Fed up competing against background noise when you go out?
On the QT is our new directory of restaurants, bars, clubs and other venues.
You'll find places to go where you won't be forever clutching at your throat to get yourself heard. Venues are rated on their voice friendliness but also be sure to check out our comments too.
Where there is no rating, it means The Lary Project has yet to visit. But you can still read comments from other sources which will help you to make an informed choice fear not.
- Check out our review! Select your region or search by your postcode above
- Book in advance.Booking in advance allows you to ask the restaurant/bar what the noise levels are like and when quieter periods may be.
- If it’s noisy inside, try a table outside. Outsides are often quieter.
- Bring your voice amplifier. You can find out more about voice amplifiershere
- Keep your throat well lubricated. Drinking water and/or chewing sugar free gum will help you do this.
- Stand/sit closer to people.They can hear you more easily and you don’t have to project your voice as much.
- At restaurants, ask your waiter/the manager for a table in a quiet spot.The law may require venues to make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities. Therefore if you feel comfortable explaining your voice issue, you are within your rights to ask what adjustments can be made. Some places have quiet nooks, crannies, alcoves and cubby-holes that can be made available.
- Generally places with carpets and low ceilings are good, hard floors and high ceilings are bad.
- Visit during less busy periods.Venues tend to be quieter during the week than at the weekend. They are also often quieter earlier in the evening.
- Socialise at home. Staying in is the new going out so why not have an intimate voice problem friendly dinner party? You get to control the setting and therefore can make it as voice problem friendly as possible.
Some fun doesn’t involve talking so you get some of the contact without the strain.Some ideas include cinema, plays, dance class, photography groups, painting groups, golf, ping pong, the list is endless…
No places featured in your region? SEND US YOUR REVIEWS! The Lary Project is London based so is currently very London focussed. Since London is not the centre of the universe, if you have any ideas for places to include, write your review and send it to: