Listen Bar is a booze-free bar that gives people a place to go out when they don't feel like drinking.
YOU GUYS ARE ON A ROLL! We hit our first goal to cover the deposit on a lease, then covered 1st year permits, a draft system & staff training and now we're onto our STRETCH GOAL of $50k - the first part of key money on a new space!
Here's the thing: People shouldn't have to drink just to go out and be social. But right now, going out without drinking is awkward.
1. Other people get weird
2. The drinks are sh*t
3. There's nowhere to go
Plus, the planning is all on you!
Listen Bar is here to change all that.
We wanted to create a space that makes life easier. Where the bartenders see you as exactly the customer they want there. Where the drinks are great, the music is fun and everyone is on the same page to have a good time.
With successful pop-ups under our belt, we are now crowdfunding for our first permanent location so we can have booze-free nighttime, all the time.
People love us. They REALLY love us.
In October, we took over an empty bar and hosted a proof-of-concept pop-up. Over 600 ppl RSVP'd. Refinery29 loved us and couldn't get over just how much Listen Bar felt like a regular bar. The Wall Street Journal called our drinks complex and grown-up. This whole crowdfunding campaign started when people asked us not to let the pop-up end. We knew we were on to something, so we're making it real.
Give it a taste
Since January, we've been bringing our experience to Manhattan - and we're now officially open one night every month, downstairs at 3 Bleecker St, NYC. Aside from our delicious alcohol-free menu and our rotating cast of musician bartenders, our nights feature everything from karaoke to dominatrix lessons.
To get invited to our parties, sign up for our newsletter on www.listen.bar.
We're a bar for everybody
We're booze-free, rather than sober - because we really don't judge whatever you get into outside our doors. We're a bar for *everybody* - everybody who's down (or at the very least intrigued) to go out without drinking.
You can be sober or hungover, and we'll like you just as much.
Plus, we think about things that other bars don't - like working with a nutrition expert to make sure no matter your diet and tastes, there's something for you on our menu.
Music is the answer
To reinvent the bar without alcohol, we didn't just create the most badass drinks menu - we also reinvented the classic bar ice-breaker: from "What are you drinking?" to "What are we listening to?" Because at Listen Bar, the bartenders are all musicians FIRST - and they get to make the playlists and show off their tunes. So you always have an easy way to start a conversation with them (or the cutie across the bar).
(Yep, that's J.Scott in the picture bartending - he's the musician behind the bangin' song on our campaign video! With an intro by Phantom Vanity!)
Our first funding milestone was $25k - which will be the deposit for a lease on a permanent location. Then, we hit $30k - which will cover initial permits, and $40k to build a draft system to serve our alcohol-free beers and kombucha on tap!
Now, we're working towards $45k which will cover our proprietary training for additional members to our diverse staff!
Our total crowdfunding goal is $100k which will cover rent and staff costs during build-out, a killer sound system and state-of-the-art karaoke setup.
We are also privately raising investment and building brand partnerships that will cover full construction costs for a space that's truly built for you, our Listen Bar Vol 1 Club.
If you would like to be a part of that process, the investor tier reward is for you.
We're opening Listen Bar together
We're committed to building Listen Bar with the people who want us to exist.
If you're in NYC, this is your chance to influence what neighborhood we open in, what drinks go on our menu, and so much more. Get at us!
And if you're outside NYC - we love you too! We're looking at where contributions are coming from as we plan where to host a pop-up next, so gather your troops!
However much you contribute, you are part of the club - and will get a personal thank you from our founder Lorelei on our website's WALL OF FAME.
THANK YOU! Let's do this!
- Lorelei & the Listen Bar team