If you’re planning on being dry this January that really doesn’t have to be taken literally. Many of us use Dry January as a chance to stay home and catch up on life admin like dropping that dress that’s been gathering dust at the bottom of the laundry basket to the dry cleaners. But in reality, there is no reason being sober means you can’t be social. If you want to be discreet remember you don’t have to disclose you’re taking part in Dry January, tell everyone one you’re drinking a vodka soda and just opt for a soda with lime.

3 options for those wanting to try something different:
The BrewDog AF Bar

Date: Ongoing
Visitors to the bar will be able to take part in activities including Hip Hop Karaoke and Dabbers Bingo. BrewDog will be offering a ‘Drink all you can Jan’ so you can get free refills of all alcohol-free beers throughout the month.

Sober & Social and Seedlip Drinks with DJ Fat Tony present – Future Proof
Date: Thursday 23rd January
This party promises to be a transformative night of the unexpected and will be in a Soho club with the venue yet to be announced. Fat Tony will be hitting the decks but you can also expect a sensual, unexpected show. Tickets cost £32.93 and include a free non-alcoholic drink.

Mindful drinking festival

Date: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of January 2020
Set across two stages there will be free drink tastings, talks, panel discussions, workshops and masterclasses. The event aims to give anyone looking for great new drinks the opportunity to taste the best in this growing low and no market, including craft beers, wines, spirits, lower-sugar sodas, tonics and infusions.

3 options for if you’re throwing caution to the wind:

Bugged Out! with Dusky, Paranoid London (Live) & Simian Mobile Disco at XOYO
Date: Friday 10th January 2020
Dusky’s residency is in full swing with captivating and head-turning guests Paranoid London and Simian Mobile Disco. Tickets from £13.50.

Swamp 81 with Dusky, Loefah, Boddika, Zed Bias, Paleman & Chunky at XOYO
Date: Friday 24th January 2020
Embracing South London’s rich culture and history, Swamp 81 has delivered some of the most important multi-genre releases over the past 10 years, spearheaded by Loefah himself. Boddika, Zed Bias, Paleman and Chunky complete the Basement lineup for an all-out showcase of the influential British record label.
Tickets from £18.50.

CamelPhat – Night at Village Underground
Date: Saturday 25th January 2020
CamelPhat will be taking over XOYO by day before crossing a few hundred yards to Village Underground for the nighttime leg of an intimate double-header. Expect them to expand on the further regions of their sound and pay homage to the underground scene where they plied their trade before hitting the big time.
Tickets from £25.