Partying like it’s 2021. How clubs and pubs need to adapt in 2021 – have your say!

We guess many of you have not been to pub or club for while? Lockdowns, closures, restrictions on numbers and worrying about keeping yourself safe probably all come into play. Some venues had a go at adapting while they were allowed. Contactless payments, sanitizer wash on every wall, staff in masks… but was is worth it? Did you just stay home or maybe find a house party or virtual rave? As part of GDS2021 we want to know how people played and partied and what your experience was of virtual raves, house parties and pubs. Did you socially distance – was anyone doing anything to keep in line with the restrictions that would have applied in such settings?

While all this will be interesting and will only take 2-3 minutes to describe, what we really want to know is what can clubs and pubs do next year to make themselves appealing to you? What would be acceptable? Facemasks? 2 metre rule when queuing at bars? Table service only? Temperature checks on entry? Sanitizers spouts on every wall? Would these entice you to attend or put you off? We want to help bars, clubs and night-time venues get back on their feet as soon as possible and we need your help. Guided by your advice, they can start adapting service and space not only to stay the right side of the law but most importantly to ensure they are offering an experience you want.

So, if you want to get back out, see you mates, share a drink, have a dance – take 20-30 minutes out of COVID time and take part in this year’s Global Drug Survey. Anonymous, confidential and kind of important, really.

Prof Adam Winstock
Founder GDS
Consultant Psychiatrist and Addiction Medicine Specialist