Niks Bar softly opened to the public this month, becoming Johannesburg's first alcohol-free bar. Picture: Supplied
Niks Bar softly opened to the public this month, becoming Johannesburg's first alcohol-free bar. Picture: Supplied

Joburg opens first alcohol-free bar

By Lutho Pasiya Time of article published Aug 18, 2020

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There's a new bar on the block and it's not your average bar.

Niks Bar softly opened to the public this month, becoming Johannesburg's first alcohol-free bar.

The owners say they opened their doors to create jobs, and preserve the livelihoods of staff who have been left unemployed during the coronavirus lockdown.

Speaking to the head of communications and marketing, Katie Coetzee said the bar caters to anybody and everybody who wants to head out safely after many months of lockdown in a space where they can enjoy great drinks, food, and music. Coetzee said it is for the sober curious drinker and those who are exploring conscious consumption.

“Niks Bar is a brand extension of Mesh Club and Mix Bar in the Trumpet Building - we opened up on a street level with a new concept to bring life back to the precinct and re-employ bartenders and mixologists around us who lost their jobs due to the restaurant and bar closures.

“The ‘Jobs Saves Lives’ protests opened our eyes to just how many people in Joburg had been affected. Our existing brand partners at MESH which are Pernod Ricard, Heineken, and Coca Cola all have non-alcoholic offerings and they immediately jumped on board when we shared the idea. We then rallied with other industry leaders and brands as well as artists, musicians, and creatives,” she said.

Coetzee said this is a non-profit operation aimed at preserving the livelihood of out-of-work bartenders and will give people the chance to safely come out of their homes to enjoy an “out on the town” atmosphere that only a great bar can offer.

“Our menus feature drinks from all the leading brands in this space. Heineken 0.0% ABV beer, zero alcohol-free G&T’s, Kegged mocktails, 0% ciders from Hunters and Savannah, Martini Dolcé bubbly, and “Just Short“ bottled virgin cocktails, and our food menu offers a very simple burger menu for now,” she said.

Coetzee added that this is a big trend that is seeing new brands launching and new communities as well as new rituals and ways of drinking and that the no-alcohol market has been growing exponentially over the last few years.

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Pull in on Sunday and be part of so much goodness! Conscious consumption of alcohol-free cocktails, ciders, sparkling wine , G&T’s, beverages and beers! ————- We're opening this weekend and we're giving you nothing. That's right..Niks nie, nada, lutho, nothing.. Except some of the finest non-alcoholic cocktails, great music and safe socially distanced vibes on the beautiful KEYES ART MILE . A female-driven force of talent will host the opening this Sunday from 1pm - 7pm with power womxn behind the bar and on the decks. 1-3pm @jenny_dison 3-5pm @adillxh 5-7pm @meeks_mn Find Misha Cherie and Taneale serving drinks with Kgomotso, Hussain, Evert, Keanu. No mask, no entry. Keep your vibes and temperature cool (preferably around 37°C)😉 and your body distanced. Health declarations must be completed before you may place your order. Please consider the safety of yourselves, each other and our team. We are Joburg's first alcohol free bar, a community bar project that is part of the #jobssavelives movement. Find out more by following us on Instagram @niksbarjozi #niksbarjozi #alcoholfreebar @keyesartmile @johannesburginyourpocket #noboozenoproblem #jobssavelives

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Niks Bar is situated on the street level of 21 Keyes Avenue in Rosebank. It is open from Thursday until Sunday from 1pm until 7pm.

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