Three bars you simply must visit for a port and tonic

It was back in 2017 that white port and tonic was rumoured to be the "drink of the summer," yet after that we heard little more of the [...]

It was back in 2017 that white port and tonic was rumoured to be the “drink of the summer,” yet after that we heard little more of the intriguing pour.

Fast-forward a few years (and a ghastly pandemic) and it seems the return of the Port and Tonic is imminent.

Many bars around the city are championing tonic-based drinks that subvert the norm and steer away from the classic G&T – including tequila and tonic which is a delicious tipple indeed.

The drink has come to be known as a ‘Porto Tonic,’ and it’s ever so refreshing and easy to make, too.

Port is a sweet fortified wine from Portugal that’s made with aromatic grape varieties, and it’s known to be a popular drink to enjoy around the festive period.

Now, as Port and Tonic starts to make waves once more, we’ve taken a look at some of the best places for it around the city.

Without further ado…

1857

If there’s one chic bar you simply must visit for a port and tonic, it’s the newly re-launched bar 1857.

Here, you’ll peruse an eclectic range of port that’ll have you licking your lips in anticipation. In fact, it’s the widest variety of port in any London bar, with vintage pours, aged tawnies and single quintas all available.

And take it from us, their port and tonic is pretty darn hard to beat! Both silky and refreshing at the same time, it goes down far too easily. What’s more, you can enjoy it amongst the decadence of the 1857 bar – housed inside St. James’ hotel and club, you feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of London.

A port treasure trove at its finest.

stjameshotelandclub.com

Gordon’s wine bar

London’s oldest wine bar – Gordon’s – sure does a varied selection of amazing tipples, including amongst which is port.

Drenched in history, this quaint and atmospheric gem in London houses barrels filled with sherries and port, all of which can be enjoyed in rustic caves surrounded by candlelight. It’s a perfect setting for a spot of romance, with port and tonics on the cards for the aperitif.

Gordon’s is just a short stumble from theatreland and Covent Garden, and for the warmer days it boasts a charming outdoor seating area where a port and tonic is a must, accompanied by a cheese or charcuterie board.

Established in 1890, this spot is really worth a visit, as it blends not only good food and drink, but atmosphere and history too. We’ll let the port do the rest of the talking…

gordonswinebar.com

Bar Douro

If you’re looking for somewhere fizzing with Portuguese wine options then Bar Douro. But, if you’re to visit, do not miss out on the white port and tonic. It’ll change your life.

Here, you’ll discover bottle upon bottle of Portuguese wine, as well as vintages, and the food follows suit, with the likes of tender octopus on the menu, to go very nicely indeed with your port selection.

To add to the allure, the venue is very pretty and boasts a blue-and-white tiled seating area. On your next visit to Flat Iron Square go, go, go… you won’t regret it!

bardouro.co.uk

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Lottie Hulme
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