Love whiskey? There’s a bar in West Hampstead that has 101 of them on offer and a dedicated whiskey cocktail menu.
The Gallery has been a West Hampstead local for 15 years and is a very classy and lively establishment off the main road on Broadhurst Gardens.
The front of the Gallery opens out on a warm evening, making the bar breezy and laid back. The vibe is cool and relaxed with exposed brickwork, miss matched tables and black and white pictures on the walls.
There is a stunning speakeasy style bar downstairs which looked even prettier the later it got. Due to the weather, the tables upstairs were favoured but on a winter night the downstairs bar would be perfectly cosy.
The downstairs bar is available for private hire.
There is also an upper level to the bar perfect for group drinking and dining and people watching everyone below you.
I will admit to you now ,I don’t know much about whiskey nor do I have much of a palate for it. Some people would call me a heathen, others simply uneducated.
There are drinks on The Gallery’s menu that were perfect to slowly ease me into the world of whiskey.
I started with a ‘How D’ya Like Them Apples’ which was a delightful fruity concoction of Jack Daniels, apple and lemon that was easy on the palate. My lovely friend, who was the perfect company for The Gallery as she is a discerning bourbon drinker, fell in love with her mint julep.
The whiskey cocktails are priced at £8.50 and are beautifully made. You only need to sip these, somewhat strong concoctions.
We were planning on having a couple of cocktails at The Gallery and heading somewhere else for food but our heads were turned by the plates of food coming out of the kitchen. So we ordered a huge plate of boneless Gallery Fried chicken (£14) , which came with 2 beautiful dips, wolfpack cheese fries (£7.50) and bacon and gem lettuce (£3.50).
Everything tasted amazing, we were both very content with the food and drink, the only thing we needed was an extra person to help us with the food!
The next cocktail we tried was the plum and rye which is Rittenhouse rye, vermouth blend and umeshu plum sake. This arrived presented in a sweet little bottle. I loved this drink, delicate and syrup like.
Even though we were full to the brim, maybe due to the influence of the whiskey ,we thought it was good idea to order fried banana and ice cream to share. It was mega if not unnecessary.
Our final drink, not that we needed anymore, was a smokey sour and a derby.
The staff are lovely and extremely helpful when making your choices. There are other choices if whiskey really isn’t your thing. There are 10 beers on draft and a further 30 more in bottles or cans, all from small batch suppliers.
There are live music nights which compliment with the food and drinks that The Gallery serves in the form of the blues.
Lunch is served at The Gallery 12-4pm including small plates and sandwiches. Dinner is served 5-10pm Monday until Saturday. On a Sunday there is a whole beer can chicken for 2-3 people to share for Sunday lunch.
The Gallery is a perfect venue for any whisky lover or a lovely drink in West Hampstead.
We visited on a Wednesday and there wasn’t a table to to be had upstairs. There’s were people drinking outside with The Gallery windows all open and there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
190 Broadhurst Gardens