New alcohol free bar aims to help Nottingham become So-bar.

Sobar logo The first alcohol-free bar in the East Midlands is hoping others will follow its lead after its first successful weekend of trading.


The Sobar project, which supports 20 recovering alcoholics and drug addicts by offering work experience, training and employment, says other charities are now considering opening similar venues across the country.

Sobar, which is located on Friar Lane in the city centre, sells non-alcoholic drinks including mocktails and coffee.


The Nottingham-based charity Double Impact, behind the venture, received £340,419 from the Big Lottery Fund enabling them to transform the former headquarters of the Nottingham Building Society into an innovative venue for the public.

“There’s three or four other projects trying to get funding to do what we’ve done and we’re the second enterprise to do this through a charity. There’s a lot of interest and many people want to come and see what we’re about.” – Liz Collins, Project Manager


There are around 450 alcohol-based places in Nottingham. Sobar is unique because it is the only venue offering an alternative night out.

“There’s a definite need for more long-term recovery services for people with addiction issues. Sobar offers an aftercare for people once they’ve been through rehab and treatment to help rebuild their lives from housing, finance, qualifications, jobs.”  – Joanna Crossley, Business Development

For further stories on Sobar: First alcohol free bar provides a So-Bar-ing thought for Nottingham, Nottingham’s Alcohol Awareness Charity Gig has Double Impact

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