Where Paths Cross
Britbar is a fashionable, yet approachable British themed bar/restaurant with a focus on inclusivity, combining all the fun of a lounge with an outrageous punk attitude towards life.
- A cup of tea – the initial offer of friendship to all. The desire to build bridges and forge peaceful ties.
- The yellow/orange swirl – A nod towards the rainbow flag of inclusivity as we intend to protect and support minority communities, after all, a great party needs great people. (Also an artist impression of the early Beatles LPs from Capitol records: Britbar is the brainchild of a Liverpudlian)
- The punk union flag – the fun side of British culture.
- The ransom letter font – A reference to the famous album cover ‘Never Mind The Bollocks: Here’s the Sex Pistols’. We support live alternative music of all kinds except country music.
Located in Downtown Penticton, BC: Britbar is a fashionable, yet approachable British themed bar/restaurant.
The location was originally a Kelly O’Brien’s franchise in the 1980s and early 90s. After parting with the franchise, the venue was opened under the name ‘That Irish Place’ as a nod to the past. The Pub was then opened under the name ‘Voodoo’s’, as a live music venue.
In 2017, extensive upgrades and renovations were undertaken by a British expat – Wayne Kerr. Sufficient work was completed to open in mid 2018, when the business operated as a restaurant for some time, rather than a neighbourhood pub and live music venue. The Covid-19 pandemic effectively extended this period by 2 years due to restrictions in liquor sales.
The project persevered, however, and in addition to a successful application for a 3am liquor primary license, patio and capacity upgrades were made. Britbar is now one of the few premises in British Columbia that showcases live music until 3am!