Cocktail bar promises to shake up Greenwich
If you favour cocktails as the working week winds down, chances are a Manhattan, Tom Collins or Margarita will tickle your taste buds.
But how about a Manhattan made with smoky bacon bourbon, a Tom Collins with cucumber and elderflower gin or an oh-so-sweet apple spiced rum? Probably not your regular tipple.
The founder of Cooperage - the newest bar to open in Greenwich - said his cocktails offering aimed to embrace the "quirkiness" of Shoreditch's haunts.
Housed at Davy's Wine Vaults, a space previously used as a brewery and for spirit bottling, the 19th century venue has been decked out with antique furniture, vintage glass cocktail shakers and Chesterfield sofas.
But it is the cocktail menu that Nick Bolton (pictured), general manager at Cooperage and Davy's, said was "unique".
He teamed up with the restaurant's chef to sample 30 different foods with varying spirits until they whipped up the bar's five signature infusions - made on-site - to ensure Cooperage stands out from the cocktail crowd.
The 26-year-old said: "We are taking Bourbon and infusing it with smoked bacon to give it distinction of flavour and using that to make cocktails. With the tequila, we are using roast peppers and paprika.
"The smoked bacon Manhattan is a man's dream - you've got whiskey, which most men love, and bacon, which every man loves.
"I suspected they'd work well together because bourbon has the smoky characteristics you find in smoked bacon. Half of the cocktail list is made up of the infusions and the other half are classics like Martinis."
So if bacon's not your bag and tequila doesn't top your spirit wish-list, there's also gin-infused with cucumber and lemongrass, vodka with chili and ginger and rum with apple and spice.
The space will also serve a selection of bar snacks and other alcohol to up to 200 people a night, as well as offering private hire.
Nick, who lives close by in New Cross, said spaces for its opening party had already been snapped up and there is a fully-booked agenda for the first two Saturday night sessions.
He hopes the venue, while capturing some of the custom from Davy's bar and restaurant upstairs, would also target a younger crowd.
"Cooperage came about because there are no other cocktail bars in Greenwich of quality," he said.
"We found a lot of people were getting the train to Shoreditch to get to cocktail bars there and we thought we would bring that to Greenwich and stop them having to get the train.
"It's somewhere to kick back and relax and as the evening goes on the music gets turned up and it will be more lively. But it's got mystique too. It's a really old building and slightly hidden away. The impression of finding a hidden gem is important."
Cooperage, in Greenwich High Road, is set to hold its opening party on September 25. The venue will then open Wednesday-Saturday from 5pm.
Go to davy.co.uk/cooperage.