So you’re doing dry January but still want to go out and enjoy your Saturday night? Being the only sober one in a nightclub whilst all your friends are knocking back Jägerbombs at the bar and rocking out their best dad moves in the middle of the dance floor can be a bit of a drag. You get branded as ‘the boring one’ and your responsibilities are to guard the table with all the coats left on it and making sure everyone gets home safely at the end of the night (this may involve physically carrying someone and placing them into a taxi). This is why I’ve created a list of all the places in London where the sober and drunk alike can enjoy a great night out together.
Yes this one may technically be a nightclub, however it’s so much fun you definitely don’t need alcohol to enjoy it. Ballie Ballerson in Dalston has a chest high underground ball pit filled with 250k balls and inflatable toys. You can spend your night playing hide and seek under the balls or having a giant ball fight with strangers. There is also an upstairs bar serving retro cocktails for your friends who do want a drink.
I headed here for a friends birthday last Saturday, and one of our group was doing dry January. We all had a great time and barely had a chance to drink due to spending 90% of our time in the ball pit (where you can’t take drinks for obvious reasons).
Swingers Crazy Golf
Located in the City, just a few steps from the Gherkin, you will find Swingers Crazy Golf, an indoor crazy golf club based on a 1920’s English countryside golf club. The venue has two 9 hole courses, 5 bars and 3 street food vendors (including Patty&Bun – best burger in London!). Eat, drink (well soft drinks for you) and have plenty of fun competing against your friends.
Bloomsbury Club Bar
Keep things classy and sip on elegant non-alcoholic cocktails at Bloomsbury Club Bar. A literary themed bar located in the beautiful Bloomsbury – which is also home to Dalloway Terrace. On January 14th the bar is introducing 5 new alcohol-free options to it’s menu curtesy of Seedlip, the world’s first non-alcoholic spirit. You can enjoy tasty drinks such as the Espreseedlip Martini – Seedlip with coffee, almond milk, cocoa nibs and gimme syrup.
Ice Bar London
Head to Ice Bar London, just off of Regent Street, where the walls, bar, tables and even cups are all made of crystal clear ice from Northern Sweden. Each year there is a different theme, with this years being Wild in the City, with animal sculptures and carvings of London landmarks such as the London Eye, St Pauls and even a classic red telephone box. From the bar you can enjoy non-alcoholic cocktails in their famous ice cups.
London’s West End
I know it’s on a slightly different thread to the previous 4, but the West End is always a great option for a Saturday night out. There are so many amazing shows on at the moment, and if you head to the TKTS booth in Leicester Square you can grab cheap last minute tickets to whatever shows are still available on the night. My logic is if you were going on a night out to a club you’d probably spend at least £50+ on entry, drinks and the taxi home, so why not put the money you save not drinking to good use and enjoy one of London’s iconic shows. I recently got £20 tickets for Agatha Christies ‘Mouse Trap’ and for any one who likes murder mysteries this is a must see! Or if you’re not a fan of the theatre, look out for a bit of stand up comedy at places such as The Comedy Store. Plus if you’re going with friends that fancy a drink, all venues have a bar with a wide selection of tipples to enjoy with the show.