Water Bar & Public Studio is a bar that serves free tap water. We're also an art space, a social hub, and an incubator of collaborative projects on water and the ways it connects and sustains us.

Help Fund the Sink (And more!)

Now more than ever, we need welcoming creative spaces where we can come together to build awareness, empathy, and collective action for a more equitable and sustainable environment. Help us raise $10,000 to complete our storefront build-out. Dream with us for a moment: A real sink, a real sign on our building, paint on the walls... and regular open hours!

We’ve got the plans drawn and the bids gathered. As soon as this fundraiser is complete, we can get to work. Your contribution is critical!


Visit our Storefront

Located in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis, Water Bar & Public Studio is home to exhibitions, public programs, an art and book shop, and collaborations of all kinds.



Water Bar & Public Studio
2516 Central Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN, 55418


We are currently open by appointment or during programs. Regular hours coming in late January 2017!


Phone: (612) 236-4324
Email: hello[at]water-bar[dot]org
Or say hello!


Upcoming storefront events

Upcoming Pop-ups


Creative Services

Our creative services are designed by artists with over a decade of experience in public engagement and facilitation. We work with neighborhood organizations, small businesses, cities and government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, environmental nonprofits, high schools and colleges, art museums, and more.


Water Bar pop-ups

Bring the fun and engaging Water Bar experience to your organization, conference, festival, private or public event. Customize with additional service offerings.

Pop-up Subscriptions

Recurring Water Bar pop-ups help sustain a meaningful conversation over time, introducing water topics and issues, as well as art activities, science education and more. We will design a package to meet your unique needs.

Speaking and Facilitation

Our presentations and facilitated workshops offer inspiration to a range of professionals in the public and private sector looking to tap into their creativity and develop more effective collaborations.

Rent Our storefront

Hold your private or public event in our beautiful Northeast Minneapolis storefront. Great for artistic projects, off-site meetings, professional or personal celebrations. Click the form below to learn more about the Water Bar & Public Studio space.



In addition to our creative services, we work in partnership with cultural organizations, educators, researchers, and government agencies across the country to develop unique projects that leverage the Water Bar platform to engage specific issues and communities. These are just some of the projects we are developing in 2017.




Water Bar volunteer Water Tenders serve water at Water Bar Pop-ups across Minnesota and at Water Bar & Public Studio events. Sign up below and we'll add you to our monthly volunteer dispatch, which contains information about upcoming opportunities and social events just for volunteers. There's no commitment and you decide what works with your schedule. We host monthly meet-ups at our storefront for new volunteers.




Camille Erickson
Twin Cities Daily Planet
October 27, 2016

Water Bar... now serves as a rare community incubator for conversation around environmental injustice, water access, pollution and community development.


Building relationships — and a water ethic — that we can all live with

February 28, 2016

The issue is not who needs water (we all do) or for what purpose (nearly every purpose), the issue is that even in the land of 10,000 lakes there is only so much water, and it’s preferable for life and living if we keep it clean. The real questions, if we’re being honest, seemed to be: How much pollution and overconsumption will we tolerate? How will we meet these goals? Who decides and who pays for it?