Listen Bar: A Booze-Free Bar in NYC

We're an alcohol-free bar, featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and the New York Times, launching our first permanent location.

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Project Description

 

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're 200% FUNDED!!! 

Every contribution from this point on goes towards our KEY MONEY for a permanent space (aka the amount of money you have to pay in addition to rent to take over a space that's been built out for bar / restaurant use). This is way more economic than having to do a full build-out, but is often also the biggest upfront expense in starting a bar.

 

WHY LISTEN BAR


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

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!)

 


Funding breakdown

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.

https://www.listen.bar/crowdfunding/#wall-of-fame

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.
Mirza Rahman
11/01/2019
Monetary Contribution
$1
Eric
10/31/2019
Golden Ticket
$100
10/31/2019
$10 off your tab
$40
10/30/2019
$10 off your tab
$45
Kelly Schirmer
10/29/2019
Monetary Contribution
$35
10/28/2019
Limited-Edition Listen Bar sweatshirt
$72
Cheryl Mahoney “Tibbs”
10/28/2019
Investor Tier
$300
OPE
10/25/2019
Golden Ticket
$100
Ben Johnson
10/23/2019
Alcohol-free Mixology Class
$250
10/21/2019
Vol 1 Club Membership
$500
Monetary Contribution

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

89 Supporters
Contribute
$40
$10 off your tab

Rack up a $50 tab, only pay $40. (Pop-up location OR permanent location)

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

76 Supporters
Select this reward
$72
Limited-Edition Listen Bar sweatshirt

Soft crewneck sweatshirt. Embroidered on the front with our classic "good ass times." 

Logo screenprinted on the back.

A collaboration with musician-owned Emulsion Printhouse.

 

Available only for pickup at Listen Bar events until sold out. NO SHIPPING.

10% of each sale supports one of the musicians who bartend at Listen Bar.

Launched in celebration of NYFW 2019. Extremely limited edition.

Unisex, sizes S-XL. Please specify size in notes.

13 Left
2 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.

50 Supporters
Select this reward
$5
F*CK YEAH

Show your love, so more spots like us open!

Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

28 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.

147 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
Savoir Adore x LISTEN BAR PACK

A *limited-edition* pack of goodies, including:

- Savoir Adore x LISTEN BAR journal (lined, Japanese paper)

- LISTEN BAR tote

- "I didn't get drunk with Savoir Adore" sticker

 

* $55 to include signed Savoir Adore "Full Bloom" vinyl.

PICKUP ONLY at our monthly events - no shipping.

6 Left
34 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.

85 Left
115 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.

4 Left
11 Supporters
Select this reward
$650
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 $100 on the full price of membership (once we open, membership will cost $777).

 

10 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.

10 Left
2 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.

9 Left
1 Supporter
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.

8 Supporters
None available

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

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

89 Supporters
Contribute
$40
$10 off your tab

Rack up a $50 tab, only pay $40. (Pop-up location OR permanent location)

+ Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

76 Supporters
Select this reward
$72
Limited-Edition Listen Bar sweatshirt

Soft crewneck sweatshirt. Embroidered on the front with our classic "good ass times." 

Logo screenprinted on the back.

A collaboration with musician-owned Emulsion Printhouse.

 

Available only for pickup at Listen Bar events until sold out. NO SHIPPING.

10% of each sale supports one of the musicians who bartend at Listen Bar.

Launched in celebration of NYFW 2019. Extremely limited edition.

Unisex, sizes S-XL. Please specify size in notes.

13 Left
2 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.

50 Supporters
Select this reward
$5
F*CK YEAH

Show your love, so more spots like us open!

Access to the first Listen Bar playlist.

28 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.

147 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
Savoir Adore x LISTEN BAR PACK

A *limited-edition* pack of goodies, including:

- Savoir Adore x LISTEN BAR journal (lined, Japanese paper)

- LISTEN BAR tote

- "I didn't get drunk with Savoir Adore" sticker

 

* $55 to include signed Savoir Adore "Full Bloom" vinyl.

PICKUP ONLY at our monthly events - no shipping.

6 Left
34 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.

85 Left
115 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.

4 Left
11 Supporters
Select this reward
$650
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 $100 on the full price of membership (once we open, membership will cost $777).

 

10 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.

10 Left
2 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.

9 Left
1 Supporter
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.

8 Supporters
None available