Owners of the building that housed the former ASU “Project Space” Art Museum are breathing new life into the site with the downtown Phoenix Lacuna Kava Bar, which will open on April 5.
With its roots in Arizona, Lacuna Kava Bar offers kava and CBD beverages as well as an assortment of foods.
Kava, also known as the “intoxicating pepper,” is a plant-based, psychoactive national drink of Fiji and has been used in Pacific Island cultures throughout history for its relaxing and meditative effects.
Lacuna Kava Bar is among the only of its kind in Arizona, and owner, Chase Brendle, said that he hopes to bring a social aspect to a drink that is foreign to the state.
“Part of what kava is, it’s a culture and connection of people in a healthy way,” Brendle said. “Here, we use it as a social beverage to connect with other people.”
Lacuna Kava Bar offers drinks from $6 to $14 and caters to customers who are above the age of 18. Costs vary between sizes and flavors.
Kava tea is derived from the root of the kava plant and was once only a drink for those of high status. It has been ingrained in Pacific Island culture for over 3,000 years. Traditionally served in a coconut shell, kava became a popular drink at social events and has gained popularity in Western culture through kava bars.