Brunswick Aces is Australia’s first non-alcohol bar and it’s coming soon

For too long have non-drinkers been an afterthought at hospitality venues. Now, a new bar in Melbourne is aiming to change that and it’s opening this April. 

Following the worst of the pandemic in Australia, a lot of people began re-evaluating their relationship with alcohol as, quite frankly, we drank a LOT during the height of the lockdowns.

In noticing this trend of moving away from excessive booze consumption, a new bar is coming to Melbourne that is set to prioritise non-drinkers with an aim to help normalise drinking in moderation.

Brunswick Aces, scheduled to open in late April of this year, will be a 150-person capacity bar and urban distillery that will offer a wide range of zero alcohol cocktails, beers, and wines, including the bar’s own gin alternative, sapiir.

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“There is a clear demand for premium non-alcoholic drinks across the country, and that has been growing for some time, so the time is right for an offering that puts those choosing not to drink first,” says co-founder Diana Abelardo.

“Our menu will be made up of amazing international wines, beers and spirits, with Aussie brands taking pride of place, as well as our contemporary cocktail list designed to thrill any palate.”

The ethos is to make everyone feel welcome though, so if you’re still looking for a boozy treat you’ll find it in a single gin and tonic option made with the brand’s Brunswick Aces Spades Gin and Brunswick Aces Hearts Gin blends.

It’s “a cheeky nod to the long history of non-drinkers not properly being well catered for in traditional venues.”