Whether you’re sober for October, convinced you’re at risk of turning full on 12-step alcoholic or you just don’t like the taste of alcohol, it turns out that there really are options that don’t involve getting pissed. No, genuinely. So here are some spots to try if you’re on the wagon.
If Richard Branson’s for you, who could be against? The billionaire’s a fan and so are we, given it’s pretty much the place to head for an alcohol free night. Redemption really is a bar where there’s never been a boozed up bar fight and where the tables don’t smell of stale beer. It’s proven so popular that they’ve recently done a big crowd-funded drive to raise money to bring out more and more redemptions!
Where: 6 Chepstow Road, Notting Hill, W2 5BH
Be mindful of this mindful spot if you’re after a bite to eat alongside something healthy to drink. The YeoKitchen is an import from Devon, where the Yeotown retreat has been bringing their healthy living ethos to West Country sorts for a while. And now they’re on Marylebone’s Chiltern Street, operating as London’s first mindfulness café combining healthy eating along with their meditation pod, perfect for rebalancing.
Where: 40–42 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 7QN
What could be more sobering than gazing out across London from basically the sky? Sushi Samba can top that, not only can you gaze across London from basically the sky, but they do an amazing line in mocktails. Though their
Where: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
We were basically only at Skylon this dry Jan because they do a killer alcohol-free menu. Set by the Thames you can literally drown your woes without booze here.
Where: Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.2 miles)
Camden’s Brewdog is not the place you’d expect to find an ideal sober drinking environment, BUT why not try their Nanny State brew? The tongue-in-cheek drink is alcohol free, while remaining true to Brewdog’s quality. Boom, thank you Mr Beveridge (no pun (totally a pun)).
The Coal Shed, over at Tower Bridge, have got a new mocktail out specially for Sober October: The Autumn Gimlet. What’s more (and a little disconcertingly) it features actual horseradish. With horseradish syrup and homemade non-alcoholic gin (or you can swapsie with Seedlip non-alcoholic gin) it’s a great option when everyone else is on the real sauce while you’re on the horseradish sauce.