In this Jan. 17, 2019 photo, a bartender serves patrons Rae of Sunshine mocktails at Sans Bar pop up bar at The Factory Luxe in Seattle, a Marnie Rae launch party for National Mocktail Week. (Saleina Marie Photography via AP)
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That's how Listen Bar was born on Bleecker Street downtown. At just under a year old, the bar that Bandrovschi opens only once a month is alcohol-free, one of a growing number of sober bars popping up around the country.Booze-free bars serving elevated "mocktails" are attracting more young people than ever before, especially women. The uptick comes as fewer people overall are drinking alcohol away from home and the #MeToo movement has women seeking a more comfortable bar environment, said Amanda Topper, associate director of food-service research for the global market research firm Mintel.Alcohol-free mixed drinks grew 35 percent as a beverage type on the menus of bars and restaurants from 2016 to this year, according to Mintel. Topper said 17 percent of 1,288 people surveyed between the ages of 22 to 24 who drink away from home said they were interested in mocktails. Listen Bar has enjoyed packed houses every month.Tjan said Listen Bar was the only sober bar she could find in Manhattan, where she works for a drug company.
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