Have your say: Would you go to an alcohol-free bar?

The Argus: Have your say: Would you go to an alcohol-free bar? Have your say: Would you go to an alcohol-free bar?

Actor Kevin Kennedy, better known as Coronation Street's Curly Watts, is planning to open an alcohol-free bar in Brighton.

It coincides with many taking part if the January Dryathlon - abstaining from booze for a month for charity.

We want to know what you think about the plans.

Do you think it will encourage more people to have a 'dry' night out?

Would you enjoy going to an alcohol-free bar?

Or can you still have fun at your local pub without drinking?

Let us know using the comments below.


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11:30am Thu 9 Jan 14

Hovite says...

If the alcohol was free, then yes.
If the alcohol was free, then yes. Hovite

11:34am Thu 9 Jan 14

s&k says...

It sounds absurd but why not?
It sounds absurd but why not? s&k

11:40am Thu 9 Jan 14

gheese77 says...

No - whats the point
No - whats the point gheese77

11:44am Thu 9 Jan 14

9 of us says...

Each to their own.
I wonder what he is thinking of selling then?

I go to the pub to relax with mates and enjoy sampling ales as part of the fun.
Each to their own. I wonder what he is thinking of selling then? I go to the pub to relax with mates and enjoy sampling ales as part of the fun. 9 of us

11:44am Thu 9 Jan 14

Big Fido says...

Brighton is already full of alcohol-free bars, although they're more commonly known as cafes.
Brighton is already full of alcohol-free bars, although they're more commonly known as cafes. Big Fido

11:49am Thu 9 Jan 14

jiving says...

Why does everyone think all peoe drink. I don't drink . Why? I don't like the taste and how it makes you feel. So actually I probably would go to this bar
Why does everyone think all peoe drink. I don't drink . Why? I don't like the taste and how it makes you feel. So actually I probably would go to this bar jiving

11:50am Thu 9 Jan 14

ouzo2005 says...

Why do people have to be fueled by alcohol to "enjoy" themselves?
Why do people have to be fueled by alcohol to "enjoy" themselves? ouzo2005

11:50am Thu 9 Jan 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

This is a badly written article. Why doesn't it have any mention on what is going to be sold in this bar?

There are some brilliant alcohol free drinks and some lovely cocktails to be made - so yes I'd drink there if they had anything like that.
This is a badly written article. Why doesn't it have any mention on what is going to be sold in this bar? There are some brilliant alcohol free drinks and some lovely cocktails to be made - so yes I'd drink there if they had anything like that. getThisCoalitionOut

11:58am Thu 9 Jan 14

tom servo says...

Would I? ... no because I enjoy a drink. Will others? ...probably not if they are with people who enjoy a drink.
Would I? ... no because I enjoy a drink. Will others? ...probably not if they are with people who enjoy a drink. tom servo

12:17pm Thu 9 Jan 14

whatevernext2013 says...

the margins are far higher on pop fruit juices and tea/coffee ,than beer/larger so its just another cafe claiming to be a bar to make a few quid ,i wonder what hours children will be allowed to be on site ,or will it just be full of students sitting around a table hugging a coffee
the margins are far higher on pop fruit juices and tea/coffee ,than beer/larger so its just another cafe claiming to be a bar to make a few quid ,i wonder what hours children will be allowed to be on site ,or will it just be full of students sitting around a table hugging a coffee whatevernext2013

12:32pm Thu 9 Jan 14

rolivan says...

I think this story could have been written much better . Kevin Kennedy has admitted to being an alcoholic,so as a r covering alcoholic of which there are probably thousands in The City I think he has realised if he has visited that this might be a good investment . I would think there would be possibility to include a nightclub as well . Back in the 70s there were 2 nightclubs that used to get packed without the need to sell alcohol .The only concern would be the selling of drugs but I am sure this could be sorted if those in Authority really wanted to.
I think this story could have been written much better . Kevin Kennedy has admitted to being an alcoholic,so as a r covering alcoholic of which there are probably thousands in The City I think he has realised if he has visited that this might be a good investment . I would think there would be possibility to include a nightclub as well . Back in the 70s there were 2 nightclubs that used to get packed without the need to sell alcohol .The only concern would be the selling of drugs but I am sure this could be sorted if those in Authority really wanted to. rolivan

12:37pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Man of steel says...

It's a bit like calling youself a vegetarian, then ordering a nut cutlet that looks exactly like a lamb chop.
It's a bit like calling youself a vegetarian, then ordering a nut cutlet that looks exactly like a lamb chop. Man of steel

12:38pm Thu 9 Jan 14

clarkebrighton says...

NO whats the Point

You go to the Pub to meet Your Friends, even if YOU can't or dont wish to
Drink they might want to.

And if you none of you want a Drink, there are Thousands of Coffee and
Sandwich Shops on every Corner of Brighton and Hove !!!
NO whats the Point You go to the Pub to meet Your Friends, even if YOU can't or dont wish to Drink they might want to. And if you none of you want a Drink, there are Thousands of Coffee and Sandwich Shops on every Corner of Brighton and Hove !!! clarkebrighton

12:41pm Thu 9 Jan 14

rolivan says...

How many coffee shops can you go to and watch the Football?
How many coffee shops can you go to and watch the Football? rolivan

12:57pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Bubs says...

It will be full of 14-17 year olds, and I don't think pocket money has been affected by the recession so it could be a success.
It will be full of 14-17 year olds, and I don't think pocket money has been affected by the recession so it could be a success. Bubs

1:00pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

Yawn!
Breweries/vineyards/
distilleries would be bankrupt if all only drank the amount of alcohol me and my family consume!
Yawn! Breweries/vineyards/ distilleries would be bankrupt if all only drank the amount of alcohol me and my family consume! Tailgaters Anonymous

1:11pm Thu 9 Jan 14

jyan says...

Good idea - cafes are not open all evening in this country and there are people who can't drink alcohol or don't want to but still want to go out and socialise.
Good idea - cafes are not open all evening in this country and there are people who can't drink alcohol or don't want to but still want to go out and socialise. jyan

1:12pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Number Six says...

Man of steel wrote:
It's a bit like calling youself a vegetarian, then ordering a nut cutlet that looks exactly like a lamb chop.
Isn't that what they do? Veggie burger, veggie sausage etc.

I might if the drinks were a lot cheaper than the real thing. Otherwise why bother. Anyway, as a real ale man it's not really about the alcohol. It's about quality. Can you actually have alcohol free real ale?
[quote][p][bold]Man of steel[/bold] wrote: It's a bit like calling youself a vegetarian, then ordering a nut cutlet that looks exactly like a lamb chop.[/p][/quote]Isn't that what they do? Veggie burger, veggie sausage etc. I might if the drinks were a lot cheaper than the real thing. Otherwise why bother. Anyway, as a real ale man it's not really about the alcohol. It's about quality. Can you actually have alcohol free real ale? Number Six

2:23pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Richada says...

My first thought on hearing this was that surely a "dry" bar is a tea room?

I agree with others, the article as written here, does not tell me enough to say, either way, as to wanting to spend time there.
My first thought on hearing this was that surely a "dry" bar is a tea room? I agree with others, the article as written here, does not tell me enough to say, either way, as to wanting to spend time there. Richada

2:43pm Thu 9 Jan 14

bluemonday says...

ooh great another coffee shop opening in brighton then,sounds great
ooh great another coffee shop opening in brighton then,sounds great bluemonday

5:08pm Thu 9 Jan 14

RaveyDavey says...

God, no!!!!!!
God, no!!!!!! RaveyDavey

5:59pm Thu 9 Jan 14

LeonBIank666 says...

Even though I drink, I would go.

Brighton is full of waste of space drinkers looking for fights and wearing chavtastic clothes. This may bring an element of class to the evening.

If you have to drink to have a good time, you probably have a problem to be honest. Drink is nice and can enhance an evening, but it is not a must, and never should be.

I hope Raquel will be serving behind the bar.....
Even though I drink, I would go. Brighton is full of waste of space drinkers looking for fights and wearing chavtastic clothes. This may bring an element of class to the evening. If you have to drink to have a good time, you probably have a problem to be honest. Drink is nice and can enhance an evening, but it is not a must, and never should be. I hope Raquel will be serving behind the bar..... LeonBIank666

6:31pm Thu 9 Jan 14

twinglemum says...

I would definitely give it a go, I would love to know if I could still have a good night out without a glass or two of wine, but I would still want age restrictions in place so I could feel grown up
I would definitely give it a go, I would love to know if I could still have a good night out without a glass or two of wine, but I would still want age restrictions in place so I could feel grown up twinglemum

7:01pm Thu 9 Jan 14

whatevernext2013 says...

twinglemum wrote:
I would definitely give it a go, I would love to know if I could still have a good night out without a glass or two of wine, but I would still want age restrictions in place so I could feel grown up
i would love to know on what grounds you think there could be an age restriction on
[quote][p][bold]twinglemum[/bold] wrote: I would definitely give it a go, I would love to know if I could still have a good night out without a glass or two of wine, but I would still want age restrictions in place so I could feel grown up[/p][/quote]i would love to know on what grounds you think there could be an age restriction on whatevernext2013

7:40pm Thu 9 Jan 14

hubby says...

It wouldn't appeal to me,but it wouldn't bother me either.
I'd probably take a look out of curiosity.It would be the owners and staffs job to encourage me to return.
It wouldn't appeal to me,but it wouldn't bother me either. I'd probably take a look out of curiosity.It would be the owners and staffs job to encourage me to return. hubby

7:48pm Thu 9 Jan 14

ronrostog says...

I'd give it a go. I drink now and then but I can't go to some pubs at times for two reasons. One, getting badgered by pals who like a drink to do just that even though I may not fancy one and two, you realise that unless you are on their 'level' it becomes a bit much listening to the **** they talk! Just hope that like a lot of boozers that 'ol Curly doesn't let the class A druggies take over the toilets. Nowt worse than a cokehead thinking they are the be all and end all.
I'd give it a go. I drink now and then but I can't go to some pubs at times for two reasons. One, getting badgered by pals who like a drink to do just that even though I may not fancy one and two, you realise that unless you are on their 'level' it becomes a bit much listening to the **** they talk! Just hope that like a lot of boozers that 'ol Curly doesn't let the class A druggies take over the toilets. Nowt worse than a cokehead thinking they are the be all and end all. ronrostog

9:37pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Sevensisters says...

Not everyone drinks. Its not compolsory. My son doesnt drink but he likes to go to the pub to meet people. He would go. My son in law is an alcoholic. I wish he would go!
Not everyone drinks. Its not compolsory. My son doesnt drink but he likes to go to the pub to meet people. He would go. My son in law is an alcoholic. I wish he would go! Sevensisters

10:19pm Thu 9 Jan 14

twinglemum says...

whatevernext2013 wrote:
twinglemum wrote:
I would definitely give it a go, I would love to know if I could still have a good night out without a glass or two of wine, but I would still want age restrictions in place so I could feel grown up
i would love to know on what grounds you think there could be an age restriction on
I simply meant that I would enjoy it far more if it was open to older people only, I tend to go out to escape my children!
[quote][p][bold]whatevernext2013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twinglemum[/bold] wrote: I would definitely give it a go, I would love to know if I could still have a good night out without a glass or two of wine, but I would still want age restrictions in place so I could feel grown up[/p][/quote]i would love to know on what grounds you think there could be an age restriction on[/p][/quote]I simply meant that I would enjoy it far more if it was open to older people only, I tend to go out to escape my children! twinglemum

11:14pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Valerie Paynter says...

People from the Middle East might be very pleased to have this pub. Alcohol is frowned upon by Islam so there's a wodge of customers right there.

:Pubs are physically set up for socialising and if this one looks like a pub, acts like a pub, feels like a pub then its a goer. And a boon to recovering alcoholics who like to socialise in pubs but need to avoid the temptation of alcohol.

They can still serve up pub grub and sell alcohol free beers and lagers and any number of creative cocktails. I think its great!
People from the Middle East might be very pleased to have this pub. Alcohol is frowned upon by Islam so there's a wodge of customers right there. :Pubs are physically set up for socialising and if this one looks like a pub, acts like a pub, feels like a pub then its a goer. And a boon to recovering alcoholics who like to socialise in pubs but need to avoid the temptation of alcohol. They can still serve up pub grub and sell alcohol free beers and lagers and any number of creative cocktails. I think its great! Valerie Paynter

6:19am Fri 10 Jan 14

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

Hovite wrote:
If the alcohol was free, then yes.
I am up your way again at the weekend

Maybe we could have a soft drink in the Hampton and discuss views?
[quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: If the alcohol was free, then yes.[/p][/quote]I am up your way again at the weekend Maybe we could have a soft drink in the Hampton and discuss views? Somethingsarejustwrong

6:22am Fri 10 Jan 14

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

9 of us wrote:
Each to their own.
I wonder what he is thinking of selling then?

I go to the pub to relax with mates and enjoy sampling ales as part of the fun.
I am surprised that you actually have any mates Gaz Scott.

I feel sorry for the rest of the clientele when you are there

Laughable
[quote][p][bold]9 of us[/bold] wrote: Each to their own. I wonder what he is thinking of selling then? I go to the pub to relax with mates and enjoy sampling ales as part of the fun.[/p][/quote]I am surprised that you actually have any mates Gaz Scott. I feel sorry for the rest of the clientele when you are there Laughable Somethingsarejustwrong

8:15am Fri 10 Jan 14

kennelliver says...

Yes

Particularly if he sells the flavoured alcohol free lagers that are so widely available in Arabic countries as 'malted beverages'.
Yes Particularly if he sells the flavoured alcohol free lagers that are so widely available in Arabic countries as 'malted beverages'. kennelliver

6:55pm Fri 10 Jan 14

whatevernext2013 says...

Valerie Paynter wrote:
People from the Middle East might be very pleased to have this pub. Alcohol is frowned upon by Islam so there's a wodge of customers right there.

:Pubs are physically set up for socialising and if this one looks like a pub, acts like a pub, feels like a pub then its a goer. And a boon to recovering alcoholics who like to socialise in pubs but need to avoid the temptation of alcohol.

They can still serve up pub grub and sell alcohol free beers and lagers and any number of creative cocktails. I think its great!
i have served many a muslim alcohol in my days running bars/hotels ,its the same as everyone else ,as long as your not caught it does not count
[quote][p][bold]Valerie Paynter[/bold] wrote: People from the Middle East might be very pleased to have this pub. Alcohol is frowned upon by Islam so there's a wodge of customers right there. :Pubs are physically set up for socialising and if this one looks like a pub, acts like a pub, feels like a pub then its a goer. And a boon to recovering alcoholics who like to socialise in pubs but need to avoid the temptation of alcohol. They can still serve up pub grub and sell alcohol free beers and lagers and any number of creative cocktails. I think its great![/p][/quote]i have served many a muslim alcohol in my days running bars/hotels ,its the same as everyone else ,as long as your not caught it does not count whatevernext2013

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