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.
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.
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 goal of $100,000 will get us going to lock in a lease on a bar space in Brooklyn, cover initial permits and staff us during our build-out.
It's an important start that shows the world that people are ready for booze-free nightlife. So raise your hand and show 'em what's up, wherever you are!
And it's only the beginning. When we reach that 100k milestone, we'll set our sights on covering 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.
Give it a taste
Wanna see what it's like at Listen Bar?
All January long, we're hosting a Monday night happy hour series. Come by!
Every Monday in January, 7-11pm.
Downstairs at VON Bar in Manhattan (Bleecker & Bowery)
Expect alcohol-free cocktails 🍸+ a live tattoo station ✍️ (come early to sign up!) + a burning-man style ritual burning pit 🔥🔥
PLUS you can use your drink rewards during the pop-up! 🎟️🎟️
RSVP for the next one at https://listenbarfuturemakers.splashthat.com/
And let's make Listen Bar a permanent thing!
- Lorelei & the Listen Bar team