Imagine taking a sip of beer from a two-pound embossed German stein and as you set it down on a table made from a NASCAR tire signed by Dale Earnhardt, more than 40 cuckoo clocks filling the walls begin to sing at the same time. You may be thinking, “Was that Zyrtec I took this morning laced with mescaline?” but really you’re at ReBAR.
The new concept created by Derek Stonebarger, former co-owner of Atomic Liquors, brings the bars and vintage stores of the Arts District together at a one-stop-shop on 1225 S. Main St.
“If I could combine what I like to do, which is flip antiques, with the bar business, it would be the ultimate place for me,” says Stonebarger, who received a clean bill of health last week after battling cancer.
The concept began as a retail store that sold beer and wine on the side, but with the $70 million renovations taking place on Main and Commerce Streets, Stonebarger and his partner Charles Vlasic invested in a full tavern license and the bar component became equal to retail.
“I get obsessed with collecting stuff,” Stonebarger says (hence the cuckoo clocks). Everything in the 1,700-square-foot bar is for sale, from vintage patio furniture, artwork and old film cameras to repurposed items such as a 1945 gaming machine turned into a coffee table and the NASCAR tire table.
“There may be a few items that are overpriced because I don’t want to sell them,” says Stonebarger with a laugh. “But most of our stuff is going to be very reasonable compared to other antique shops.”
For drinks, expect to find craft and traditional beers, wine and a small cocktail menu. A portion of each cocktail sold goes to a different charity. For instance, buy a Vodka Press, support the Nevada Preservation Foundation. They also have classics like the Jack and Coke Bottle served as a double shot of whiskey in a rocks glass with a traditional bottle of Coca-Cola for you to mix yourself.
There is an 800-square foot back patio, some seating on the sidewalk facing Main Street, and a 50-stall parking lot in the back. Business hours are flexible for now.
“I have to feel it out for a couple months and it will probably continue to evolve because this is not a typical concept.”
The bar is targeted to open the beginning of June if everything goes according to plan.
“Who doesn’t want to have a drink while you shop? Honestly, I usually end up spending a lot more money when I’m drunk so I figure it’s probably a good business model.”
Celebrate Derek Stonebarger’s 40th birthday on April 29 at ReBAR at 8 p.m. and purchase a personal beer stein to keep at the bar and bar tab before the grand opening.