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The Cooperage – Review

September 29th, 2013

We were very fortunate to be invited to the launch party of The Cooperage, a new cocktail bar opening in Greenwich.

Close to the station, The Cooperage is hard to miss with its bright blue canopy covering the staircase entrance to the cellar of Davy’s wine bar, where Nick Bolton and his team have done a fantastic job of converting a space previously used for everything from brewing beer to storing spirits.

The setting is perfect and really transports you back to a time of prohibition and speakeasy’s, with beautiful exposed brick work and amazing props in the form of barrels, vintage signs and display cases of bottles and books. The bar is long and thin but deceptively large, as because the space is so cavernous, there are tables further round the corner making it double the size we were expecting.

We were treated to cocktails and canapes throughout the night, giving us a sneak preview of The Cooperage’s small but inventive cocktail list.

Infusions is where The Cooperage have decided to focus their efforts, and it really shows, with 5 infusions all created on site based around the base spirits Tequila, Gin, Bourbon, Vodka and of course Rum.

You can order these infusions straight from the barrel for £5.50 or in a cocktail specially created to show off the infusions flavour and depth for £7.50.

We tried the Roast Pepper and Paprika tequila made into a very impressive Margarita, complete with paprika salt around the rim. It had all the classic flavours of a Margarita but with a delightful heat and smokiness to it and it would go perfectly with any of The Cooperage’s bar snacks.

Next up was the Cucumber and Elderflower Collins which was lovely and refreshing after the spice of the Margarita, the twist on the classic Tom Collins really allowed the elderflower notes to come out which complimented the gin very well.

Unfortunately the only infusion we didn’t immediately fall in love with was the Spiced Apple Rum Punch, but we put this down to first night nerves as the flavours were all there, it just lacked the finish that the other cocktails during the night had.

Although we didn’t try them, The Chilli and Lemongrass Moscow Mule and the Smoked Bacon Manhattan means we will definitely be making a return visit just to try these two.

The Cooperage haven’t neglected the rest of the cocktails menu however, with a mix of classics and newer concoctions all priced at £6.95 each, a very reasonable price for the quality of drinks we tasted. We definitely recommend the Kraken Sours if you pay a visit, and the Sidecar is also worth a taste.

And we couldn’t round out talk of cocktails without mentioning one of Nick’s favourite cocktails, his Rum Old Fashioned made with  Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros. This wasn’t just any Old Fashioned though, the rum had been infusing in a specially prepared barrel rinsed with coffee and the result was absolutely out of this world. It’s not on the menu, but if you pay a visit, make sure to seek one of these out (mention we sent you – i’m sure Nick won’t mind!).

As great as the cocktail were (and they really were great), the real stand out stars of the evening were the staff, every one we spoke to was friendly and really excited to be part of this new venture in Greenwich, talking passionately about the different cocktails and really showing an enthusiasm which in most bars is sorely lacking.

The Cooperage is open now and can be found at 161 Greenwich High Road. They’re open Wednesday to Saturday 5pm till late, and currently have live music once a month.

 

 

Find out more about the Cooperage at www.davy.co.uk/cooperage

and you can follow them on Twitter @Cooperage_SE10

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