Railway Tavern pub

Changing pubs and bars For the last nine months, Club Soda has been working on a little side project with pubs and bars. It all started with an observation we made: many Club Soda members complained that if you don’t want alcohol, there’s never anything to drink in a pub. When we spoke to some…

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Sober dating

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it got us thinking about how navigating the sober dating seas can be a bit of a rough ride. Do you announce your sobriety before you’ve even met? Or do you leave it to be revealed on the night? And how do you handle those nerves? Dating and sex are…

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Hiding in Plain Sight

How to party – secretly sober This is the season of drinking too much and waking up in the morning to find that it’s cold and dark and you have a sore head. The festive spirit prompts people to generosity when it comes to buying you a drink and urging you to stay for just one…

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What to Order at the Pub

What to Order at the Pub There are all sorts of awesome soft drinks and exciting mocktails you can get hold of, but generally when you actually get to a pub, the options are somewhat less than thrilling. The good news is that things are improving with the growth of non-drinkers and necessity of having…

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Party guests

Ideas for non-drinkers at a party I may not drink alcohol any more, but I still love a party, especially when it is thrown by friends to celebrate, share important news, or bring people together for the hell of it. You always put in so much effort. Nice food, great playlist, inspiring speeches, great wine,…

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How to say no to a drink

Turning down alcohol How to say no to a drink is one of those things that should be easy. You should be able to smile and say ‘Thanks, but I’m not drinking tonight’ and that’s the end of the conversation. Somehow though it never seems to pan out quite like that, and now you’re in…

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Nights Out That Don’t Involve Booze

Change your drinking, keep a social life? Want to change your drinking but don’t want your social life to suffer? You don’t have to resigned yourself to spending weekend nights at home, hiding away from the call of after work drinks, and shuffling quickly past your local. Dropping the booze means you can enjoy some…

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Haggerston fridge

We’ve been thinking about the experience of going into pubs and bars as part of our Dalston Burst project. In particular, what happens if you are not planning to order any alcoholic drinks? We all had similar thoughts: it’s usually not very nice, the soft drink options are really bad, mocktails cost the same as…

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Work Is the Curse of the Drinking Classes

One Club Soda member shares her story of going from office party girl to coming out as a non-drinker at work. Drinking life I went to a work function dinner on Tuesday and like many of these occasions they centre around wine choice, often that being the only choice of drink apart from tap water.  In my drinking…

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A Club Soda Summer Party No one has ever said organising a party was easy. Between playlists, decorations, food and drink, deliveries arriving late, people getting lost on the way there… It can all feel a little overwhelming. And then, there’s that lurch of ‘oh gawd, what happens if no one shows up?’… But so…

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