If you’re taking part in Dry January then it could be tempting to avoid all pubs, social gatherings, and life, to just hide under your bed for 31 days until it’s all over. But what if we told you it doesn’t have to be like that?
Pubs are pretty good at remembering Dry January is a thing and utilising it now so, what with the Mindful Drinking Movement™ also gathering momentum, you’ll often find legitimately great alcohol-free drinks options at your local.
If you’re a pub reading this and thinking ‘we’ve got J20 and full-fat coke, everything’s fine’ – most people over the age of 12 don’t drink those things unless they’re hungover. There are some brilliant producers out there who are making delicious, innovative, non-sugary, adult-orientated alcohol-free drinks – if you want some ideas on what to add to your menu then our festival lineup is a good start, or drop us an email for some recommendations.
We’ll be launching our brand new Club Soda Guide in January, which is a comprehensive online guide listing all of the best pubs for mindful drinkers -however, in the meantime, you’ll need to suss out the location without us. Most pubs will list their menus online, and if not then a friendly phone call won’t do any harm. So – for Dry January-ers and pubs alike – these are the things that will put a pub at the top of our list for Dry January…
A lot of people don’t realise that there’s a charity attached to Dry January, but there is (Alcohol Change UK) – and raising money for not drinking is not only a nice way to do a little good in the world – it’s a great way to add a bit of accountability into your sober month. It’s much harder to sack it off when people are sponsoring you not to sack it off.
PUBS: You can encourage people doing a charity challenge to come to your pub as part of their charity challenge and boost their Dry January fundraising.
DRY JANUARY-ERS: Organise a mindful pub crawl and charge your mates to come along.
You can organise a charity fundraiser by plotting the pub crawl route across your town or city using bars which are the best for people off the booze (see list above). Challenge your mates to join you being dry. It’s a great way to boost your Dry January fundraising – and it gives you something to do with all your hangover-free time.
PUBS: Tweet/Facebook/Instagram what you have on offer and suggest locals organise a mindful pubcrawl and include your venue. Put on some special offers to tempt them in. Tag Dry January and us so we can help you get the word out.
You can even encourage customers to boost their Dry January fundraising by asking their mates to sponsor them for every time they visit the pub and stay dry. You can Tweet their efforts as proof!
DRY JANUARY-ERS: Tag us in the pics of your pub crawl and we’ll repost them. Use the hashtags #ClubSodaGuide #MindfulPubCrawl and #MindfulDrinking to let others see your pics and nick ideas from other pub crawls.
To tag us: @joinclubsoda on Instagram and Twitter, @ClubSodaUK on Facebook)
Dry January-ers, you can evaluate the pubs you visit to see if they deserve a place on our new guide launching in January – use the form below to let us know!
If you find a venue that rates highly on all counts, then shout it from the rooftops. Post a pub crawl group photo, tagging us and the pub.
If you’d like to find out more about the #ClubSodaGuide launch, then we’ll have a dedicated stand at our Mindful Drinking Festival on 12th & 13th January 2019 at Truman Brewery, where you’ll be able to browse the newly launched guide on iPads and find out how to nominate your venue.