With its origins dating back to a month-long challenge/fundraising campaign in 2014 by UK-based charity Macmillan Cancer Support, Sober October has become a popular new precursor to Dry January.
And whether it’s hitting the pause button on booze before the next holiday season or just taking a break from booze in general, here in New York there are plenty of activities perfectly designed for a month of summer. October without alcohol.
Whether it’s embarking on a citywide mocktail crawl or working out toxins on time-limited workouts, here’s how to have the most fun sober October in New York City.
Explore chic ABV-free liquor stores for tastings and new bar cart favorites
After operating as a traveling pop-up for the past year and launching its brick-and-mortar West Village last month, Sechey has established itself as one of the hottest new spots for all your delicious (and super fancy) ABV-free needs. As a reliable resource when you’re in the mood to concoct non-spirit drinks, browse the shelves of non-alcoholic beer, wine and spirits, as well as eclectic ingredients such as aromatic bitters and botanical elixirs. Also keep an eye on their IG page for autumn without alcohol in-store inspo and tastings.
Likewise, Boisson is another solid source of non-spirited libations in the city. With a new Rockefeller Center location debuting October 10, check out their shiny new digs and hold on to their limited-edition Ultimate Sober October Kit, which includes ABV-free wine, beer and appetizers plus multiple recipes. non-alcoholic cocktails. In-store programming includes a wide range of tastings at the new Midtown store, as well as its five current locations in Cobble Hill, Williamsburg, West Village, the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side.
Change up your workout routine and grab a paddle for a game of pickleball. Recently inaugurated its month-long temporary installation in the backyard at Hudson Yards, the CityPickle pop-up offers free field registration and paddles available to rent for $10. Plus, for those looking to improve their game, players can book a 50-minute lesson with pro Katherine Hedden, Manhattan’s USA Pickleball Ambassador. Stay tuned as more courts are expected to open in Long Island City in early 2023.
Cost: 1 hour free court reservation; paddle rental $10; lessons from $100
Thursday, October 20, 8 a.m.
Hall of Lightsthe new immersive digital art center at 49 Chambers, recently debuted with Gustav Klimt: World in Motion, an exhibition celebrating the iconic Austrian painter. In the more than a century-old building that once housed the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank, and hosted in collaboration with Equinox Group, start the morning of October 20 by participating in a 45-minute vinyasa yoga session, surrounded by projections of the Klimt’s most famous works. Mats are included on arrival and guests are entitled to 15 minutes of free exploration around the exhibit after class ends.
Cost: Tickets from $50
Embark on an alcohol-free exploration through the city
While New York is infamous for its dance clubs and world class barsthere are also plenty of options for a more laid-back stay evening with appetizing mocktails offered by the best restaurants and bars in town.
At NoMad, stop by popular Middle Eastern restaurant, Lamalo, for non-alcoholic gin drinks like Satisfaction (citrus shrub, soda water) and Born To Be Wild (watermelon cordial) during brunch and lunch. having dinner. A few blocks south, head to one of the area’s newest debuts, French restaurant Koloman, for an Alpine Swizzle (pineapple, ginger). And to explore further, the latest hot spots offering mocktails include Holywater in Tribeca and Two Cats in Williamsburg.
For a strictly alcohol-free bar, head to the new Hekate Café and Elixir Lounge in the East Village, which focuses on creating a safe space with the following message: alcohol does not have to be an element mainstay of socialization. Also, keep an eye out for where the travel concept, Listen Bar, plans to pop up next.
Friday 21 October, 6–7.30 p.m.
Learn how to pair your artisanal cheeses with something other than wine at Murray Cheese FactoryThe sober October special event. Housed in its flagship store on Bleecker Street, the cheese experts will introduce attendees to a range of non-alcoholic alternatives that perfectly complement a variety of cheeses, as well as seasonal treats like locally sourced baked goods and apples. To expand your culinary horizons even further, Murray’s also welcomes cheese lovers training camps as good as virtual classes.
Cost: Tickets from $95.00
Founded in Los Angeles in 2019 by Dr Jonathan Leary, Remedy Place – an innovative spa and treatment center known for attracting celebrity clientele like Kim Kardashian and Kasey Musgraves – has now expanded with its first East Coast location in the Flatiron District. Popular for its “social spa” concept, which encourages non-members and members alike to celebrate self-care, guests can book sessions in infrared saunas, lymphatic compression suits, ice baths, cryotherapy, massage therapy, and massage therapy. acupuncture, etc. Plus, an official membership includes on-site happy hours and discounted prices on treatment.
Cost: Treatment prices vary
Saturday October 22
Randalls Island Park
As part of your fall wellness journey, if a long commitment to training for the 51st New York City Marathon isn’t right for you, maybe turning to an “adventure run” is quicker. Held on Randalls Island, the New York City Challenge Race features more than 25 urban obstacles over three miles that you can jump, dodge, and traverse. All fitness levels are welcome, but be prepared to carry heavy objects like massive tires, climb walls, slide over obstacles including parked taxis, and perform other action feats heroic.
Cost: Admission starts at $80
Escape the city’s spooky season for timeless fall activities
As part of this month’s self-care efforts, escape the spooky booze-filled season of the city for the great outdoors and a close-by adventure filled with nature and the fresh air of fall. Options include a day trip filled with apple picking and fall foliage viewing, or take in the scenic charm of the Western Catskills. Other nearby options include a Hudson Valley getaway spent comfortably at a chic glamping site or sleek modern lodge, while passing by beloved family restaurants and net-zero bakeries.
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Izzy Baskette is a writer for Thrillist New York. Find her on Instagram.