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Booze free Brum: how to have a sober night out in the city

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Natasha Mughal

The working day is done – time to get your drink on, right? Well, not necessarily. Perhaps you fancy facing the morning after without a hangover...

Before you reach for your slippers and onesie, a night without the sauce doesn't have to mean a night on the sofa - but where the hell do you go if you want a booze-free night in Birmingham?

It might surprise you to hear that the city has quite a few options to entertain you on a sober night out – words you probably didn't think went together. Here's our pick of the bunch:

Digbeth Dining Club


With a new batch of high-quality vendors every week and it's relaxed but fun vibe, this is the place to be every Friday.

It's open from 5.30pm until midnight - enough time for you to eat, play a retro game, have a little boogie to the live DJs... and then eat again.

Everyman Cinema


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With service direct to your seat, you're sure to feel like a VIP at the Everyman. In fact, with such plush surroundings and comfortable sofas, it might be difficult to leave.

Open from 10am until late evry day, there are also some great late night screenings happening over the next few week, where you can catch some cult classics on the big screen.

Arabian Nites


Located a few minutes from the Birmingham City Centre on Bissell Street, Arabian Nites comprises a restaurant serving Turkish cuisine, a bowling alley and selection of arcade machines, shisha lounge, dessert parlour and a bar that serves delicious mocktails.

This is a one-stop shop that caters to everyone looking to have a good time without the need for booze.

JamJar Desserts


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Dessert parlours are becoming increasingly popular across the city and JamJar Desserts on the Coventry Road in Small Heath is one of the best.

Open from 12pm to 12am throughout the week, and until 1am on Friday and Saturday, you can enjoy amazing waffles, sundaes, brownies, crepes, cookies and more at almost any time.

Cherry Reds


If your idea of a good Friday night is eating a cupcake or two while playing a game of scrabble, you aren't the only one... Cherry Reds can easily satisfy that desire with a stack of board games and a choice of vegan cakes and cupcakes.

There are two branches, one on John Bright Street branch and one in Kings Heath, and the staff will even help you out if you get stuck. Or you could always use the free Wi-Fi to Google that obscure seven-letter word...

True, there's a rather extensive list of bottled beers and cocktail options, but you can opt for milkshakes, coke floats or pick something from the posh tea selection instead. 

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