Former "BarRock" in Bonn Joe Woodward opens wine bar "Brix" in the old part of town
Bonn · The wine bar "Brix" has opened in the former "BarRock" in Bonn's old town. Gastronomer Joe Woodward, who also runs the club "Untergrund" on Kesselgasse, wants to keep the wine bar cosy and casual.
Gastronomer Joe Woodward already acted as bar manager at the age of 18 at a lodge in South Africa's Kruger National Park. He came to Germany eight years ago and founded the Club Untergrund on Kesselgasse in Bonn in 2014. Now the native Englishman has opened the wine bar Brix in the old town in the former „BarRock".
Wine bar in Bonn should not be a posh place
"I may be English, but I don't drink beer - only cider," says the 31-year-old innkeeper. "In my opinion, there was no cosy, casual wine bar here in Bonn.“ Woodward deliberately calls his restaurant a wine bar: "To make it clear that this isn't a posh place".
The name Brix is reminiscent of the German engineer Adolf Brix (1798-1870). In the USA, for example, the must weight unit named after him corresponds to the Öchsle degree. The ambience is as if created for a rustic, casual wine tavern: Brick, dark ceiling beams, a gallery with a winter garden touch. Woodward has not only installed a new counter, but also a 200-year-old Victorian cast iron fireplace. The vintage furniture can accommodate around 60 guests, and the high terrace on Maxstraße has 35 additional seats.
Wine list in the "Brix" features 17 open wines
The wine list focuses on wines from Germany, Italy and Spain as well as "a few Frenchmen". Products from overseas are in short supply. 17 open wines (0.2l from 4.60 Euro) are available, e.g. the Pinot Gris from Ellermann-Spiegel (Palatinate) and the Riesling Trachyt from Pieper (Oberdollendorf), both for 5.60 Euro each, or the Latoque Réserve from Les Vignobles Foncalieu (Languedoc) for 7.40 Euro. Furthermore more than 20 bottle positions are priced from 16,80 Euro, for example the Primitivo Salento from Rivera (Apulia) for 22 Euro and the Blanc de Noir from Adeneuer (Ahr) for 31 Euro.
For snacks there are olives (2.80 Euro), cheese cubes (4 Euro) or the Rheini plate (blood and liver sausage, beer biter, Gouda, bread and schmalz) for 8 Euro.
(Original text: Hagen Haas / Translation: Mareike Graepel)