I Went To A "Sober Curious" Bar, And It Was Actually More Social Than Any Bar I've Been To
In recent years, the "sober curious" movement has gotten bigger and bigger — especially among Gen Z'ers.
So when I — a debatable Gen Z'er (I just turned 27) — quit drinking five months ago, I felt that I was in pretty good company.
But when I started researching sober groups and spaces near me — and mind you, I live in New York City, a place that has EVERYTHING — I quickly saw that with sobriety came few events for alcohol-free twentysomethings, and more of meetup groups of middle-aged folks planning "field trips" to the Statue of Liberty (which, hey, if that's your thing, slay! It just wasn't mine).
Then one glorious day, I found Elizabeth Gascoigne, aka @absenceofproof, on TikTok. In her videos, Elizabeth advertised these nonalcoholic parties she was throwing in a GORGEOUS speakeasy. I was immediately sold on the promise of alcohol-free espresso martinis that wouldn't get me heinously shitfaced, so I registered my best friend, Dara, and myself to go to one of her events ASAP.
Non-alcoholic speakeasy pop-up every friday in February! #sobercurious #alcoholfree
♬ Collide (sped up) - Justine Skye