Bardot’s grand opening to feature tropical drinks and electric violinist

Bardot takes its name from the French actress Brigitte Bardot. — photo by Courtney Callahan

One of the newer members of the downtown Iowa City bar scene, Bardot, will host its grand opening this Saturday at 8 p.m. Bardot first opened its doors in late August, and the staff felt it was time to have a party to celebrate, said Stacie Woodside, the bar’s marketing manager.

The grand opening will feature deals on cocktails, like the mojito and piña colada, and their signature Bardot shot. There will also be specials on some of their 54 beers, 22 of which are available on tap. While co-owner Jackson Zapata thinks customers will be drawn into Bardot for the authentic Caribbean drinks, he wants them to stay for the overall experience.

Highlighting the event will be a special performance by electric violinist Dave Damage. A Miami native, Damage has performed at various nightclubs. His music sounds more like EDM than Mozart, blending classical and modern beats on his electric violin; he also sometimes plays pop music covers. Zapata believes Damage will bring something fresh to the typical Iowa City bar scene.

“We consider ourselves rebels, and so is Dave Damage,” Woodside said. Bardot’s grand opening marks Damage’s first appearance in Iowa.