Café Belvedere | Partner Content
They always create a bit of a buzz.
And right now that buzz is all around the opening of a beautiful, intimate, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it pop up bar devoted to pushing the boundaries of the Espresso Martini, which has been lovingly launched by the pioneers of luxury Polish rye vodka, Belvedere (which – if you have a thirst for knowledge in addition to cocktails – is named after Belweder, the Polish presidential palace pictured on its bottles).
Sooo if your diary’s looking a bit like Belvedere – crystal clear, that is – then head down to Soho (where, according to legend, the iconic Espresso Martini was first conceived) at any point in the next four days (15th – 18th February) and you’ll find a flurry of Belvedere tuk tuks shuttling guests to and from the elegant, mysterious facade of No. 15 Bateman Street. Step inside and you’ll be enveloped by a futuristic urban coffee house, filled with industrial design touches and smartly attired barkeeps pouring drinks from bespoke vintage-style cocktail syphons.
Featured on the menu are a set of caffeinated concoctions curated by award-winning mixologist Martin Hudak, senior bartender at The Savoy’s American Bar (which is the current titleholder of “World’s Best Bar”, and the birthplace of an unending number of cocktailing innovations). True to form, Mr. Hudak’s menu places the signature Belvedere espresso martini (crafted with the award-winning Mr. Black liqueur, and priced at a modest £5) alongside three original numbers, each bolstered by fresh, natural ingredients to perk up the traditions of coffee cocktails… namely:
- The Cold Brew Gimlet, a sophisticated two-parter combining vodka with cold-brewed, organic Colombian coffee beans, sourced by Over Under Coffee;
- The Coffee Collins, taking the Southern European coffee and tonic up a notch with a splash of Belvedere, homemade ginger syrup and freshly pressed verjuice for a tangy finish; and
- The Beetroot Flat White, which combines coffee and vodka with raspberry and beetroot for a rosy-hued nod back to the vodka’s (literal) roots in Poland.
But the main event here are those vintage cocktail syphons….
…because this is a café that’s combining coffee culture with Belvedere to create a drink for every possible occasion. And for those occasions when you urgently need to impress five friends with a retro-styled cocktail flask serving up dinky, double espresso-sized martinis inspired by the pick-me-up espresso culture of the Continent… well only The Belvedere Espress will do.
It should be called The Impress, really.
NOTE: The Belvedere Café is open for business at 15 Bateman Street, Soho throughout London Fashion Week (15th-18th February), from 1pm-10.30pm (9.30pm on Sunday). No bookings necessary, just pop in!
Belvedere Café | 15 Bateman Street, W1D 3AQ