I think it's good to learn how to say "Where's the bathroom?" before "Where's the bar?" at least! :)
No, I'm a native speaker and I can still hear a "v" in there, though I'm not sure whether or not the pronunciation is so far off it should be reported.
I also hear Varen, so I typed it down (even though I didn't know what it means) And he counted it as a correct answer!
Could we say "Var ligger baren ?", and is there a difference between the meanings of " är" and "ligger" ?