SobrieTea Party x Pure Leaf Tea House

I brought my blog to life by hosting a SobrieTea Party PARTY at Pure Leaf Tea House. This unique Sunday Funday gave sober folks and sober allies an alcohol-free alternative to “Boozy Brunch” or “Bottomless Mimosas”. So what does a group of New Yorkers partying sober look like? Check out this slideshow.

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Pure Leaf Tea House’s vibe created the perfect bar-like atmosphere. Their friendly staff of talented bartenders (tea-tenders if you will) hand craft each specialty drink as it’s ordered, explaining each step to the customer. They even provided shots of cold brew iced tea! With mixologists, shots, live music, and people dancing, you’d think it was a typical bar on a Sunday, not a sober social gathering. For more info on these yummy drinks, check out this blog post.

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Hosting an event like this has been on my to do list for well over a year. I hesitated because I chose to listen to that evil voice in my head saying “This is a dumb idea. Nobody will come to a sober Sunday Funday in New York City.” I found a way to keep that voice at bay so I could take this risk. I told myself that even if only one person showed up, it would be a successful event because I created a kick ass experience for them.

There’s no way I could have done this alone. Thank you to Guy Mandia for brainstorming with me a year ago. Thanks to Laraine Miller and the incredible folks at Pure Leaf Tea House for collaborating with me. A special shout out to Sean Wilcox for DJing, Jamal Carryl (@frosocietyfotos) for taking photos, and Erin Briskie for designing the logo and flyer.

This was just the beginning! Stay tuned for more sober social events in New York City and other locations. Until then, check out Pure Leaf Tea House in SoHo (79 Greene St.) before their pop up closes on September 24th. Tell ’em Tawny sent you 🙂

Tawny Lara is the founder of SobrieTea Party. She writes about being sober in New York City and hosts sober socializing events.


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