I think you all know how much I love a good cocktail, and I am always on the look out for a new hot spot. A few weeks ago I went along to Coupette in Bethnal Green with Beast Magazine. The bar has a very NYC kind of a vibe about it – sleek and stylish, with a hint of art deco. The jukebox blares out a cool mix of 60s/70s/80s rock and glam which only adds to the effect that you are in a very hot spot.
The menu is a little on the poncy side, the titles leave you wondering exactly what you might get, but turn to the back of the booklet and you will find some wordier descriptions. There isn’t a food menu as such, but a variety of nibbles and a couple of charcuterie style sharing plates. We tried The Big Plate (£18). This consisted of a medley of all their cheeses (comte, goats cheese, camembert, blue), and their charcuterie selection (chorizo, duck saucisson, venison saucisson, pistachio saucisson), along with some bread, pickles, and some sweet jams and chutneys. The perfect nibbles to go along with drinks but you might want to head somewhere before or after if you want drinks.
The cocktails were absolutely divine! My first one was the Champagne Pina Colada (£11.50). This was the absolute best Pina Colada I have ever had. What made it extra special was that it was made with champagne, which made it all kinds of delicious. It was frothy, light, and fruity with a slight boozy kick at the end. I could have drank a million of them.
Although I was tempted to get another of those amazing Pina Coladas, I figured I should switch it up. My second cocktail was the Strawberries and Cream (£9.50). While I love strawberries, the fake sweet flavour of strawberries doesn’t always do it for me in a cocktail but this baby was nothing of the sort. It was pure heaven, so pure thanks to the alcohol and fruit being infused via sous-vide. There was white chocolate painted around the glass which I was in love with and was trying to lick as politely as possible in front of the magazine owner and editor.
My third cocktail was a modern take on the Kir Royal (£9.50). The traditional champagne and blackcurrant cocktail was elevated to new levels with the most amazing blackcurrant sorbet that I have ever had. It was absolutely beyond. I would love to tell you what happened after that but it gets pretty hazy after that last one.
Overall I loved this bar, it had a really relaxed chill, but cool vibe. The cocktails were absolutely exceptional too, the bartenders here really know their stuff. For the level of craftsmanship I thought they were very fairly priced, they were all around a tenner. If you have plans anywhere close to Bethnal Green then make it a priority to stop here before or after for cocktails.
Coupette is located at 423 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 0AN. The nearest tube station is Bethnal Green (central line). For more information you can check out their website. They are open from 5pm to 11pm on weekdays and until 1pm on weekends.