Hi, I am Andrei Marcu and I am the Bar Manager at Coupette London
Throughout my life, I’ve always had hobbies and passions that I did not get to do on a professional level and I sometimes looked back and felt a small amount of regret that I did not follow that particular road. I think not too many people realise that our industry can link with anything that you had a passion for and could not do it at a scale that you wanted to. If you wanted to be an actor? oh well, now you are behind the bar 8 hours a day and you gotta act like nothing else in order to make your guests happy. You like music? Well, we got live music bars, bespoke conceptual playlists, etc. Design? Art of all sorts? Engineering? Photography? Script Writing? Whatever it is that you like somehow, somewhere you will find a link between that and hospitality.
The face-to-face interaction with our guests. And I think that is what brings them to the bars too. After not having guests in our venue for a while we realised this is what we missed the most. Talking to them, cracking bad jokes, their stories and experiences combined with ours. This live social factor we’ll never be replaced (that’s why I think Bartender Robots do not stand a chance against us, they are too quiet).
You will have to give me a hole in your magazine just for this. If I was to pick only one now I would do it just because this is what I order very often. When I finish my shift fairly early and I am on my way home I stop by Satan’s Whiskers and have a Golden Cadillac.
All I can think of is this one time a long time ago when I had a masterclass in a private room with 25 people that were ready to partayyyy. After 3 rounds of drinks and some shots they were quite euphoric, I’d say, and their last drink request was a champagne shower. So, I had to grab two bottles of champagne. Jump on the bar and spray them, while they were shouting and dancing. Fair to say that the room was pretty small, and I did not manage to not damage the paintings and the walls. My boss wasn’t very happy but, hey, it was totally worth it.
Usually in a West End theatre or in a nice restaurant as I have a huge obsession with food.
When the party gets too heavy, I can disappear without anyone noticing.
Bronx. It’s always a challenge.
Pornstar Martini for sureeee. I hope I will never have to make that drink ever again.
Sam (aka The London Booze Hound). Always randomly bumping into him and having the best time.
I would be trying to get a degree in psychology, or I would be a chef.
A bottle of Calvados probably. Either Coupette x Sassy Xo or Lemorton 15yrs old.
Orange juice and Berroca.
I would definitely make a twist on a Cosmopolitan. Something like Cosmopolitan Fling from our current menu. Which is basically a cross between a Cosmpolitan and a Singapore Sling with a little twist.
Grey Goose L’Orange | Cointreau Benedictine | Cranberry Grenadine | Lime | Pineapple Soda Sling Bitter Blend.