Coupette in a nutshell: Coupette is a cool cocktail bar that sells itself as “inspired by France but proudly local” (to east London, that is).
Where is it? 423 Bethnal Green Road. Nearest tube: Bethnal Green
What’s the vibe?
This is a super cool drinking den, where banter over the bar (made from French centimes) is encouraged. There’s a soundtrack of hip hop, that has taken over jazz as the cocktail bar genre of choice over the last few years, and punters let loose as the evening unfolds, moving from high tables to mingle in with other cocktail lovers and choose spirits from the brick wall behind the bar.
What’s the drinks menu like?
Chris Moore, the bar’s founder, has put together an illustrated cocktail list that forms an ode to six free-spirited French icons, from architects to abstract artists. The menu kicks off with a carbonated calvados drink, incorporating a different small-batch brand each month along with an artisan apple that’s cold-pressed to embellish the calvados. There’s also a wine list dedicated solely to French producers.
Which cocktail to order at Coupette?
Champagne piña colada is the showstopper; a mix of Bacardi Heritage, French- Caribbean agricole rum, pineapple and coconut sorbet, topped up with Moët & Chandon brut.
Is there any food?
The food is great too – try creamy feta, avocado purée and pink shallot leaves on a thick slab of refreshing watermelon, or one of the more indulgent ‘croques’ (think indulgent French toasties) – we went for the classic, golden toast stuffed with ham hock and creamy béchamel, and topped with a crisp layer of gruyère.