By: Bethany Winkel
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Sober Bars Making a Difference in the Late Night Scene
A new kind of bar is slowly emerging, and it has many people fascinated by the idea. Dry bars, or sober bars, provide people with a place to gather and have fun without the temptation to drink and get drunk. The idea is taking hold among people in recovery and also among those that don’t really care for the drunken scene that is so common among most late-night establishments.
There are a number of sober bars in Europe, and now the idea is spreading to parts of the United States as well. These bars sell non-alcoholic drinks and “mocktails,” and they focus on fun and socialization rather than getting wasted.
“The biggest problem for people in recovery is, you go home and you stare at your ceiling from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. because the only things open are things that you struggle with. You’re segregated because of your addiction,” said Kyle Kuehn, owner of one sober bar. “What I was really hitting on was there is a need for community late-night, away from substances.”
“This is a place where you can come and know you’re safe, and not everyone there is in recovery,” says Kuehn. “What I want to teach the community and teach kids and teach young adults is society has told us that to have fun at night, we need that drink. It’s not true. We can still have fun, and we don’t have to go to bed early. We can still party without that stuff.”
Kuehn’s bar is in Lancaster, PA. To learn more about his establishment and others like it, click here.