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House of Gin A Trip Through the World of Gin

Friday, December 21 2018
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With the House of Gin, the Hotel Palace on Budapester Straße in Charlottenburg is literally mixing up its concept. Until two years ago, the renowned restaurant here focused on star cuisine and a classic clientele, but now a thriving, modern interior attracts gin in its most beautiful form.

Countless gold-coloured batons hover imposingly above the surrounding bar, which is eight metres long and four metres deep. The motto "Stay Gold" can be found everywhere in the House of Gin, in the furniture, as well as in the drinks. Behind the golden bar, an incredible 150 gins and a few exceptional whiskies, tequilas and rums from all over the world are presented over four floors.

Old European spirit origins such as Spain, Belgium and Scotland make a start. The next board is devoted exclusively to unusual English gins. Above that are the products of German distilleries, which produce a conspicuously large number of good gins and therefore also make up a large part of the House of Gin. Finally, rarities from Japan, Switzerland and the USA have found a place at the top.

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House of Gin Bar im Hotel Palace Berlin-8
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House of Gin Bar im Hotel Palace Berlin-9
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If you like it classic, they are all served with tonics such as "Swiss Mountain Spring" from Basel, "Aqua Monaco" from Munich or "BTW Tonic" from England. But, above all, the House of Gin wants to encourage you to try something new and not to fall back on the classics like Hendriks or Monkey 47. That's why they don't serve them here at all.

For example, the signature gin and tonic "Stay Gold G&T" is mixed from a Premium Bombay with gold dust, and "The Voyage G&T" features a gin distilled exclusively for the House of Gin. Much attention is paid to the presentation of the signature drinks, which are staged similarly to star restaurants. The eye drinks along with the drink.

For those who like it less playful: the team can also be purist! Most gins are served without fuss or decoration in the glass, only with three bare ice balls. You should rely on the advice to try it neat before topping it up with tonic. This is the only way to enjoy all the flavours that make the different gins so unique.

Gin can be truly celebrated in the dim interior, which, with its reminiscences of the 1920s, would also look good as a film set for the series Babylon Berlin. Beef tartar or sous-vide-cooked meat dishes from the adjacent restaurant Beef 45 provide adequate culinary accompaniment.

If you want to learn more about gin, you will certainly enjoy the various tasting menus with which the House of Gin sends its guests on a world tour or guides them through the history of the time-honoured distillate. The team has mastered its craft par excellence.

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