We all probably watch a little too much TV as it is. In the so-called Golden Age of Television, it’s hard not to. So the chance to get out of the house once in a while can become the perfect excuse to forget about what’s on the box that night. That is unless you’re heading over to Couch in Stirchley. The cocktail bar where every drink on the menu has taken influence from some of the nation’s favourite TV shows.
From Blackadder to Ugly Betty, X-Files to Dragonball Z, there’s a drink here for every type of television fan whether you prefer comedy, drama, or cartoons. But even if you haven’t caught a single episode of anything in your whole life, you’re still bound to find something to your fancy – the TV theme ends at the drinks, with a clean, spacious and stylish interior to relax in.
Don’t expect this to be some shallow naming convention, however. The Stirchley bar really does take influence from the programmes it spins into recipes. The use of clarified apricot yogurt for Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an obvious nod to the yogurt-loving Terry, while the lapsang tea gin for Eastenders can only be a callback to Dot’s infamous herbal mishap.
The Twin Peaks cocktail is another one that caught our eye with its blend of Diplomático rum, amaretto, cherry pie cordial and espresso. It might seem like an odd combo to some, but not for fans of the 90s cult classic. It’s a damn fine cocktail too!
We’re not the only ones who think Couch makes a fine drink. Despite only opening in 2019, it broke into the Top 50 Cocktail Bars list for the first time in 2022, coming in at 37. In three short years, they have easily established themselves as one of the best cocktails bars in the West Midlands.
Including all of the above mentioned, current cocktails also take inspiration from Fleabag, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Magnum P.I., Planet Earth, Schitt’s Creek, Sons of Anarchy, The Sopranos and Spaced – with each drink paired with a unique and beautiful picture design on the menu. Don’t wait too long to make a visit, however. Menus change every six months with Couch’s previous theme focused on matching cocktails to iconic women in music, such as Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox.
Couch is open every Wednesday to Sunday and only does walk-ins.
1466 Pershore Rd, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2NT