Wow. It’s the expletive Sherri Beeman often hears when her customers first encounter The Barrel Bar @ Everything Wine & Cigars, an eclectic combination bar and retail operation celebrating beer, whiskey, wine and cigars.
“When people walk in here their first reaction is ‘wow,’ because you don’t expect to find this in a strip mall,” said Beeman, who created and opened The Barrel Bar with the goal of establishing something beyond the typical bar scene and cigar lounge – something that was nice but not stuffy. “We’re fans of craft beer, fans of wine, whiskey and cigars. We wanted to bring it all to together to create an environment that was good for everyone.”
The environment Beeman created includes a comfortable place where women and non-smokers would feel welcome. Yep, that’s right – a bar with cigars has a non-smoking area with toned-down testosterone.
“We’re extremely women friendly – and we have non-smoking areas,” Beeman said, explaining how the cigar lounge (complete with comfy couches and TVs) is separated from the main bar/dining and shop space. Smokers also are welcomed on Barrel Bar’s spacious patio. “It’s different. And that difference sets us apart.”
The Barrel Bar’s difference includes a variety of experiences – bar, grill, cigar lounge and patio, and a retail operation offering bottled wines and whiskeys, some of which are rare or hard to find.
“Some people come in thinking we’re only retail while others come in thinking the reverse, not knowing we have a retail side,” Beeman said.
While Barrel Bar offers a lot of choices, its claim to fame is its craft beers.
“We’re known for our beers that are 100 percent craft beers, many from small local and regional breweries,” Beeman said.
Craft beers will be honored at The Barrel Bar during Craft Beer Week, July 25-Aug. 3. Beeman plans something different for each day of the celebration, including Barrel Bar’s already popular event, Throwback Thursday, which recognizes the history and heritage of the beer industry by featuring old-school brews such as PBR, Little Kings and Colt 45 (40-ounce bottles) served in a paper bag.
Craft Beer Week also is an excellent time to try Barrel Bar Light, an exclusive brew created by Abita Brewing, which Beeman said became an immediate hit.
While beer is a highlight at Barrel Bar, its wine and whiskey sections shouldn’t be overlooked. Whiskeys number over 150 and wine lovers can order by the glass or bottle from a list that continually grows. Favorite bottles also are featured in the retail section.
Complementing Barrel Bar’s wines, brews, whiskeys and a bar menu of signature and classic cocktails are an assortment of plates, offering more than the expected pub grub, including The Barrel Roll.
“Our barrel rolls are going to make us famous,” smiled Beeman, describing the culinary creation as a sandwich stuffed in an egg roll wrapper. “One of the most popular barrel rolls has been a honey mustard chicken made with Missouri honey. We get accolades for our fish tacos and our meat and cheese plates served with our own homemade crackers.”
Starving? Go for a Bootlegger Stogie – jumbo sandwiches stuffed with over a pound of meat and cheese. It’s what Beeman calls the Barrel Bar’s “big bad boys.” If Stogies are too big and bad consider something from the grill’s roster of appetizers, salads, soups or flatbreads. All are made with the Barrel Bar’s special touch that takes each dish a little beyond the norm.
Different is what the Barrel Bar is all about.