Go sober for October in Glasgow.
The thought of not drinking for a month can be a sore one for most, but in Glasgow, there are plenty of alternative options available so you can still go out at night and have a great time in October (minus the alcohol). Plus, you'll save masses not drinking, and therefore have more money to spend on better experiences.
Explore the world of milkshakes, smoothies, bubble tea and coffee.
Glasgow is the home to many interesting drinks – most of which you’ve probably turned a blind eye to. With alcohol out of the question, you’ll appreciate trying new and exciting liquids. Grab a cookie shake with your choice of flavour at Millie’s Cookies in Enoch Shopping Centre or Buchanan Galleries, or check out the local to Scotland Shakebar which offers an incredible 150 flavours of milkshake. If you’re up for trying a tasty smoothie, try Glasgow’s local Superjuice or Tutti Frutti, which offer a variety of fruit blends – I can’t decide which one is best.
Bubble tea is available throughout the city, and I had never heard of it before I moved here. For those of you who are unaware of what bubble tea is, it’s flavoured tea served either hot or cold with chewy tapioca balls. A well-known chain that sells bubble tea is Mooboo – which, again, can be found in Enoch Shopping Centre and Buchanan Street. Tempo Tea (only found in Glasgow and Edinburgh) is another bar that sells exclusive flavoured drinks, and I can confirm from experience that it’s delicious.
If you’re going sober for the month, remember coffee can give you a buzz. Why not try that salted caramel café au lait you’ve always wanted? Other places I recommend are Bibble Milkshake Bar (Buchanan Galleries), Fuel Juice Bar (Buchanan Galleries) and Tasty (Enoch Shopping Centre).
Check out music events around the city.
Going out to see live music doesn’t require alcohol, and if you can enjoy music, then you don’t need to enhance your time anymore. Glasgow has some pretty big acts playing this October, and at the SSE Hydro, Little Mix, Emeli Sande and Metallica are all playing. If you’ve never been to the Hydro, it's a large capacity venue with great acoustics, making it the perfect venue for large music events. Last year, I travelled to see Muse here and no matter where you sit, you’re guaranteed a brilliant view of the artist. What’s more, the queues to the bar are so long that it’s enough to put you off drinking for the night.
The Barrowland Ballroom has Clean Bandit playing on the October 29 for only £22.50, as well as other lesser-known acts. Having been to this venue a few times, it doesn’t hold many people and is relatively messy so don’t plan on wearing your best outfit. The O2 Academy also has big acts playing during October, including Dua Lipa, Zara Larsson and Train. Don’t miss out on all these events – spend all your savings from a lack of drinking on some high-quality music.
Go on the usual night out with various distractions.
Finally, If your friends aren’t in on the whole "Sober for October" deal and are still going out weekly, don’t be afraid to join in and certainly don’t feel like you have to isolate yourself. All the bars I have been to offer a non-alcoholic drink such as mocktails. The best thing about them is that they taste just as good and exciting as a regular cocktail but don’t come with the regrets and hangover the following morning (TGI Fridays, Ice Bar and The Social all do amazing mocktails).
A popular pub in the Trongate area called Maggie Mays holds exclusive nights which can cause a brilliant distraction from the missing alcohol. This pub hosts events such as karaoke, pool, sports nights, live music, ping pong and quiz nights, which all provide you with the perfect excuse not to drink. Maggie Mays has a wonderful atmosphere every day of the week and is by far one of the liveliest pubs in Glasgow.
I’d recommend for you to go sober for October in Glasgow – it’s for a fantastic cause, and it’s good to set yourself a challenge.
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