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Eli Tea Bar Brings Its ‘Sober Bar’ To Andersonville, Offering A Booze-Free Gathering Space For Queer People

The spot will be the second location for Eli Tea Bar, which will have a mini-stage for performances. There will also be events, including drag bingo.

Detroit-based Eli Tear Bar is opening a shop in Andersonville, its second ever location.
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ANDERSONVILLE — A Michigan-based tea shop is opening a location in Andersonville, bringing a tea-focused cafe and “sober bar” to the neighborhood.

Eli Tea Bar is planning to open in November at 5507 N. Clark St., company officials announced Wednesday. It is the second location for the suburban Detroit tea shop, which focuses on providing a safe and sober space for LGBTQ people.

Eli Tea Bar will stay open late, providing patrons with an alcohol-free space to gather and take in events and programs. The shop will have a small stage and will host performances by DJs and events like drag bingo, tarot readings and queer meet-ups, company leaders said in a news release.

Chicago was eyed for the company’s second outpost because owner Elias Majid went to Loyola University.

“After attending Loyola University for undergrad, I’ve been waiting for the right time to open my next location in Chicago,” Majid said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to bringing our exotic tea blends and local vendor relationships to the city.”

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Elias Majid, owner of Eli Tea Bar

Eli Tea Bar opened in Birmingham, Michigan, in 2012, serving specialty, loose-leaf tea drinks.

The company’s 2,000-square-foot Andersonville location will serve 100-plus options of loose leaf tea, in-house tea blends, bubble tea and kombucha on tap. It will also have a retail space where it will sell tea and related supplies.

The tea bar is opening in the former True North cafe space, which closed in June after more than five years in the neighborhood.

The storefront is undergoing renovations to make way for Eli Tear Bar, the company said. On top of cafe seating, the business will have a walk-up window for low-contact ordering.

To learn more about Eli Tea Bar, click here.

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Eli Tea Bar will take over the former True North space at 5507 N. Clark St.

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