Cafe Sobar is an innovative and vibrant alcohol-free cafe and venue in the city centre of Nottingham. Established in January 2013, with the support of a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund, it acts as a safe ‘hub’ for people in recovery from addictions to socialise as well as voluntary employment opportunities for them to gain a foothold in the job market.

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

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.

The venue hosts a range of events and activities, including live music and comedy performances, art exhibitions, informal groups and discussions, family fun days and other varied social activities. Open seven days a week, the venue stays open late to host regular recovery groups and other events.

To find out more about groups and events taking place at Cafe Sobar which support recovery, please call 0115 824 0366 or email

More details about local AA groups can be found at

More details about local NA groups can be found here

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