Where to Drink When You’re Not Drinking | Living North

Where to Drink When You’re Not Drinking


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Giving up alcohol doesn’t mean giving up your social life, here are the go-to spots for delicious teas, late night coffees and incredible mocktails that will help a month of Dry January

Quilliam Brothers, Newcastle 
Set up by the three Quilliam Brothers, this quirky tearoom serves an impressive menu of teas featuring over 60 variations from around the world – try the caramel cup, a sweet and warming loose-leaf tea, with a spoonful of honey for extra sweetness. If you’re looking for a late-night hang out then this is it – savour your pot until 11pm every night. 

Flat White Kitchen, Durham
A cornerstone to Durhams culinary scene, Flat White Kitchen are best known for – you guessed it – their flat whites. But, if you dare to veer from the obvious then make sure you do so with their legendary white hot chocolate – you won’t regret it. 

Surfcafe, Tynemouth
What better way to ride the wave of Sober October then relaxing at Surfcafe in Tynemouth? Perched on the top of a hill overlooking the mile-long stretch of golden sands of Longsands beach, Surfcafe is one of the best independent social hubs in the North East. Whether it’s sharing a plate of nachos with your friends or enjoying a hot beverage whilst taking in the beautiful views of Tynemouth.

Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, Leeds
Who needs alcohol when you can be drunk in love with Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen in Leeds’ vibrant Northern Quarter? It hosts live music, comedy, film and art exhibitions and serves delicious food and drink spread out over three floors of fun featuring two kitchens and a roof terrace that boasts terrific views of Leeds’ luscious skyline. With a plethora of music events happening throughout October, there’s plenty of entertainment to be had without needing even a whiff of alcohol. 

Kommune, Sheffield 
This creative, urban space is home to a variety of independent kitchens and a quirky bar, and is the perfect spot to fill up on local street food whilst getting involved in a game of ping-pong. Their extensive mocktail menu makes it a sure bet for staying on track this sober October too.

Published in: September 2019

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