Your Ultimate Guide to Daybreaker Sober Dance Parties

Last updated on November 4th, 2019

People in recovery are quick to say that you can live a sober life and still have fun. However, the problem for many recovering addicts is that a night of clubbing can quickly lead to trouble. With an atmosphere that’s fueled by drugs and alcohol, modern nightclubs and electronic dance music (EDM) raves create the perfect scenario for relapsing. But nobody would show up to a “sober” dance party, right? Wrong. Very wrong.

Daybreaker is a self-proclaimed “morning movement” that’s taking cities by storm, allowing people to join in on what has become a mission to reinvent the nightclub. As it turns out, a lot of young people are sick of the toxic club atmosphere. They’re over the drugs and alcohol that typically flood the scene; they’re over the drunken sexual harassment and inevitable early morning regret. Daybreaker fills that void, letting people “dance their faces off” before heading to work or school. And all this without drugs or alcohol.

The Sober Movement in Action

Branded as both a morning workout option and a wholesome version of dance culture, the events cater to a crowd that appreciates a healthy lifestyle.

Daybreaker dance parties are different than anything most people have ever experienced. Traditional U.S. dance clubs open somewhere around 8 p.m. and close their doors around 3 a.m., depending on the city. Daybreaker parties, on the other hand, run from 7 to 9 a.m. in select cities. Branded as both a morning workout option and a wholesome version of dance culture, the events cater to a crowd that appreciates a healthy lifestyle. Most partygoers are in their early 20s to late 30s, with corporate employees, local artists, and everything in between.

The concept was created by General Assembly co-founder Matthew Brimer and Super Sprowtz founder and CEO Radha Agrawal. Both wanted to make history, cultivating a community that values “camaraderie, self-expression, wellness, immediacy… and mischief.”

“You get some exercise in, you feel great physically, and it’s an incredible dance party,” said Brimer. “Dance culture and underground music tends to be boxed in to this idea that you need alcohol or drugs to enjoy it. What we’re trying to say is that there’s a whole sober world of creative experience…”

Getting Ready for a Daybreaker Party

So, what do you need to know before heading out to a Daybreaker party? First of all, you’ll need to set your alarm and get there early. Instead of wearing flashy club attire, most Daybreaker patrons arrive in workout clothes or yoga attire. Some choose to dance up a storm in their linen pantsuits or oxford button-downs, heading straight to work after the party.

With a non-descript Daybreaker sign perched outside the building, bouncers stand at the door, collecting the designated admission fees. Once inside, it quickly becomes apparent that Daybreaker offers a lot more than just dancing. In fact, the emphasis is on getting a healthy start to the day.

Instead of the customary alcoholic libations served at nightclubs, you’ll be treated to the complimentary coffee and tea bar. You can even opt for green juice or an oat-powered smoothie.

Instead of the customary alcoholic libations served at nightclubs, you’ll be treated to the complimentary coffee and tea bar. You can even opt for green juice or an oat-powered smoothie. If you’re hungry, there’s a wealth of fruit salad and all-natural granola laid out in grand buffet fashion.

Another awesome perk offered at Daybreaker comes in the form of free massages. Masseuses set up their tables on balconies and ledges, perched to overlook the crowded dance floor below. You can even have the resident Haiku Guys write a free inspirational poem about a topic of your choice.

Daybreaker for the Recovering Addict

With so many temptations and triggers lurking in traditional nightclubs, Daybreaker offers recovering addicts a welcome option for socializing and dancing. Illegal substances and alcohol are not tolerated. Anyone suspected of being under the influence will be escorted off the premises. The focus on healthy living, mental clarity, and nutrition perfectly complements the recovery process.

“We’ve been going to clubs for like, forever,” said Agrawal. “We call it ‘zombieland.’ Everyone is drunk, everyone’s fu*ked up, high, stoned, whatever, they’re just not really there, right? People here are present and lucid, it’s a sober experience.”

Related: Understanding Nutrition in Addiction Recovery

Daybreaker: When and Where

From its initial 2013 launch in New York, Daybreaker’s popularity has exploded across the globe. Currently, events are held twice a month in New York City, with additional morning parties hosted in San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Berlin, and Tel Aviv. Tickets are generally $25 per person, a price that includes food and refreshments.

The dates and locations for all upcoming parties are released via email. In fact, tickets can only be purchased by those who have a secret password contained within the email. Participants will receive all necessary information after joining a mailing list at dybrkr.com or emailing hello@dybrkr.com.

Upcoming Daybreaker Events:

  • Daybreaker will host its first ever Los Angeles party on Tuesday, September 16 at Venice Beach’s Wurstküche club. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. and the party wraps at 8:30 a.m. Early bird tickets are available.
  • On Thursday, September 18, Daybreaker returns to New York City. This event is hosted by The Ainsworth, located at 122 West 26th Street. Yoga begins at 6 a.m. sharp, with the dance party getting started at 7 a.m. Early bird tickets are on sale.
  • On Monday, September 22, Daybreaker debuts in Hong Kong with an early morning dance party. Doors open at 6 a.m.

Have you been to a Daybreaker sober party in the U.S. or abroad? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

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