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Description

Come with us now on a journey through time and space. With the help of the classic pickled cocktail, the Gibson, and a dazzling supporting cast of over 40 highly inventive cocktails, The Gibson's menu is built around a magical calendar that transports you to different seasons in different eras.

The shimmering interiors have been designed to make you feel like you are stepping through a portal into a futuristic Edwardian world where stunningly original drinks are accompanied by live music and food that has been carefully curated to complement the flavours of the drinks.

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New Year's Eve 2017 by The Gibson

New Year's Eve 2017 by The Gibson

Sunday 31 December 2017

The Gibson team invite you to join us on a time travelling extravaganza as we journey from this year to the next on New...

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MartiniMonday Come and enjoy our MartiniMonday. Every Monday we'll have Martinis for a special price (£8) with complimentary Parmesan and Pickles. Monday 17:00 - 00:30

Info

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
17:00 01:00
17:00 01:00
17:00 01:00
17:00 01:00
17:00 02:00
17:00 02:00
Sunday - -

Special Opening Hours

Day Open Close Notes
17:00 02:00

Location

The Gibson
44 Old Street, London, EC1V 9AQ

Area:
East London

Nearest station:
Old Street (Tube)
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Menus

Drink Prices Price
Pint of Real Ale £4.00
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £4.00
Cocktail £11.00
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £6.00
Bottle of House Wine £25.00
Bottle of Champagne £50.00

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This venue serves Bar Snacks and Tapas food.

A word from the chef:
Classy bar snacks to the tune of pickles, charcuterie boards, mixed nuts and olives complement the drinks at Gibson.

Our Review

The Gibson Bar Shoreditch - London Cocktail Bar Review

The Gibson Bar Shoreditch - London Cocktail Bar Review

The Gibson lies along Old Street towards Clerkenwell and Farringdon; an area that's fast becoming a firm favourite of mine. You’ll definitely be spoilt for choice when choosing which bar to try next and now with The Gibson joining this elite...

Read our full The Gibson Bar Shoreditch - London Cocktail Bar Review review

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Seated
Capacity
Standing
Cost Min spend
Midweek*
Min spend
Weekend*
Venue Hire 35-40 45-50
* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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Cocktails, ambiance, pianist were all 1st class. Can’t wait to go back!! Loved everything about it. visited The Gibson on 18 Nov 2017
20 Nov 2017 by
5

Great atmosphere and original cocktails visited The Gibson on 17 Nov 2017
19 Nov 2017 by
5

One of my favourite bars. Exquisite cocktails, beautiful and inviting decor and a level of service that is rarely found in London. Although it has an exclusive and high end feel - you also feel very welcome. visited The Gibson on 14 Nov 2017
16 Nov 2017 by
5

Nice atmosphere, complex menu, my gf's cocktail (The Gibson Girl) was a bit surprising although she knew all the ingredient. I liked mine though and the waitress was kind enough to change the cocktail so all in all a good experience! visited The Gibson on 11 Nov 2017
13 Nov 2017 by
4

I had a great time again with the lovely staff at The Gibson. There is nothing nicer than being remembered (for good reasons!) by the barmen who make you feel welcome again and again. The cocktails were conversation pieces in their own right and absolutely delicious. I will be back and I am looking forward to it already! visited The Gibson on 11 Nov 2017
13 Nov 2017 by
5

Fantastic drinks and great atmosphere. We will definitely be back! Melissa visited The Gibson on 11 Nov 2017
13 Nov 2017 by
5

Great atmosphere and cocktails, service was exceptional and the live music was nice too! Definitely recommended. visited The Gibson on 02 Nov 2017
11 Nov 2017 by
5

Great Experience. It's always a pleasure enjoy the cocktails in this place. Everything's accurate, from the cocktail to the Waitress' knowledge. One of the few places in London where spend an evening without mistakes. Stacce visited The Gibson on 07 Nov 2017
09 Nov 2017 by
5

The good: the wait staff are very all nice and the drinks are quite good. Menu is extensive and creative; the wait staff tell you about the drink when it is served, which is a nice touch. The bad: Once you've ordered one drink, getting a menu to choose another is quite a difficult task - forget about keeping your menu to look through while you wait. The food menu is given on being seated but is taken immediately after one drink order and never returned (even though I asked for it back it never returned). It is very difficult to get the waiters' attention to order a second drink and once you do the staff inevitably tell you not to order what you've chosen (comments such as: "it's very sour, you may not like it" and "that choice won't go with your previous drink"). My friends and I got the impression they would rather we didn't order more drinks, which is very strange. I have been twice and had the exact same experiences so it definitely wasn't a one-off. visited The Gibson on 28 Oct 2017
08 Nov 2017 by
3

Amazing bar, friendly service and outstanding cocktails! The ambience was great and the music fantastic. Totally recommended! visited The Gibson on 04 Nov 2017
06 Nov 2017 by
5

We loved the coctails! And we visit coctail bars quite often and love to experience new bars. The service was excellent: that we could sit next to each other as long as it was not fully booked was a nice gesture, as well as the free champagne when I had to wait a bit longer for my cocktail. The down side was a bit this very noisy group of wedding girls/women...very loud and disrespectful but nothing what the Gibson could do about... In our personal ranking you got a 8-8.5 out of ten and you are the only cocktailbar we will recommanded and will re-visting when returning to London. many thanks and cheers Sylvia & Bas (Berlin/Brussels) visited The Gibson on 04 Nov 2017
06 Nov 2017 by
5

Fantastic drinks with great presentation Nice atmosphere and friendly knowledgable staff Great place Can’t wait to go again as I need to try the rest of the menu visited The Gibson on 04 Nov 2017
06 Nov 2017 by
5

Great venue with great cocktails & amazing service! The pianist was also an added bonus with lots of singing along from everyone... a great night out with friends from work. Will be going back! Carla visited The Gibson on 01 Nov 2017
03 Nov 2017 by
5

Our stay was fantastic. Service and Cocktails were phenomenal! Additional live music (one man at the piano) was very good - absolutely appreciated. visited The Gibson on 27 Oct 2017
03 Nov 2017 by
5

This is a really special cocktail bar, which has so many original touches and where every detail has been thought about. The drinks are exquisitely crafted, and live piano music perfectly enhances the evening. Everyone must visit! visited The Gibson on 30 Oct 2017
01 Nov 2017 by
5

Good Drinks and amazing Service!!! visited The Gibson on 28 Oct 2017
01 Nov 2017 by
5

Very accomodating and great drinks 😊 Louise visited The Gibson on 28 Oct 2017
30 Oct 2017 by
4

I wanted to visit this bar for a long time and finally made the booking for my birthday for a group of 8. The venue has a very strict door policy and no standing allowed inside - I was not made aware of this at the time of the booking or when I was asked to pre-pay for drinks. Some of my guest have arrived a little bit early and were made to wait outside until the time of the booking which was very embarrassing for me. Once inside we were sat at 2 tall tables with uncomfortable high stools – a rather strange choice of sitting for a large group, I would’ve much preferred the couches. Our pre-ordered sharing cocktails arrived and they looked absolutely fabulous; both the dishes used and decoration on top of the cocktails were gorgeous, mostly consisting of dehydrated fruit and fresh mint. Once we’ve finished the sharing cocktails we’ve ordered individual drinks and oh my god, they took forever to come. In the 3.5 hours that we in the bar we’ve only managed to have 2 cocktails each. Yes, the decorations are beautiful and cocktails look very instagrammable, but the waiting time is just unacceptable. One of the cocktails in ordered, “Beyond the Pines” came with 2 burning pine cones sat on top of the ice – I was terrified of burning my face and hair and whilst trying to remove the decorations, some of the “coals” fell off, landing on my friend and burning her tights. The second cocktail, which took an even longer time to arrive, was called “Tatanka’s smoke”…this one had wood shavings on top as decoration, which went into the drink and which I ended up swallowing. Why someone would choose to put something like that into a cocktail I will never know. All in all, a very strange and uncomfortable visit. visited The Gibson on 28 Oct 2017
30 Oct 2017 by
2

It was a good atmosphere and the drinks were exciting! visited The Gibson on 27 Oct 2017
29 Oct 2017 by
5

Good recommendations of cocktails not on the menu! mgjg88 visited The Gibson on 26 Oct 2017
28 Oct 2017 by
4

Fabulous, intimate and delicious. I had the best cocktail and the best experience. Thank you for looking after our group so well. visited The Gibson on 24 Oct 2017
26 Oct 2017 by
5

Fantastic - great mix of the spectacular, artistic interpretation and alcohol!! visited The Gibson on 24 Oct 2017
26 Oct 2017 by
5

Our favourite night of the year so far and our new favourite cocktail bar in London! They've really nailed it - amazing cocktails with the right level of theatre backed up with a great venue and experts in their field offering great advice. Really really like this place, it's going to be really hard to get a table once the word gets out! Carl visited The Gibson on 18 Oct 2017
24 Oct 2017 by
5

Very good experience will defiantly come back visited The Gibson on 21 Oct 2017
23 Oct 2017 by
4

it was a treat and experience - only problem is having a cocktail elsewhere will never be the same again! visited The Gibson on 21 Oct 2017
23 Oct 2017 by
5

Amazing experience as usual! My favourite cocktail bar! visited The Gibson on 16 Oct 2017
18 Oct 2017 by
5

What a great night! We arrived as a group at 10PM and our pre-ordered drinks were waiting for us. Great team, great atmosphere and lovely drinks. What more could we ask for. Andrew visited The Gibson on 14 Oct 2017
16 Oct 2017 by
5

For my leaving do, introduced 17 friends to the Gibson on a Friday night and they were wowed by some amazing drinks and service. Thank you guys! Always know where my cocktail home is. visited The Gibson on 13 Oct 2017
16 Oct 2017 by
5

Friendly staff, great cocktails, jazzy atmosphere! visited The Gibson on 07 Oct 2017
09 Oct 2017 by
5

Average - service was not that great! Lady at the door slightly rude, and waitress was even more rude / not helpful and definitely very moody even though we had a reservation of 12 people and made a bill of almost £400. One of my guests had to actually tell off the waitress as he was trying to order 1 drink for probably 1 hour! And when they decided to tell the waitress to bring my birthday cake out her reply was: "We are very busy right now!". The presentation of the drinks was good but other than that there is nothing else that would make me go back visited The Gibson on 07 Oct 2017
09 Oct 2017 by
2

Absolutely fabulous night. Amazing cocktails created with care and flair. Ordered a punch bowl of the Electric Earl for our group and everyone was most impressed. Cannot recommend The Gibson highly enough. visited The Gibson on 30 Sep 2017
02 Oct 2017 by
5

Hands down my favourite cocktail bar in London. The cocktails are innovative and delicious! The staff are extremely friendly and give great recommendations. visited The Gibson on 29 Sep 2017
01 Oct 2017 by
5

Great service, our Italian attendee was very friendly. visited The Gibson on 22 Sep 2017
26 Sep 2017 by
5

Lovely atmosphere. Lovely service Really enjoyed the piano playing in the background Unfortunately we didn't enjoy our drinks and left to head to a different cocktail bar. visited The Gibson on 21 Sep 2017
23 Sep 2017 by
3

Amazing Bar. Definitely recommend it visited The Gibson on 20 Sep 2017
22 Sep 2017 by
5

really enjoyed our visit, great staff and drinks. would definitely return. steve visited The Gibson on 20 Sep 2017
22 Sep 2017 by
5

Brilliant service and lovely cocktails!! visited The Gibson on 19 Sep 2017
21 Sep 2017 by
5

Lovely night with friends, amazingly inventive and visually stunning cocktails and a good selection of nibbles. The guys who work there helped me choose every drink based on what I like and were excellent in doing so. I will be returning! Also loved the live piano music. visited The Gibson on 13 Sep 2017
16 Sep 2017 by
5

Incredible experience at The Gibson! Beautiful, original and very good cocktails. I'll come back very soon to try all of them :) I highly recommend the place! visited The Gibson on 12 Sep 2017
14 Sep 2017 by
5

Best bar I have ever visited visited The Gibson on 07 Sep 2017
13 Sep 2017 by
5

Really cool cocktails! Good service and friendly staff Chetna visited The Gibson on 09 Sep 2017
11 Sep 2017 by
5

Really awesome, unique cocktails in a dark, cosy place. Wide variety cocktail menu and extra helpful staff to make the perfect choice. Enjoyed every moment there. visited The Gibson on 01 Sep 2017
03 Sep 2017 by
5

Talk about absolutely amazing cocktails! Pork scratchings, feathers, lollipops and more, had a fab time there. Great service too. visited The Gibson on 01 Sep 2017
03 Sep 2017 by
5

Friday night 7.30- 10pm. Great building with a special feel, super kind and attentive service with the patience to explain each and every drink and match them to our individual moods and idiosyncratsies. The pianist's playlist was well chosen and having music really added to the atmosphere. We tried many of your cocktails and each was very special. Our only comment was that some didn't have the stength and the kick we are used to from NYC cocktails. Personally my palette is not so sensitive for me to pick up the different nuances of flavour but we were all intrigued by your cocktails both their quirky presentation and the carefully chosen blend of flavours and ingredients. I'm sure we will come again. visited The Gibson on 25 Aug 2017
28 Aug 2017 by
5

Unassuming from outside, utterly charming, cosy and welcoming inside. Imaginative cocktails (if only these could have a Michelin star:-)) that kept us guessing, attentive but subtle service, small and intimate venue -all in all an ansolute gem. Second "date to impress ", friends from overseas to treat place. Speak easy at its best. Will definitely be back visited The Gibson on 25 Aug 2017
27 Aug 2017 by
5

Great bar, excellent cocktails and wonderful piano player, will be back! visited The Gibson on 17 Aug 2017
20 Aug 2017 by
5

Very nice and exotic drinks. The music is not loud and so suitable for a discussions/dates, etc. There should be more advertisement though as the bar is not noticeable on the street visited The Gibson on 14 Aug 2017
17 Aug 2017 by
5

innovative cocktails, a dark and intimate very cosy setting. perfect for a date and general fun. jaymieoc visited The Gibson on 14 Feb 2017
16 Aug 2017 by
4

Amazing, unique and affordable cocktails in an intimate and friendly atmosphere. Would not hesitate to go back! visited The Gibson on 12 Aug 2017
14 Aug 2017 by
5

Amazing, unique and affordable cocktails in an intimate and friendly atmosphere. Would not hesitate to go back! visited The Gibson on 12 Aug 2017
14 Aug 2017 by
5

Amazing, unique and affordable cocktails in an intimate and friendly atmosphere. Would not hesitate to go back! visited The Gibson on 12 Aug 2017
14 Aug 2017 by
5

I had a great night at The Gibson. The staff were great and had alot of passion for the drinks they served and knew about. The drinks themselves were some of the most interesting ive had in London and the vibe in the bar was great, particularly enjoyed the pianist. The place is a little small but as long as you book ahead you should be fine. The late licence helps too ;) arsenio_s visited The Gibson on 12 Aug 2017
14 Aug 2017 by
5

Loved the drinks and live music !! visited The Gibson on 12 Aug 2017
14 Aug 2017 by
5

It was pleasure to see this bar. Big experience. visited The Gibson on 08 Aug 2017
10 Aug 2017 by
5

Amazing experience and very, very good drinks! Thank you :) visited The Gibson on 03 Aug 2017
07 Aug 2017 by
5

Un voyage extraordinaire et délicieux! Bel endroit, magnifiques cocktails, excellent pianiste et une équipe adorable. Thanks The Gibson! morgane visited The Gibson on 24 Jul 2017
02 Aug 2017 by
5

It turned out it was piano bar as well-great :-) visited The Gibson on 26 Jul 2017
01 Aug 2017 by
4

Good like always!!! Thanks Guys visited The Gibson on 29 Jul 2017
01 Aug 2017 by
5

Although quite tiny... They more than make up for it with great staff, great drinks and great vibes! Also, that jazz pianist who plays is incredible! jess89 visited The Gibson on 29 Jul 2017
31 Jul 2017 by
5

Fantastic cocktail bar with amazing food, drinks and service. Unique spot and perfect for dates. Anthony visited The Gibson on 28 Jul 2017
30 Jul 2017 by
5

Plus : good overall mood interior design and piano player, barman and waitress really nice too Cons: I was not aware the room was so small ! You're literally against each other and more annoyingly cocktails were just correct (I could only taste smoke in mines, like burnt wood and I usually do like smoked drinks). Most cocktails recipes had weird "original" ingredients in it (pork scratching, oats, etc) visited The Gibson on 14 Jul 2017
17 Jul 2017 by
2

Amazing drinks and service! A must-see! visited The Gibson on 13 Jul 2017
15 Jul 2017 by
5

I loved this place so much that I took all my colleagues back there the very next day. Incredible bonkers cocktails like no other
14 Jul 2017 by
5

excellent! Wonderful staff. No need to say how drinks are. Just amazing! visited The Gibson on 08 Jul 2017
10 Jul 2017 by
5

Fantastic well worth a visit very unique visited The Gibson on 30 Jun 2017
06 Jul 2017 by
5

Very creative cocktails sometimes maybe too creative to my taste and the tables are quite small for large group (we were 7) but overall great place! Jennifer visited The Gibson on 01 Jul 2017
04 Jul 2017 by
4

Wonderful drinks. Met some really nice people there. visited The Gibson on 17 Jun 2017
25 Jun 2017 by
5

Great cocktails, so inventive but also tasty. Piano player nice touch. Ladies bathroom gets a thumbs up too ! visited The Gibson on 16 Jun 2017
20 Jun 2017 by
4

Absolutely wonderful, as always! My favorite bar in London. And Sara and the staff are fantastic! visited The Gibson on 13 Jun 2017
15 Jun 2017 by
5

wonderful cocktails and amazing atmosphere visited The Gibson on 06 Jun 2017
08 Jun 2017 by
5

Amazing cocktails! You don't get cocktails like this anywhere else. Fantastic service too! Highly recommend. visited The Gibson on 05 Jun 2017
07 Jun 2017 by
5

Delicious and impressively-presented cocktails, great service and awesome music selection. visited The Gibson on 03 Jun 2017
05 Jun 2017 by
5

Lovely music! And nice food visited The Gibson on 31 May 2017
02 Jun 2017 by
4

Super experience! Knowledgeable team, friendly discussion, super music and great cocktails. visited The Gibson on 26 May 2017
30 May 2017 by
5

Drinks-wise - it was great. Interesting and new, and I would still go again to try all the many other unique drinks. We ended up getting a free drink (due to the wait the waitress said, but we knew really it was because they made a drink that no one had ordered - but we didn't mind). The only negative was that the service was really slow. We'd asked for the menu to order some more drinks but never got it and had to shout to get their attention as it was really loud, so we ended up having to ask for the bill as it was getting late. I get that it's busy and very cramped but it's not like the place is that big. Tables were also very small and I ended up sitting sideways but still had people walking into my back constantly. Having said that I would like to go again to try the other cocktails as they're interesting but I think it will probably be my last time unless something changes drastically in terms of space. Hayley visited The Gibson on 27 May 2017
29 May 2017 by
2

Amazing as usual. Beautiful cocktails with terrific service visited The Gibson on 26 May 2017
28 May 2017 by
5

Amazing cocktails, knowledgeable staff and a beautiful venue. You have to try the Pickled Banana Daiquiri !!
25 May 2017 by
5

Amazing cocktails, knowledgeable staff and a beautiful venue. You have to try the Pickled Banana Daiquiri !! visited The Gibson on 23 May 2017
25 May 2017 by
5

Top drinks at a nice enviroment. Staff is really attentive and friendly. Definitelly worth a visit. visited The Gibson on 15 May 2017
17 May 2017 by
5

Really nice. Like always ;) Thank you Guys RD visited The Gibson on 13 May 2017
16 May 2017 by
5

great service, amazing drinks and lovely atmosphere!! visited The Gibson on 12 May 2017
15 May 2017 by
5

The Gibson is a fantastic bar with the best cocktails I have drunk in my life (of 35 years...yes I have been drinking since birth!). The staff are also super friendly and helpful with Suggestions. Book ahead because it's tiny. No hangover only goodness! 😊 Sarah visited The Gibson on 06 May 2017
08 May 2017 by
5

Staff were lovely, helpful and friendly and the location/setting is nice but the cocktails were simply un-drinkable! Presentation on a scale of 1-10 was 10 (amazing) but the taste was 0. Too much going on perhaps but won't be back based on their taste. visited The Gibson on 06 May 2017
08 May 2017 by
1

Despite the fact that cocktails are awsome the lack in service is overtaking the whole experience. You have to wait a very long time for your cocktail which is very elaborated, quite similar to the Nightjar or Oriole cocktails but when we wanted to order a second one we were told we would have to wait more than 30min to get it so we left for another place. Too bad... visited The Gibson on 06 May 2017
08 May 2017 by
2

Slow service and overpriced won't be recommending visited The Gibson on 06 May 2017
08 May 2017 by
1

great grasp of the classics. Will return. visited The Gibson on 05 May 2017
07 May 2017 by
5

Amazing experience and great cocktails visited The Gibson on 29 Apr 2017
04 May 2017 by
5

It was awesome at Gibson! visited The Gibson on 29 Apr 2017
01 May 2017 by
5

Per chi vuole farsi un tour della mixology di Londra preservate il Gibson per ultimo,poi capirete il perché !!! Esperienza...top!!! ,Grazie Marian ,Martina e Simone ...e tutto lo staff ....a presto!!;) visited The Gibson on 26 Apr 2017
30 Apr 2017 by
5

Good like always !!! Thank you guys visited The Gibson on 25 Apr 2017
28 Apr 2017 by
5

I liked several things about this bar, The drinks are well made but take a little too long. Even with just a few people in the bar you sometimes have to wait 20 minutes, even for something not that complicated (in comparison to other drinks they have) like a Gibson Martini. The presentation of some drinks on the other hand is so playful an fun that a visit is worth it. The bar snacks aren't something you are used to. Pickled onions and parmesan (not really sure if parmiggiano reggiano or "just" grana padano). I liked that. What I didn't like was the overall class of this bar. You don't need a reservation, people just come in and are as loud as in a pub. Maybe this is their target group and if you consider yourself part of this group, you might have a lot of fun in there. I generally like it a bit more exclusivly like the Artisian, the Connaught bar, Dandelyan, Gông, Nightjar, Oriole or even the Worship Street Whistling Shop. Samuel visited The Gibson on 18 Apr 2017
25 Apr 2017 by
4

Super cozy atmosphere, amazing cocktails! visited The Gibson on 22 Apr 2017
24 Apr 2017 by
5

Good night out great staff Andrew visited The Gibson on 13 Apr 2017
15 Apr 2017 by
5

Loved the cocktail, less happy about the athosphere visited The Gibson on 13 Apr 2017
15 Apr 2017 by
3

Fantastic cocktails. Great presentation. Attentive staff. Great live music. Nice intimate space. Job done. visited The Gibson on 06 Apr 2017
08 Apr 2017 by
5

Completely and utterly dreamy. This place is perfect for a date night, there's a live piano player, loads of cute little tables and the cocktails are amazing, some of the best in London. Our waitress was really helpful and able to recommend exactly what we wanted with just a few pieces of information. Will definitely be returning.
30 Mar 2017 by
5

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