The Barrel is not really a restaurant, but is a true wine bar, with a full "wine Cellar" with about 150 different wines available, some by the glass and all by the bottle. The Barrel just opened up about the time we arrive on-island for a three week visit and we got to know the people there through several visits. The Barrel is connected to the primary wine distributor in the island so their wine selection and availability is somewhat tied to that distributor. The young proprietor is fresh out of college in Holland followed by 6 months studying wine in France. We like the idea of a reasonably priced wine bar and hope Barrel is successful. They were definitely going through a bit of a learning curve but seemed to be catching on quickly.
Along with the wine, if you buy a full bottle, you get a very nice little cheese platter with crackers. You can purchase the same cheese plate to have with wine by the glass for only $5.50. I don't think they can make any money on the cheese at that price, but it was a very nice addition to the wine.
One of our last nights on island they had their first "wine tasting". It was fun and drew quite a few people, but there were some rough edges and I would suggest some changes for their next tasting.
Overall we felt it is an excellent addition to the food and drink of Bonaire and wish them good success: we want to be able to go back on our next visit to Bonaire.
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