The New Orleans-themed bar officially opened at 157 E. Rosemary Street about two weeks ago. It is the first bar in Chapel Hill to primarily sell daiquiris.
Open Thursday through Sunday, the bar will contribute a new aspect to nightlife for UNC basketball fans, members of Greek life and town visitors alike with its unique live music and different flavored drinks.
Owner Bertha Gamble said she had dreamed of opening the bar in Chapel Hill since the early ’90s but didn’t have the chance until she found the ideal location in June 2016.
“I saw a vision and I believe God gave it to me a long, long time ago,” Gamble said. “I couldn’t afford it then, but he allowed me to do it now and I couldn’t be happier.”
She said the idea specifically came from a trip to New Orleans where she experienced the joy of Mardi Gras.
“Back in the early ’90s, I had the opportunity to go to New Orleans,” Gamble said. “Fat Tuesday was a big thing there — the main company that makes and sells daiquiris — it’s been a dream of mine for a long time to open a daiquiri bar and create an atmosphere that’s new and different.”
Gamble said she contacted Fat Tuesday and received help from a representative of the company to start the daiquiri bar. She said her main goal for the bar was to create a fun place for friends to gather.
“It’s a lighter touch than just a regular bar,” Gamble said. “I want it to be a place that people come to have fun and feel good — not to come and drink your blues away. It has the New Orleans swing style and is uplifting — we lightened it up with a lot of bright chairs and bright paint.”