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An alcohol-free bar, also known as a dry bar,[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[1][4] Various foods may also be served.[1][5]


By countryEdit


In the 19th century coffee palaces were established as alcohol-free hotels in Australia.[6]

New ZealandEdit

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.[1] Patrons that did show up often only consumed water after paying the $15 cover charge for entry.[1]

United KingdomEdit

Some cities in the United Kingdom have alcohol-free bars and public houses.[2][4] The popularity of alcohol-free bars has increased in the United Kingdom, and they are "often funded by anti-alcoholism charities."[2]


Fitzpatrick's Temperance Bar, Rawtenstall, Lancashire, established 1890

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.[7] 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.[8]

The first modern alcohol-free bar in England, opened in 2011,[9] is named The Brink, and is located in Liverpool.[10] The Brink is also a drug-free bar, and is run by the charity Action on Addiction with support from the Big Lottery Fund.[11][12] It also serves food and hosts various events such as live music and film showings.[11]

An alcohol-free bar named Redemption is located at the base of the Trellick Tower in North Kensington, London, England.[9][10][13][14] It originated as a pop-up restaurant, and opened as a permanent establishment in July 2015.[15] Redemption also serves vegan food that is locally sourced, and its menu is based upon providing nutritional foods and beverages.[15] Its owners have stated that it is a "sober and cruelty-free bar."[15] Redemption also utilizes a zero-waste policy.[15] The Netil House is another alcohol-free bar located in London.[2]

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.[9]

An alcohol-free bar named Universe exists in Coventry, England near Coventry University.[16]

Actor Kevin Kennedy, a recovering alcoholic, stated in 2014 that he had plans to open an alcohol-free bar in Brighton, England.[17]

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.[18] 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."[19]

United StatesEdit

The Other Side is an alcohol-free bar located in Crystal Lake, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, that strives to provide a place that is "exactly like a bar" for recovering alcoholics.[2][20][21]

Getaway is an alcohol-free bar in Greenpoint, a neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York that opened in April 2019 [22] and serves alcohol-free mixed drinks, shrubs, sodas, and teas.[23]

Listen Bar is a pop-up alcohol-free bar that rotates locations in New York.[24]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "New Zealand's First Alcohol-Free Bar Had to Close Because No One Came". Vice. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Alcohol-Free Bars Are The New Regular Bars". The Huffington Post. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  3. ^ Lluch, E.; Lluch, A. (2011). Plan the Perfect Wedding on a Small Budget. Wedding Solutions Publishing, Incorporated. p. 158. ISBN 978-1-936061-26-6. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b Ritson, B. (1995). Community and Municipal Action on Alcohol. European alcohol action plan. World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe. p. 74. ISBN 978-92-890-1327-7. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  5. ^ Lowe, J. (2008). Digging for Dirt: The Life and Death of ODB. Faber & Faber. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-4299-9609-9. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  6. ^ Guides, I. (2015). Insight Guides: Explore Melbourne. Insight Explore Guides. APA. p. 162. ISBN 978-1-78005-888-7. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  7. ^ Hardy, Rebecca (3 September 2012). "Temperance drinks: everything in moderation". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  8. ^ Brawn, Stephanie (25 March 2016). "Joy in East Lancashire as the UK's only remaining temperance bar re-opens". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  9. ^ a b c Harris, John (21 March 2014). "Dry bars – is England sobering up?". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  10. ^ a b Beazley, M. (2014). GQ Drinks. Octopus Books. p. 374. ISBN 978-1-78472-016-2. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  11. ^ a b Pycroft, A. (2015). Key Concepts in Substance Misuse. SAGE Key Concepts series. SAGE Publications. p. 118. ISBN 978-1-4739-1734-7. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Welcome to The Brink". The Brink. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  13. ^ Hancock, Lucy (5 August 2015). "London's New 'Alcohol-Free Cocktail Bar' Is Not a Bar". Vice. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  14. ^ Goorwich, Siam (22 July 2015). "There's an alcohol free bar opening in London (and no, it's not just a cafe. Apparently)". Metro. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  15. ^ a b c d Kirkova, Deni (28 December 2015). "First vegan and alcohol-free bar opens in London". Metro. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  16. ^ Rich, J. (2005). The Push Guide to Which University. Push Guide to Which University. Nelson Thornes Limited. p. 168. ISBN 978-0-7487-9489-8. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  17. ^ Morris, Gemma (5 April 2014). "Cheers! More Booze-Free Bars For Britain". Sky News. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Plans for Leeds's first booze-free nightspot". Yorkshire Evening Post. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  19. ^ "Home page". IncLucid. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  20. ^ Dixler, Hillary (16 April 2013). "A Sober, Alcohol-Free Bar Is Opening Outside Chicago". Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  21. ^ Sotonoff, Jamie (14 April 2013). "Making a bar to stay clean and sober". Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  22. ^ "Greenpoint's First Alcohol-Free Bar "Getaway" Opens". Greenpointers. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  23. ^ "A Sober Person Walks Into a Nonalcoholic Bar …". Grub Street. 18 April 2019. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  24. ^ "Listen Bar". Retrieved 12 May 2019.

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