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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 even 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.

Gone sober for Dry January?

It doesn’t mean you can’t head for a nice meal or alcohol-free cocktails. Check out these great shouts for a little pick me up.

Atlas Bar

Atlas Bar has a delicious non-alcoholic range of both gin and other drinks, it’s a great kick-off for a sober night out.

With the beautiful settings of the bar, and huge selection of drinks and fabulous grub – why not head down to Deansgate to give them a whirl?

At the moment, they are offering a non-alcoholic spritz for £5, with Blood Orange, Elderflower or STRYKK options.

Non-alcoholic GnT’s are also a fiver. Choose from Whitley Neill Rhubarb or Raspberry, Gordon’s 0%, Tanqueray 0%, Seville Orange, Warner’s 0%, or Wildjac Natural Botanical Spirit.

Gin not your thing? You can get a non-alcoholic spirit with a mixer for a fiver,  with some great choices like Seedlip, Spice 94, Garden 108, Grove 42, ISH or Myth.

Find out more on their website by clicking here

The Hyatt Hotel

Hyatt is the place to be, not only for their incredible menu with a range of incredible home-style recipes, but they’ve also got a fabulous selection of non-alcoholic cocktails to get stuck into in swanky settings, too.

You can get a zero-alcohol daiquiri or a non-alcoholic Tom Collins to kickstart your night out, or if you need a break from the whirlwind of the city centre.

Check out what they’ve got on offer and their new drinks by clicking here

Etçi Mehmet

With incredible food on offer, a fire show that will BLOW your mind, and even gold steaks available, Etçi Mehmet pull out all the stops every single night. 

Did we mention they’ve just won the best Turkish Steakhouse North West? Not only that, but they don’t serve alcohol so you can enjoy delicious food in friendly surroundings without even the temptation of a drink.

So if you’re looking for a fun night out with great food, entertainment and atmosphere, this could well be the place for you.

Check out their website by clicking here

Banyan, Spinningfields

Taking part in Dry Jan? Banyan are making their favourite six cocktails with ultra-low alcohol this January.

Our highlights of an absolutely class cocktail menu include the foraged fruit fizz (wild strawberry, black forest, cranberry, lemon, soda), creme brulee (atopia rhubarb and ginger alcohol-free spirit, vanilla, apple, lemon), punchy cucumber (zingy yuzu with refreshing cucumber and a hint of rosemary) or the fruit bomb (grenadine, cranberry, orange, fruit jam).

Delicious. Where do we sign? Check out their full menu by clicking here

Cloud 23

In partnership with Everleaf, Cloud 23 is putting together a range of non-alcoholic cocktails for you to enjoy, while basking in the best view of the city.

Here are our top picks for their amazing mocktails: The ‘revitalising and candy-like’ Mango Medley (pineapple, orange, mango, agave, lime), or the velvety, rich and captivating Everleaf Forest (aquafaba, lemon juice, sugar syrup) or the vibrant, luscious and enchanting Everglade (Everleaf Mountain, raspberry syrup, lemonade, Sea Change 0% Prosecco).

There’s plenty of choice, so this is not one you want to miss.  They are currently running an incredible 2 for £25 deal at the moment so there’s never been a better time to visit. You can find more about that by clicking here

Check out their website here.

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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