A Bar Called Gemma
Photography by A Bar Called Gemma
Words by Simon Difford on 10-Dec-2019
Count Turegatan 30, Östermalm, Stockholm, 114 38, Sweden
Tel: +46 70 584 50 90
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30-00:30, Sun Closed
Style: Cocktail bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Gemma is the creation of regarded bartender Johan Evers who, with the exception of the electrics and plumbing, built everything you see in this bar himself. Johan is behind his stick most nights with the very able support of Oscar Drigoris.
Johan was keen that people know this place is a bar rather than a restaurant, hence "The Bar Called" in the name while "Gemma" is an acronym:
G = generosity
M = mindful
M = multilateral
A = artisanal
The honestly appointed bar occupies a small shop space and although the food offering doesn't extend beyond snacks and small plates, Gemma has something of a friendly café vibe.
The simple two-sided card menu lists 10 signature cocktails on one side with riffs on classics and completion winning drinks on the other. Cocktails are well-balanced, tasty and simply presented.
Johan and Oscar are cocktail evangelists, so are happy to not only teach guests how to make their cocktails at home, but they also sell every piece of equipment used in the bar so their gusts have access to professional equipment.