For those who don’t drink or enjoy the bar scene, there may still be hope for your social life. New booze-free zones are popping up everywhere, giving a new option for a crowd that’s tired of those questioning looks at the bar when they order another club soda.
ABC News reports about a trend emerging across the nation of spaces opening up that offer the same kind of ambiance and social experience as bars but without the booze. For those who don’t wish to imbibe for any reason, whether it’s because they are in recovery or simply just trying to cut back on alcohol, sober spaces have become a way to still keep your social life.
Alcohol-free bars and something called “substance-free spots” marked with yellow balloons at music concerts are providing an alternative in a culture that takes its boozing pretty seriously. But even as alcohol laden our culture sometimes seems, there is also a more health-conscious trend emerging that is the exact reason we now see these places pop up.
Even St. Louis, home to the Anheuser-Busch brewery, has opened a space where people can listen to music, chill and sip on non-alcoholic beverages. Pop’s Blue Moon bar has been a popular local watering hole for more than 100 years, but now those who don’t want alcohol on the menu can enjoy a sober night of socializing and making connections.
University of Kentucky professor who studies addiction, William Stoops, explains how the non-alcoholic bar trend is a great sign of an evolving culture. Stoops says, “We evolved as social creatures. This is a good trend if you want the experience of companionship and social culture but don’t want the negatives. It can help people make better choices.”
What do you think of the new trend of boozeless bars?
Would you prefer to hang out in sober spaces when you don’t feel like drinking alcohol?