Café Sobar is one of a kind: a vibrant and welcoming alcohol-free environment offering something for everyone. Named as one of Nottingham's Top 10 bars by The Culture Trip, the café-bar venue is a refreshing alternative to mainstream bars and restaurants.

Our alcohol-free promise guarantees that 100% of the enjoyment you get from the superb food, drink and original entertainment comes without pressure or hangovers – and you'll have the chance to fully appreciate some of the great regular events we organise.

What are you waiting for?

Whether you’re calling in for breakfast or coffee, grabbing lunch with friends, or settling in for dinner and mocktails in the evening, you can always be sure of a warm welcome. If you're looking for a venue, join the many local groups that consider Café Sobar an ideal location to come together for meet-ups and meetings.

And if that's not already tempted you to make your way to Café Sobar, why not come along to one of our many cultural events involving artists from the community and the hottest local musicians?

Where we come from

Cafe Sobar has been developed by Double Impact, the Nottingham-based drug and alcohol recovery charity, with the support of a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

The initial idea for Café Sobar came from the users of Double Impact services, who found that one of the main barriers to their recovery was social isolation and the lack of places to go that are alcohol-free, particularly in the evenings and at weekends. Our vision is to provide Nottingham with an alternative to the mainstream restaurants and bars, offering a convivial and creative space open to everyone who wants the choice to socialise without a focus on alcohol.

Cafe Sobar is a social enterprise, so all profits go directly back into the Double Impact charity, helping to fund the services needed to support people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The bar also provides opportunities for people in recovery to gain valuable experience, training, volunteering and employment.

The building

The building Café Sobar is housed in was originally the headquarters of the Nottingham Building Society, officially opened by Sir Joseph Stamp, the then Governor of The Bank of England, in 1929. Through working closely with the Nottingham Building Society, Framework Housing Association and local design company Constellations, we have been able to sympathetically transform the space while retaining a lot of its original features.

Every time you visit Café Sobar, as well as enjoying great food and drink in a warm, welcoming atmosphere, you’ll also be supporting a fantastic cause and helping local people to change their lives. Thank you for your support!

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