By: Louise Fayet
Mirabelle West, owner of I Was At The Bar is well known around Anguilla for creating and hosting some of the best and most impressive events. She always dreamt of opening a bar and night club. With her aspirations and strong work ethic, Mirabelle was destined to create something that would change the concept of nightlife in Anguilla.
Mirabelle and her team revamped an old office space and created a vibrant lounge, bar and restaurant that breathes a lively atmosphere.
The use of locally made tables from recycled material, choice of lighting and graffiti cultivate an energetic and intimate ambience.
In addition to the bar and spacious lounging area, I Was At The Bar has two VIP rooms.
Perfect For Private Events
Each VIP room has its perks: comfortable seating, beer on tap, and even a karaoke machine. These rooms are perfect for hosting a private event.
Perhaps our favorite spot at I Was At The Bar? The outdoor lounge. Step outside and the twinkling lights welcome you for delicious tapas bites.
Tapas are served inside and outside under the Caribbean night sky. We love the outdoor dining space so we picked a cozy table below the fairy lights.
The best way to begin the evening? With an I Was At The Bar cocktail.
The Signature Cocktail & The Guava Mojito
The cocktail menu features a variety of expertly crafted signature drinks, mojitos and margaritas. All pack a serious punch! Our top choice? The Guava Mojito. Oh-so light and refreshing, smooth and rich in fruity flavor, it goes down as one of my favorite cocktails. It is a "must-try."
More Mojito Mo' Fun! ;-)
Appetites whetted, let's tackle the menu!
I Was At The Bar has completely elevated the concept of "bar food". Mirabelle and her culinary team make the magic happen in the kitchen, whipping up some of the tastiest dishes! With a wide variety of options, you can have mouthwatering tapas all night long.
The menu opens with "International Plates". Lebanese tabbouleh salad, Argentinian steak skewers, Indonesian chicken sate, Anguillian snapper, Japanese tuna tataki and...
Portuguese Rock Shrimp Tempura
Shrimp tempura is hands down one of my favorite dishes. It is easy to say that these are some of the best I have ever had! The batter has a light and crisp exterior, and each chunk of shrimp inside is extra-juicy. When dipped in the spicy mayo side sauce? You are instantly addicted.
Another seafood option from the "International Plates" selection...
Similar to the shrimp tempura, these calamari are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. They are served with a super savory tartar dip.
Another popular choice is the "Wings of the World". Jumbo wings are fried to perfection and served with your choice of flavor and dip. Choices for flavors include Asian BBQ Sauce, Thai Sweet Chili, Hawaiian Teriyaki, NY Buffalo, Indian Tandoori, Chinese Sweet & Sour and Atlanta Lemon Pepper. As for the dips, choose from blue cheese, ranch, spicy mayo and tartare sauce. We recommend the Asian BBQ Sauce. Tangy and sweet, it is finger licking delicious.
Next, the menu continues with the "Crudo, Sushi & Stuff". If you are a lover of sashimi, here is a scrumptious option...
Crispy Tuna Sashimi Salad
This dish is certainly picturesque. Chunks of tuna are lathered in crispy crumbs and princess sauce! A crispy wonton-esque bowl, filled with a fresh salad, is the cherry on top. As for flavor? This dish wins big. The tuna absolutely MELTS in your mouth! If you're not a fan of tuna, you can swap it for salmon.
Finding good sushi on-island can be tough. A lover of Asian cuisine, I was delighted to hear that the sushi rolls at I Was At The Bar are really good!
Let's start with a favorite from the classic rolls...
This classic combination of crab, cucumber and avocado are elevated by its unique sauce. This roll is served with dollops of smooth truffle aioli. It is a match made in heaven.
Another from the classic rolls...
Salmon, avocado and cream cheese pair to create refreshing delight with every bite!
On to their specialty rolls...
Rainbow City Roll
Salmon is layered with tuna, avocado and mango, and dotted with tobiko and sesame seeds. This full flavored roll doesn't end there. Inside, shrimp and cucumber bring a crisp contrast to the roll's full flavored exterior.
The first bite always brings a smile to my face. It brings back fond memories of Chef Ken's restaurant, Cha Cha San. This roll is beautifully executed. It takes the crown every time we dine at I Was At The Bar.
A huge congratulations to Mirabelle! She has out done herself!
I Was At The Bar's team truly goes above and beyond.
I Was At The Bar is quickly growing into a hot spot. With excellent tapas and a wonderful atmosphere, it is no surprise. Mirabelle, we will be back :-)
Open hours: Open every day from 6pm. Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Menu: Click here
Cocktails & Wine Menu: Click here
Tel & Email: (264) 582-4927 (IWAS) or IWASATTHEBAR@gmail.com