. good range. I love a gin and tonic - they make fantastic gin and tonics!

Staff Writertastemaker

NIce but quite small pub on the portobello strip. Its very dark inside which depending on the weather is either lovely and cosy or a bit disorientating, either way I always think it makes for a good drinking hole when the lights are low.

The G&T's here are fantastic, the bar staff know their stuff and there is some gin made on site (although most of their home grown brand happens elsewhere in London, seems fine).

Big comfy booths, if you can nab one on market day I'd be surprised, although I heard they are moving to a very close new venue thats much bigger so thats great news! Much nicer than lots of the stuffy overpriced bars in the area!

Bron W

Great bar best in London. Ashton behind the bar great customer service and very knowledgeable should be given a pay rise

Christopher M
Staff Writer

AMAZING COCKTAILS!! Honestly probably one of the best makers of cocktails in London. Much fun to go with friends and go through the list although the longer the list the more wobbley you might get. Saturday nights tend to get very rammed so would go a bit earlier than late.


The staff in this bar need to be sacked! They were young, arrogant and drunk, chatting amongst themselves and taking ages to serve people. In particular one female member of staff was extremely abusive, customers were genuinely shocked by her behaviour! We will never drink here again!