Opened last fall to crowds and acclaim by Alex Smith, Martin Cate (the owner of Smuggler’s Cove) and John Park, Whitechapel is already an international gin destination with more than 100 cocktails in a leather-bound menu and more than 350 gins, including vintage rarities dating back to the 1930s. Besides being one of the largest gin collections in the world, the Disneyland-level elaborateness of the space evokes a Victorian-era London underground station with chef David Murphy’s heartwarming Dutch-Indonesian and Bangladeshi-British food making it a worthy dining stop, too.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: Since day one, the Dutch Nemesis is one of the most interesting and memorable of Alex Smith’s house cocktails. The maltiness of Bols genever sings with a savory caraway hit of Combier kümmel liqueur, balanced by pineapple gum syrup, Angostura bitters, lime and sparkling wine.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Pull up to one of two bars—the main bar or the 1820s-inspired Gin Palace back bar/dining room—or get cozy in the distillery room marked by Ginfusion Tubes housing gin botanicals. Ask for in-house ginnoissuer, or gin expert, Keli Rivers, for recommended gin rarities and vintage pours.