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Searcys to open Gin Joint next month

Published:  27 August, 2013

Searcys is to launch Gin Joint, a brasserie and bar situated in the Barbican Centre, where around 40 gins will be available, including one chilled on tap.

Opening on September 9, the 88-seat dining room also features a 30-seat bar and a private dining room for up to 16 people. It will offer one of the most comprehensive lists of London dry gins in the City and claims to be the first bar in London to offer Broker's gin on tap.

There will be a wide-ranging selection of both contemporary and classic cocktails, as well as artisan wines, craft beers and Champagne. The bar will also feature several new signature gin cocktails, and the concise international wine list will comprise 30 bins, with prices from £21.50 and a range of 10 by the glass (from £5.75).

Every evening from 7pm-9pm, 'Gin Democracy' at Gin Joint will offer the chance to try any of the 40 London dry gins for the price of a regular house gin (£8.50). There is also the opportunity to join the Gin Club, a new monthly series of master distiller evenings with tastings and dinner with a 'gin-influenced' menu.

On the brasserie side, executive Chef Oliver Tobias (previously at the Royal Opera House and Maze) has created a British menu with a mix of dishes, many cooked on a bertha grill. Prices for starters will range from £4.50-£25, main courses £10.50-£27 and desserts from £5-£8.50. It will also offer a daily lunch and pre-theatre menu at £16 for two courses or £20 for three.

Founded in 1847, Searcys' current portfolio includes five Champagne Bars (at Westfield London and Stratford, St Pancras Station, One New Change in the City and Paddington Station), St Pancras Grand restaurant, the London Transport Museum, and the Restaurant, Club and Bar atop the Gherkin in the City. It also provides in-house catering facilities at a variety of venues. In 2010, the company returned to private ownership.