Let’s face it, January is undoubtedly the hardest month of the year.

After a hectic Christmas period and an even more chaotic New Year’s Eve, it can always be a little difficult to find the motivation to get back into the 9 to 5 routine. Following all of the gift-giving, eating, drinking and, that’s right, more eating, the very thought of getting back to normal could make you sick to the stomach.

What makes things harder is the ‘Dry January’ craze, where people keep away from alcohol for a month in a sort of New Year detoxing routine. This means no more casual pints after work, no more shots on the weekend, and no more cheeky cocktails in the afternoon. Yep, it’s just as hard as it sounds.

But if any of you are struggling to keep on top of ‘Dry January’, we’ve got a few top tips to help you out:

Run It Off

Waking up in a cold sweat? Got the shakes? Okay, so maybe things haven’t got quite that bad. But there’s no denying that ‘Dry January’ is tough, especially when you just can’t stop thinking about it. So, you’re going to need to take your mind off it somehow.

Going out for a good run has always been a fantastic way of clearing our minds and relieving any stress, while the sheer exertion is bound to take your mind off it altogether. Since ‘Dry January’ is essentially a detoxing process, then working up a good sweat every now and then will only help you with your efforts.

Like A Virgin

For some people, the real struggle of ‘Dry January’ comes from a lack of viable alternatives on the menu. Opting for a lemonade or a Coke doesn’t exactly ignite the imagination, and there are so many people that give up on their detox because they just don’t fancy anything else on the menu.

But there are always alternatives. To non-alcoholic beer to virgin cocktails, you should go ahead and try something new to get yourself excited about whatever it is you’re drinking. This is your chance to taste drinks you’d never usually go for- you never know, you might just find yourself a new favourite.

Eat Out Instead

The best thing about drinking is undoubtedly the social aspect. You just can’t beat heading to a bar with a few friends and having a good laugh, and it just so happens that such a good time normally revolves around drink.

But this month you should let food become your new drink, and you can arrange a meal with your friends or family instead, rather than a quick visit to the pub. This let’s you all get together, have a laugh and generally do all of the good things that usually happen when you go out for a drink, while also cutting out almost all of the bad!

If you keep socialising as much as you normally would, then ‘Dry January’ will become much easier.


Barca offer a huge range of non-alcoholic drinks alongside a fantastic food menu! Considering we’re currently offering 50% off food, it’s not hard to see why we’re the best bar in Manchester this January!