Indeed, the Neptune Theatre around the corner will sure to be a draw as theatre-goers stop by before and after shows, but Rankin anticipates a broader clientele. “It’s not a date place, and not a special occasion place. You don’t have to dress up to come here. I see a mixing of secretaries and students, people getting off work, a casual meet-up place.”
A web designer who has worked in New York and London, Rankin moved back to Halifax specifically to open Obladee. While renovations proceed, she’s taking sommelier classes, adding to her already extensive knowledge of wine. But Obladee won’t be an off-putting place for aficionados only, she assures.
“There are lots of wine bars in town, but wine by the glass is not really available in Halifax,” she explains. “We want to provide a good selection, at good value.” That means wine in the $7 to $12 per glass range, in a comfortable setting with cheeses and local breads for pairings.