Brunswick Aces distillery to open Australia's first alcohol-free bar

Brunswick Aces owners Stephen Lawrence and Diana Abelardo.
Brunswick Aces owners Stephen Lawrence and Diana Abelardo. Photo: Paul Jeffers

Febfast may be over, but for those who are thinking of living life in a drier lane full-time, Brunswick East has a new bar for the "sober curious".

Brunswick Aces is a distillery on Weston Street specialising in non-alcoholic gin alternatives. Like many distillers, CEO Stephen Lawrence is planning on adding a space where his customers can drink at the source.

With the zero per cent market booming, the bar will be able to offer a full array of entirely non-alcoholic wines, beers, and cocktails made with spirit alternatives, including their own "gins".

Brunswick Aces will be pouring zero alcohol cocktails such as the Aphrodite.
Brunswick Aces will be pouring zero alcohol cocktails such as the Aphrodite. Photo: Supplied

There will be one boozy option only – a gin and tonic, and they're considering limiting how many you can get.

While a bar with no booze may seem a big step for Australia, the data supports the concept. Many are drinking less. Lawrence wants to normalise the trend and be the first venue not just to cater to but prioritise non-drinkers.

Entertainment is being planned, including book readings from sober authors such as Jill Stark.

Brunswick Aces will open Australia's first (mostly) alcohol-free bar in April.
Brunswick Aces will open Australia's first (mostly) alcohol-free bar in April. Photo: Supplied

Food will be offered from local vendors. The 150-person space is due to open in April; brunswickaces.com.