The Next Round: What happens after you change your drinking?
Join global mindful drinking experts Club Soda as they take you through the world of alcohol-free drinks. We welcome you to the Tasting Room in Drury Lane, the UK’s first low and alcohol-free specialist store.
We offer specialist sessions for industry leaders, market researchers, academics and others who want to gain insight into the low alcohol and alcohol-free brands and consumers.
The UK alcohol-free drinks market has only existed in its current form since about 2017. Club Soda’s 2016 Nudging Pubs research set us on a path to work out how to increase choice everywhere alcohol is sold.
In just eight years, we have built an amazing wealth of knowledge and expertise in this area of drinks. We have held ten mindful drinking festivals, a pop-up store, and now a permanent Covent Garden venue. We have undertaken several pieces of research as the low and no alcohol market has evolved.
Founder Laura Willoughby was voted one of 2022’s 100 most influential women in hospitality by CODE, and named number 16 in Drinks Retailing’s latest Top 100 Most Influential People in Drink.
The Club Soda Tasting Room won the Drinks Business magazine’s Independent Retailer of the Year award in May 2023, only six months after opening.
These sessions are designed for people working with or alongside the drinks industry to understand the low and no drinks markets better.
We tailor these to your needs and can offer you an overview of a particular segment (beer, wine, mood enhancing, spirits etc) and the type of data you may be interested in seeing. We also share direct experiences from customers within the store.
With a welcome drink, our Founder Laura Willoughby MBE an our expert team will take you through a tailored programme that could include the following:
– The market and the current trends
– Why this market has grown and what is driving it globally
– Who the consumers are and what they want
– The market by category and who are their consumers
– Which brands and categories do well and why
– Challenges for the sector from price point to market penetration
– Low vs No alcohol – the next chapter?
As we go through the presentation, you will taste different brands illustrating key points.
We will end the session with a cocktail at the bar, so you can ask more questions and chat about the findings with your team.
It takes around two hours depending of your needs.
Depending on the date and availability, you will get either our founder Laura Willoughby MBE, our Brand Manager Josh Kelly or Head of Creative Noah Villenueve. Or a combination of these people! All of us have been judges for the World Alcohol Free Awards and for IWSC and are experts in the sector.
If you would like to have a day in the shop observing, sampling and speaking to customers alongside our team, we charge £200 per person for the day. We recommend a Thursday or Friday.
If you work with a brand who is looking to enter the UK market, get a listing or run a launch event then you can find out what’s on offer with Club Soda here.
If you work or have worked in the drinks industry in the UK – anywhere from pubs to production – you could benefit from our partnership with The Drinks Trust. Discover more about our work to support people in the industry and secure a fully-funded place on one of our in-depth online courses.
Club Soda’s Tasting Room is the UK’s premier destination for low and no drink discovery, offering you a chance to explore a curated collection of over 150 of the best and brightest low-alcohol and alcohol-free drinks brands.
Each week, we have a wide selection of drinks available to sample, free of charge. Come and discover an outstanding selection of alcohol-free beers, wines, spirits, premixed cocktails, adult soft drinks and mood enhancers, and a selection of low-alcohol products.
The Tasting Room is a place to discover and explore alternatives to beers, wines and spirits. Discover drinks you’ll love with our team of mindful drinking experts, including IWSC and World Alcohol-Free Awards judge Josh Kelly, and head of our cocktail programme, Noah Villeneuve.
We occupy an old building but have done our best to make as many adaptions as possible to improve access to our venue.
Follow this link to see a walkthrough video and read other information.
The Club Soda Tasting Room is easy walking distance from both Covent Garden and Holborn Tube stations. Find us near the junction of Drury Lane, Long Acre and Great Queen Street.
Call 020 7836 8693
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