Stoke Newington is blessed with some of London’s best cocktail bars, all within a few meters of one another. The latest to join the ranks is the Mint Gun Club, a former beer bar, which has been transformed into a tranquil spot just off the high street, inspired by the proprietor Rich Hunt’s exotic travels around the world. Bright blue walls, white wooden shutters and pineapple motifs cement the relaxed feel of being away from home. Rich Hunt has won bartender of the year three times, and his cocktails will tell you why. Using ingredients plucked from his explorations, there are influences from Portugal to Asia, and it’s not one for the faint-hearted. Throw your expectations of Cosmopolitans and pitchers out of the window; the drinks menu is divided into elegant gimlets, aperitifs and tonics, all delicately put together to create tastes you won’t expect but definitely will enjoy. There’s also a bar snacks menu from their locally-sourced, internationally-inspired pantry, and a list of teas to enjoy in the afternoons. A new jewel for the Stokey cocktail crown.
4a Brooke Rd, London N16 7JN
Words: Victoria Gray