Taking over 515 Beaufort Street, the new venue will have a more drink-centric offering than the restaurant, putting owner Sarah Atkinson’s love of wine at centre stage. “I like to focus on small producers, much like us. Together we run our restaurant, and now bar, with a small, but mighty team of hospitality professionals,” she says. “I hope our guests can find something they might never have tried before.”
As well as a packed wine list suited to nerds and casual drinkers alike, there’ll be plenty of classic cocktails and aperitifs on offer for easy drinking. Easy drinking – but what about the eating? Le Rebelle’s crab toast is one of the all-time greats, so what will the team be offering here? We can expect small plates with big flavour, focusing on premium produce with no strict geographical parameters. You’ll find moreish treats like sweet and sour short ribs, a one-bite taco named (enticingly) “The Lobster Super-Crunch”, or fresh finger sandwiches filled with cucumber and crisp chicken skin. And oysters, of course.
“It’s bar food as it should be, much like you’d find in bars across Europe, Asia and North America… which comes down to simplicity and good produce. The menu at Bar Rogue will allow me to showcase different ideas and a side of dining that I have always loved to cook and eat,” says co-owner and chef Liam Atkinson.
Only taking walk-ins, the 75-seat bar will be a more casual affair than the existing restaurant – although that won’t mean any less attention to detail, or any less ambience. Hand-crafted tables and stripped back, exposed brick makes the space feel like it’s been there forever, with spaces perfect for whether you’re catching up with the gang or having a cosy date night.
Bar Rogue is scheduled to open in early December, and will be located at 515 Beaufort Street, Highgate.