Listen Bar: A Booze-Free Bar in Brooklyn

We're an alcohol-free bar, featured in the Wall Street Journal & Refinery 29, launching our first permanent location.

Lorelei
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$6,102
pledged of $100,000 goal
79
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Project Ends on January 31, 2019

Project Description

 

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!)

 

 

Funding breakdown

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!

THANK YOU 

- Lorelei & the Listen Bar team

Updates

The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Where will Listen Bar be located?
  • Brooklyn! Brooklyn is a part of our story and where a lot of our community is - both the musicians and the bar-goers. We've been looking at places in different parts of Williamsburg, with an eye for what's easy to get to. Your contribution is also an opportunity to bring us closer to you. Ultimately, we're doing crowdfunding as a way to connect with our people and cater to you, so if we get a bunch of contributions from a specific zipcode, we'll have a look at spots in the area!
  • What's this about a January pop-up?
  • Yep! We're giving Manhattan a taste of Listen Bar with our Dry January happy hour every Monday at VON. So if you buy drinks / a membership to Listen Bar, you can get instant gratification and pop on over to the happy hour for a preview of what it'll be like when we have our own space. It's every Monday in January, 7-11pm, downstairs at VON - 3 Bleecker St, New York NY 10012.
Kristin Hilton
01/12/2019
A drink at the bar
$20
01/12/2019
Your name on our bar
$75
01/11/2019
Golden Ticket
$200
01/11/2019
Pre-order your tab
$40
01/10/2019
A drink at the bar
$15
Lauren Hawk
01/10/2019
A drink at the bar
$15
Luke Namer
01/09/2019
A drink at the bar
$15
01/09/2019
A drink at the bar
$15
Logan
01/09/2019
A drink at the bar
$20
Tara Babylon
01/09/2019
A drink at the bar
$15
Monetary Contribution

Access to early invitations to future events, exclusive updates, and behind-the-scenes news.

1 Supporter
Contribute
$5
F*CK YEAH

Show your love, so more spots like us open!

Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$15
A drink at the bar

Get a drink. Any drink. On us! (pop-up location OR permanent location)

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

28 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
Your name on our bar

Get your name (or someone you really like) etched into our bar

+ Get a drink. Any drink. On us! (pop-up location OR permanent location)

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

18 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
Golden Ticket

A ticket to 1 Listen Bar event of your choice:

Opening Night (Our first ever party at our permanent space)

Industry Night (Our first ever industry night for F&B industry folks)

FF Night (Female Founders Night)

(includes 1 free drink at the event)

 

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

5 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Mixology Class

A spot in one of our four alcohol-free mixology classes with menu director Eamon Rockey.

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

35 Left
5 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Vol 1 Club Membership

10% off all drinks for a YEAR

+ Get your name (or someone you really like) etched into our bar

+ Access to exclusive events 

+ 1 free VIP ticket to opening night (includes 1 drink ticket)

+ Limited-edition ListenBar Vol 1 Club pin 

+ Listen Bar swag (coasters + a tote + matches + classic Listen Bar pin) (Ships anywhere in the world)

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist

 

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This is a crowdfunding-exclusive offer. 

Save over 20% on the full price of membership.

2 Supporters
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$1,000
Name that Drink!

THAT'S RIGHT, A DRINK IN YOUR NAME!

Name a booze-free drink recipe by one of our mixologists that will be served as a monthly special during our first year!

+ 1 free VIP ticket to opening night (includes 1 drink ticket)

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

12 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$3,000
Host your event

Have Listen Bar to yourself for a booze-free event.

Birthday, wedding party, company party - you do you! 

(For groups up to 70 ppl)

 

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This is a crowdfunding-exclusive offer. 

Save over 25% on full price rental.

10 Left
0 Supporters
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$5,000
Listen Bar comes to YOU

Have us over to your office or your party.

We bring the drinks & tunes, you bring the vibes.

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

10 Left
0 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Access to early invitations to future events, exclusive updates, and behind-the-scenes news.

1 Supporter
Contribute
$5
F*CK YEAH

Show your love, so more spots like us open!

Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$15
A drink at the bar

Get a drink. Any drink. On us! (pop-up location OR permanent location)

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

28 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
Your name on our bar

Get your name (or someone you really like) etched into our bar

+ Get a drink. Any drink. On us! (pop-up location OR permanent location)

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

18 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
Golden Ticket

A ticket to 1 Listen Bar event of your choice:

Opening Night (Our first ever party at our permanent space)

Industry Night (Our first ever industry night for F&B industry folks)

FF Night (Female Founders Night)

(includes 1 free drink at the event)

 

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

5 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Mixology Class

A spot in one of our four alcohol-free mixology classes with menu director Eamon Rockey.

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

35 Left
5 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Vol 1 Club Membership

10% off all drinks for a YEAR

+ Get your name (or someone you really like) etched into our bar

+ Access to exclusive events 

+ 1 free VIP ticket to opening night (includes 1 drink ticket)

+ Limited-edition ListenBar Vol 1 Club pin 

+ Listen Bar swag (coasters + a tote + matches + classic Listen Bar pin) (Ships anywhere in the world)

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist

 

---

This is a crowdfunding-exclusive offer. 

Save over 20% on the full price of membership.

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
Name that Drink!

THAT'S RIGHT, A DRINK IN YOUR NAME!

Name a booze-free drink recipe by one of our mixologists that will be served as a monthly special during our first year!

+ 1 free VIP ticket to opening night (includes 1 drink ticket)

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

12 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$3,000
Host your event

Have Listen Bar to yourself for a booze-free event.

Birthday, wedding party, company party - you do you! 

(For groups up to 70 ppl)

 

---

This is a crowdfunding-exclusive offer. 

Save over 25% on full price rental.

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$5,000
Listen Bar comes to YOU

Have us over to your office or your party.

We bring the drinks & tunes, you bring the vibes.

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward