SOUTH CITY ( -- There’s a new bar in South City that charges by the hour, not the drink.

Open Concept is set to open Friday on Cherokee street and it’s concept is similar to an open bar.

“We decided to mix technology with that open bar concept,” said  owner Michael Butler.  “To where you can pay per hour and you can stay in the space as long as you want.”

Butler says you pay $10 per hour for premium drinks or $20 per hour for top shelf liquor and then you can drink all you legally can.

“This place is different because you’re buying time instead of the drinks,” said Butler. “Open concept is the first of it’s kind in the region and the state of Missouri.”

Butler says when you come in you have to sign in using your cell phone. Open Concept uses technology to track all your consumption and keep the bar in compliance with legal limits.

Butler is St. Louis City’s recorder of deeds and came up with the idea from fundraising parties while running for office.  

To learn more about the new bar, click here.

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