Things to do without alcohol in Brisbane City

Whether you’re committed to Dry July or you just want to have a quiet one, everyone needs some #sober weekends and nights out. Here’s what you can do when you don’t want to drink.

Go for a bike ride

Brisbane City Cycle
Jump on a CityCycle, a student membership is $3 a month, or for Student One residents borrow the free bikes from reception. We’ve made a list of the best bike routes from the city here.

Go bowling with friends

Head to Strike Bowling in Queen Street Mall/Wintergarden to get your bowl on. Strike has 12 bowling lanes, a laser tag arena, pool tables, private karaoke rooms and three escape rooms. Check out their promotions to grab a cheap deal.

Hit the games arcade

More of an arcade games type? iPlay on Albert Street has you covered. From cult classic pinball machines, to Dance Dance Revolution, to Laser Tag and Tekken7, iPlay has the fun you’re looking for. Want to stay in? Student One’s residents can hire out the playstation free of charge.

Go to Museum of Brisbane

City Hall Brisbane
The city’s museum is full of great Brisbane-centric exhibitions such as photography collections, artworks and stories of the city’s residents. Best of all, entry’s free.

Watch a movie

Sometimes you just want to relax and take your mind off things, and we get that. That’s when it’s time to go to the movies. Head to the Student One theatre room to watch a flick or check out Event Cinema or Five Star Cinema, both on Elizabeth Street. Student night is Monday with $8 movies at Event Cinema in the Myer Centre.

Learn about the city on a free walking tour

Brisbane Public Art
A fun thing to do with friends is to join a free Brisbane Greeter Tour to walk around the city and learn about Brisbane’s history. Tours run daily with different guides and cover different topics or areas of the city. Find out more and book here.

Read a book in the city’s park

Stroll down to Post Office Square, Botanic Gardens or Roma Street Parklands and pull up a chair (or bring your own blanket) and indulge in a bit of shade or sunlight while you relish in nature.

Eat cheap foods

Check out some of the city’s best cheap eats for lunch or dinner with mates. We’ve wrapped up the best of them here.

Picnic in Botanic Gardens

Round up some friends and bring your own food for a picnic in the Botanic Gardens. This makes for a fun afternoon activity by the river or near the ponds in the park.

Visit the Old Windmill in Spring Hill

The Old Windmill is a heritage-listed tower mill in Observatory Park and is said to be haunted. It was built in the 1820s by convict labour and is the oldest surviving building in Queensland.

See a live band at Riverstage

Brisbane’s Riverstage past the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens hosts great live music all year round. Check the gig guide here to find and book events.

Play a round of mini golf

Grab some friends and head to Holey Moley for some healthy mini golf competition. While the venue doubles as a cocktail bar you can definitely nominate to play alcohol-free.

Stroll through the markets

Over the weekend Brisbane has a bunch of markets you can choose from. Whether you’re interested in food, antiques, or fashion there is a market for you. You can check out all the markets here.

Go on a hike

Two people at the top of a mountain
There are a range of hikes on offer in and surrounding Brisbane. These tracks range in difficulty and cater for beginners to experienced hikers. We recommend checking out our list here for hikes and walks in and around Brisbane.

Eat your bodyweight in food at Eat Street

Cronut Icecream Eat Street
Eat Street is a foodies’ dream. With over 70 food vendors you’ll be able to satisfy all your food cravings. Check out everything you need to try at Eat Street here.

Go for a swim

Head to the Student One pool at Wharf Street or any of the many public pools available in Brisbane and cool down. Brisbane is also lucky enough to be located close to several beaches. Head south to the Gold Coast or north to the Sunshine Coast to get sandy and salty.

Head to a sporting game

Time lapse of people outside Suncorp Stadium
Between Suncorp Stadium and The Gabba you can find a sporting match on the roster for most weekends. Grab some mates and head to a game to see what Australian sport is all about.