Sans Bar, a bar looking to serve only nonalcoholic drinks, is looking to set up a permanent location in Austin. The brainchild of addiction counselor Chris Marshall, Sans Bar also plans to offer live music, health-conscious food, and wellness events like yoga classes.
Marshall shared in an Instagram post that he started Sans Bar because he “just got tired of watching the people I love die because they had nowhere to go that was safe,” and that “Sans Bar proves you can have fun without drinking.” Marshall set up a GoFundMe in 2015, that is technically ongoing, though it doesn’t appear to have made much progress.
The drink menu of Sans Bar includes lemonades, bottled beverages, and crafted nonalcoholic plays on drinks like gin and tonic (Jupiter Tonic) and Tom Collins (Mint Collins). The bar will also partner with Creataco for food offerings.
Until its formal opening, Sans Bar is hosting a series of pop-ups to raise money, including one for South by Southwest on Friday, March 9. The other events generally take place at 805 Stark Street. There’s no estimate for a permanent location opening, watch this space for updates.