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20 things you can do to get you through Dry January 2020 in Liverpool


More people than ever are opting for a month off the booze for Dry January 2020, but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid leaving the house!

Dry January in Liverpool won’t be easy, but as more people have pledged to give it a go this year, we’ve come up with a few ways to you achieve your new year sober goals. If you didn’t already know, Dry January is Alcohol Concern’s annual behaviour change campaign, supporting millions of us to give up booze for the month and feel great.

Now it’s no surprise that we like a little bevvy as much as the next, but with better health and good habits at the front of our minds for 2020, we’ll be sipping tea rather than cocktails, and opting for walks in the great outdoors rather than down the pub this Jan too.

Here are 10 activities you can do to keep your mind off the booze and 10 Liverpool venues that will help you get through the month.

The venues where it's not all about drink

1 - The Brink, Parr Street

We cant talk about Dry January in Liverpool and not mention The Brink. Just last month Lee Butler hosted a booze free rave there and this Parr Street based dry bar puts socialising, wellbeing and good health at the forefront of it’s food & drink offering and it’s brilliant value for money too. The caramel shortbread is fit!

More info and menus here.

2 - The Quarter, Falkner Square

Now we’re not suggesting you should swap the booze for cake but the slices on offer at The Quarter, Falkner Street is incredibly tempting. Order yourself a speciality tea or freshly brewed coffee and feast your eyes on the fresh, homemade cakes and biscuits.

Menus and more here.

3 - LEAF, Smithdown Road

Liverpool’s latest tea parlour is the second for LEAF and this one serves up over 60 varieties of tea, delicious breakfast and brunch and lunch and dinner menus too.

Get more info here.

4 - Tusk, Cain's Brewery Village

Have you been to Tusk Baltic yet? The eatery and urban sanctuary at Cain’s Brewery Village offers a warm welcome and the most indulgent hot chocolates we’ve devoured this winter. Grab a comfy sofa around the log burner and check out the great new menu.

More info here.

5 - Neighbourhood Café, Woolton Road

Another beloved suburban tea room and coffee shop is Neighbourhood Café on Woolton Road. The perfect pit stop for a coffee in warm surroundings in the leafy suburbs, Neighbourhood serves freshly baked cakes, lunch menu and proper English tea with a smile, and you can take the dog too!

Menus and more here.

6 - Fleur Ashley Tea Rooms, Wallasey

High tea in Wallasey Village anyone? Head to Fleur Ashley Tea Rooms for a tiered treat and speciality tea served in the quirkiest of fine china. A selection of tasty sandwiches and cakes make for a nice little trip out on the Wirral.

Find out more and book a table here.

7 - Remember When - New Brighton

A walk around New Brighton prom should always, always be rewarded with a hot drink and bite to eat and we fell in love with Remember When for exactly that! This old school tea room takes you on a trip down memory lane while warming your cockles with tea, coffee and sweet treats.

More info here. 

8 - One Fine Day, Old Hall Street

If you like your coffee with a touch of class, One Fine Day, Old Hall Street is the place for you. This stylish café, eatery and event space offers a relaxed atmosphere, full drinks menu with fresh cakes and sweet treats and you’re invited to meet, hang out, work and celebrate Dry January in Liverpool.

More info here.

9 - Catherine Braidy Cake Parlour, Aigburth

Situated just a stones throw from the beautiful Sefton Park, Catherine Braidy is a boutique cake parlour offering the finest of sweet treats. This venture sees professional bakers, Catherine Williams and Braidy Maloney pool their expert knowledge and experience to offer tea for two, with a difference.

Open daily from 10am until 4pm, Catherine Braidy serves up cake by the slice, cupcakes, tray bakes, top class coffee, tea and soft drinks.

More info here.

10 - Baby E Coffee & Deli, Dale Street

Owned by Liverpool couple Lauren and Chris, Baby E is based below the Temple Building and not only offers top class coffee but also all manner of vegan snacks, brunch dishes, vibrant, tasty lunch specials and a stylish, modern location in which to enjoy it.

If you are looking for some where for your private event too then this is the place with private hire available every evening.

Get more info on the website here.

Activities and things to do

1 - Be a tourist in your own city

Keep yourself busy this Dry January by taking on one of these activities rather than taking on a hefty bar bill down the pub.

Why don’t you use the month to do the ‘Liverpool’ things you never normally get round to doing.

You can see our city like never before by experiencing RLB360 at the top of the Liver Building. Head to the Beatles Story to explore the largest collection of Beatles memorabilia on the planet or head to the new Strawberry Fields Visitor Centre where you’ll see an exhibition which provides fans with an awe-inspiring look at John Lennon’s childhood and the secrets of his historic site.

Get more ideas on our attractions here.

2 - Breakout Liverpool

Why not lock yourself into an escape room rather than locking yourself into your bedroom with a horrendous hangover?

Breakout is a live escape room game located on Sir Thomas Street. You are locked in a room with friends for an hour and have to solve a series of puzzles and mysteries to escape. Think Crystal Maze, The Cube, or even worse, SAW!

Book your session here.

3 - Land Rover Experience Liverpool

A Land Rover Experience is your exclusive opportunity to be immersed in the all-terrain capability of Land Rover, and anyone with a valid driving license can take it on!

Rev your engines and jump into the driver’s seat to take on a series of challenging, all-weather obstacles. We’re talking all the steep climbs, daring drops and hazards of an exhilarating off-road course, in stunning surroundings. Are you ready to put this beast of a machine and your driving ability to the test?

Book your experience here.

4 - Team Sport Go Karting

Life in the fast lane doesn’t get more local than this! Team Sport Karting, North Harrington Building offers premier indoor karting for those who like to put their foot down.

Check out Super Sundays for half price karting too and suit up to take the spoils.

More info and booking here. 

5 - Ghetto Golf (without the cocktails!)

We’re firm fans of a bit of Baltic action on a night out however, if you’re off the booze, why not get competitive and smash a game of Ghetto Golf? You never know, you might actually be better at it without a bottle in your hand! Mocktails available too!

Booking info here.

6 - Hot Water Comedy

They say laughter is the best medicine and while you’re not sick, the thought of missing out on a pint or two may well play on your mind come mid Jan.

Our suggestion is book your tickets to the Hot Water Comedy Club, Seel Street and Hardman Street and get a night of laughing your arse off under your belt.

Book your tickets here. 

7 - Go the pics

We are now home to some blockbuster cinemas including the huge ODEON IMAX in Liverpool ONE, the very swanky Everyman Cinema at the Metquarter, the new-look Showcase on the East Lancs and the epic Cineworld in Speke.

This month Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker, Little Women, The Gentlemen and Cats can all be seen on the big screen so swap the Prosecco for popcorn and get booking your cinema ticket today.

Here’s your guide to the best cinemas in Liverpool.

8 - Roxy Ball Room

Yes, there’s booze a plenty available at the bar but there are also lots of games and activities to keep your mind occupied too. There are two Roxy Ball Room’s in Liverpool. The first at Liverpool ONE and the second, larger venue, complete with bowling allies, ping pong, pool and more just off Mathew Street in the Cavern Quarter.

More info on both sites here.

9 - Walk your way into Feb

As well as Dry January there is another challenge available that many are taking on called Red January where you take on a different physical activity everyday, and with tonnes of walking routes in, and around Liverpool this has never been easier.

How about Delamere Forest which has three walking trails, two cycling trails and its very own train station. Or have you got what it takes to venture up Moel Famau, which is just a short drive away giving you incredible views of the North West? Then there’s the Formby Red Squirrel Walk, the Wirral Way, or closer to home our waterfront, where you can start at Otterspool Prom and make your way down to our iconic Pier Head?

Check out these 10 winter walks here.


10 - Be a culture vulture

How about delving into our city’s rich history or immersing yourself into a bit of theatre to keep your mind off the plonk?

National Museums Liverpool has 8 attraction in the city, all our free including the Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, Mersey Maritime, Sudley House and more. Open everyday 10-5pm, you can see what’s on here.

In theatre this month you can see The Woman in Black at the Playhouse, Scouse Snow White continues at Liverpool’s Royal Court, Once the Musical is on at the Liverpool Empire and Sleeping Beauty continues at the Everyman.

Also Tate Liverpool invites you to explore the Constellations exhibition as well as Ideas Dept and the work of acclaimed artist Vivian Suter. See what’s on at Tate Liverpool here.

For more info on Dry January check out alcoholconcern.org.uk or head to the official campaign Facebook page here for support and advice.

Are you teetotal? Drop us a line with your suggestions on how to get through Dry January on our socials @TheGuideLpool and we’ll share the best.

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