Hendricks, Bombay Sapphire, tonic water and…mackerel! This combination might come as a bit of surprise, but it is part of the Gin and Tin concept behind De Belmonte. Inspired by a Portuguese village, the bar offers more than 20 types of gin along with a selection of colourful tinned seafood, which is on display around the bar and served at the table.
This is just one of the many surprising things about De Belmonte. It is also a hotel bar, which is part of the funky and artistic Hotel Saint-Géry upstairs. It steers clear of the boring banality or staid interior of many hotel bars around the world, though, and instead is decorated in a fresh, modern and atmospheric way.
The selection of gins is very impressive, making De Belmonte a natural choice for a city centre G&T. Better still, the bar boasts a weekly jazz jam session on Thursday evenings from 22:00 to midnight, with some very good musicians and no cover charge. On Friday and Saturday nights from 22:00 to 01:00 there are different concerts held each week.
In the crowded drinking market of Saint-Géry, De Belmonte manages to offer something a little different and a little special. Highly recommended, especially on concert evenings.