The space at 73 Spring Street has gone from famed bakery WildFlour Pastry to quaint wine bar Coquin in the matter of months. Owners Chip Grimalda and Ann McPhaul did most of the renovations on their own.
Now the room is a deep blue with a few tables, a cozy bar with marbled countertops, and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Don’t let the chandeliers make you think Coquin is stuffy — it still has a frozen drink machine behind the counter for frosé.
The food menu is small with snacks ranging from truffle goat cheese spread to poached artichokes. The wine list is fairly approachable with many of the glasses under $10.
On the Coquin website, the owners push the the French influences:
Welcome to Coquin, The Petite Cafe & Bar of Charleston. Coquin is dedicated to the art of the Parisian Lifestyle. Happy hour is happening for everyone in Paris, and at Coquin, the lines between café and bar are blurred.
There are quite a few French wines on the list and French posters on the walls of the bar, but the extended happy hour seems to be the big draw at Coquin rather than the Parisian theme.
The bar is now open in the evenings at 5 p.m.
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