Business is booming at the East Midlands’ first ever alcohol free bar which aims to keep people sober. It opened its doors to the city last Monday and has been busy ever since.
Sobar is the brain child of Double Impact, a Nottingham charity for people recovering from alcohol and drug addictions, and all profits on top of running costs are going to the charity’s services.
The aim of the Friar Lane bar is to open an alternative bar in Nottingham, offering people the chance to have a good night out in the city without alcohol and the temptation of drugs.
Above: Joanna Crossley, business development team member at Double Impact, talks about Sobar.
Joanna Crossley, business development team member at Double Impact, said: “The bar is going really well so far, we have had a lot of interest and people are really intrigued by what we’re doing.
“We are getting a good number of people coming in, a lot of people have seen us on the news and we had to have three launch nights because of the demand of people wanting to come and they were all packed out. So, yeah it’s going really well.”
The bar has hosted music events throughout the week to celebrate the launch and plans to continue hosting events in the future.
Joanna said: “We’ve had a couple of DJ nights, some acoustic music sets and we have a lot more of these nights coming up as well along with quiz nights.
“We are going to put on some special child friendly events over half term so there will be lots of children friendly bands and art workshops.”
Local food companies are providing the food for Sobar, which is sold during the day along with alcohol-free mocktails, coffees and smoothies.
The Boiler Maker on Carlton Street in Hockley has designed the bar’s mocktail menu.
Boiler Maker bar manager Henry Yates said: “I think it is important that licensed bars are aware of those who can’t go out and drink so we wanted to help out.
“There are very few places to go in Nottingham for people who do not drink that aren’t coffee houses or fast food restaurants and there is nowhere for these people to go and enjoy nights out.
“That is why Sobar is such a good idea. It is a good place for people in recovery to go as well as those who just want an alcohol free evening.”
The bar has created 20 paid jobs and some voluntary positions, which have been offered to people both in recovery and to people with the relevant qualifications.
Sobar is open until 11pm from Thursday to Saturday and until 8pm from Sunday to Wednesday.
Joanna said: “I hope Sobar will make the community more tolerant to people in recovery and will help to break down the barriers and perceptions often held about people with drug and alcohol addictions.”