What can I do instead of going to the pub?

If you usually go out to the pub a few times a week, try organizing something different in your evenings. Things like a movie night with mates, a run or bike ride, going to the gym and organizing a hobby are great alternatives.

You could also organize a group of friends to play cards or a game of tennis. This will help you stay social while not drinking.

1. Go to the cinema

While the pub may be a regular hang out for you and your mates, it’s also an expensive way to spend time together.

Taking turns to go to the cinema each week could be a much more affordable option that still gives you something to talk about. Plus you get to be productive and focus on a different activity. You can even try out new movies!

2. Go for a walk

If you enjoy spending time in a pub with friends, then consider replacing it with an evening walk, run or bike ride if it’s safe to do so. It’s also worth looking at joining a sports club, taking an art or language class or organizing a games night with your mates.

3. Go for a bike ride

While it can be fun to go to a pub, it’s not the only way to socialize with friends. You can also go for bike rides, particularly if you’re in an area with a lot of cyclists.

This is great for getting to know people, and it can be fun too! Plus, it’s a great way to stay active. You could even join a cycling club!

4. Go for a run

As the Covid-19 lockdown begins to ease you could try organising alternative social activities with your friends. For example, going for a run, or bike ride if it’s safe to do so, taking an art/language class or even just planning a weekend away.

Learning something new is a great option as it can also boost your confidence. You could join a running club for the added bonus of meeting new people.

5. Go for a yoga or meditation class

While a good old night in the pub can be fun, it’s important to find other ways to socialize with friends. Try organizing an evening walk, run or bike ride, taking a yoga or meditation class (there are loads of ‘follow-along’ classes online) or even learn a new language or art!

6. Go for a run with your mates

While it’s nice to spend time with friends in a pub, there are many other alternatives that can be just as fun and social. For example, you could start an evening running club with a group of friends or get fit at the local gym.

You could also take an art or language class or organise a games night at your home. These activities can also be great for meeting new people and potentially forging long-term friendships.

7. Go for a game of cards

Card games are a great alternative to going to the pub and can be played anywhere. There are a wide range of fun card games that you can play with your friends, including classics like poker and snap.

Alternatively, you can also look to learn a new skill. Taking a class with your mates is an excellent way to spend time together and can be incredibly fun.

8. Go for a bike ride with your mates

There’s nothing wrong with going out for a drink every now and then but if you find yourself doing this regularly it can become expensive and can also take up your spare time.

Instead you could try a group bike ride with your friends. This is great if you’re interested in improving your cycling and will help to keep you motivated too.

9. Go for a game of tennis

Whether you’re looking for activities to do with your friends during the lockdown or just want some alternative socializing, then tennis is the way to go. If you’re lucky enough to have a tennis court nearby then this is an easy option for anyone to get involved in. And it’s a great way to exercise too! Bonus points.