Things to do in Bristol for non-drinkers


By Hendrike Rahtz, Living Sub-Editor

Nights out don’t always necessarily require alcohol as an accompaniment. Below are some ideas for an alcohol-free evening in Bristol that offer pure entertainment and fun, ideal for those who do not drink, or those who are looking for a night out without the headachy consequences in the morning!

The Cube – Cinema

This cinema is a secret little gem tucked away near Stokes Croft. It shows arty films as well as some new films, in an old but cool building. The main bonus is the price - £4-£5 a ticket – but it also offers a cosy ambience that only a one-screen cinema can provide.

Dove Street South, Kingsdown, Bristol BS2 8JD |

Bristol Uni Comedy – Entertainment/Comedy

The university’s improv society holds a comedy night fortnightly on Sundays. Its free, and, while small, the theatre itself is warm and inviting. It’s an entertaining night, and you don’t have to be drunk to guarantee this. Expect stand-up comedy along with improvisation games performed by members of the society.

50 St Paul's Road, Bristol BS8 1LP | visit their Facebook page for more information at

The Canteen - Music

This venue offers a variety of music genres and acts that do not necessarily turn your night into a messy-drunk-moshpit kind of gig. Blues, jazz and a multitude of others promise a casual night of entertainment that lets you sit and enjoy the music. Check out their website to see if any of their forthcoming acts entice you!

Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY |

The Lanes – Bowling

Who doesn’t enjoy bowling? It generates excitement at any age; from children’s birthday parties, to school trips, to bowling as a massive group in your teens, it’s a great way to socialise and have friendly competitive fun. You don’t have to book either; it’s just £6 p/p after 5pm.

22 Nelson St, Bristol BS1 2LE |

Gaming – Kongs and Mini-Golf

Both offer an indoor-gaming scene, but Kongs is a café that throwbacks to the 80s and 90s with its arcade games, whereas the mini-golf is more of a reality game. The Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf hosts a vibrant indoor golf extravaganza, where prices p/p start at £7.50 for students.

Kongs, 13-15, Kings Street, BS1 4EF |
Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf, top floor Cabot Circus, Glass Walk, Bristol BS1 3BQ |

Wellbeing/Relaxation – Café Kino

A café that opens late (10:30) is always a nice meet-up place to go with friends if being drunk is not on the agenda. The café also offers amazing food (that’s vegan and local), but on some evenings, classes like life-drawing and events such as spoken word performances are hosted which can be a relaxing yet fun way to spend an evening. | 108 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RU

Featured image: Flickr / Matthew Paul Argall

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