What to do with yourself in Cork city during Dry January

What to do with yourself in Cork city during Dry January
Dry January is the term used to describe it when someone gives up alcohol for January.

It is officially January 2020, we are all back to work and the self-loathing for the past month of excessive indulgence in the vices of your choice has well and truly begun.

With that in mind, here are a few choice suggestions for anyone who would like to partake in an alcohol-free January while still getting out and about and staying social.

Dry January is a growing trend and there are a number of really cool options available to anyone who wants to forgo a drink for a couple of weeks.

Top of the list has to be Tabletop Café on Castle Street. An oasis of childlike fun to enjoyed by all ages. With a wide range of games to suit all personalities and groups of all sizes from two to ten.

Emer Kelly and Chris Heinhold outside their Tabletop boardgame cafe on Castle street, Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Emer Kelly and Chris Heinhold outside their Tabletop boardgame cafe on Castle street, Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Sure they sell a few craft beers, but so does the local supermarket and what is dry January if not a challenge in will power and self-restraint.

While the temptation of a beer remains a live threat in Tabletop, this can be sated by darn good food with toasties, soups, cheese boards and snacks available for all hungry guests as well as good coffee and hot tea. Sure you can’t go wrong!

Next up for an evening of booze-free entertainment is the Mardyke Entertainment Complex on Sheares Street.

From bowling to pool as well as a plethora of arcade games in the adjoining Barcadia downstairs, you are sure to find a few things to keep you occupied and away from the sauce in there.

Comic Book artist, Will Sliney at Barcadia, Cork's new arcade, kitchen and bar on Sheare's Street.Pic: Brian Lougheed
Comic Book artist, Will Sliney at Barcadia, Cork's new arcade, kitchen and bar on Sheare's Street.Pic: Brian Lougheed

While evening activities are well and good, it is hard to beat a good brunch in the city with a few friends and here in Cork, we have quite the selection of excellent food hubs to choose from.

Good Food Deli on Douglas Street is one that will definitely fill you up with fresh, wholesome goodness and another is Ali’s Kitchen on Paul Street.

Good Day Deli, Nano Nagle Centre, Douglas St, Cork.Pic; Larry Cummins
Good Day Deli, Nano Nagle Centre, Douglas St, Cork.Pic; Larry Cummins

For the film lovers, there is a wave of releases coming in January that will give you plenty reasons to avoid the pub in favour of a popcorn and seat combo at your nearby cinema.

Thriller Seberg and WWI movie 1917 are both coming out next weekend (January 10) while later in the month a Fox News Biopic drama Bombshell and Hollywood give the classic Charles Dickens' novel, The Personal History of David Copperfield a revamp.

While the cinema is a strong option, so is the Triskel. A quaint, atmospheric cinema and arts centre, there is always something to see or do in the beautiful confines of this inner city treasure.

The Triskel on South Main Street.
The Triskel on South Main Street.

Finally, for those who find they have an extra spring in their step on a Saturday morning without an alcohol-laden night before, parkrun, which is a free timed 5km run, takes place in Ballincollig and The Glen every week kicking off at 9.30am.

A great way to start the day and one that is usually followed by a brekkie/brunch or even just a coffee with your fellow athletes!

Ballincollig parkrun.Picture Denis Minihane.
Ballincollig parkrun.Picture Denis Minihane.

All you need to take part in a parkrun is a barcode which you can download from the parkrun website by registering on www.parkrun.com.

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