DARK 30 BAR GRAND OPENING
The long-awaited opening of Dark 30, the new downtown bar on Third Street, is finally here. Taking over the former location of Lucy's Retired Surfer Bar, Dark 30 promises to be a unique and immersive experience for patrons seeking an exceptional nightlife destination. Co-owner and managing partner Kara Robinett is thrilled to unveil a concept that combines intention, diversity, and community giving.
One of the standout features of Dark 30 is its thoughtfully curated selection of wine, beer, and liquor. With a focus on giving back, the bar has chosen options that support various causes. For instance, Dark 30's house wine, OneHope, donates $3 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for every case purchased. This commitment to social responsibility extends throughout the establishment, as Dark 30 exclusively features products that are either Black-owned, women-owned, LGBTQ+-owned, organic, or local.
Exploring the bar's offerings, patrons will have the pleasure of discovering two distinct menus. The house craft cocktail menu showcases five unique cocktails named after angel numbers, such as the 111, which boasts honeysuckle vodka and lavender bitters, or the rum-based 333 featuring local honey. Additionally, Dark 30 introduces a "bartenders' playground" menu that rotates quarterly, allowing the mixologists to showcase their best creations. The talented bartenders are even prepared to craft personalized drinks based on each patron's preferences, utilizing a selection of fresh and dried herbs, along with cocktail atomizers.
To ensure that beloved menu items remain accessible, Dark 30 plans to launch a wine club. This initiative will allow patrons to continue enjoying their favorite beverages, even after they are no longer available on the regular menu. With frequent menu rotations, Dark 30 recognizes the importance of preserving a connection with cherished drinks.
The founders of Dark 30, Kara Robinett and Aaron Franklin, have dedicated significant time and effort to create an upscale environment that exudes sophistication and relaxation. The bar's impressive 16-foot high ceiling, complemented by a stunning 15-light chandelier and royal blue and gold wallpaper, sets the stage for a memorable experience. Attention to detail is evident throughout, including the incorporation of aromatherapy to enhance relaxation. Dark 30 also proudly showcases the work of local artists such as Bryson Boutte, Loveday Funck, and Kareem Griffen, with QR codes provided to promote art sales and a constantly evolving art collection.
Leading up to the official opening, Dark 30 has already treated downtown visitors to soft opening events and pop-ups. February's Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade provided a sneak peek, and the bar hosted several VIP soft opening nights for service workers and business professionals. Looking ahead, Dark 30 plans to make the space available for rentals and hopes to establish recurring open-mic poetry nights, adding even more vibrancy to the downtown scene.
Operating hours for Dark 30 are Monday through Saturday, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m. to midnight. Located at 151 Third St. Suite B, Dark 30 invites everyone to indulge in the ever-changing atmosphere that promises surprises and delights with each visit.
As Kara Robinett aptly puts it, "We really want it to always be changing, from the art to the liquor to the wine. I like to keep it fresh and interesting. I want there to be something new to see here every time you come." (Source: 225 Magazine)
Prepare to immerse yourself in the mysterious allure of Dark 30, where diversity, creativity, and giving converge for an unforgettable nightlife experience in Downtown Baton Rouge.