Ben's Friends host alcohol-free after parties during Charleston Wine + Food

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If there's ever a time when it's easy to get caught up in some hard partying, it's during Charleston Wine + Food, and that applies to both the guests and the crew putting the events on. For those working on their sobriety, that pressure cooker environment can be too much. 

That's why the founders of Ben's Friends, Charleston Grill GM Mickey Bakst and Indigo Road managing partner Steve Palmer, along with Scott Crawford, are hosting two alcohol-free sober after parties.

"It's going to be Friday and Saturday at Macintosh beginning at 11 p.m. and we're going to be meeting on the patio in the back and have a jelly bean bar to mix 'cocktails,'" says Bakst. "We want to provide a place where people don't feel compelled that they have to go to a party, get drunk, get hungover. It's a new environment where people in the restaurant industry can feel comfortable not having to party."

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Jaci Lund