Listen Bar is a booze-free bar that gives people a place to go out when they don't feel like drinking.
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
All January long, we hosted a Monday night happy hour at VON Bar in NYC.
To find out when you get a chance to experience us next, 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!)
With our goal of $100,000, we will lock in a lease on a bar space in NYC, cover initial permits and staff our team during build-out.
At the same time, we are privately raising investment and building partnerships that will cover construction costs, a killer sound system, and all the amazing touches that we want to put into 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.
Beyond raising essential funds, this crowdfunding campaign is about who we want to be in the world - communal and open.
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. We want to open a dialogue with you guys - the New Yorkers who want us enough to back us!
And if you're outside NYC - we love you too! We want this campaign to help all of us get noticed as we raise our hands for more booze-free nightlife everywhere! And we're the first ones listening - as we plan where to take Listen Bar next.
However much you contribute, you are part of the club - and will get a personal thank you from our founder Lorelei on our backer WALL OF FAME on our site www.listen.bar/crowdfunding.
THANK YOU! Let's do this!
- Lorelei & the Listen Bar team