Bar Shiru is a hi-fi vinyl listening music bar in Oakland, and the first of its kind in the Bay Area. It was founded by business partners Shirin Raza and Daniel Gahr, who also happen to be wife and husband. Shirin and Dan met in 2008 while working at Current TV. Both of them were fortunate to have media careers where they could take creative risks, and they reached a point where they were ready to take a leap of faith creatively and pursue their dreams together.
“We stumbled upon inspiration for Bar Shiru while on vacation in Japan where we discovered the hi-fi music bar scene,” remembered Shrin. Hi-fi music bars are dedicated to listening to music. They typically have an array of vinyl covering the walls, and generally offer a more contemplative vibe than a regular bar. “When we returned to the Bay Area we were shocked and delighted that few others had tried to launch a local music bar,” Dan said. Thus the idea for their business and passion project was born.