How to go sober for October in Bristol.
Freshers Week is over, and Christmas is on the horizon, so October seems to be the perfect time between these two heavy drinking holidays for giving your liver a rest. Not only will you be doing yourself some good but by going sober for October, you can also help to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. There isn't really a negative, except for the fact that giving up alcohol while you're a student can be a tricky venture. To help you on your journey, I have compiled a list of teetotal activities you can do in Bristol so that you won’t feel too sad about missing a few messy nights in Lola Lo’s with your flatmates.
1. Convince your friends to check out local bars and pubs instead of clubs.
For many of us, clubbing isn’t fun if you’re the only sober one. If your friends aren’t already joining you in your sobriety, perhaps you can persuade them to spend their Friday nights at Wetherspoons rather than stumbling into grimy clubs on the triangle. The pub is a much friendlier environment for the sober among us, as you can chill out with a glass of coke and chat to your friends while still being in a buzzing environment.
Some great pubs to visit:
W.G. Grace Wetherspoons: cosy and cheap, what more could you want?
The King’s Arms: lovely, warm environment, though a little on the pricey side
The Cori-Tap: you can laugh at your booze guzzling pals as they attempt the challenge of downing 10 half pints of cider before 10 pm
The White Bear: their £5 burger deal on a Wednesday is perfect for students
2. Do a café crawl
Bristol is home to many lovely independent and chain cafes, so why not take advantage of the money you will inevitably save from not drinking and treat yourself to a delicious brunch at Boston Tea Party? Or, if you’re a feline fan, there's You & Meow, a cat café near the Hippodrome where you can indulge in tasty treats and cups of tea while being surrounded by adorable, characterful cats. Alternatively, you can pop down to Christmas Steps and test out Bristol’s board game café, Chance & Counters, which has an array of different board games for you to play with your friends while you eat your lunch.
3. Take an autumnal walk
Although it is a city, Bristol has many beautiful green spots which are perfect for moseying around. Brandon Hill, just off of Park Street, is perfect if you fancy a little stroll with stunning views of Bristol. Cabot Tower, situated in the middle of Brandon Hill, has some of the best views of the city and if you can handle the hundreds of stairs it takes to get to the top, it’s well worth a climb.
Other great walks include:
Going across the Downs to the Clifton Suspension Bridge
Popping into the Uni’s Botanical Gardens near Churchill Hall
Taking a trip to Blaise Castle Estate, which is a beautiful, natural park perfect for an autumnal walk with its babbling brook and wooded pathways.
4. Host your own Halloween Sober Soiree
Halloween: the last day of the month and the last day of your sobriety. While it may be tempting to give in and get wasted at the O2’s Regression Sessions, don’t quit when you’re this close to the finish line. Why not host your own Halloween party with spooky mocktails dyed questionable colours and a house full of people covered in fake blood? And hey, when the clock strikes midnight, bottoms up!
You can find out more about how to get involved with the Macmillan Cancer campaign by following this link: https://www.gosober.org.uk/
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