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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Obladee Wine Bar rides crest of Barrington renaissance

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 12:16 PM

In yet another sign that a Barrington Street renaissance is in the works, brother and sister team Heather and Christian Rankin will soon open the Obladee Wine Bar at the former Frozen Ocean locale, 1598 Barrington Street. “It was really important to keep it small and neighbourly,” says Heather Rankin during a break from the noisy renovation work. “We looked at a lot of places, but I knew we had it when we saw this.”

Indeed, the Neptune Theatre around the corner will sure to be a draw as theatre-goers stop by before and after shows, but Rankin anticipates a broader clientele. “It’s not a date place, and not a special occasion place. You don’t have to dress up to come here. I see a mixing of secretaries and students, people getting off work, a casual meet-up place.”

A web designer who has worked in New York and London, Rankin moved back to Halifax specifically to open Obladee. While renovations proceed, she’s taking sommelier classes, adding to her already extensive knowledge of wine. But Obladee won’t be an off-putting place for aficionados only, she assures.

“There are lots of wine bars in town, but wine by the glass is not really available in Halifax,” she explains. “We want to provide a good selection, at good value.” That means wine in the $7 to $12 per glass range, in a comfortable setting with cheeses and local breads for pairings.

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