1. A daytime sales booster
We’ve mentioned restaurants that are capitalizing on consumer interest in low-alcohol cocktails, but low-proof drinks are also a good way to boost daytime booze sales. Sessionable, a new concept in Portland, Ore., focuses on low-alcohol-by-volume beers, designed to allow patrons to try several without getting inebriated. The beers in the bar’s 30 taps each have 2% to 5% ABV. Sessionable also serves a small selection of sandwiches and snacks, including a charcuterie plate, oysters and dips.
2. An adult ice creamery
Frozen treat spot Ice Cream Wasted is opening its second Texas location, serving dairy-free, egg-free ice cream made with organic coconut milk. It is served in three- or four-course “experiences,” available by reservation only. Flavors change each month, but all are infused with some type of booze. The shop also offers 80-proof “ice cream shots.”
3. A large-scale cider bar
Also on its second unit is Schilling Cider House, which recently debuted in Portland, Ore. Its 50 taps dispense housemade ciders as well as some made by independent cideries. The taproom’s kitchen is entirely gluten-free, and its menu includes bar snacks like tater tots (by the pound), fried zucchini and corn dogs. It also has a sizable rooftop deck with a fire pit.