Bar Publica in Bayside

Bar Publica (website, facebook, instagram) opened for business on Saturday. The bar, kitchen and nightlife spot is in West Bayside located in between Wilson County Barbecue and Argenta Brewing on Hanover Street.

As you can see from the menu below, bar manager Dustin Williams and chef Jordi Harper are serving a pan-Latin American menu of food and cocktails. Shown above (bottom right) is a mezcal-based Grapefruit Negroni and the Salchipapa, a dish of roast potatoes topped with house-made chorizo, pork, queso fresco, blistered corn, garlic sauce and aji.

The bar and dining area can seat up to 65 people. There’s also rooftop and ground floor outdoor seating areas.

Bar Publica will be opening this week on Wednesday through Friday, 4 pm – 1 am, and they hope to expand the hours this weekend to be from noon to 1 am. Once they get underway, Bar Publica plans to be open seven days a week. Friday and Saturday night (10 pm onward) there will be a DJ and the dining room will transform into a dance floor (upper right photo). The kitchen closes at 10 pm each night.

Bar Publica was launched by Wilson County co-owner Spencer Brantley along with business partners David Kelley and Ciaran Sheenhan who are the founders of Ri Ra.