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What’s a non-alcoholic bar that only serves mocktails?

What is a bar without alcohol? The new trend in bar and restaurant ownership is to create an alcohol-free space where customers don’t feel the pressure to imbibe. (Photo: Getty Creative)

On menus across the country, non-alcoholic mocktails are appearing in abundance. These specialty drinks are just as delicious as their cocktail cousins, but are a great option for people who choose not to drink them for whatever reason. Mocktails and mocktails have become so popular, in fact, that some restaurants and bars are saying goodbye to alcohol – serving only these creative concoctions.

Abby Ehmann owns Hekate Cafe and Elixir Lounge in New York, a quite sober bar and a specialty tea shop. Ehmann says she wanted to create a place where people could spend time together — a place that wasn’t based on drinking.

“A lot of our socialization is built around drinking alcohol,” Ehmann told Yahoo Life. “What neighborhood bars offer — besides alcohol — is community.”

“You can stop by after work and see someone you know – even if it’s just the bartender – and have a chat.” She keeps. “People who live alone in tiny apartments need a longer living room. If someone chooses to abstain from alcohol – for a day, a week, or a lifetime – it becomes less available. Yes, you can go to a bar and have a seltzer, but then you’re surrounded by drunk people. I was inspired to offer that same cozy ‘starting point’ but without the booze.”

Although Ehmann has many misconceptions in her work, she says there’s nothing boring about a soft drink. “A lot of people assume ‘no alcohol’ means boring,” she says. “Probably the most surprising thing is how similar the vibe is to a ‘regular’ bar, but without all the chatter and overflow. And of course, the audience at our events are more attentive because they don’t are not crushed.”

The idea of ​​sober spaces continues to grow across the country. In Florida, recently opened Bandbox Orlando exclusively serves soft drinks in a 1920s-themed speakeasy.

Kevin Zepf, owner of the Bandbox, says after researching the non-alcoholic beverage market in the area, his team decided this would be the perfect opportunity to introduce the Orlando area to the burgeoning beverage industry. non-alcoholic.

“Dry bar, sober bar, or so-bar, as they are sometimes called, have been popping up in cities across the United States in recent years, primarily in major markets like New York, Denver, Austin, and California,” says Zepf. “To date, there are approximately 20 sober bars nationwide, and that number continues to grow.”

“This is due to the increasing number of young people in their twenties and thirties who have either drastically reduced their alcohol consumption or completely stopped drinking alcohol,” he adds.

According to Zepf, this idea isn’t as new as you might think: Sober drinking establishments date back to the late 1800s, when temperance bars and taverns began popping up. These establishments served a variety of non-alcoholic elixirs as well as popular sodas of the time. In fact, Zepf says even the modern-day favorite Coca-Cola was first introduced in the early 1900s in such a place.

Even more unique, some restaurants remove alcohol from the menu altogether. The salt and the cellarlocated inside the Hotel in Kissimmee, Florida. Is an upscale dining experience with a long list of creative drinks on its menu – none of which contain traditional alcohol.

Alex Ekbatani, owner and CEO of Ette Hotel, said he took the sober step as part of his mission to provide an experience centered on health and wellness, while allowing guests to experience the same upscale and curated cocktail culture found in world-class hotels across the globe.

“We are delighted to say that business is going extremely well,” shares Ekbatani. “Salt and the Cellar fills up quickly every weekend and we’re excited to open [a rooftop bar] shortly for guests to enjoy.”

“Our non-alcoholic offerings have been such a hit with all customers, regardless of their preferences,” he adds. “Nearly everyone who enjoyed a meal at Salt and the Cellar specifically told us that they didn’t feel like they had run out of booze all night.”

For those who don’t have a non-alcoholic elixir bar or restaurant nearby, mocktails can even be shipped direct. When Abbie Romanul quit drinking, she found herself frustrated with the lack of “adult” non-alcoholic options beyond seltzer water and citrus fruits. So she founded Raising the bar, a zero-proof cocktail subscription box. Each box contains innovative ingredients for making non-alcoholic beverages at home.

“Mocktails aren’t just for teetotalers,” says Romanul. “A well-prepared non-alcoholic drink can be enjoyed by everyone – whether you’re the designated driver, the host who wants to have inclusive options at your fingertips, or you’re simply interested in more mindful drinking.”

“Making the choice not to drink alcohol was a hugely important choice for me,” she adds, “but it also made me a little anxious, because alcohol has always been a big part of my life. way to socialize and form new relationships. I wanted to have something fun, delicious and beautiful to drink on social occasions, even without alcohol.”

From high-end restaurants to farmers markets across the country, mocktails are really popping up everywhere. Drinks of Grandma’s giftsserved at Ocala Farmers Marketyou in Ocala, Florida are whimsical and pure fun for the whole family, from drink to glass. Co-owner Carolyn Hall says the company started when she and her husband wanted to create family drinks using ingredients from their family peach and blueberry farm.

“[My husband] came up with the food cart with the harvest stand for fun and to extend our season,” she says. “We decided to try mocktails because we thought they would be fun for the whole family. [My husband] likes to find quirky items for drinks, like straws for glasses and our ‘undecided’ tumbler that’s split in two.”

Hall says the whole family joins in on the mocktail fun, sharing non-alcoholic creations with the community. “Our kids and grandkids help out with the booth every week, and the grandkids saved the proceeds from pretzel sales for college,” she says. “We think most of our customers are looking for a warm and friendly experience with their grandma’s drink, and the family atmosphere seemed like a good fit.”

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