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A booze-free beverage room in Port Coquitlam is celebrating its grand opening on Saturday

Bevees has been serving customers at its Port Coquitlam beverage room since last November.
A new non-alcoholic beverage room in Port Coquitlam features more than 300 products, including booze-free spirits like gin.

An adult beverage room in Port Coquitlam that doesn’t require you to make arrangements for a safe ride home is celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Bevees, at 203-2748 Lougheed Hwy., actually opened its doors last November. But Saturday’s event will offer visitors a chance to sample alcohol-free products from B.C. producers like Phillips Brewing, Sea Cider, Hai Tea, Aelo and others, as well as enjoy live music by Paul Fournier and admire an art exhibit by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki.

The booze-free beverage room concept is the brainchild of Racquel Foran and partner Jim O’Connor who spent months researching the increasing popularity of sophisticated adult drinks that don’t leave imbibers wobbly or hung over the morning after.

Foran said there’s more than 1,000 non-alcoholic products available in the market now. But finding a wide selection in one location isn’t easy.

Enter Bevees.

“Non-alcoholic drinks seem to be the new cool thing that people are getting on to,” Foran told the Tri-City News. “So we decided to jump into the market.”

In addition to shelves and coolers stocked with non-alcoholic wines, beers and even gins, rum, whiskey and other spirits, along with supplies to make mocktails, Bevees features a 15-foot tasting bar, lounge and event room.

Foran said the response since the beverage room first started welcoming customers has been “overwhelmingly positive.”

She said the increasing variety and improving quality of non-alcoholic beverages helps even the partying field with those who enjoy a more tipsy tipple.

“We want everyone to have easy access to the same diverse selection of beverages as those who drink alcohol.”

Bevees grand opening event begins at noon with the live music commencing at 7 p.m.

- with a file from Abhinaya Natesh, Tri-City News