With their own sobriety, the Wynnes say they can feel a change in their mindset and bodies. Christy states that drinking can have disastrous effects on a woman’s body, including increased chances of breast cancer, irregular hormones and liver disease, and she adds that the health ramifications of drinking represent only the beginning of how alcohol can negatively affect a person's life. As parents, partners and friends, the Wynnes say they have seen a significant difference and improvement in their life since they stopped drinking. “Instead of giving something up, I was giving myself a tremendous gift of being more present with my life,” Billy recalls.
After a trip to France, the Wynnes were inspired by the normalized sobriety scene of readily available alcohol-free beers in supermarkets and bars there. As they observed Heineken Zero quickly selling out and a handful of alcohol-free bars opening around the country, the couple saw the potential of alcohol-free offerings and environments here. They quickly decided they wanted to be a part of the movement to change the societal pressure of socializing under the influence.
Adjoining the bottle shop, Awake's coffee bar sells products from three local partners: Queen City Collective Coffee, Aspen Baking and Mame’s Burritos. Customers of this lively daytime food program get fueled by their favorite varietal brews, fresh-baked treats and savory organic burritos.
The continued presence of COVID-19 has pushed out opening plans for Awake's sober bar, but the Wynnes have adjusted and are officially opening it on Saturday, May 8. As a restaurant and bar, Awake will offer a simple nighttime bar and snack menu, including olive and nuts, charcuterie boards and veggie platters. At the forefront of the food menu is a build-your-own artisan grilled cheese sandwich. You'll be able to choose the bread, cheese and toppings to create a sandwich to satisfy your own tastes.
But most important is the extensive, well-planned roster of alcohol-free drinks, with zero-proof products like Gieson sauvignon blanc imported from New Zealand and locally sourced Gruvi Stout, as well as cocktails designed with cutting-edge non-boozy spirits and housemade mixers.
As the only sober bar in Colorado, Awake is a destination spot. During the day, it's is a community space to work and enjoy the patio, while at night, it's a safe space to be present and mindful with friends, family and new acquaintances. The Wynnes want their bar to redefine the way we engage with each other, highlighting a mindset of living in the present and creating authentic relationships. Whether for a date, a girls’ night out, or a night off from alcohol consumption, Awake presents itself as an opportunity for customers to be fully present with one another, an experience uncommon in American bar culture.
Awake is located at 2240 Clay Street. The coffee bar is open from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, and the bar and eatery will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday beginning May 8. You can also purchase items from Awake's bottle shop online for pick-up and delivery. Call 720-379-7665 or see Awake's website for details and ordering.