Alcohol free bar DRY opens in Edinburgh

FOR some, the idea of a night out with no alcohol is ludicrous.

Sunday, 22nd January 2017, 12:53 pm
Updated Sunday, 22nd January 2017, 1:17 pm
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But in Stockbridge, DRY Edinburgh is on a mission to prove you don’t need beer or wine to have a good time – all you need is great company.

Among birch trees, red walls and oriental decor, around 100 people gathered for the opening of the Capital’s first alcohol-free bar this week.

The “pub”, on North West Circus Place, offers customers a large range of mocktails, and alcohol-free craft beers, wine and spirits.

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And at weekend, guests are in for a treat, as the owners have organised a programme of entertainment including quiz nights, musical performances and table tennis leagues.

Jamie Walker, a father-of-four from the city’s New Town, came up with the idea for 
the unusual venture after spending several years in South Africa.

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The 48-year-old previously owned the Adelphi Whisky company but after he developed a drinking problem, he moved to Cape Town for rehabilitation.

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Jamie has now been dry for 13 years and wants to use his experience to show others alcohol is not an essential element to a good night out.

He said: “The philosophy behind DRY is that it is possible to go out and have a grown-up fun evening in an alcohol-free environment.

“Our customers don’t need to feel pressured into drinking alcohol. We don’t want to 
create a virtuous, hair-shirt experience; but rather a relaxed vibe where you can meet friends and share delicious food, drink and good conversation.”

Jamie and his childhood friend, Tertia Bailey, set up DRY in response to a trend for non-alcoholic beverages among increasingly health-conscious millennials.

Owners Jamie Walker and Tertia Bailey. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Recent research by brewing giant ABInbev found that 41 per cent of young people are pursuing a healthier lifestyle by actively cutting down on alcohol.

Some of the beers on offer include Becks Blue and Carlsberg.

A selection of alcohol free ciders, including Kopparberg, and wines are also on offer.

Jamie added: “We were really pleased with our opening night – we had a fantastic turnout.

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“We hope to attract all ages of people. We are the first bar of this kind in the city.”

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Owners Jamie Walker and Tertia Bailey. Picture: Lisa Ferguson