Dry Bars – The Pubs with no Beer

by The Editor

ProhibitionYesterday we read of an interesting mini-movement of sorts that is attracting some attention in London. For reasons we fail to understand, there is a slow-growing movement for bars to be established… without alcohol.

Huh? Whut?


Owners of these ‘bars’ (we use inverted commas intentionally) state they saw a hole in the market. Nowhere, they claim, was there a place for people to go out and have than authentic bar experience without the need to drink alcohol. The owners perceive the market might like a place where you can dance, there is music, funky décor and a rich buzzy atmosphere, albeit with people who are stone cold sober.

Could such a thing be possible?

We’re slightly sceptical. Out biggest concern is whether or not it is possible at all to develop such an atmosphere without some sort of mood altering elixir. Reports from existing premises speak of more a relaxed tone where people hang out on couches while chatting and the children crawl across the floor in front of parents whose years of needing of Dutch courage to find a mate are long behind them.


Anyway, what exactly is a bar without booze? Don’t cafes, teahouses and juice bars replicate effectively the same experience?  Would there be a queue down the street for a place where you might pay $10.00 plus for a Boost Juice with some fancy garnish? Would girls primp and preen in the hope of attracting those boys who are probably not even there anyway or, if so, be too shy to cross the floor?

Perhaps not. There are venues that are made of cheap materials and poor quality spirits are served in plastic cups simply because an undiscerning market demands such things. We can only imagine that if you all of a sudden sobered up everyone in Mooseheads at midnight on a Saturday the whole crowd would shrug its collective shoulders in confusion as to what the Hell they were actually doing there.


More importantly, how do venue owners achieve their ultimate aim of separating punters from their hard-earned without them losing themselves in the moment and continually consuming to enjoy a night out they’ll ‘probably remember forever’?

It’s been said that if you managed to ban every single drug in the world, people would walk into their front yard and spin around in circles until they fell over.  Perhaps with that in mind, there isn’t a big future for the dry bar, but rather they provide a niche for those who might prefer the quieter, more sober side of life.  We’d love to hear about their experiences.

Come and meet us at the pub.