Local group ‘drinks liberally’ at monthly meetings

Anne Bennett

Clink is the sound of liberals sharing common interests over drinks and sets the ambiance of the “progressive social group,” Drinking Liberally Lexington, chaired by Jim Adams.

On the first Friday of every month, the group’s meetings include free-flowing conversation without feeling censored in a relaxed setting, possibly accompanied with a drink. The group often meets at Pivot Brewing on Delaware Avenue. Facebook is used to bring the group together, spread the word and post information relating to liberals.

“Our members belong to over a dozen progressive groups that share their latest and upcoming events– it’s a great cross-pollination of the progressive community,” said Adams, who is president of Bluegrass Toastmasters and a UK graduate.

Chapters are spread across the nation with over 200 active chapters. The other Kentucky chapter is Louisville. The group even has local politicians as members. 

Having those members from different positions within the government make for stimulating conversation and involvement in current issues like the non-profit Climate Reality Project and the Bluegrass Activist Alliance to be presented in future meetings.

Being so new, this past year has been very busy for Drinking Liberally with attendance at the Dreamer Rally, the March for Science and the Women’s Rally in downtown Lexington.

With 55 members, last year marks the group’s first fully active year with about 10 new people a meeting, so the group expects substantial growth in 2018.