118 Piccadilly, (near Hyde Park Corner), London, W1J 7NW , United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7042 7118
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Pisco bar: Mon-Sat noon-1am, Sun 6pm-10:15pm
Door: Open door
Style: Restaurant bar
Recommended for: Cocktails, Food
Price guide: High-end
Food: Full menu
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Cashing in on the Latin American theme storming London, Coya is a Peruvian bar and restaurant along the Green Park end of Piccadilly, where modern bar meets ornate South American design elements and grand carved woodwork. The basement site makes for a cleverly transporting immersion that makes the four-lane busy street outside a distant memory.
A well-dressed clientele (this is Mayfair) lines the well-stocked bar, which draws heavily on Peru's national spirit pisco - glass demijohns filled with infused pisco lord it over other central and southern spirits such as tequila and mezcal.
The menu leads with the classic Pisco Sour and, as a benchmark of the bar, it's well-balanced and comes with a nice frothy head, but it's warm down here so imbibe while fresh otherwise the eggy nature becomes more pronounced. Variations include X, Y and Z, while other quirky ingredients include an avocado-spiced Margarita, like liquid guacamole.
A buzzy atmosphere and good-looking staff make for a pleasant day-trip to Peru. Mostly this is a place to see and be seen.