After five years slinging beer and wine only in its Garden City space, the Visual Arts Collective can now officially sell hard alcohol. The music venue and art gallery purchased a liquor license from nearby bar the Quarter Barrel, which shut its doors two months ago after the license was transferred.
According to VAC owner Sam Stimpert, the space will continue to act as a performance venue and will not transition into a bar with regular operating hours.
“We’re still going to be an arts venue, just with cocktails,” said Stimpert.
The first shows where patrons can purchase liquor at VAC will be during Toubab Krewe Wednesday, April 3, and at the opening reception for Noble Hardesty’s new art show, Remission, Friday, April 5.
Stimpert said he'll be actively booking more events in the space moving forward, and hopes the liquor license will help the venue increase its cash flow so it can bid on better bands.
“It’s the potential for us to be able to make a little bit more money and get better stuff coming in here,” said Stimpert.
The Visual Arts Collective will continue offering gallery hours on Saturdays, which Stimpert said he might extend into the evening.