PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen
Barcode is one of the newest bar and grills in our area having opened in January 2018. For those unfamiliar with the West Fargo landscape, it lies right across the street from Costco. Though they are young in age, they have one of the most seasoned bartenders in the Red River Valley. Kalcey Wike recently moved out to West Fargo after working at The Turf, an NDSU hot spot, for nearly two decades. Now, Wike has retreated from the college scene to a more relaxed feel at Barcode.
How long have you been a bartender?
Since 1999. I was at the Bison Turf for 17 years until it burned down, I was the bartender and night manager there. Then I was at Brickhouse for the last year and a half and now two months here.
Having worked at a place for so long (Bison Turf) how different is it working at a brand new bar?
It’s new, it’s different. There’s a different crowd, less kids too. The Turf was kind of a North Fargo community bar and that included the NDSU community, which made it a very large group. This is more of a neighborhood bar, which is our goal in West Fargo. In the last year and a half, I have gotten to know quite a few people from West Fargo. I live over here now so the trek is not as long as it was when I was at The Turf.
Tell us about the drink you made today.
It’s a variation of a Lynchburg lemonade so there’s Jack Daniels, Grape Pucker, Raspberry Pucker and then I combine it with lemonade and add fresh blueberries and raspberries on top too. I have not put it on our drink menu yet since we are so new. On April 1, we are starting a period where we can create our drink menu so we’ll have a wider tap list plus more drinks so this will be on it.
“The Up North”
1 part Jack Daniels
1 part Grape Pucker
1 Part Raspberry Pucker
1 Part Lemonade
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and add ice before shaking. Pour into glass and garnish with fresh blueberries and raspberries.
Barcode Bar & Grill
823 23rd Ave. E, West Fargo