. January 5, 2015.

A new bar in Ann Arbor has shown up with a variation on the traditional cocktail. All of the same parts are present—citrus, sweet, savory—except for one key ingredient: the alcohol.

For now, Brillig Dry Bar is only in pop-up form, having taken over Mighty Good Coffee for two events in December with live jazz, appetizers, and crafty mocktails.

Nic Sims created Brillig with the desire to give non-drinkers a place to go out for a night on the town, without being excluded from the social aspect of grabbing a drink with a friend. The bar so far has served Brooklyn Egg Creams, Pomegranate-Rosemary Sodas, Vernor’s Cranberry Sours, Vegan Pumpkin Chillers, and Wassails.

Sims is excited about the future, as the two pop-up bar events were received well by those who attended. She hopes that Brillig Dry Bar will become a permanent recurring fixture in Downtown Ann Arbor’s nightlife, hosting events like poetry slams and live music.


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