Fun Things To Do In Manchester If You Don't Drink

Published . By Anisah Audu.

Fancy a night out without going heavy on the booze? We've got just the thing for you. This city is home to more alcohol-free activities than ever and we've handpicked the very best. Dry January? Sober October? Whatever your reason for ditching the spirited stuff, we've rounded up the best walks, sporting dens, tasting menus and fun things to do in Manchester when you're not drinking.


Explore Manchester's Five Best Walks

Not just a city for quirky bars and cool activities, Manchester is also home to some seriously beautiful walks. Ditch the booze and discover waterfront strolls, spot city landmarks, explore country parks and adventure through ancient woodland. Plus, there's some recommendations for dinner, lunch and afternoon tea afterwards.

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Getting out and about just got greener.

Taste Your Way Through Michelin-Starred Dishes

This city is full of Michelin Guide-worthy restaurants, so of course you're going to want to try a few of them whether heading out for dinner, a date night or special occasion with people who don't drink. From quirky Spanish tapas joints with pretty rooftop terraces to high-end haunts serving elevated British classics, there's plenty to get excited about.

Manchester's Michelin Starred Restaurants | DesignMyNight

There's a lot of Michelin-quality restaurants in Manchester that you'll want to explore.

Go For The Bullseye At Flight Club

From high-tech oches to fairground decor and piles of pizza, Flight Club Manchester is just the place to be if you're looking for a social twist on the classic game. Tuck into sharing plates in between the multiplayer mayhem, all while the bar whips up alcohol-free cocktails like cos-no-politans or strawberry n' cream sodas.

Flight Club Manchester | DesignMyNight

Beating all your mates at darts? We're all for it.

Gorge On Brunch (Without The Booze)

Not all brunches have to be boozy you know, as our stellar collection of swish restaurants and cool NQ hangouts proves. Say no to the prosecco and opt for a refreshing juice or mocktail while chomping on eggs any way you fancy, piles of pancakes and full English spreads at these fabulous brunch restaurants in Manchester. 

Brunch Without Booze In Manchester | DesignMyNight

We're opting for a good ol' fashioned cuppa with this brunch at The Ivy.

Order A Meal From These Manchester Restaurants

If you're feeling peckish and don't fancy cooking? Support your locals by ordering in from Manchester restaurants offering up food delivery, takeaways and collection. From stacked burgers to DIY pizzas, luxury meals finished off at home to Latin American fare, there are plenty of drool-inducing options to explore while you're avoiding the booze.

Manchester Restaurant Delivery | DesignMyNight

The Alchemist's international plates are a must if you fancy restaurant-quality with minimal effort. 

Sip Alcohol-Free Cocktails In The Sky At Cloud 23

Purveyors of all things sky-high, Cloud 23 is a Deansgate staple. Head up to the – yep, you guessed it – 23rd floor of Beetham Tower, where you’ll find gorgeous views of the city coupled with a kitchen that takes you from brunch to afternoon tea and dinner. Better still, the entire cocktail list can be made without alcohol… and without the hangover.

Cloud 23 Manchester | DesignMyNight

Elevated drinks take on a new meaning at Cloud 23.

Throw It Back With Arcade Games at NQ64

Sure, there’s retro cocktails and brews on the menu at NQ64, but that’s not what you come for. This Northern Quarter hangout is the perfect hideaway whether it’s date night, a chilled evening, or you just fancy rediscovering your favourite old-school games. Choose your classic console and dive into Tekken, Guitar Hero, Mortal Kombat and more.

NQ64 Manchester | DesignMyNight

NQ64 is throwing it back with consoles from decades past.

Enjoy Bottomless Mocktails At Afternoon Tea

Slather your scones in preserve and clotted cream, nibble finger sandwiches and sink your teeth into pastries at Cherry Jam's afternoon tea, all washed down with a choice of tasty shakes and mocktails. You've got 90 minutes to enjoy as many as you like, plus there's a game of musical bingo and plenty of prizes to be won afterwards.

Cherry Jam Afternoon Tea Manchester | DesignMyNight

Cherry Jam has sweet treats and alcohol-free concoctions galore.

Burn Rubber With TeamSport

Unleash your inner Toretto and live that fast and furious lifestyle with a go on the tracks at TeamSport. Taking over a subterranean circuit below Manchester Arena, this quirky pick boasts 550 metres of track where speeds can reach up to 40mph. And once you've worked up an appetite? There’s pizza, wings and vegan specials for that.

TeamSport Manchester | DesignMyNight

Take to the tracks at this underground favourite.

Soak Up Alcohol-Free Beer At BrewDog

Love the taste of beer but hate that foggy head feeling the next day? BrewDog has you sorted with a range of 'Tuned' brews that dial down the alcohol without compromising on flavour. There’s the tropical Punk AF, a bitter Nanny State, the zesty Raspberry Blitz and a toffee-tipped Vagabond to wet your whistle, whether you're at the bar or their hotel.

BrewDog Manchester | DesignMyNight

Going dry doesn't have to mean ditching the beer. 

Join The Great Game Outdoor Treasure Hunt

Get your teamwork fix at the Manchester edition of The Great Game Outdoor Treasure Hunt. You'll turn into an adventurer searching for buried treasure as you explore the city's landmarks and secret backstreets, all while solving puzzles, riddles and clues along the way. This alternative afternoon with your pals is made even better with 20% off a pub meal at the end.

The Great Game Outdoor Treasure Hunt Manchester | DesignMyNight

Not your average activity, The Great Game offers up a grand prize.

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