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…

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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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Working Behind a Bar Sober

Working behind a bar sober There was something infinitely attractive about working behind a bar. When I was younger, bar staff always carried a whiff of cool. After all, they were the gatekeepers to fun. The gatekeepers to my cool, witty, confidence self. When I turned 23 I got a job working in a concert…

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Enjoying a festival sober

Being sober at a festival Being searched I’d forgotten about sniffer dogs. Strolling into Victoria Park last Sunday, my annoyance peaked pretty quickly when a security guard pulled me aside as part of a line-up. And while I knew I didn’t have drugs, I couldn’t help but think…. do I? It sets the tone, when…

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Bars and Pubs Ideas for Non Drinkers

Big drinker, big ideas As a big drinker I was full of ideas. Big ones. They would change the world. If only I could have remembered them in the morning. Mind you, the few I could recollect were often, well, shit on second reading! So our co-design workshop last Saturday was like a light bulb…

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Festival season with less alcohol

Love festivals, sober or not I love festivals. When I was 24 I got a freelance ‘job’ writing for a music magazine. I didn’t get paid, but there were perks, Press Pass in hand (see photo of said me rather smug looking). Though, to be fair it mostly consisted of me going to music events,…

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