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Published January 3rd 2015
Three Time Award Winning Wine & Tapas Bar
Three time award winning wine & tapas bar (2008. 2009, 2010), Barr'd is a great drop-in or dine and stay venue for delicious Spanish tapas, boutique wine and impressive cocktails. This trendy bar is located right in the middle of the Lower Heidelberg Rd Ivanhoe East shops near the round about. It has comfortable indoor and outdoor seating.
Eggplant chips with avocado dip
Being indecisive and the type who likes to try anything, I love a tapas venue. Most of the tapas plates were about $14-$16. So for a few plates and a couple of drinks it was a cheap night out. First we sampled the vegetarian croquettes with a garlic aoili ($14) which were very nice. The eggplant chips with avocado dip ($15) came next. These are always one of my favorites.
Vegetarian croquettes with a garlic aoili
I somehow missed the fact that the potato balls had sausage on the inside so they are not an ideal pick for a vegetarian! I wish I'd ordered the risotto balls with sautéed mushrooms, spinach and onions ($15). I love arancini.
Some of the specials of the day included quesadilla and corn salsa, tasty cheese, bean dip and grilled chorizo and avocado ($14), stuffed chicken breast with olives, cheese and herbs on a bed of quinoa salad and tangy dressing ($16). More substantial meals are also available. For example paella and sangria are a specialty at reasonable prices.
Barr'd has two huge plasma screen televisions with the latest and oldest faves on music videos & FOXTEL. Daryl Braithwaite really was a good looker in the days when mullets were in fashion.
Barr'd host special events on nights other than Saturdays. On Thursday evenings there is live entertainment from 8pm - 11pm. This is also girls night with discounted cocktails. There was a large icy red cocktail and tall green cocktail delivered to the next table but I was too interested in the conversation to bother looking at the cocktails menu. Fortunately that's my only regret for the night.
Ready to mix, shake and pour your poison
On Sundays only Barr'ds hold their self-proclaimed famous burger nights. I think it'd be worth trying if their other food is any reflection of the quality.
Barr'd also cater for special functions, business meeting and dinner parties. They offer tempting platters, open bar and personalised service. The venue is perfect for parties of 50-60 people. The main room at Barr'd is a modern, intimate environment. They have a range of catering options and bar service to suit different tastes and budgets. The audio-visual system is set up to play your favourite music, music videos or DVDs.
Indoor and outdoor seating in this classy local shopping strip
The overall feel of Barr'd is relaxed and friendly. Despite the two large TVs and the background music, conversation was easily possible without raising voices and straining to hear. This makes it an ideal meeting place for many reasons, the least of which is to enjoy the delectable finger food.
Please note: No one under the age of 18 is allowed on the premises unless a parent or guardian accompanies them.