Downtown Bar Reborn

Locked out downtown bar rises from the dead: New locale adds to speakeasy vibe, restores couple's dream

Locked out bar rises from the dead: New locale adds to speakeasy vibe

Barringer Bar girl and guy
Owners Chieko and Robby Cook Photo by Eric Sandler
Barringer Bar new space 108 Main St.
The bar opened last weekend at 108 Main St. Courtesy photo
Barringer Bar new space 108 Main St.
Grab a drink at the elongated bar. Courtesy of James McCallum
Barringer Bar girl and guy
Barringer Bar new space 108 Main St.
Barringer Bar new space 108 Main St.

Barringer Bar has a new lease on life. The downtown Houston nightlife spot has quietly reopened at a new address — 108 Main St.

Owners Chieko and Robby Cook were shocked last August when they were locked out of their former location at 410 Main St. by downstairs neighbor Clutch City Squire. Barringer's had a contract to sublet the space from Clutch City, which has also since closed.

Although Cook and husband, Robby, were heartbroken by the ordeal, they're excited about Barringer's new digs.

“We put our heads together and worked for this new space. We kept it similar to what we had by using the same furniture, decor and name. It has the same feel,” Chieko Cook tells CultureMap.

  "Everything happens for a reason. We ended up in a better situation.” 

Upscale yet relaxed, the new 2,300 square-foot Barringer's space features reclaimed wood, an elongated bar and a sparkling chandelier. While only a few blocks from popular bars like Moving Sidewalk, The Nightingale Room, The Pastry War and Bad News, the bar is in a somewhat obscure area, near the intersection of Main and Commerce, lending to the speakeasy vibe.

Loyal customers will appreciate the continuation of bar’s signature pop-up series, which kicks off with bites from Bourbon & Bacon on Thursday. Barringer will also keep signature performances by trained aerialists, who hang from the ceiling via trapeze, lyra circle or fabric, and live music on the weekends.

The drink menu offers six beers, two wines, a long roster of classic cocktails and a handful of creative drinks such as The Barringer (a mix of whiskey, citrus and fruit flavored liqueur, fresh lemon juice and homemade simple syrup).

“We’re thankful for all the support and this time around we are the leaseholders. This is our space," Cook says. "Everything happens for a reason. We ended up in a better situation.”