When you first give up drugs and alcohol, that’s not all you give up. You also have to give up the places where you would do those things, and the people you’d do them with. Otherwise, you’re at risk of relapsing anytime you go to that favorite pub or club or anytime you see that old drinking buddy—even if you fully intended just to go out but not drink or use any drugs.
That can be extremely hard though. Often it means you can’t go out with your friends and have a good time with them, and then you might feel excluded, left behind, or lonely. It can start to feel like sobriety means not being able to have a social life.
But that’s not true—far from keeping you from having a social life, recovery helps you embrace healthy and productive lifestyles and relationships. And The Other Side is here to remind you there’s always someplace where you can hang out and socialize without the presence of drugs or alcohol.
Casual Fun in a Positive Environment
The Other Side is a sober bar located in Crystal Lake, Illinois. It’s a place to meet people and unwind, just as you would at a regular bar, but without the negative presence of addictive substances.
Whatever you miss about going out to the bars, The Other Side offers a way to experience the same fun environment without the risks. If you like playing billiards, there are pool tables. If you like to go out and watch sporting events at sports bars, we’ve got the game on right here. If you like to dance, there’s music. And if you just like to sip something while talking to people, you can order a non-alcoholic drink and go mingle.
The people here won’t interrogate you about your sobriety or why you’re sober or why you’re here—we just make the space available for you, and you’re free to visit and come hang out when you want.
Events and Special Access
In addition to its role as a sober bar, The Other Side also functions as a space for regular programming, bigger social events, and anything that members might want to use it for when they want a place to be.
The Other Side regularly hosts recovery group meetings, educational seminars, reading groups, and other programs that serve the recovery community. These can often be suggested and planned by members, and we allow anyone who wants the space to use it for that purpose.
Additionally, if you want a space where you can go whenever you need to, to bring your friends to watch the game or just to get away from home for a while, you can become a paying member and get an access card that grants entry outside of our regular hours.
And on top of that, we also host one larger event every month. We’ve laughed together at comedy shows, danced to DJ sets, and even had a drag show.
So if you’re looking to relax and have a good time without having to worry about turning down drugs or drinks, you have a place to go. Recovery isn’t the death of your social life—it’s the start of a new life, and we hope The Other Side can be a part of it.