What is the Barzarre?

Barzarre. An unusual bar in Wilmington NC

The Barzarre was born in February 2004. Originally named the Juggling Gypsy Cafe, and renamed on January 1, 2020. Since it began, the space has morphed into more than a physical location offering food drink, hookahs and entertainment…It’s become a community, and a wild example that a whole is infinitely greater than the sum of its parts.  We are one of the wildest nightlife spots in Wilmington, NC ~ and one of the oldest.  


Ok, so you’ve driven by lots of times, and you are curious. “what IS that place?”, you ask. Don’t be shy. There’s only one way to find out. We don’t bite. In fact, this may very well be one of the most warm and welcoming places you’ll find in town.

Take the chance, stop in and look around, and decide for yourself.
But hey, it won’t happen if you don’t take the chance.  Come through the door. Welcome to the Barzarre in advance.

A visit to the Barzarre won’t be a standard ‘wait to be seated’ experience. There’s something radically different happening every day. One day, you’ll sink into a worldbeat cafe ambiance, and another day, it’s a full-on laser-powered DJ session, while another will have you thrown back to the 1940s with a 7 piece swing orchestra. Be open to that, and your experience will be great. And other times… it’s a super chill place to simply be.

The Barzarre is an intimately creative space, frequented by people from all walks of life. It’s a “highly participatory” environment, where you’re encouraged to sit with and talk to strangers.
We’ve been called a listening room, exploratory theatrish lab…And even ‘A Venue for those with no Venue’…It’s like an international experimental waystation for local and touring shows/music acts to share ideas, meet new people, and relax.

The space is in continual evolution…as people say, If you don’t like the layout, come back next time, and it’ll be different. You could expect to see any number of projects in progress, and in various stages of completion. Every art space needs a little bit of chaos. So pardon our mess…It’s creation happening.

There are plenty of sports bars around already for that, and enough of us spend an adequate amount of time in front of a monitor, that unplugging from the screen is certainly a good thing. INteract.

beyond the actual images on the bottles, we feel that enough advertising is shoved in our faces during the course of the day, that we don’t need to look at it here.

We are an entertainment parlor, hookah lounge, bar, eatery, and performance cafe. The art that is performed here is off-center, strange, and generally fringe.  We have a weekly schedule of performances which range from Electronic DJs, Open Music jams, Fire Throwers, Belly dancers, circus artists, jugglers, magic, subversive films, certainly lots of live music, and of course, and everything a traditional venue is not.

It’s amazing how many wild performance and art projects are spawned from people that meet here. There’s been marriages, children, long-lasting friendships, and some really great community groups spawned, devised, created, concocted & grown here. The people are genuine, so if you’re tired of the same old thing, and ready for a different experience, come visit us!

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