About Us

Barrister’s is located inside the historically renovated First National Bank of

Gastonia, also known as the Lawyers Building. One hundred and two years after its

completion, it is now the Esquire Hotel.


Barrister’s boasts a twenty plus foot vaulted ceiling, original mahogany

window frames, and warm up lighting. This sets the stage for butcher block

table tops, locally hand-crafted plates, and unique glassware. The culinary team delivers cuisine that is approachable,

ingredient driven, thoughtfully sourced from friends, and rooted in history. The

culinary team works with numerous artisanal producers throughout the country

where the mantra is to “buy food from friends.” You will find heritage breeds of meats,

heirloom grains, seasonal vegetables, regional seafood, house-made pastries,

house-cured charcuterie, and pasta to name a few. The style of service is firmly based in

our desire to make our guests feel welcome, appreciated, and cared for on a

time and time again basis. Our beverage program features numerous natural

wines, local distilleries, breweries, and creative libations.

Special Events and Catering

Our restaurant is available for private events: weddings, business lunches,

dinners, cocktail receptions, and more. We would love to discuss how to be a

part of your next event.  Keep an eye out for libation experiences, themed

dinners, and guest chef appearances.