Dry January? This Series of Toronto Events Is Perfect if You’re Being Mindful About Drinking (Or Not Drinking)

Damp, dry, or spirited—these events are not about judgment!

After the holidays, everyone seems to be pretty over alcohol, drinkers and non-drinkers alike. January is a time for setting goals, wellness, focusing on you, and taking your time starting anew.

Finding date ideas that don’t focus on eating and drinking is becoming a harder feat in Toronto, and we’re here to share some awesome community-led events coming to the city this month!

Sparkling water maker Barbet is collaborating with local partners to bring communities together for a host of events. From pasta-making to breath work, skating parties to a vintage clothing swap, these events aim to provide a place for people to hang out and connect – without the pressure to pour a drink. 

Check out these events all around Toronto happening this January and February!

Suso Skate x Barbet Roller Skating

January 10, 7pm at Suso Skate inside Promenade Mall

SUSO Skate Co. (Summer Solstice Skate Company) is the leading owner and operator of disruptive roller skate experiences, with a mission to transform spaces into experiential community destinations.

Reserve your free spot here.

Self Care: Sauna + Ice Bath Experience

January 18, 7pm at Othership

Hosted with our friends Chloe WildeHealthy is Hot and Othership, this self-care class will move through several exercises in the hot + cold that set up the conditions for detoxification. Expect lymphatic drainage, Gua-sha, an essential oil-infused face towel, self-massage, towel-waving and more.

Reserve your spot here.

Good Juice Clothing Swap

January 20, 7pm at Good Juice Box Vintage

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, right? Marie Kondo your closet and swap your gently used and preloved clothes for something fresh to start the year off!

Two weeks prior to the event, attendees are asked to bring in their good condition garments that they wish  to “swap” to Good Juice Box Vintage in exchange for redeemable tickets.

These tickets will guarantee people a swap for new items on the day of the event, in which shopping, trying on clothes, mingling, and drinking refreshing, cold cans of Barbet will all take place! 

Reserve your free spot here.

Good to be Good Peer Support Poster Program

January 22, 10am meeting at The Drake Hotel

Do some good this month by helping Good to be Good hand out Peer Support Group Flyers. Meet for this free initiative at The Drake Hotel!

GOOD TO BE GOOD is an intersectional, community-wide, grassroots humanitarian and advocacy nonprofit organization with a mission to serve women and marginalized communities and help build a kind and equal world.

You don’t need to register for this event.

Pasta Making Class

January 25, 7pm and February 8, 6pm at Pasta Forever

Are you a big pasta lover? Well, we hope so because Barbet is teaming up with Pasta Forever to give all you lovely people a chance to learn how to make your own homemade pasta!

In this class, you will start by learning how to make the dough for Pasta Forever’s infamous ravioli. While the dough is resting, you will learn how to shape the ravioli, sip Barbet and some snacks, and then cook the ravioli to eat on the spot and a portion to take home with you.

Reserve your spot here for Jan. 25

Reserve your spot here for Feb. 8

Zero Proof Mixology Workshop

January 27, 6:30pm at The Daniel Spectrum (585 Dundas St E.)

Grab a friend and join ZERO Cocktail Bar for a Zero Proof Mixology Workshop.

You’ll learn the history of cocktail crafting, types of glassware used and dive into flavour profiles. The main event is the cocktail you’ll then craft with your partner.

Reserve your spot here.

Othership x Barbet Social

January 28, 8:30pm and February 25, 8:30pm at Othership

Let Barbet be your wing-human while you redefine what a night out could be like as you drop your guard and immerse yourself between hot and cold at this 120-minute gathering designed to connect with others.

Never been to Othership before? Use BARBET at checkout for 15% off credit packages (can be used one time per person, new journeyers only).

Bookings open two weeks before the scheduled class.

Reserve your spot here.

Barks & Bubbles with Save Our Scruff

January 29, 1 – 3pm at Unleashed (826 College St)

Join Save Our Scruff to meet current adoptable pups, and learn how you can help support SOS in 2023!

Save Our Scruff is a non-profit organization located in Toronto dedicated to rescuing dogs from unfortunate situations and finding them safe and suitable permanent homes through adoption, advocacy and education.

You don’t need to register for this event. 

Hip Hop Dance Class

January 29, 10:30am at Dance Annex, Studio 693

Grab some pals and come learn the hip hop basics. Pop, lock, and break your way through this hip-hop dance class.

I said a hip-hop, the hippie, the hippie, To the hip, hip-hop and you don’t stop the rockin’

Reserve your spot here.

Tarot + Bubbles

January 31, 6 – 9pm at The Drake Hotel’s Modern Wing Living Room

Cozy up by the candlelight, share some nibbles, grab a Barbet and let the cards do the talking! Everyone who comes out will get the chance to try one of the Seedlip x Barbet zero-proof drinks.  

Register for your free spot here.

These events make for the cutest unique date and will keep you occupied this month so laying around with a drink you don’t actually want isn’t an option!

Find even more perfect winter date ideas all around Ontario here.

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