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The Urbanist: How the World Parties Sober

The Kundalini Disco in New York; late-night tea parties in London


YOUNG PEOPLE: Recent studies show they’re having less sex, they’re smoking less, and they just aren’t drinking like they used to. In May, the market-research firm Euromonitor International found that global alcohol consumption was down by nearly one percent—a seemingly small difference, but it’s the first time that number moved south in over a decade. Meanwhile, global nonalcoholic- and low-ABV-beer sales are estimated to reach $12 billion by 2020, up from $8.36 billion in 2010. This is in part owing to a widespread rise in “self-care”: boutique fitness memberships, sound baths, detox diets (which of course involve abstaining from alcohol). But that’s not to say young people are staying home on Saturday nights rearranging their crystals. They’re going out—and enjoying a fully fledged sober-nightlife industry. It isn’t happening just in New York and L.A., the land of a million juice bars and yoga studios, but also in places like Dublin, Tokyo, and London, where nights out now involve dry pubs, collagen-infused nonalcoholic beer, and fancy dining that includes tea pairings.

New York’s Booze-Free Dance Circuit

Sydney Campos, a local health-and-wellness entrepreneur, picks out a party for every type of non-drinker.


“At Daybreaker, a series of alcohol-free early-morning dance parties, the crowd leans toward those who work in the

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