Where do people go to NOT drink on the weekends?
July 26, 2014 1:02 PM Subscribe
I have recently decided to stop drinking due to health reasons. I'm 29 and I live in Chicago, so most of the socialization options available to me (or at least the ones I'm aware of) center around drinking – bars and restaurants, etc. What are some things to do on weekend afternoons and nights that will not involve drinking?
I know it's possible to go to a bar and not drink but I don't much enjoy being around drunk people when I'm stone-cold sober. I like bikes, strategy board games, movies, and books. I am regrettably a rather boring person so I don't go out much but my cure has always been to go meet a friend for a drink. I'd like to get involved in some Saturday/Friday night activities so I have something to do on the weekend that isn't booze-focused.
Also as a general question, how can I politely decline when someone offers me a drink or invites me to the bar? Do I just order a lemonade or something? I don't want people to make the assumption that I'm an alcoholic or something. I just need to be booze-free for the near future to help me get in shape.