Robotic arms serve free beer at Australia’s first contactless bar

Students from the University of Sydney and robotics engineers have created the bartenders for the city’s first ever “zero-contact bar”.

Located in Darlinghurst, the Heineken Zero0.0 Contact Bar will make use of two robotic arms – named “Heidi” and “Ken” – to serve up the bar’s namesake (alcohol-free) beer, in-line with the need for physical distancing.

A novel pop-up bar, the venue will only be in operation for four days from today, Wednesday 15th July, permitting one patron at a time to showcase Heineken’s latest innovation, formulated as part of their current “Now You Can” campaign.

Beer will be delivered ice cold via a conveyor belt – or “beer train” – that runs through the bar. Heidi and Ken will then get to work and deliver said beer as soon as customers approach the bar. They have been programmed to recognise when a person approaches them.

The bar will be open from 11am to 6pm each day, and serve beers which are completely free.

For more details head on over the Heineken Facebook page.

Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy-Editor-At-Large of the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.