Sans Bar is serving good, clean fun (really!): Best of KC 2019

Sans Bar’s booze-free bashes have been a hit. // Photo courtesy of Marissa K Webb Photography.

Our annual Best of Kansas City 2019 issue is out now. Go grab a copy. Alternatively, you can browse the results of the readers’ poll here. The issue also includes a list, compiled and written by The Pitch’s editorial staff, shouting out some of our current favorite things about KC. We’ll be publishing these items online throughout the month of October.

Melissa Saubers rang in 2019 by introducing Kansas City to Sans Bar, an alcohol-free pop-up party with live music, tasty treats, and mocktails. In a way, it was the culmination of a journey she’d begun three years ago, when she decided to quit drinking in a metropolis where booze has long been central to the culture. Turns out, there’s a good amount of Kansas Citians out there like Saubers—people who want to socialize (or flirt) with other sober adults in a setting devoid of boozy temptations and drunken behavior. They come in all kinds: those in recovery, allies to somebody taking a break from alcohol, teetotalers, even just the sober-curious. The plan for Sans Bar (it was founded in Austin, but KC is its first outpost) was to pop up every couple of months somewhere. But less than a year later, they’re already doing events once or twice a month across the metro—Hagoyah, Plexpod, Unity Village, and Thornhill Gallery have hosted events, to name just a few. Tickets tend to run around $20, which includes food, craft mocktails, and usually some live music or other entertainment. (And some, like the alcohol-free lounge at the Plaza Art Festival, are free.) Saubers hopes to eventually find a permanent location for Sans Bar, but in the meantime, follow ‘em on Facebook to find out when the next party is.

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