Lauded for its stylish charm and high culinary standards, the Stellenbosch dining scene is known for a certain something special that has proved to be an enticing drawcard for both local and international audiences alike. Just in time for the summer season, the latest addition to the stellar line-up, Bar Baric promises to wow visitors with a winning combination that fuses quintessential South African heritage with classic European café culture.
Offering patrons the chance to enjoy a leisurely cocktail lounge ambiance, the team behind Bar Baric – the latest offering from the popular Doppio Zero restaurant group – worked alongside renowned local restaurant designer, Jackie Fitzgerald, to create an intimate space that showcases a chic convergence between traditional design elements, modern finishes and idiosyncratic touches. Having previously worked her magic on notable Western Cape eateries such as The Taproom, De Warenmark as well as the Harbour House collection of restaurants, Fitzgerald’s hallmark style is showcased to full effect in this distinctive space.
Utilizing a mix of materials to craft a contemporary setting that expresses the dynamic cosmopolitan energy of its surroundings, the concept that drove Fitzgerald’s design process for Bar Baric was to create a sense of warmth and welcome, albeit with a sense of elegant refinement. Opulent chandeliers preside over a marble topped bar; smoky antique glass and black and white checkerboard flooring invite old world glamour into the venue, whilst crisply offset by exposed industrial features and a subtly staged lighting strategy that all contribute to the casual sophistication of the space.
With plenty of seating at the bar, along with additional seating indoors and outdoors (when favourable weather conditions allow) visitors are presented with ample opportunity to linger over a drink, whether with friends or alone. The ideal spot to start an evening out with pre-dinner drinks or a stop-off for a night cap on the way home, Bar Baric will also offer a selection of wood-fired pizzas and tapas served from the Doppio Zero kitchen – all prepared in the fresh, artisanal style that has made Doppio Zero a firm favourite for many since first opening in 2002.
With the essential ingredients all in order — it’s a scene perfectly set for enjoyment and relaxation in the hub of the Winelands. Visit soon to experience this unique location!
Bar Baric is located at 43 Plein Street Building, Stellenbosch.