Club soda

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Erica Kemp CBE is supporting people who want to make their great dry January habits stick, by attending Liverpool’s first dry social in a pub.

Club Soda is a nationwide movement that supports people to change their drinking by setting their own goals and organising fun and inspiring events – members can track their progress and continue the mutual support in the online club house – joinclubsoda.co.uk.

Club Soda’s first alcohol free social in Liverpool is on Thursday February 5th at the Leaf on Bold Street and is run by local volunteer Club Soda members “1 in 5 people in Liverpool would like to cut back their drinking1. We want to help them achieve their goal, whether it’s to cut down, stop for a bit, or quit.” said co-founder of Club Soda, Laura Willoughby MBE.

Club Soda’s top 6 alcohol-free nights out in Liverpool this February

So you decided to cut the alcohol for January, or do the Dryathlon or Dry January —well done! But that doesn’t mean you’ve got to undo all the hard work in February.  Liverpool is literally buzzing with exciting alcohol-free things to do, so we’ve come up with 6 unmissable events to keep you entertained all February and give you a night off the booze.

1.   Socialise in a pub. Club Soda is running a dry social every month in Liverpool. The first is on February 5th at Leaf on Bold Street at 7pm. The Lord Mayor of Liverpool is joining us for a short while. Price: Half a pint – We ask for a donation of £2.50 towards the organiser’s costs, everyone buys their own drinks and food.

2.    Join in a massive street party! Chinese New Year celebrations are happening in Liverpool’s Chinatown on Sunday 2 February from 11am to 4pm. Price: it won’t cost you a thing!

3.   Get out of the city and on your bike. The North West Extreme Sports, Fitness & Adventure Group are organising mountain biking in Coed Llandegla Forest on Saturday 21 February. Price: it won’t cost you anything, provided you have a bike. Organised via meetup.

4.   Five-star art. Tate Liverpool is offering a one-off opportunity to view Transmitting Andy Warhol after gallery hours on Saturday 7 February, running from 5pm through until 10pm. Rated five out of five by the Guardian, it’s complemented by their Americana menu. Price: admission is the equivalent of a couple of pints.

5.   Incredible poetry. West Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage is doing a reading from his latest collection on Thursday 12 February in the Everyman Playhouse. The event is followed by a book signing. Price: less than a round of drinks.

6.    Great music. Superstar conductor Vasily Petrenko works regularly with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and here is conducting works by Prokofiev, Ravel and Tchaikovsky. On Thursday 19 at 7.30, the event is being billed as the ‘Return of the Dream Team’. Price: tickets start from the cost of a round.

You may be as sober as a judge this February, but you’ll be living it up like a rockstar (well, sort of)—at the very least, you’re guaranteed to have a great time at any of the events above. You’ll also meet loads of people who are doing the same as you – changing their drinking . So here’s to a dry, but action-packed February!

Laura Willoughby MBE, founder of Club Soda says: “You don’t have to leave your social life behind if you change your drinking, so we have our socials in pubs and bars”. She adds: “The bottom line is, if you are out with mates and don’t want to drink, tell them you are doing a Club Soda – then get them to Google it. That will keep them busy whilst you order a ginger beer!”