Sunday, October 8 ~ Second Sunday NA Cocktail Social
Our monthly non-alcoholic cocktail socials move from Fridays to Sundays this fall @Hathaway’s Hideaway, 310 S. Ashley. The registration link below will be updated shortly . . . !
Be well, be Bene, & Cheers! See you soon!
In the spirit of delicious inclusivity, Bar Bene’s cocktails are all vegan and gluten free.
Bar Bene offers custom packages, as well, including:
Half the Sky AF
Features ingredients grown and produced by women.
Great Lakes AF
Features ingredients grown and produced in MI and IL. We can get as hyper-local as you would like with this one!
Features cocktails, beer and wine, that do not contain even trace amounts of alcohol. This package can be made halal.
Hi! I’m Kristin – Ann Arbor native, recovered lawyer, long time high school teacher, and now the founder and owner of Bar Bene. It is wonderful to be back in A2 to raise our child and reconnect with the community here. Thank you for visiting my site!
2020 – OOF! – pandemic parenting. Being a mom of a toddler in Covid lockdown meant, for me, that the wine really started flowing. And my glass or two a day became . . . significantly more than that in the following two years. I contributed to the pandemic drinking statistics for sure.
In 2022, I did Dry January with a few family members for a post-holiday detox. That “Drynuary” felt fantastic and gave me the opportunity to evaluate my relationship with alcohol. It was clear that the amount I was consuming was incompatible with being my best self and the best parent I could be. So I stayed dry.
Growing tired of sparkling water, however, and missing the communal, celebratory, and ritual aspects of drinking alcohol, I needed options. I was fully prepared to be disappointed in my search, but lo’ and behold! – there are so many incredible non-alcoholic spirits now! Just within the last few years there has been an explosion of innovation. Assiduous research and development have always been my thing, and I geeked out and dived in deep. I did the reading, did a whole lot of on-line ordering, mixed and experimented like crazy, pitched a lot of products and a good number of sub-par cocktails into the bin, enlisted family and friends as tasters, enrolled in Chris Marshall’s Sans Bar Academy (shout-out to the amazing Spring 2022 cohort!) and finally created what I needed.
I started Bar Bene to share the wealth! It’s time to share the joy of this exciting new option and burgeoning movement with Michigan’s increasingly mindful drinkers. It’s time to get together and engage the way we so often do – over a celebratory, complex, adult beverage. It’s time to support the inclusivity and genuine connection that an alcohol-free event provides. Time to take it on the road. Time to be Bene! Cheers!