732 E Market Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40202, United States
Tel: +1 502-410-2888
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Tue - Thurs 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Fri - Sat 5:30pm - 11:30pm
Door: Open door
Style: Restaurant bar
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu
Visitors to La Coop may recognize it as the former 732 Social, which was one of the leading cocktail spots in Louisville for years. Reborn as a French restaurant, the venue is small but funky with stone walls on one side, an open kitchen in the corner next to the L-shaped bar, and bright green chairs at the bar enlivening the dark wood ceilings and dark floors. There are only a handful of tall bar seats with some pinched into the corner, so it doesn't afford the comfort of a neighborhood pub, yet it is certainly worth going out of your way for a visit to La Coop.
More successfully implemented than at most French-themed bars (a trend in the US these days with venues like Demi Monde and Parisian-based Experimental Cocktail Club in New York and Pour Vous in LA), the drinks menu here narrowly focusses on French ingredients and French-derived cocktails. There are house-made fortified wines flavoured with seasonal-infused ingredients like walnuts and strawberries, a small menu section dedicated to Kirs, and just half a dozen cocktails with ingredients like Citadel Gin, Grey Goose, rhum agricole, St. Germain and Domaine De Canton. The bright and colourful cocktails are made with a feminine touch, and for the most part with great success.