If you’re not a big drinker, going to university can seem like a daunting prospect. With student culture being dominated by clubbing, drinking games and bar crawls, it can seem difficult to find activities that don’t involve massive amounts of alcohol – but that needn’t be the case. Liverpool’s nightlife has so much more to offer, so we’ve selected a few of our favourite things to do sober in the city.

Ghetto Golf

Located in the up-and-coming area of the Baltic Triangle, this is a golf course with a difference. The course features a variety of interesting and imaginative holes surrounded by UV illuminations and fairy lights galore, and with DJs playing funk, reggae and disco tunes every night, you can dance to your heart’s content without stepping into a single club. Book here.

Hot Water Comedy Club

This new venue might be a stone’s throw from Concert Square, but here it’s all about the laughs not the liquor. The club has live comedy acts 7 days a week and even offers stand up courses and writing sessions for the more active participants among you. Although the talent is mostly local, household names such as Russell Kane, Paul Sinha and Jo Caulfield have also recently taken to the stage. To see what’s on, visit the website https://www.hotwatercomedy.co.uk/.


FACT – Foundation for Art and Creative Technology – is a master of all trades. The venue is a cinema, art gallery and exhibition centre all in one, making it the perfect place for art lovers and film enthusiasts alike. The latest exhibition – ‘The New Observatory’ – is open now until 1st October. To see what else is on, visit http://www.fact.co.uk/whats-on.aspx.


You’ve hit the tourist spots and taken your photos in front of the Liver Birds and the Cavern Club, so you know your way around the city quite well now, right? Wrong. Embark on a Shiverpool tour and discover the hidden history, the spooky back streets and the haunted landmarks that the city has to offer – only if you dare! If you want some company, the Guild have organised a student group on 28th September. Click here for more information and tickets.

Ferry Cross the Mersey

You’ve heard the song, now it’s time to get on board. If you want to see Liverpool from a whole new angle, buy your ticket for a ferry ride across the River Mersey and sing along with Gerry. If you want to explore more of Merseyside, stop off at New Brighton and walk along the pier with an ice cream from award-winning Caffe Cream, or explore the Spaceport planetarium for an experience that is out of this world. Timetables and prices can be found here.

Quiz Nights

If you think your general knowledge is second to none, or if you’ve got a certain speciality, there are an abundance of quiz nights across the city to suit your taste. The Liverpool Guild of Students regularly hosts Friends, Disney and Harry Potter quizzes, and have in fact organised a Welcome Quiz on 21st September. Click here for more information and tickets.

Sefton Park

The sun has finally come out, and whilst some might be looking for a beer garden or a roof-top bar, you may just want to get outside and enjoy the sunshine while you can. Look no further than the gem that is Sefton Park – 235 acres of green space with gorgeous flowers, waterfalls, the Palm House, bandstand, boating lake and café. Perfect for a picnic, a walk, jogging or a bike ride – whatever it may be, don’t miss this gorgeous park. Click here to check out the events being held in the Palm House.

After all this activity, we’re sure you’ve worked up an appetite. Why not plan ahead and check out our recommendations of the best places to eat in Liverpool?