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While its exact origins are debatable, the concept of “Drynuary” or “Dry January” has grown with increasing popularity in recent years. Drynuary, where one “goes dry” or gives up alcoholic beverages throughout the month of January, now seems more popular than ever following the seemingly endless parade of holiday parties, dinners, and happy hours that fall between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. The month gives holiday revelers, typically social drinkers, a chance to reset their bodies, or perhaps serve as a more personal challenge.

The first week is typically easy but as the days (and weekends) go on, it can get harder and harder when you can’t just “grab drinks” with that friend or co-worker. Here are a few local suggestions to get you to February without turning into a hermit:


Mocktails with Friends  

If you’re going dry but your friends aren’t, hit up The Daily Kitchen & Bar and sip on a mocktail while your friends go for the real deal. Drinks including the Cucumber Cooler with basil, cucumber, lemongrass, coconut water, and soda will make you forget you’re not drinking a real cocktail.


Coffee Dates

Sure, coffee dates have been a thing for a while now, but newly opened Ironclad Coffee Roasters in Shockoe Bottom and Urban Hang Suite in Jackson Ward, are providing new reasons (did someone mention free yoga?!) to sip and stay a while in their chic spaces.


Tea Time

Get dressed up and grab a group of friends for a time-honored Richmond tradition: Southern Afternoon Tea at The Jefferson Hotel. Whether you’re celebrating something or just enjoying an afternoon with the ladies, The Jefferson’s spread of pastries, scones, finger sandwiches and an assortment of teas will make any afternoon feel like a special occasion.   


Dine Around

Find out just why Richmond’s burgeoning food scene has garnered so much national press attention when you sign up for one of Real Richmond Food Tours’ hyper-local excursions. A sample tour includes the upcoming Church Hill: From Spies to Pies tour featuring stops at national press favorites Dutch & Company, Sub Rosa Bakery, Proper Pie, and more.


Something Sweet

Trade after-dinner drinks for ice cream when you close out your night with a stop at local ice cream favorite, Gelati Celesti. With five locations across the metro area and late hours on the weekend, it’s easy to wind down over a scoop of Salted Caramel or Rainbow Cookie ice cream.