Listen Bar: A Booze-Free Bar in NYC

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

Lorelei
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Project Ends on April 1, 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.

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.

 

BACK US!

 

 

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!)

 


Funding breakdown

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

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.
03/11/2019
$10 off your tab
$40
Jolie Warbet
03/10/2019
A drink at the bar
$15
03/10/2019
F*CK YEAH
$5
03/08/2019
Your name carved into our bar
$75
Jess Bibby
03/08/2019
Monetary Contribution
$15
03/06/2019
Your name carved into our bar
$75
03/06/2019
$10 off your tab
$40
Sarah R Kerlin
03/05/2019
$10 off your tab
$40
Emily Kao
03/03/2019
A drink at the bar
$20
Laura Ann Fiery
03/03/2019
Your name carved into our bar
$75
Monetary Contribution

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

34 Supporters
Contribute
$5
F*CK YEAH

Show your love, so more spots like us open!

Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

18 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.

103 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
Your name carved into our bar

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

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

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

72 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.

21 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Alcohol-free Mixology Class

A spot in one of our alcohol-free mixology classes with Listen Bar menu director Eamon Rockey, of Eleven Madison Park fame and head of Beverage Studies at the Institute of Culinary Education. Each class is hands-on and intimate (only 10 spots!).

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

33 Left
7 Supporters
Select this reward
$300
Investor Tier

Interested in investing in Listen Bar more formally? Thank you. We will be taking on a select group of investors. You can purchase an exclusive invitation to our Friends & Family investment round here. As a thank you, we will send you a fabulous bottle of alcohol-free wine to enjoy as we welcome you to this exclusive group!

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3 Supporters
Select this reward
$350
An hour with a VC

Sit down with Catharine Dockery, venture capitalist and founder of VC fund, Vice Ventures. Pitch your business in-person for a chance to get funding on the spot, and workshop your pitch for future VC meetings.

Profiled in the WSJ, Catherine and Vice Ventures are the first VC fund dedicated to "naughty" industries that are typically restricted from VC funding - like sex, alcohol, CBD and more. While her focus is growing startups in vice-related industries, her expertise extends far beyond these categories, most notably in fashion and consumer goods.

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6 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Vol 1 Club Membership

10% off all drinks for a YEAR

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

+ Free event tickets & plus one's to our regular events (starting NOW)

+ Free monthly members-only nights

+ 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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How big are the savings?

$100 opening night ticket + $75 getting your name carved into the bar + $325 in drink discounts & free event tickets

= WORTH IT if you think you'll go just ONCE A MONTH!

Think you'd come once a week? Membership saves you over $700!
Coming 2-3 times/week? You'd SAVE more than $1,500!!

Come be one of our Listen Bar VIPs.

** This is based on an average tab of 2-3 drinks / night **

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This is a crowdfunding-exclusive offer. 

Save over 20% on the full price of membership (once we open, membership will cost $777).

 

3 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)

 

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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

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

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

34 Supporters
Contribute
$5
F*CK YEAH

Show your love, so more spots like us open!

Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

18 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.

103 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
Your name carved into our bar

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

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

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

72 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.

21 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Alcohol-free Mixology Class

A spot in one of our alcohol-free mixology classes with Listen Bar menu director Eamon Rockey, of Eleven Madison Park fame and head of Beverage Studies at the Institute of Culinary Education. Each class is hands-on and intimate (only 10 spots!).

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

33 Left
7 Supporters
Select this reward
$300
Investor Tier

Interested in investing in Listen Bar more formally? Thank you. We will be taking on a select group of investors. You can purchase an exclusive invitation to our Friends & Family investment round here. As a thank you, we will send you a fabulous bottle of alcohol-free wine to enjoy as we welcome you to this exclusive group!

5 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
$350
An hour with a VC

Sit down with Catharine Dockery, venture capitalist and founder of VC fund, Vice Ventures. Pitch your business in-person for a chance to get funding on the spot, and workshop your pitch for future VC meetings.

Profiled in the WSJ, Catherine and Vice Ventures are the first VC fund dedicated to "naughty" industries that are typically restricted from VC funding - like sex, alcohol, CBD and more. While her focus is growing startups in vice-related industries, her expertise extends far beyond these categories, most notably in fashion and consumer goods.

2 Left
6 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Vol 1 Club Membership

10% off all drinks for a YEAR

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

+ Free event tickets & plus one's to our regular events (starting NOW)

+ Free monthly members-only nights

+ 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

 

---

How big are the savings?

$100 opening night ticket + $75 getting your name carved into the bar + $325 in drink discounts & free event tickets

= WORTH IT if you think you'll go just ONCE A MONTH!

Think you'd come once a week? Membership saves you over $700!
Coming 2-3 times/week? You'd SAVE more than $1,500!!

Come be one of our Listen Bar VIPs.

** This is based on an average tab of 2-3 drinks / night **

---
This is a crowdfunding-exclusive offer. 

Save over 20% on the full price of membership (once we open, membership will cost $777).

 

3 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