More likely to shred your dignity than make you a dignitary, that most juniper-y of spirits has nonetheless made itself very at home at Gin Palace, a new offering from the Death & Co/ Dram guys occupying the bottom floor of their Cienfuegos complex. Blacking out
you the exterior save for winged door handles and dual-bulb lanterns, a hauntingly steampunk Victorian vibe is cultivated via contrasting gold & black hues, tufted leather banquettes, a gear-inspired ceiling mural, lion pillars, and enough clocks you'd think you were hanging out at Chris Martin's place.
The bar is fully stocked, but the cocktail menu's exclusively gin, starting with house originals like the tiki-esque Shangri-la Swizzle (Old Tom, amaro, pineapple, raspberry, and a small batch gin liqueur made from spicy local plums), and the lime/ pineapple/ grapefruit/ cinnamon Police and Thieves, which is sure to have some Sting.
Classics on hand include Pimm's Cups, Corpse Reviver #2s, and a grapefruit-bitters-kicked G&T served on tap (the first of many tapped 'tails), while the Proletariat team helped curate a tidy beer list that includes Adnams Southwold Bitter and Anderson Valley Summer, which just like Sweet Valley will have you seeing double.
And if you don't mind the lack of tables, feel free to take down Brit bites including "fried to perfection" fish and chips, and Guinness-stewed beef swaddled in pastry known as a pastie, which no longer just hides the final shred of a stripper's dignity.