Here’s our top picks for sober dating spots in the city

As more and more people decide to go sober, we've decided to put together a list of the best ways you can have fun while staying on the wagon.

Be it to improve your mental or physical health, to lose weight, out of boredom or to save money, more and more people are giving up drinking and going sober.

Instead of wild nights out, people are opting instead for coffee dates, hikes, and other health-positive activities.

But just because you’ve given up the sauce, doesn’t mean you can’t still have a great night out in Manchester.

We are awash with fantastic things to do sober, and we’ve put together a handy list of things you can enjoy without the hangover.

Best of all,  you might remember it.

Or a least be able to laugh at your drunken friends making fools of themselves.

Here are our suggestions for a belter sober date in Manchester.

Frog and Bucket 

First up, is the Frog and Bucket Comedy club on Oldham Street.

What could possibly be better than laughing till your ribs hurt at a Manchester Institution.

With a range of great value and brilliant acts to go and see, why not head on down?

Just don’t let the comedians know you’re there on a first date…

102 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LJ

Urban Playground 

If you’re looking for something a bit different, why not give Urban Playground a whirl.

Definitely something a bit out there, you can try The Cube Live Experience, Putters mini golf and even grab a bite at The Butcher.

Embrace your inner competitive spirit.

Manchester Arndale, Urban Playground Upper Mall, Manchester M4 3AQ

Junkyard Golf 

Fancy yourself as a bit of a tiger woods?

Prove it. Dig out your putter and take on one of Junkyard’s three mashed-up crazy golf courses that owners say will ‘blow your mind’.

And sober as a judge, your aim will be spot on…. no excuses!

2 First St, Manchester M15 4RP

Manchester Museum 

A world class museum by day, you’d be surprised with what’s on offer at the Manchester Museum after Hours.

Amazing music, events, lectures – there’s much more to this Manchester institution than meets the eye.

They also offer Pay what you can tickets too.

Check out what’s on here.

University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL


Relive your childhood and embrace your inner competitive animal on these amazing selection of retro gaming consoles at N64.

A huge selection from Mario Kart, to Street Fighter, Time Crisis and more. You’ll find that gaming sweet spot to take you back to hours whittled away as a kid. Or adult.

9 Short St, Manchester M4 1AA

Whistle Punks

Instead of sinking pints, take on sinking a few bullseyes!

Don’t worry, there are instructors to help you get things right (and avoid any mishaps).

Each session lasts 70 minutes and you will learn to sling exes like a pro.

Finish up with a delicious pizza from the on site restaurant too.

Deansgate, M3 4EN

Escape Hunt

With a choice of different escape scenarios to choose from, and packed with excitement, you and your teammates will leap into new worlds to complete ground-breaking missions.

Work together as a team to find clues, solve puzzles and complete challenges before the time runs out.

Corn Exchange, Exchange Square, Manchester, M4 3TR

Team Sport 

Tucked away underneath the AO Arena, Teamsport’s Indoor Go Karting Track

If you’re after some fast and seriously fun action then check out TeamSport’s Indoor Go Karting Track in Central Manchester. Built underneath the Manchester arena, there is an enormous 550m of ultimate fun awaiting you with multi-levels and 40mph karts to get every racing driver buzzed!

With a whole load of crazy and unbelievable offers to suit any group size and budget, take your friends and family on a non stop 50 lap race or pack up the laptops and park yourselves into a kart for some stress busting fun on track with our Super Grand Prix.

Flight Club

Fancy yourself as Phil Taylor?

Try your hand at Social Darts, where groups of friends can enjoy fast-paced games and delicious sharing plates in your own playing area.

Just don’t forget to think of a darts nickname before you go.

Ship Canal House, 98 King Street, Manchester M2 4WU

The Crystal Maze Experience 

Based on the iconic 90s TV programme, the Crystal Maze Experience is the ultimate in team building exercises.


Credit iFLY Indoor Skydiving

Situated in the heart of Trafford City, you can soar like a bird in the first 14ft (4.3m) diameter iFLY wind tunnel to be built in the UK.

With wheelchair access and highly trained instructors, they welcome flyers of all abilities.

It closes at 10pm, too.

Book here.


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