Sober Underground offers alcohol-free concerts in Denver
Want to socialize without alcohol? Sober Underground – with live music, open mics, pool tables, darts, pizza, stage and Austin Powersbubble swings inspired – is a place built for you.
Opened in September 2020, the venue is the next step in son-and-mother duo Chris and Mary Brewer’s mission to help community members fight alcohol and drug addiction. The Brewers have worked with recovering alcoholics and drug addicts since 2004, both providing them with sober housing and launching New Beginnings Recovery Center, a non-profit organization that provides housing and recovery programs.
Their mission began after an employee of the Brewers property management company developed a cocaine addiction. After helping him get treatment, they learned about the challenges he faced in finding housing and, as property managers, they realized that they had the means to help not only him, but also them. other. They designated their properties as low-key housing and founded Mary’s Hope Sober Homes, a non-profit organization with a faith-based component. Today, these properties house 135 residents.
The New Beginnings Salvage Center started up a few years later, in 2014, as the Brewers looked to expand their offerings to the salvage community.
However, despite the provision of housing and treatment programs, Chris Brewer wanted to do more to address the lack of sober social spaces. He was particularly inspired by an article on the Spiritual Soldiers Coffee Compound in Ontario, Canada. The now-closed sober cafe and bar offered a way to make recovery fun, and Brewer wanted to bring that concept to Denver.
Sober Underground not only provides an understated space, but it also avoids any mention of alcohol that might trigger the urge to drink, says Brewer.
The place was created as a fun space for people to gather without having to go to a bar.
Sober Underground opened last fall – and while the plan was already in motion before the pandemic, COVID-19 brought added urgency to provide a sense of community to those in recovery.
âIsolation is not a good thing. We moved forward even though a lot of places were shutting down, âsays Chris. “We blew up ours.”
Now that COVID-19 restrictions have eased, the room is returning to full capacity and the word is spreading. Recently a couple arrived from Boston to inquire about their model, just as Chris had taken note of Spiritual Soldiers in Ontario.
âThe sober community is really amazing. People just started referring other people to us, âChris says. They have already had participants ranging in age from eighteen to seventy. The only requirement is sobriety.
The Brewers have hosted events such as Soda and Scribbles – a low-key version of Wine With a Twist – and local comedies, as well as Friday night musical events that cover pop, jazz, country and covers. A car show fundraiser is scheduled for late July. In addition, the space hosted Bible studies and AA meetings.
But the appeal of Sober Underground isn’t limited to the events; it is the space, the foosball tables, the snack bar, the stage and the community that it welcomes.
To learn more about Sober Underground and to stay up to date on its events, visit Facebook, Instagram or the Sober Underground website.
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