Bardot Opens in Northern Liberties: What to Eat and Drink
By Danya Henninger
September 3, 2014
Photo by: Danya Henninger
With the opening of Bardot, Northern Liberties just got a whole lot more attractive.
We’re talking looks — the exterior at 447 Poplar Street is decorated with a new Isaiah Zagar mural and the inside is decked out in red velvet and leather — but also the neighborhood's appeal for drinking and dining. After a tasting visit to the European-style boite, we came away impressed.
Dennis Hewlett of Pub on Passyunk East took his time on his second project, launching it nearly a year after taking over the space, formerly home to Wine-O. He came up with the interior design himself, following a vision inspired by namesake Brigitte Bardot and the French New Wave cinema movement.
He was mostly successful in creating what he hopes will be a “hideaway for artists, dreamers, freethinkers, lovers and poets,” especially because drinks are priced right and selections are at a Goldilocks level — from cocktails to wine to beer, the options are not highfalutin but not at all mainstream or boring.
And then there’s the food. Predicting it now: Bardot is going to become known mostly for chef Rhett Vellner’s menu. Flip through to check out some plate highlights, along with a few cocktails and some scenes from inside.