13 June, 2021

Watermelon Mockarita, Please. Make It Large…

Sober bars? From Tokyo to Austin, Texas, aficionados are sipping from fantastic drinks that have only one thing missing: alcohol. Health is the new craft brew.

Watermelon Mockarita, Please. Make It Large…

There’s something missing from a new wave of bars opening around the world: Alcohol. Aimed at the growing number of people exploring sobriety, bars pour adult drinks like craft cocktails without the booze. At 0 per cent Non-Alcohol Experience, a futuristic bar in Tokyo, patrons can sip a mix of non-alcoholic white wine, sake and cranberries from a sugar-rimmed glass. On a recent evening at Sans Bar in Austin, Texas, customers gathered at outdoor tables, enjoying live music, bottles of alcohol-free IPA and drinks like the watermelon mockarita, which is made with a tequila alternative.

Sober bars aren’t a new phenomenon. They first appeared in the 19th century as part of the temperance movement. But while previous iterations were geared toward non-drinkers or people in recovery, the newer venues welcome the sober as well as the curious, reports the Associated Press. Chris Marshall, Sans Bar’s founder, has been sober for 14 years, but estimates 75 per cent of his customers also drink alcohol outside of his bar.

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