Barry is certainly on the rise, the renovation of the pumphouse was completed earlier this year and is now the home of Academy Expresso and Hangfire Smokehouse, but now, the town is set to get a new cocktail and tapas bar thanks to two entrepreneurs.
Lewis McGowan, 30, from Rhoose and Jonathan Holmes, 42, from Church Village are bringing some of the Cardiff cocktail scene to Barry with a new establishment called ‘Barcode’ which will be based at the old Oriental Diner on broad street Barry. Lewis McGowan, said the following:
“The idea came about during a conversation while working together. My business partner and I want to bring a bit of a Cardiff cocktail scene to Barry.
“We are currently doing a complete refurb on the venue, which ideally should be completed sometime in November. Will announce the official date a couple of weeks before”
Barry’s nightlife has transformed from Barry Island to Broad street over the past 10 years or so and Oriental Diner will be where the new establishment will be situated. The refurb is currently taking place, the bar is set to open in November and will be open 7 days a week, opening from 4pm to midnight on weekdays and from midday to 3am on Friday and Saturday. Lewis stated:
“We will be open seven days a week. Our opening times will be from four until midnight on weekdays, and midday until three in the morning on a Friday and Saturday evening. Our opening hours on a Sunday will be from midday until 8pm.
“Our aim is to provide a place with an enjoyable atmosphere for all, including families to enjoy. We don’t have a set target audience as we want everyone to feel welcome. Smart/casual dress code will be required on weekends.”
The Daily Vale will keep you posted on the official opening date but this is definitely an exciting period for Barry. Who doesn’t love a Pina Colada or sex on the beach?