by Sara McQueen
Whether you’re a happy teetotaller all year round or swearing off the booze for the beginning of 2016 or Dry January, I have used my extensive experience of having sober fun to compile a list of fun things without so much as a whiff of alcohol. Say hello to clear memories, fresh mornings and the joys and challenges of finding a more interesting beverage than diet coke.
1. For those who firmly believe that nothing fun can possibly happen before 10pm, try a late night cinema date. Glasgow Film Theatre run regular late night showings of cult classics and later showings on Friday and Saturday nights are easy to find at the Renfrew Street Cineworld.
2. Get some culture and visit a museum after dark. The Hunterian Museum runs its next Night at the Museum event to coincide with Burn’s Night, just try to resist the urge to get out the whisky in celebration.
3. Traditionally, a gig in Glasgow might mean a good excuse to get a pint, but as part of Celtic Connections, several musicians will be gracing the gorgeous Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Queen’s Cross Church. I am 80% sure that drinking in church is frowned upon, so drink in instead (see what I did there) the music and architecture for a unique evening out.
4. Glasgow has a thriving theatre scene, and in my experience it is perfectly acceptable to sip a cup of tea rather than a G&T whilst enjoying some top notch performances. This month’s highlights (in my humble opinion) include The Scottish Opera’s The Devil Inside, and next month Samuel Beckett’s utterly baffling and wonderful Endgame (would probably actually avoid this if you are back on the sauce by then, it’s too macabre for emotional drunks) is coming to the Citizen’s Theatre.
5. If after all that, you just need to feel that buzzy bar ambience but try to avoid the booze at all costs, some select venues boast Mocktails menus that will make you feel just as special as all the people knocking back the fun stuff. Blue Dog and TriBeCa have online menus you can check out first, and often if you ask nicely, you’ll get a personalised one whipped up for you as well – some of the better drinks I’ve enjoyed were invented at Vodka Wodka and Cottiers. So go forth, explore and stay strong!