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Mar 2, 2023

Host Gail Ferguson Jones talks with Sans Bar owner Chris Marshall about the growing Sober Curious Movement.

Sans Bar in Austin, Texas is believed to be the first in the U.S. to serve only non-alcoholic cocktails, wines and beers.

The Sober Curious trend was the impetus for such establishments with the spread of the global observance of Dry January and Dry October, aimed at encouraging drinkers to examine their relationship with alcohol.

After 10 years of sobriety, Chris missed the chance to socialize without the temptation of alcohol, and founded Sans Bar, realizing there were many others in recovery who would also appreciate the chance for social interaction in a sober environment.

"What most people want is not alcohol," he says, "it's connection."

Sans Bar also hosts alcohol-free events around the country. Learn more at:

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