New wine bar with a French twist lands in Fairhaven

Alexine Langdon, left, and Nicole Seiger enjoy glasses of Bugey Spritz while celebrating Seiger's 28th birthday at Gainsbarre on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Bellingham.
Alexine Langdon, left, and Nicole Seiger enjoy glasses of Bugey Spritz while celebrating Seiger's 28th birthday at Gainsbarre on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Bellingham. eabell@bhamherald.com

Fairhaven has a new hangout that is introducing wine made the traditional way.

Gainsbarre recently opened at 1143 11th St., near Avenue Bread. Along with being a wine bar, it is a bottle shop and has a light menu that includes sandwiches, salads, tartine and share plate items. It is meant to be a place to go for those looking for a light lunch during the day and have a date-night atmosphere in the evening, said Laura Swift, a partner in the company.

Gainsbarre is also offering natural wine – wine made without chemicals and with minimum technology intervention. Most of the natural wine at Gainsbarre are from the French and Italy regions, along with the Willamette Valley region of Oregon.

While basically an organic wine, it is also reasonably priced, Swift said. A bottle is in the $25 range, while a glass is in the $7 range.

As for the interior, it has a buvette-style French bistro look. The name is a tip of the hat to Serge Gainsbourg, a French singer/songwriter.

Swift and the company she is involved with, Fairhaven-based Hospitality Society, is also working on a restaurant and cocktail bar called the Swim Club. It is going in next door and will have a vintage French Riviera theme. Swim Club is expected to open in early 2018.

Gainsbarre has a daily happy hour special from noon to 4 p.m. It is open noon to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and two hours later on Friday and Saturday. Details about the wine bar can be found on its Facebook page or at thegainsbarre.com.


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