Go to a Sober Bar in 2020. Your Liver will Thank You.
When people think of “bar” and “nightlife,” alcohol, and all its positives—and negatives—immediately come to mind. For all its delights, alcohol also brings hangovers, drunk texts, fist fights and the inability to remember the name of the girl you woke up with. Recent scientific studies are showing that even moderate alcohol consumption carries health risks.
Fortunately, there is a growing trend in society where the term “sober bar” is not an oxymoron. More Americans are realizing the risks involved with excessive alcohol consumption but still desire a social life. Sober bars often look identical to alcohol bars, minus the booze. Sober bars are frequented by many former addicts and alcoholics who are looking for nightlife without the temptation to reach for an alcoholic drink. Others are just wanting to take a break from alcohol for the weekend. Whatever their reasons, more people are realizing it’s possible to socialize without Budweiser.
Are sober bars having an impact on American social life? According to some research, the answer is a definite yes. A 2018 report by beverage market analyzer IWSR found that Americans are starting to consume less alcohol than in previous years. This can only be a positive trend, since alcohol consumption can cause a range of health problems, from cirrhosis of the liver to alcohol induced dementia.
Some sober bars serve “mocktails” which are cocktails without alcohol. Others are capitalizing on the public’s interest in alternative and ethnobotanical remedies, including kombucha tea, nootropics, kratom leaf and kava.
One such bar is the Ohana Kava Bar, with two locations in Colorado Springs. This business sells kava, which is a non-alcoholic beverage traditionally consumed in the South Pacific. Kava bars are sprouting up all over the United States as more Americans catch on to the beneficial effects of this humble beverage. Patrons can drink kava without the risk of getting a hangover the next morning. Some strains of kava, especially those from Fiji, can gently lower social inhibitions without compromising judgment. What’s more, kava consumption can bring about health benefits, such as diminished anxiety and blood pressure. Many of Ohana’s customers are former addicts and alcoholics looking to socialize without the negative consequences of alcohol consumption. Others are health conscious consumers who enjoy kava’s relaxing and sedating effects.
Ohana has plenty of events to keep customers entertained. Musicians such as Ryan Flores, the Mountain City Rebels and other local acts perform at Ohana on the weekends. There are also “Magic the Gathering” nights for enthusiasts of the board game. The sober bar experience at Ohana is more than just kava. “Ohana” means family in the Hawaiian language, and this bar lives up to its name. It has a “small town” feel among the regulars, and new customers often end up becoming regulars themselves.
If you and your liver aren’t on speaking terms, check out Ohana Kava Bar. You won’t regret it— and you won’t need to call an Uber driver either.