So it’s the first Friday or Saturday night (depending where you are in the world!) after the New Year and you’ve decided to take part in Dry January or Dryathlon and want a night out where you won’t be troubled by the presence of booze?
Try these on for size, courtesy of Australia’s National News. There are some great accompanying photos too!
“Sober” parties are a hot new trend everywhere from the United States to Europe, and even here in party-loving Australia.
According to Contiki managing director Katrina Barry, young Australian travellers are jumping on the sober bandwagon.
“Having the time of their lives has always been top of the priority list for travelling Aussies, however this doesn’t have to mean downing drink after drink,” she says. “More and more young travellers are combining their passion for discovering new experiences and bending the perception on what is fun and exciting. Health and fitness are increasingly a key focus and that doesn’t change when young people are travelling. As a result, the sober raves are popping up all over the world in a fun and unique way to get you hitting the dance floor, but waking up with no alcohol-related regrets.”
Here are her top five booze-free parties for travellers who like to go hard without the hangover …
Throw on your gym clothes, glitter or fairy wings and join the dancers at West London’s Morning Gloryville rave. One of the original and best sober events, this regular dance party starts at 7am with a line up at the bar for coffee and coconut water and a DJ letting you relive hits from the 90s and 2000s, mixed in with some old school and dance. Not only are you starting your day with a great workout, you’ll no doubt leave with an infectious smile.
As someone who came of age during the Second Summer of Love this one is definitely on my bucket list – any takers to come with me? 🙂
Long-time lovers of the amber beverage, some Australians are leaving the beers in the fridge and taking the saying “dance like no one is watching” to a new level at “No Lights, No Lycra” dance parties in Sydney. Like the name suggests, the dark room lets you bust out your favourite Britney Spears moves in an alcohol-free zone, perfect for those that just love to dance!
If you fancy hitting the dance floor during lunchtime, then head to Lunch Beat in Sweden and join hundreds of workers letting off steam and working up a sweat in between meetings. The Lunch Beat Manifesto …
1st rule: If it’s your first lunch at Lunch Beat, you have to dance.
2nd rule: If it’s your second, third or fourth time lunch at Lunch Beat, you have to dance.
3rd rule: If you are getting too tired to actually dance at Lunch Beat, please have your lunch at some other place.
4th rule: You don’t talk about your job at Lunch Beat.
5th rule: At Lunch Beat everyone present is your dance partner.
6th rule: Any Lunch Beat are to be no longer than 60 minutes long and set during ”lunch time”.
7th rule: Lunch Beat always serve their guest with a 1 DJ-set and 1 take away meal.
8th rule: Water is always served during a Lunch Beat for free.
9th rule: Lunch Beat is a preferably drug free environment.
10th rule: Lunch Beat can be set up anywhere by anyone as long as they are announced as public events, are non-profit arrangements and are directed by this manifesto.
Sweden seems to be leading the way in this trend with their new nightclub night Sober also premiering last year which I talked about in two posts which you can read here.
It is hard to believe that New Yorkers manage to fit in a few hours of dancing before work, but the Morning Gloryville movement has it covered with early morning sober raves to kick start the day. Join in the two-hour dance party and watch as Lycra is replaced for three-piece suits as the warehouse clears and people head to the office with a bounce in their step.
If your idea of a good night doesn’t involve having red wine spilt on your new shoes then Funky Seomra is right up your alley. While you won’t find the bar to be stocked with shots of tequila and champagne, the nightclub has built itself a loyal following and has been described as an electric picnic without the booze!
Who says you need booze to have a good time? 😉 It’s time to start living the party high life and remembering all of it this time!! 😀