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23 Mar, 2014

Dry bars – is England sobering up? – The Guardian

Alcohol is omnipresent,” says Catherine Salway, handing me something called a Beetroot Coco-tini. “You can’t even go to the cinema now without considering having a glass of wine. But I thought: ‘There’s a way to cut through that, and do the opposite.'”

Salway is 40, and the founder of a new “gastrobar” called Redemption, located at the foot of the Trellick Tower on Golborne Road, west London. The decor is stripped-down and chic: bare brick walls, neon signs and furniture that a neighbouring social enterprise has made out of other people’s junk. Sight unseen, you’d think you were in a reasonably typical urban hostelry.

But that’s not quite true. The food here is “pretty much” vegan, but what really sets the place apart is a completely alcohol-free drinks menu.

Read the rest: Dry bars – is England sobering up? | Society | The Guardian.