New Fortitude Valley bar, Barbara’s tagline is ‘she will take care of you’, and it’s true because Barbara’s unique selling point is that she is the home of shouting.
What am I talking about? Well, the clever folk at Barbara have set up a way to shout your friends a drink before they even step into the bar. There’s a huge board with stadium lettering next to the bar and if you buy a friend a drink their name goes up on the board… Next time they step into the bar, boom! they get surprised with their fave drink straight in the hand.
Being a generous sort of person, I started to get really excited. I’ll buy a schooner of Stone & Wood Pacific Ale for my craft-beer-loving younger brother. Put that up on the board!
Then I will need to buy an espresso martini for the boyfriend who loves caffeine at every opportunity. Add that to the board!
And I definitely need to add two Aperol Spritz for my besties who love the sharp, cool drink in the summertime. On the board too please!
So much good karma! I’m already having so much fun and I haven’t even had a sip of alcohol!
When I finally get around to thinking about why I’m here – a Sunday sesh catch up with a pal – we settle in and get started on a pot of Babs, the delicious house beer.
Sitting in the beautiful bar surrounded by woodworked booths, mosaic tiles and, (am I imagining this?) really flattering light filtering in, we muse that it is the perfect intersection between being a chilled local and a chic, modern bar.
And the good news is, at Barbara you can decide to keep your session low-key by relaxing over a good selection of beers on tap and a well-edited wine list, but you can also take things next level and hit the new school cocktails and get dancing to the DJs slated for most nights.
I’d say no matter what you're in the mood for, let Barbara take care of you and your gang really soon.
Want the location, opening hours and all the details? Find Barbara in The Directory here!
Image credit: Ariana Gillrie