Welcome to The Brainy Bar! Created by Eridu Society in 2016, The Brainy Bar serves as a watering hole for big thinkers! After years of building a variety of art pieces (big and small), we wanted to focus on a more interactive and intimate experience and Brainy Bar is the result. We had so much fun that we went all in on the concept.
We build a beautiful, shaded Brainy Bar lounge space with a custom-made bar. In 2019 we’re making the bar and lounge space bigger, creating a bunch of new art (in a victorian steampunk style), and introducing a workshop series as well as increasing our hours of operation. We are also bringing back our popular rubber stamp bar and big jenga table (the game you know and love, scaled up to make it interesting.
A Dive Bar For The Ages
The Brainy Bar is open at different times of day each day of the week. Each day, the bar will feature a Daily Special alcoholic drink, a non-alcoholic drink, and a topic of conversation chosen by the bartender. Like the Burning Man art theme, the topic of conversation is completely optional, we merely offer it as a place to get started. Our Daily Special concept got its start in 2012 at the Fertile Minds Idea Deli, where a daily specials board started out as a running joke among campmates, but quickly became a hit with visitors.
Additionally, our camp obtains a food permit and offers a range of food gifting throughout the week. We don’t have a published schedule for food gifting, since we prefer offer up unexpected gifts to guests and passers-by. Last year we made fresh-baked cinnamon rolls each morning… that was a big hit, and we plan on doing that again. Additionally, we plan on bringing back our Fancy Shmancy S’Mores on a few evenings throughout the week, and there has been talk of other snacks and treats.
In 2019, our ‘front of house’ space will undergo a pretty big metamorphosis. We will expand it and give the space a victorian steampunk theme with new art, another shade structure, another bar cart, additional seating and a small observation deck on top of one of the shipping containers (creating a steampunk airship outpost, if you will). Chance Of Survival: Reasonably Good
New in 2019, ‘Brainwash’ salons – pop-up workshops on just about any subject. Campmates pick anything they’re interested in or passionate about and have fun with that. We’ve done a few workshops and meetings on all kinds of subjects on and off the playa over the years, and think this will be a fun, interactive way to share ideas and get to know each other.
We have applied for placement, and as soon as we receive word on our location for 2019 we will post details here.
We’re sorry, but we are not currently accepting new members. Brainy Bar already has a great mix of seasoned playa veterans, new burners, returning campmates, and people who’ve never camped with us before. It is more important to us to create the best experience we can with manageable numbers than it is grow as large as we can. We love you and invite you to come visit us in the desert, but we are trying to keep our numbers relatively small. If you’re looking for a camp to join, see this post on the Burning Man ePlaya community web site. It was written by our camp leader, and should help point you in the right direction.