Bricks & Barrels is a steak and seafood restaurant located in Charleston, WV, on the ground floor of the ParkView Lofts building, near Appalachian Power Park. The space was originally used as a slaughterhouse and meat packing facility nearly a century ago, and more recently as a warehouse for Kyle Furniture. Later, it served as a staging area for work crews that were renovating the top floors into upscale, Charleston East End condos.
The name Bricks & Barrels comes from the restaurant’s interior: wooden wine and whiskey barrels used as dining tables contrasted against the rustic brick façade. Many of the building’s original elements have been incorporated into the design, like a massive old safe that serves as the entrance to the walk-in keg cooler behind the bar, old freight elevator gates that make a rustic-yet-modern railing around the stage area, and pulleys from the antique elevator system refashioned into lighting rigs. Toward the back of the restaurant, private seating areas are tucked into rounded alcoves that are lined with wood, providing the illusion that the diner is sitting inside a giant wine barrel. People come for the delicious food, but the atmosphere and décor are the talk of the Kanawha Valley.
The ribbon cutting for the grand opening of Bricks & Barrels with Matt & Nikki Holbert.
The bar surface is made from wood salvaged from wine crates in California’s Napa Valley.
The Barrels: semi-private seating areas gives the illusion one is dining in a whiskey barrel.
Bricks & Barrels is the brainchild and lifelong dream of Matt and Nichole Holbert. Growing up in the area, they dreamt of bringing a unique atmosphere to Charleston where couples could get away if just for the evening, businessmen could entertain clients in a formal yet relaxing setting, and long-lost friends could get reacquainted with great food and original drinks. As first-time restauranteurs, they understood the road to success wouldn’t be easy. But the two are dedicated to the pursuit, passionately dedicating themselves to ensure the ambience, food and service rival that found in larger cities.
Bricks and Barrels showcases fresh steak and seafood coupled with vintage wines from every region of the world. If you prefer craft beer, choose one from our 12 beers on tap, including many from in-state and regional breweries. Many regulars enjoy the cocktails, including a large selection of rare Bourbon and Scotch.
Bricks & Barrels is fine dining without the stuffiness. The décor and ambience set the stage while the professional yet upbeat personalities deliver the service. Reservations are not required but strongly recommended.