Seattle is the new home of a vegan David Bowie-themed vinyl-centric bar named “Life on Mars.”
Founded by four music lovers – DJs John and Amy Richards, venue owner Steven Severin, and promoter Leigh Sims – the new Bowie bar will pay homage to the ’70s icon with “good music, deep comfy booths, a gigantic wall of vinyl, local beers, [and] unfussy cocktails.” Even the decor is set to be ’70s themed.
All food served will be plant-based, prepared with fresh vegetables delivered to the restaurant from local suppliers.
Ultimately, the quartet just wants people to come into their bar, chill out, eat some good quality food, and appreciate the music. “We want people to come in and grab a record for a spin during happy hours, and other hours,” they state in a press release, according to the Stranger.
“We’ll be playing good music, really good music. We’re crafting playlists from classics to emerging artists so you might hear Radiohead’s ‘Karma Police,’ Idles’ ‘Danny Nedelko,’ and Stevie Wonder’s ‘Living for the City,’” they added.
The owners also hope the bar will be a setting for future Record Store Day events, as well as fundraisers for local non-profits.
Despite their love of music, however, Severin told the Stranger there won’t be any live performances at Life on Mars. The focus is all on the vinyl, as the live music scene is a crowded market in Seattle. The bar will, however, potentially host DJ sets and listening parties.
Seattle’s Vegan Scene
Vegan business in Seattle is beginning to grow; the Washington city even made Chef Pencil’s list of top 10 vegan cities in the world last year, landing the number five spot. Portland and Vancouver, both also located in the Pacific Northwest, also made the list.
According to ChooseVeg, Seattle is home to around 200 vegan-friendly eateries, and the restaurant scene keeps growing. Popular plant-based bakery Cinnaholic recently chose the city to open its 24th location. And last year, meaty farm to table restaurant Stock reopened as a vegan fast-casual eatery named Papas Hot Potatoes.
Life on Mars is set to open in May.