5 Fun Sober Weekend Plans

Who wants to paint some pottery?

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It’s the weekend! No phone calls to answer, no emails to circle back to. But how are you going to spend your days off?

Maybe you’ve never been a drinker, or you’re a little sober curious, or you just want a break this weekend. Whatever your reason, we know that there are plenty of ways to enjoy time with your friends that don’t involve alcohol. Let’s dive in to five of them!

1. Games Night

Gather up the girls for a cosy night of game playing. Whether it’s 30 seconds, Monopoly, back to back or Jenga, the right game can bring the perfect vibe for a night off the town. Keep the energy going with snacks and music. Nothing is better than some friendly competition.

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2. Bake Off

This is a personal favourite of ours! Assign each of your friends a theme – you can use movie titles, colours, or even memories or inside jokes (your sixth year holiday, that shopping trip you did last Christmas…be creative!) Each person has to bake something based on their theme and the rest of the group rates the bake. It’s fun, a little messy, and you get to eat lots of different sweet treats. This is an evening Mary Berry would approve of.

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3. Fitness Class 

Now we’re not saying you should do a hardcore weight lifting session on your day off work. But there’s something about the endorphin release you get from exercise that’s made even better when it’s shared with friends.  It doesn’t have to be about getting into shape – it’s trying something different, making new friends together, and getting to blow off some steam! You could try zumba, yoga or even dancercise. Maybe even try a new class every week, or go for workshops or challenges. Learn how to a headstand this month, and how to do hip-hop next month! It’s all in the name of letting go and having fun.

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4. Book Club

It might feel old fashioned, but a book club is a classic for a reason. Everyone loves a good chit-chat, and what better way to liven up your usual chats than with something to debate over? This will need a little bit of homework since you’ll have to actually read the book beforehand, but it’s also a brilliant excuse to carve out some friendship time. You could even join a community book club and connect with other book lovers. You can alternate genres, try magazines, graphic novels, non fiction or fantasy…the library’s your oyster!

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5. Arts and Crafts 

You don’t need to be a professional artist to enjoy some crafting (especially when YouTube and TikTok are at your disposal!) You could make friendship bracelets, paint picture frames, learn to crochet together. It doesn’t have to look beautiful – making art for art’s sake is great way to de-stress and spend some time in a relaxed way with your friends. If you’re willing to spend a little money, why not go to a workshop or class. All across Ireland you can find studios where you can paint pottery, make jewellery, or even draw some still life. Gorgeous.

Pic by Karolina Grabowska