Thursday, April 28, 2011

Copa D' Oro

Two words: Amazing Cocktails

Copa D' Oro is pretty awesome. It is a bar and cocktail lounge in Santa Monica minutes from the ocean.  Walking in was like walking into the 20's or 30's.  It wasn't over done with early decor; it was modern but classic! 

The cocktail menu was definitely reminiscent of that time though.  We went on a Monday when happy hour is all evening.  The market menu has cocktails that are just $5.  Originally we went for just 1 cocktail each but got sucked in to having a 2nd round because we were intrigued, the mood was awesome, and the drinks were gooood.  I started with a Buck Fizz which was created at the Buck's Club in London in the 1920's. It has Gin, Champagne, Fresh Orange Juice, and Cherry Brandy.  It was good and you couldn't taste the gin at all.  Grete had a Moscow Mule which has Vodka, fresh lime juice, homemade ginger beer.  This drink was invented in 1941 at the Cock 'n Bull Restaurant in Hollywood, CA.  What really makes the drinks is that they are homemade at the bar using fresh, local, organic ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmers Market.  The menu changes seasonally which adds a little more excitement.
On our 2nd round we both decided to go with something with a little more punch.  I had the Clover Club which originated at the Bellevue-Stratford in Philadelphia around 1931.  This drink has Gin, homemade raspberry syrup, fresh lemon juice, pasteurized egg white.  It was really good except for the pasteurized egg white on top.  Every time I drank it I had to hold my breath because it reminded me of smelling raw chicken.  No Good.  Grete had the Affinity which a classic cocktail from the 19th century that has Scotch, Extra Dry Vermouth, Sweet Vermouth, Orange Bitters.  Talk about strong, this drink was like drinking straight scotch but it had a lot of character and didn't smell like raw chicken so I was on board.

We didn't have any apps but there is a small food menu.  Happy hour is all day Monday and Tue-Sat from 5:30 -8.  This is a great bar to go to for drinks before hanging out in Santa Monica and at $5 a drink, its a great deal.

Check them out at:
217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
t. 310.576.3030  

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