What is micro?
micro bar • bites in downtown Kelowna is an expansive 900 square feet of bar and small bites. Chef Butters jokes that the space is so small that “we don’t even capitalize the ‘m’ of micro!”
The compact space is designed around the unique bar built by local wood craftsman Will Brundula. Constructed from three species of reclaimed wood, the end cuts are put together like a jig-saw puzzle to create a one-of-a-kind surface that anchors the space. Will also constructed the trestle community table, front door and bar top at RauDZ Regional Table. Over the bar is suspended a 20-foot wooden chandelier complete with dozens of antiqued-style caged lights.
Surrounding this 65′ of bar is a grey stone wall that looks like it’s been part of the space forever and Italian-style plaster walls applied in a hundreds year-old four-stage technique. Soaring ceilings, Italian plaster and stone give micro a European feeling but Chef Butters ensures the casual attitude of the Okanagan remains.
This inviting space is designed by internationally acclaimed architect Timothy Bullinger from Arca3 Design Studio in Vancouver. Known for his unique and meticulous work and love of lighting. Bullinger has designed homes for stars like Phil Collins, Vidal Sassoon and Georges Marciano, as well as Vancouver restaurant Miku.
The European flavour extends to the glassware at micro with beer, cocktails and wine served in simple tumblers. No fancy stemware here. The creatively simple approach of micro bar • bites continues with a pared down bar and food menu, and the launch of barrel-aged hi-balls, with International beers and wines all offering guests a fresh experience. Chef Butters, along with RauDZ Creative Concepts Executive Chef Brock Bowes and their talented kitchen team at micro play with unique twists on a simple small bites menu that changes monthly.
micro bar • bites is open Tuesday – Saturday at 3:00 pm until late. micro is located at 1500 Water Street – just a few doors down from RauDZ Regional Table.