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Whether it's a dry January or your New Year's resolution is to date without beer goggles on there are plenty of cool places to go where alcohol is off the menu. Talk over tea, converse over coffee, make mischief over mocktails or smooch over smoothies, the choice is yours.
The annual London Mimefest offers a pleasing vista of diverse visual theatre shows at venues across the capital until 1 February. Whether it's dancing plastic bags, masks, juggling, comedy, illusions, circus, dreams or dance the speechless stories should have you gripped and fuel plenty of conversation after the fact. If not, give a gallic shrug, shake hands and part.
Thrifty eats out
Payday is a long time coming in January but that doesn't mean you can't date over dinner. Pick from our top 10 great meals out for under £20 list for a stylish and satisfying supper plus earn kudos points for your nifty thriftiness.
Pick a partner, stick on something tartan and head for a Burns Night ceilidh. Enthusiasm is all that's needed and we guarantee that the ceilidh dancing will keep you laughing and smiling through the entire night. Let the Scottish celebrations put you on a high and if things aren't swinging along gaily it's easy to find a new partner at these fun and friendly parties.
A stack of funny
Test their GSOH at the Phoenix Winter Fringe comedy weekend. Book for specific shows or go for a mixed session and see what they find funny, find out if they heckle and if they're participators or red-faced hide at the back-ers. Tickets from £8 a show, £20 for a session, 31 January-2 February.