An alcohol-free bar, also known as a dry bar, is a bar that does not serve alcoholic beverages. An alcohol-free bar can be a business establishment or located in a non-business environment or event, such as at a wedding. Alcohol-free bars typically serve non-alcoholic beverages, such as non-alcoholic cocktails known as mocktails, alcohol-free beer or low-alcohol beer, alcohol-free wine, juice, soft drinks and water. Various foods may also be served.
In 2015 the first alcohol-free bar in New Zealand, located in Auckland and named Tap Bar, went out of business five weeks after opening due to a lack of consumer interest, in which few patrons showed up. Patrons that did show up often only consumed water after paying the $15 cover charge for entry.
Some cities in the United Kingdom have alcohol-free bars and public houses. The popularity of alcohol-free bars has increased in the United Kingdom, and they are "often funded by anti-alcoholism charities."
Temperance bars were established in many places during the 19th century in support of the temperance movement; among the drinks they offered were dandelion and burdock and sarsaparilla. Fitzpatrick's in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, established in 1890, is described as "the UK's only remaining temperance bar" and re-opened in March 2016 after a closure of two months.
The first modern alcohol-free bar in England, opened in 2011, is named The Brink, and is located in Liverpool. The Brink is also a drug-free bar, and is run by the charity Action on Addiction with support from the Big Lottery Fund. It also serves food and hosts various events such as live music and film showings.
An alcohol-free bar named Redemption is located at the base of the Trellick Tower in North Kensington, London, England. It originated as a pop-up restaurant, and opened as a permanent establishment in July 2015. Redemption also serves vegan food that is locally sourced, and its menu is based upon providing nutritional foods and beverages. Its owners have stated that it is a "sober and cruelty-free bar." Redemption also utilizes a zero-waste policy. The Netil House is another alcohol-free bar located in London.
Sobar in Nottingham is an alcohol-free bar operated by a charity, Double Impact, which works with both alcohol and drug addiction. It received funding from the Big Lottery Fund and employs people who have been addicts.
In Leeds there are plans to develop an alcohol-free bar and restaurant called IncLucid; pop-up events of that brand have already taken place, and a crowd-funding appeal is in progress. Its promoters aim "to create a bar in Leeds free from alcohol which provides a safe and sociable environment for the increasing diverse customer base seeking new abstinent alternative venues."
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