Not many of us would say no to a good drink with friends after work. Relaxing over a beer sounds like the perfect antidote to the daily grind. But how often can you do it?

What are your other options if you want to socialize and meet new people in a different environment? Here are some ideas if you are sick of the local pub and want to try something else.

1. Can You Escape the Room?

If you’re looking for a different type of atmosphere with a challenge, you can’t go wrong with an escape room. Escape rooms are a type of game in which players are locked in a room and must find clues and solve puzzles in order to escape.

Escape rooms aren’t just for nerdy teenagers – they’re perfect for team-building exercises, date nights, or fun with friends. If you live in Boston or are planning a visit soon, choose from one of the best Boston escape rooms.

2. Hit the Gym

If you prefer to keep fit, you could head to the gym after work instead of the pub. There are numerous health and social benefits to keeping fit. You will have more energy during the day and sleep better at night if you exercise regularly.

You can even invite a friend or coworker to work out together. If you prefer solo gym time, put your headphones on and listen to music audiobooks.

3. Form a Book Club

What if you want to discuss the best seller you listened to at the gym? You can find a book club near you online or organize your own. If you organize your own book club, you can decide on the type of books that you want to read.

Check out this list of books for book club beginners.

Many book clubs are held in public places such as cafes. This makes it easier to arrange and often costs nothing. Others are held in people’s homes. You can choose a venue that is convenient for you.

4. Play Tourist for the Day

So you’re a busy professional with little time to spare. That likely means you’ve never visited the tourist hotspots in your town. Break out of your normal routine and try a new activity.

Why not mix your socializing with a healthy dose of culture? Visiting a museum has both educational and social elements. Depending on the exhibition, you can learn something new and interesting while enjoying the company of others. Many museums offer discounted tickets for groups, so bring your friends.

If you are interested in art, you can visit an art exhibit instead. This is a similar social experience to visiting a museum. You may find that you like the mix between socializing and something intellectual. If you want, you can plan a visit to an exhibition on a particular topic that interests you.

There are many alternatives to going out drinking after work. After all, going to the pub all the time is neither cheap nor healthy. Any of the above options might help you meet like-minded people who can become long-term friends.