Walking back from a local West Hampstead restaurant, we unearthed The Gallery (pictured below) and thought that we should pop in for a drink at some point soon.
It took us over a month to actually get around to visiting it (who actually lives or hangs out in West Hampstead?!) Did we enjoy it? Yes. Was it worth the wait? Probably not. Confused? Let me explain….
The bar is well stocked with 10 beers on draft that regularly rotate, 30 or so in bottles and cans. All independent breweries with many from the UK too.
Beers aside, there’s a strong selection of spirits with a focus on Whisky. There’s a whopping 101 of them behind the bar! To the point that boilermakers – pint followed by a whisky shot – are listed separately. All of shots are specially paired with the beers too.
So far so good. What’s it like inside?
On the main floor, there’s a small veranda that sits above the main bar, with a few small tables on it allowing the occupants to sit there and enjoy a view across the rest of the bar.
However, the real find was the basement bar, pictured below.
The area by West Hampstead tube is strangely very devoid of good bars. So I’m sure the residents are grateful that it’s there but for me it’s not enough to get somebody to come up there especially. It’s the sort of place I can imagine spending a mid week evening with a board game and a good friend. As these two did:
If you are in the area though, we do definitely recommend dropping in. Especially for a Sunday Roast with live Jazz.