Sobar – A Bar without the Booze
Sobar, in Nottingham, opened last year and is an alternative cafe-bar venue right in the city centre. Run by local drug and alcohol recovery charity Double Impact, it offers great local food and non-alcoholic drinks in a vibrant and welcoming environment. In doing so it also provides employment experience and opportunities to people in recovery to help them find work, a stepping stone back into society.
“We’re trying to ensure we’re using local produce and fresh ingredients,” says James McGregor, the general manager at Sobar. “We do all of our own baking. The freshness of ingredients goes hand in hand with the quality of what we’re trying to achieve.
“The challenge in being alcohol-free is that customers tell us they don’t like Coke or Diet Coke – the standard drinks you get everywhere. So we’ve been exploring other options, even our cordials are quite premium flavours, things like rhubarb and rosehip or blood orange. As soon as you say that it gets people’s interest. It’s about trying to get people to try new things and offer alternatives – most people are pleasantly surprised by that.”
For anyone not passing by Sobar, James has given us a recipe for your own ‘mocktail’. Here’s the Nottingham Punch:
50ml passion fruit juice
50ml guava juice
50ml mango juice
1 teaspoon brown sugar
15ml orgeat (almond syrup)
15ml lime juice
Crushed ice to fill the glass
Put all the ingredients in your cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain over ice into a glass. Garnish with slice or orange, lime or a cherry.
Sobar funding facts:
Double Impact received just over £340,000 from Reaching Communities in 2013 to set up and run Sobar as a social enterprise.
Sobar, Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6DQ