Kim's Story Little Sober Gifts

In the latest part of her sober journey, Kim talks about Little Sober Gifts: how much easier it is to appreciate the little things when you’re not drinking. Loving sobriety I love sobriety; it keeps giving me little unexpected gifts. In the last few weeks I’ve gone to a London group meeting – they saw The…

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Mindful drinkers and pub managers

Club Soda knows mindful drinkers – they are our members. But we have also got to know many pub and bar managers with our Club Soda Guide project, listing the best places for mindful drinkers. In this special post, we share some of the great videos we’ve recorded with them in the last couple of…

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Nudge pubs

In a world where we are told that we have unlimited choices, it seems strange to think that we need to be given permission to not drink alcohol. But we do. Especially if you are in a pub or a bar. The rules, after all, are quite simple. You walk in, order some alcohol, and…

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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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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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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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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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Soda drinks in a fridge

Pubs and bars 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…

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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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Surviving a night in the pub without alcohol

Can you be sober(ish) and stay social? Club Soda member and writer Matt Chittock shares his strategies. Trying to cut down drinking When you’re trying to cut down on drinking, certain friends can be a right pain in the arse. They’re the people that will ‘accidentally’ buy you a pint at the bar when you asked for…

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