Greater Binghamton’s first kava bar to open on First Friday

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First Friday will also be the coming out party for Greater Binghamton’s first kava bar.

Doc Concrescence Kava, Tea and Elixir Social Club is opening Friday in the historic Perry Building next to the downtown roundabout.

Concrescence is a term some have used to mean “the coming of God into the world.”

Kava is a polynesian root that is ground up to make a drink that promotes relaxation and communication.

Doctor Con also features special Chinese teas such as oolong and pu’erh.

And the elixirs are herbal combinations that double as stimulants, energy drinks and aphrodisiacs.

Owner Juri Ahn has been drinking kava for 30 years.

He says kava bars are growing in popularity in places like San Francisco, New York and Ithaca.

“The idea is that it’s a place for people to meet and all of the things that we are serving are things that people usually meet around. Like really good tea, really good kava. It’s a way to sit down and communicate and talk about things. And there’s nothing like it in Binghamton,” he said.

Doc Concrescence will be open from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Ahn plans to open a takeout window and sell locally produced pastries and other finger foods, plus L’aveggio coffee.

For Friday’s First Friday reception, Doctor Con has artwork by an Australian artist on the walls and live music by acoustic guitarist Tom Jolu.

First Friday takes place at 24 venues across Binghamton.

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