Opening on 16 January at 87 Sloane Avenue in South Kensington, Bar Galante takes its inspiration from the lengendary barman – Santiago Policastro, aka Pichin, who was revered throughout his native Latin America both for his remarkable serves and for the inimitable style that earned him the name El Barman Galante. Galante is promising to serve up a collection of cocktails from the 1930s and ‘40s, served alongside a selection of innovative, more modern drinks with an Argentine twist. The launch will commemorate the third anniversary of the death of Pichin. Galante is located within walking distance from South Kensington station and is set to have some of the world’s best bartenders creating the cocktails. Bar Director Lance Perkins has so far collaborated with Tato Giovanonni (voted South America’s Best Bartender of the Decade in 2010) to offer a collection of original cocktails, including the El Pato (gin, sweet and dry vermouth, Campari and Cointreau), named after Argentina’s national sport, that were created by Pichin back in 1935. They will be served in crystal cut glassware, prepared by bartenders in traditional white jackets at the Lalique-inspired bar.
The menu will also feature a contemporary selection of recipes inspired by Pichin’s legacy, served on silver stands, alongside the cocktails. Soak it all up with small dishes such as sweet and savoury copetines (and yes that does include detox-friendly Ceviche) together with bespoke Argentine pastries. Meanwhile the décor takes its lead from Art-Deco, with cocktails served at a bar which evokes the dazzling cocktail era of Buenos Aires but with a contemporary twist. Galante promises old-school glamour and contemporary sophistication in spades. The intimate 70-cover bar re creates the classic service style of the early 20th-century with staff decked out in traditional white jackets and chic black dresses. Combining old school glamour and contemporary sophistication, Galante is the place to be if you want to chat to and watch well-informed staff (all from South America) mix gin-based cocktails in Murano glass goblets while answering questions about the country’s history and culture.Why not try a Marie Rose (gin, fresh grapefruit and red current soda) from your seat around the bar or while perched at a table by big street-level windows. Snacks prepared in the Gaucho kitchen next door include a ceviche platter, grilled tiger shrimp, blue cheese tart or selection of tasting burgers.
Galante, 87 Sloane Avenue, SW3, 020 7589 4256. www.bargalante.com