May 11, 2018
When a bar names itself after one of literature’s most illustrious socialites, you know it’s going to be an elegant affair, and Jerusalem’s Gatsby Cocktail Room is that and then some.
Hidden behind a bookcase in a hard-to-find Jerusalem building, once inside Gatsby you are surrounded by simple elegance, featuring an array of Art Deco touches reminiscent of the the F. Scott Fitzgerald masterpiece. Boxy lightshades emitting the softest glow above the bar, tubular lighting fixtures behind, and a tin ceiling above bring you back to the Roaring ‘20s. This is to make no mention of the suavely dressed bartending team, who make no mystery about their desire to pour the finest cocktails in Jerusalem, and one look at or sip from the menu will have you convinced they’ve pulled it off.
Cocktails are inspired by the classics, but the team at Gatsby takes them in a few new directions. Examples include the Gatsby Mule (gin, lime, ginger beer, and Belgian pilsner) and The Fitzgerald (gin, sugar, lemon, egg white, and bitters). In addition to the atmosphere, it’s the pushing-the-envelope new school cocktails that are the reason we keep coming back though, including, but certainly not limited to, the Crossroad (Irish whisky with fig jam, agave syrup, lemon, and smoked rosemary) and La Punta (premium tequila spiked with hot peppers, almond syrup, passionfruit, lemon, and orange liqueur).