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Dublin: 9°C Sunday 16 May 2021

Don't fancy drinking this New Year's? This place is perfect for you

Funky Seomra are putting on a New Year’s night.

Image: Funky Seomra via Facebook

IF YOU’RE SOMEBODY who doesn’t, or can’t, drink, the big celebration nights of the year offer limited options.

You can go to a pub, of course, and many do.

But finding sober conversation around 2am is a little difficult. For those who want to spend New Year’s Eve out, but sober, there is an option.

The Funky Seomra is an alcohol and drug free nightclub that has been running for seven years. It caters for over 18s.

Its mission statement is to “promote and create a new way for young people to socialise in Ireland at the weekend where can experience and enjoy a night out clubbing in an alcohol and drug free atmosphere”.

This New Year’s Eve, the group is hosting an event at Filmbase in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar from 9pm until 2.30am, with tickets €15 on the door or €12 from here.

There will be two dancefloors, three DJs, a smoothie bar and organic cafe from The Happy Pear.

David Mooney, the organiser of the club, says all these extras make the club unlike any other.

“Having massages, musicians, cafes, all makes it a very, very different atmosphere.

We get people who say they would be interested but would need the drinks, so they get a friend to go.

“Then after the event, a lot of people email us and are surprised by how fun it is.”

Mooney himself started the events after losing interest in drinking, but not in socialising.

I lost interest in drinking in my mid-20s, but I still enjoy clubbing. But you had to change it, so it wasn’t just a nightclub without drink.

“That’s why we’ve had 37,000 people going to it. People find it’s very easy to meet people there because it’s a lot less pretentious.

“New Year’s Eve is our busiest night. The people who come before know what to expect, but other people are a bit unaware.

“But you’re all in it together because you’re in the middle of Temple Bar but you’re the only place with no drink.”

For more information on the night, click here.

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