Where to Drink
The local is going to be a tricky ground to tackle, but luckily for abstainers there’s a huge number of social options including dry bars, quirky experience bars and venues. We’ve done the research for you and below is our definitive list of venues where alcohol is not the focus.
Redemption – London A dry cocktail bar that’s made abstinence cool, serving delicious twists on popular classics sans alcohol. The bar’s motto is “spoil yourself without spoiling yourself” and they certainly deliver on this. Redemption’s two venues in Shoreditch and Notting Hill have a buzzing vibe. With friendly crowds and live music, Redemption is the perfect escape for a January night out.
The Brink – Liverpool Located in the northwest of our fine land, The Brink is a teetotaller’s paradise. Serving up epic cocktails, live music, art and performances to keep things exciting. Best of all, The Brink is a social enterprise with all profits going back to those who need help with alcohol addiction.
Sobar – Nottingham A bit like The Brink, Sobar is an charitable offshoot and they have created an awesome little venue for the vibrant Nottingham scene. Hosting poetry, live music and DJ sets it’s a super friendly venue – in stark contrast to the rowdier local venues that serve ‘the bad stuff’.
Flight Club – London If you have a stronger resolve and can stay dry while mixing with drinkers, then Flight Club is a great option. Social gaming in bars is now big business in the UK and Flight Club offers its patrons great drinks (including mocktails) and plenty of fun to be had playing darts with your mates.
All Star Lanes – Manchester As above, another traditionally naff indoor sport has been made cool. This epic bowling experience will distract your mind from the booze and All Star Lanes also offers top notch food and drinks for punters. What’s even better? All Star Lanes is open nationally, covering London as well as Manchester.
Junkyard Golf – Oxford Indoor mini golf, over three courses in a dark, fluorescent venue…you’re guaranteed to have an above par time and the thought of alcohol will be banished…for a few hours at least. Of course, another benefit is that not drinking will help improve your swing on the tricky holes.
The Pit – Leeds The Pit by growing bar group Arc Inspirations which delivers great Americana food and ping pong. Another activity bar to ensure you don’t desperately miss your favourite tipple and some great food to wash it all down with. The Pit is a great option in January (and beyond for that matter as they do great cocktails).
Alvinos – Newcastle For a super cool sports bar then look no further than Alvinos in the glorious North East. a great addition to Newcastle’s bar scene this trendy bar puts the fun in funky, decorating its premises with old vinyl records, posters, beer coasters and cool industrial style lamps. Complete with pinball machine and football table, this place is a riot of excitement and the most laid back of hang outs. Even the menu is a comic strip, so don’t start yawning when you’re forced to read a drinks list and not allowed to pick an alcoholic beverage.