Coupette

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Bethnal Green
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French-tinged cocktail and calvados bar.

Hello cheeky! A tres chic bar with a subtle French lean has just arrived in Bethnal Green to bolster one of the capital’s best areas for drinking. Cheeky, because Coupette loosely translates as a ‘cheeky one’ from French. This playful starting point tells you a lot. It’s from a former head bartender at the Beaufort Bar at the Savoy, who’s brought across the world-class tipple knowledge but none of the formality. Instead, there’s a hip hop soundtrack (a shame that none of it’s French, mind) and a very cool crowd already swarming at the bar who are seemingly all friends with a staff of industry experts. The décor is east London edgy yet sophisticated – those light fittings are quite something.

The cocktail menu is a conceptual, art-filled masterpiece, although a little bit lengthy and hard to digest. Each page of the drinks list offers an illustration of a French icon and a chunk of cocktails which fit that personality. Forget Eric Cantona and Edith Piaf, we’re talking architect Le Corbusier (who was actually Swiss) and punk icon Edwige Belmore.

Calvados (a French apple brandy) features heavily. Try it in ‘apples’, a crisp calvados and apple juice cocktail carbonated in-house – it’s essentially posh and boozy Appletiser. And don’t miss the champagne piña colada, a silky take on the tropical drink with coconut sorbet for extra phwoar factor. It may just be the best new drink in London. Expect ooh la las all round.

Despite that cool crowd, cocktails came incredibly quick to the table. And a food menu is coming soon, promising croque monsieurs, essentially the perfect bar snack. If they’re anywhere near as good as those drinks, east London waistlines could be in trouble. Very cheeky indeed.

By: Laura Richards

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Venue name: Coupette
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Address: 423 Bethnal Green Road
Bethnal Green
London
E2 0AN
Transport: Tube: Bethnal Green
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tastemaker

Very hipster and quirky atmosphere. The cocktails are very innovative with creative ingredients, we tried the Champagne Pina Colada and it did not disappoint. If you do not drink alcohol ask for a non alcoholic cocktail, the staff are so knowledgeable that they will make it specially for you ( you might even choose an ingredient or two) or try the coffee as is excellent too. Highly recommended. 

tastemaker

A coupette, or coupe is a wide brimmed glass much like the ones you may have seen aplenty in the movie The Great Gatsby (Thanks Leo); and much like its name, this establishment reminds you of old school charm, simpler times and French cafés that turn into bars as the sun recedes and the chat becomes titillating. The drinks menu focuses on cocktails, calvados (apple brandy), cider and poiré (like a pear cider); while their food menu strips it right back to simple French pleasures - read: bread, cheese, and something truffled; so all the good stuff. I feel like we’re a little past the over the top cocktails with flames, quirky drinking vessels and towering garnishes and have progressed to more grown up beverages focused on flavour; or perhaps it’s just me in my old age. At any rate, I’ll definitely be back at Coupette for more French tasting and toasting.


Tip: they also have a very tasty looking brunch menu and are open 7 days a week.


Good For: small groups, casual lunch/ brunch/ dinner/ drinks, intimate drinks, date night, catch up with friends

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