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Things to do on sober nights out

No booze does NOT mean no fun! Check out our list of things to do on sober nights out

Written by Kelsey Cassetta and posted in life

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We've all been there, wanting to take a break from alcohol but not knowing what to do instead. Whether you are completely broke, want to meet other people without being surrounded by booze, or just need to give your liver a break. We've put together a list of things to do that don't involve alcohol and won't leave you with a nasty hangover the next day.

There are loads of things to do when you're sober and these are just a sample of a few of the things on offer. Lots of the events below are in Dublin, if you have any suggestions for events outside of Dublin, leave them in the comments below as we'd love to include them.

Catch a show at the theatre

Going to the theatre might sound like something only old, posh or rich people do, but in fact it's for everyone. Switch up your nightly routine by engaging in some culture, it's not exactly rock n roll but you are guaranteed a great night out. Most big towns will have some sort of theatre or arts centre that you can check out. If you're in Dublin, visit the Abbey theatre which is steeped in Irish history and culture. The theatre was originally founded by W. B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory and offers a variety of workshops and performances. It also offers great student prices that won't break the bank. For a list of shows and times check out

The Funky Seomra

The Funky Seomra is a fun night out with ceol agus craic, but is different from any other night out because it involves no alcohol. They have events in Dublin, Cork, and Galway. Check out their Facebook page for updates of their next night.

Accent’s Lounge

Based in Dublin, Accent's lounge is a relaxed cafe style environment for people to meet as an alternative to a pub. The Accent’s Lounge is open until 11pm. So when you’re looking for a cozy night with coffee or tea, comfortable couches, and possibly some live music, this is the place for you. For more information check out their website

Flux alcohol and drug free nightclub

Taking place in locations all over Dublin, the alcohol and drug free night out promises to be lots of fun. Find out more here!

The No Name club

The No Name Club was set up to give teenagers aged 15+ an alcohol free environment to hang out in.  It has clubs all over the country and currently has 15,000 young people who attend the clubs. To find your nearest club check out


It's impossible to create a list of alcohol free events without including the local cinema. No matter where you live, there's usually always a cinema nearby. The good thing is that there’s always something on, the downside is that it can be pricey if you include tickets and munchies. Our tip is to avoid the overpriced food and drinks and sneak in your own. If you're in Dublin and want something a little bit different to the average film blockbuster, try the IFI in Temple Bar where you can enjoy independent films and reasonably priced food beforehand in the IFI Cafe Bar. Another spot worth checking out is the Lighthouse cinema in Smithfield. Check you local cinema's website for a list of screenings and showtimes.

Morning Gloryville

Technically this is not a night out, but 6.30am is the middle of the night for some of us right? Start your day with positive vibes and energy, and a morning rave! There’s music and dancing, and because it begins at 6:30am, there are smoothies, coffee, and free massages. Over 300 people attended the last one in Dublin and morning raves have been happening in cities all over the world. For more information on the next event check out their Facebook page.

Milk and Cookie Stories

For something different try Milk and Cookie Stories. It’s on the second Tuesday every month, and the venue changes. Share a story or enjoy relaxing and listening while eating biscuits and sipping on a cup of coffee or tea. Check out for more information and a list of special events.

First Thursdays

Experience culture for free. For the first Thursday every month, check out chosen art galleries from 6-8pm. The event Facebook page provides updates and listings.

Sober Slice

The Sober Slice is a meet up group that allows you to get to know others and have a good time in an alcohol free environment. The group sets up events and meeting locations based on different interests. For information on what they’re all about, check out their website.

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Published July 15th, 2014
Last updated February 28th, 2018
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