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Raleigh’s First Nonalcoholic Cocktail Bar Wants to Redefine Drinking Culture Downtown

Umbrella Dry Bar opens with a New Year’s Eve party

A white woman and white man standing at a bar, smiling.
Umbrella co-owners Meg Paradise and Kevin Barry.
Umbrella Dry Bar
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

Raleigh entrepreneur Meg Paradise started Umbrella Dry Bar as a pop-up in 2022, moved it into a residency at Norwood Gardens (12825 Norwood Road, Raleigh) in 2023, and will now open a permanent downtown bar and shop on New Year’s Eve. Located at 14 W Martin Street (the former Garland space), Umbrella Dry Bar will be Raleigh’s first bar dedicated to nonalcoholic cocktails. “At Umbrella Dry Bar, our mission is to redefine the social drinking experience by offering zero-proof craft cocktails and functional, restorative, alcohol-free beverages,” she says.

Paradise teamed up with Kevin Barry, cofounder of FilterEasy and Second Nature, to bring the business downtown. Barry was introduced to Umbrella Dry Bar’s cocktails during his thirtieth birthday celebration and became fascinated with the company's mission. “I became instantly enamored with this avant-garde concept in the beverage industry and its potential for growth,” he says.

Paradise and Barry will work with bartender/chef Greg White (formerly of Second Empire and Oak Steakhouse) to lead the bar and kitchen staff. Drinks use complex ingredients, zero-proof spirits, juices, and garnishes to replicate the experience of a high-end cocktail bar. For example, the Gold Buzz uses beeswax-washed Free Spirits bourbon, honey simple syrup, aquafaba, and bee pollen to create a complex, nonalcoholic beverage.

Snacks at Umbrella Dry Bar include falernum popcorn, warm olives, hummus, charcuterie, and cheese.

Umbrella Dry Bar opens with a New Year’s Eve party and then for regular business on January 5.