Cardiff Townhouse Coppa Club: A Stylish and Sophisticated Addition to the Nightlife Scene

Wednesday 10th Jul 2024 |

Arriving in the heart of Cardiff’s thriving nightlife scene back in May, it would be an understatement to say that Cardiff Townhouse Coppa Club landed with a bang. News of the venue taking over the once beloved David Morgan store spread like wildfire, making it one of the most hotly-anticipated launches of the year. 

Even I had heard about the Coppa Club via a friend that lives locally, and I’m based in Leeds. There was a positive buzz surrounding this joint and needless to say, I was intrigued. 

I hit them up on the third and final night of my first trip to Cardiff, having had an absolute blast. Stepping into the bar, you can’t help but be impressed by the effort that’s gone into the decor. 

The press shots looked good, but Cardiff Townhouse looks even better upon visiting. Wooden floors give way to attractive geometric tiles by the bar, warm and elegant feature lighting is dotted throughout and the majority of colours are subtle and muted. 

There’s the odd pop of bright colour here and there and some neon signage, but it’s kept to a minimum and not a flower feature wall in sight. This place has got class. 

We’re warmly greeted by the bar man, and order a round of classic Old Fashioned cocktails ahead of our meal. Mixed to perfection using Bulleit Bourbon, things were off to a good start. 

Heading upstairs to the Brasserie, it became more apparent just how huge the venue is. As well as several bar areas, Coppa Club boasts a cafe terrace, come workspace, atrium lounge and a private dining room and snug. 

Our window table gave us the opportunity to do a spot of people-watching as we checked out the all-day menu, which is peppered with inspiration from across the globe. 

With options ranging from  Pan-seared Yellowfin Tuna and Chalkstream Trout to Slow Cooked Beef Shin Ragu and Sourdough Pizzas, they’ve got everyone in your crew covered. 

Given we’d been on a bit of a bar and pub crawl, I was on the hunt for some shamelessly calorific,  fatty treats, and was not left disappointed. 

The Buttermilk Fried Chicken with sriracha mayo and pickled red cabbage is just as good as it sounds and packs a crunch and a nice dash of heat. For something a little more refined, I can also highly recommend the Fillet of Beef Tataki too. 

Arriving with pickled mooli, black garlic mayo,.crispy shallots and shiso cress, the beautifully pink flash-seared beef was meltingly tender with intense hits of flavour. An excellent starter. 

For mains, I continued with the dirty food theme, opting for the Coppa Club Burger with smoked bacon. Consisting of a prime British beef patty, smoked cheddar, lettuce, tomato and pickles, it’s a simple take on a bar staple done well. 

The fries were lovely and crisp too. Across the table, my mate wasn’t quite as taken with his King Prawn Linguine and after tasting it for myself, I could understand why. 

The prawns were succulent and juicy and the tomato-based white wine and chilli sauce was adequate, however, the so called pasta had a look and taste of overcooked noodles.

It was stodgy, overcooked and really sunk the dish. Perhaps they ran out of linguini, who knows. In retrospect, we should have sent this back, but we were running late to meet our friends for the footy.

This mis-step was quickly corrected with a quick round of Espresso Martinis back at the downstairs bar, once again mixed to perfection by the lively team.

Final verdict

Cardiff Townhouse is a welcome addition to the already vibrant city nightlife scene. It’s stylish and contemporary, yet a little more subtle and sophisticated that a lot of modern bars. 

It’s a great spot to celebrate an occasion or just catch up with mates, and whilst the food wasn’t a complete home run, when it was good it was great. A solid recommendation.

The Cardiff Townhouse Coppa Club, 18 The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1AH

Reviewed by Fletch.

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