Coupette | Bethnal Green Bar
So, we recently revisited Coupette and this bar – currently standing at number 18 in the World’s Best Bars list – might actually be the ultimate date spot. It’s made for mad dashes in the rain down Bethnal Green Road, before tumbling into its warm, coppery embrace. Rugged brick walls are offset by smart navy booth seating, and the long bar, the focus in the narrow, sleeve-shaped space, is topped with glimmering 10 Franc coins.
The high shelves lined with vintage cocktail manuals, glassware and spirits give off the atmosphere of a 1940s backstreet bar in Paris, while the striking artwork and street photography says modern New York… and the rock’n’roll soundtrack says “who cares where you are, sit down and have a drink”.
The founder and head bartender here is Chris Moore, who formerly headed up The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar. He’s got a crack team of mixers on board, who together are serving up some of the most inventive, impressively balanced and, frankly, drinkable (as in, legitimately delicious) cocktails in London.
The current menu features a mix of Coupette classics and newly developed drinks, inspired by memories of summer. The former include Apples (calvados and carbonated pressed apples, voted Best Drink in the UK at the CLASS Awards 2019) and the Champagne Pina Colada (exactly what it sounds like, and voted best Drink in the UK at the CLASS Awards 2018 ). You can spot a theme here, and the theme is that these cocktails are insanely good.
Newbies include the Strawberries & Cream, a deceptively simple-sounding drink that layers strawberry eau de vie with rosé vermouth and wine, and a creamy but clarified milk-punch finish. A misty pink, it’s served up in a heavy-bottomed glass brushed with melted white chocolate around the rim.
There’s also The Imperfect, a gin martini made with cocoa wine and truffled vermouth; Board Room, a red wine, walnut and cognac concoction served in a cigar-smoked glass; and Shimmer, a cool dip in the ocean with eau de vie, green apple and sage, wine and genepi (an Alpine liqueur). The best part? They’re all under a tenner.
There’s a man on piano on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Sundays are an excellent time to visit – they roll out four drinks that are currently in development (for a fiver a pop).
NOTE: Coupette is open daily, 5pm-late. You can find out more, and make a booking, at their website right HERE.
Coupette | 423 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AN
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