When the pandemic hits and drag queen Mystika Glamoor (aka Oskar) is out of work, they seize the opportunity to create a new queer sober community café in Edinburgh. As the life pause imposed by lockdowns forces us into introspection, it leads us to ponder the relationship between queer people and alcohol. For our long history, we’ve centred those substance-fuelled spaces as the hubs in which we come together and make quick connections. As a growing number of queer people search for alternative spaces, we can dare to imagine what those might look like. We are often lazily described from the outside as a “community”, but might it possible to foster that spirit in its truest sense?