When I first stopped drinking, I would sit at the bar and drink Diet Coke after Diet Coke. After about six Diet Cokes and meaningless conversation with inebriated people, I realized that I was, quite simply, in the wrong place. I was full of anxiety because I was in a place that caused cravings. With booze staring me in the face, I was setting myself up for relapse.
Today, I will stay in dry places with dry people. The best place is an AA meeting.