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 hidden green spaces
Not just a city for quirky bars and cool activities, Manchester is also home to some seriously gorgeous green spaces that are waiting to be found. Ditch the bars and discover garden areas hiding street food traders, secret urban parks and tranquil community gardens toting lakes and outdoor classes.
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.
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.
Check out what's happening online
Stuck indoors with no idea of what to do? Fear not, we've compiled a go-to guide to quirky things to do online. Whether its chasing down criminal masterminds, watching live comedy performances or taking part in hedonistic music quizzes, these virtual events are giving you plenty of reasons to enjoy staying at home.
Order a meal from these Manchester restaurants
If you're feeling peckish and don't fancy cooking? Support your locals by ordering in from these Manchester restaurants delivering in lockdown. From stacked burgers to DIY pizzas, full-blown Sunday roasts to at home brunches, there are plenty of drool-inducing options to explore while you're avoiding the booze.
Get your hands on mocktails from Menagerie
Looking for booze-free beverages while the bars are closed? Fear not, you can actually order yourself signature mocktails to be delivered from Menagerie online. Choose between Strawberry Kiss with strawberry, pineapple, lemon and caramel and Star Girl made up of passionfruit, pineapple, lemon and caramel.
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.
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.
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.
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 - all of which can be ordered online for delivery.
Tee off with minigolf at Junkyard Golf Club
Indoor minigolf in neon surroundings? Get your putt-putt fix at Junkyard Golf Club. Pick between jungles, discos and even a circus, before resting up with pick ‘n’ mix cocktails. Whether it’s a quirky date or an alternative afternoon with your bubble, this is one for you competitive players.
Live the footie fantasy at Hotel Football
Obsessed with the beautiful game? Then Hotel Football is the place for you if you're in need of some alcohol-free fun in Manchester. From afternoon tea packages to overnight stays complete with hampers for feasting in your room, this place is a unique staycation opposite one of the country's most iconic stadiums.
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