Square Mile could be first mindful drinking zone

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More than 200 bars and restaurants in the City have signed up to the UK’s first listings service of venues offering alcohol free or low alcohol drinks in a bid to help people avoid a sore head.

The City of London Corporation helped fund the Club Soda Guide which shows people the options if they don’t want a wee dram or a glass of something alcoholic. So far 235 City venues have got on board and the team behind the venture gave the Corporation’s licensing committee an update.

The team is now doing research in the Square Mile to “look at how commuters who drive navigate after work drinks”.

Their ambition is to see the City of London designated  “as the UK’s first mindful drinking place”. The number of City venues listed has doubled from the pilot when they had 108 places signed up to feature what’s on offer in the Square Mile.

And organisers say there are 850 low and no-alcohol drinks on offer to thirsty revellers in the City who want to avoid alcohol.

They are doing research into how low-alcohol beer is sold in other countries and brought it to the City of London’s popular BeerFest in Guildhall Yard in July.

They were invited to bring the two low alcohol and no-alcohol beers to the festival by the City of London’s Worshipful Company of Brewers.