Alcohol-Free Activities for Dry January and Beyond
Whether you’re sober, sober curious or just taking some time off from drinking, there’s plenty to do in Charlotte that doesn’t involve alcohol. Here are a few ways to get started:
by Molly Ruggere Jan 05, 2021
Per a COVID-19-related Mecklenburg County health directive issued Jan. 12, 2021, please note that some businesses may have modified their hours of operation and changed procedures in order to comply with CDC and Mecklenburg County Health Department guidelines. Please wear a mask, limit any non-essential activities and refrain from gathering with anyone outside of your household.
Grab alcohol-free cocktails
Just because you’re not drinking alcohol doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a fun drink! Charlotte’s restaurants are continuously adding delicious and inventive alcohol-free beverages to their menus. We recommend one of the many fantastic Charlotte-based Kombucha brands such as SumBucha, Lenny Boyor UpDog Kombucha, a dressed-up drink like the Boy’s Club from Haberdish, or if you really want to go all out, try the non-alcoholic pairings from tasting menu restaurant Counter-.
Learn a new skill with SkillPop
Whether you’re looking to master the art of floral arranging, bake the perfect pretzel from scratch or start your own podcast, SkillPop offers tons of diverse and affordable classes to help you pick up a new talent or explore an interest.
Participate in a community Dry January challenge
If the idea of doing Dry January alone sounds less than appealing, check out the 31-day Boozeless Bliss Experience
starting Jan. 1 with Counterculture Club, a local group that regularly hosts alcohol-free events. This month-long alcohol-free challenge includes community support, prizes and weekly “Happier Hour” events to reset your mind, body and spirit, featuring local businesses including Covet Atelier, Mood House, Inspireme.co and more.
Spend your day Uptown exploring some of Charlotte’s top museums, all within walking distance from each other, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Levine Museum of the New South, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Mint Museum Uptown.
Take a cooking class
It’s no secret that Charlotte’s culinary scene is flourishing. If you want to level up your foodie love, try one of Charlotte’s many cooking classes like award-winning Chef Alyssa Wilen of Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen. Classes range from Spanish tapas to comfort foods and are available both virtually and in person. View upcoming classes here.
Get outside with the Charlotte Trail Guide
The Charlotte Trail Guide features six curated outdoor experiences in the Queen City featuring over 22 miles of trails, dining with outdoor amenities, local businesses and attractions. The mobile-friendly experience is essentially a tour guide in your pocket, offering a deeper dive into the communities you’ll be passing through.
Shop 'til you drop
Whether you’re into digging for vintage finds or prefer high-end luxury shops, Charlotte has a wealth of shopping options. Vintage seekers can find treasures at stores like Sleepy Poet Antique Mall, The Rat’s Nest and Value Village. For luxury shopping, SouthPark Mall offers over 175 specialty retailers including Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Coach.
Take the money you’ll save on drinks to treat yourself to a spa treatment or even a full day at one of Charlotte’s many spas including Spa & Wellness Center at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, The Spa at Ballantyne, Spa Botanica at Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord Golf Resort & Spa or new modern massage spa, Mood House.
Channel your competitive side
Enjoy food, games and more at some of Charlotte’s entertainment complexes including the new District 57, an immersive escape room and game bar, Stroke, a miniature indoor golf course, and Pinhouse, which features duckpin bowling.