Hekate in New York’s East Village is the city’s first all non-alcoholic bar. The intimate setting is great for catching up with old friends, date night, or—thanks to the non-alcoholic component—a baby shower, as we saw firsthand. The bar has quickly become a staple in the neighborhood—touted by a handful of regulars. Its sober-friendly atmosphere is also apparent through its staffing choices. Owner Abby Ehmann says she prefers to hire primarily sober bartenders. Hekate has several mocktails and adaptogen-based beverages (such as CBD-based ‘cocktails’). Its take on a French 75 is definitely worth a try.
With New Year’s celebrations in the rear mirror, dry January is in the spotlight. The annual event encourages people to cut out alcohol for the month. Those taking part are joining a growing number of Americans putting the proverbial bottle down amid surging interest in the non-alcoholic beverage landscape.
So, it’s no surprise that there are hot, trendy, sober bars popping up around the country catering to this growing demographic. If you want to bond with colleagues after a day at the office, or if you’re like me and looking for that special someone—opting not to grab a drink is easier said than done. Fortunately, the country has quite a few options for zero-proof bars. Below, find the best sober bars in America for your next booze-free night out.