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Black Bear’s Bar Room Reopens!

Categories: Food, Local, News,
September 17, 2020,

Grayton Beach’s natural wine bar expands with new evening hours and outdoor seating

Black Bear Bread Company announces the successful reopening of its natural wine bar, Bar Room, last month, which temporarily closed in March due to the COVID pandemic. Located next door to sister cafe Black Bear Bread Co. in The Shops of Grayton, Bar Room has expanded with new evening hours along with additional seating via a newly-constructed deck, offering an inviting covered, open-air ambience. 


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“Bar Room offers a more grown-up evening vibe—something a little different from our all-day cafe vibe,” says Phil McDonald, Black Bear Bread Co. executive chef and co-owner. “Dave [Rauschkolb] and I took several trips around the country prior to finalizing the concept to round out the creative details for it. We wanted to offer locals a day-to-evening space unlike anything else in the area with the same quality and delivery that we bring to our daytime coffee and dining experience.”

Craft beers on tap include offerings from Grayton Beer Company, Idyll Hounds Brewing Company, and Oyster City Brewing Company. Local farm-raised oysters from small-batch purveyors like Pelican Oyster Company and Outlaw Oyster are among the menu highlights alongside seafood favorites like classic shrimp cocktail with house-made cocktail sauce, Gulf shrimp ceviche served with house-made bagel chips, smoked wahoo rillette, and impressive cheese and charcuterie offerings, among other items.

The opening of Bar Room introduced a retail wine component centered specifically around Black Bear’s thoughtfully curated natural wine program. A rotating mix of 40-plus bottles is available for retail purchase for both dining in or to-go, a welcomed addition for wine lovers seeking rare biodynamic wines made with minimal intervention.

“Bar Room is a perfect spot for a relaxed happy hour with friends or a nice dinner for guests that want to linger for a while and not feel so rushed,” adds McDonald. 

Bar Room is open from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday. The wine bar space is also available for private event bookings. Bar Room is first-come, first-serve and does not take reservations. For more information on Bar Room, call (850) 213-4528 or email Follow Bar Room’s latest updates on Instagram at


With its 2017 debut in The Shops of Grayton, Black Bear Bread Co. has quickly become the go-to stop for artisan breads, pastries, Stumptown coffee, and seasonal breakfast and lunch offerings along with a thoughtfully curated selection of craft beers and natural wines. The retail bakery features a rotating selection of naturally leavened artisan breads and pastries including a variety of sourdoughs, miche, baguette, and more alongside a daily pastry menu of croissants, Kouign Amann, cinnamon rolls, bear claws, cheese danishes, scones, and bagels, to name a few. The gourmet pastries’ perfected flavors and textures draw tourists from all over the states into the cafe’s welcoming doors.


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In the spring of 2019, the cafe expanded next door with Bar Room, the restaurant’s natural wine bar showcasing farm-raised oysters, wine-driven snacks and sharables, cheese and charcuterie, and craft beer. Black Bear Bread Company is the first culinary collaboration from owners Dave Rauschkolb and Phil McDonald.

Ranked in The South’s Best Bars 2020 by Southern Living Magazine, Bar Room is an elegant-meets-comfortable space offering a snacks-and-sharables-inspired menu based around Black Bear’s vibrant natural wine program. 


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Black Bear Bread Co. Grayton Beach is located at 26 Logan Lane, Unit G in The Shops of Grayton. Bar Room Grayton Beach is located at 26 Logan Lane, Unit H in The Shops of Grayton. Black Bear Grand Boulevard is located at 325 Grand Blvd., Suite 100 in The Hyatt Place at Sandestin. For more information, call (850) 213-4528 or visit Follow the Instagram fan favorite at @blackbearbreadco and @barroomgrayton


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