Sobar – the new alcohol free bar!

January 27, 2022

Sobar – the new alcohol free bar!


Sobar – the new alcohol free bar!

By Andrew Diprose, Editor, Dorset Biz News

It’s a bar – and café – without booze and it’s coming to Poole in the next few weeks!

The South’s first independent alcohol free bar and café is due to open in Ashley Cross in February.

Sobar – a variation on ‘sober’ – will serve only non-alcoholic drinks, including beers, spirits and cocktails, as well as a selection of coffees, biscotti and cakes five days a week. Final work is now underway on converting the Bournemouth Road site.

Dave Tonkes is the man behind Sobar. The father of three has spent 32 years in the financial services industry including the last 11 running his own consultancy, Complianz, but the ‘pipe dream’ of owning a bar had always been in the back of his mind.

Dave told Dorset Biz News: “My dream is a chilled out and laid-back bar. A fun, vibrant environment where people can enjoy a good time with friends without waking up the next morning with a hangover.”

Read more about Sobar at

It’s an interesting concept and, who knows, could be the blueprint for a new way of meeting up with friends and family?

Until next time…  

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