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5 Man cave activities to enjoy your alone time. [No electronics]

Are you sitting in your man cave and are a bit bored? Getting into some new activities is a great way to bring something new into your life. A new passion and possibly knowledge and friends can be the results of engaging in something new.


Since man caves are inside, types of activity that are possible are limited. There are still some really cool things you can do though.

Here’s a quick list;

  1. Home brewing
  2. Wood carving
  3. Learn to play an instrument
  4. Reading
  5. Become a connoisseur

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These are activities you can enjoy by yourself although some can definitely be shared with others. These activities are not only useful to kill time but can add a new dimension to your life. They can open new doors and bring new opportunities as well as make your alone time enjoyable.

Boring alone time

Being alone and not bored is quite difficult for many people, especially if you take electronics out of the equation. It’s so difficult for many (I include myself in this) that being able to entertain yourself without electronics can be considered an increasingly rare skill.

I actually think it’s quite an important skill to develop since being enslaved to a screen is not a good thing. It’s not manly and not good for your life in general.

So, here are 5 things you can do by yourself that don’t require looking at a screen and might improve your life in multiple ways.

1.    Home brewing

If you’re a beer drinker one of the coolest things you can do in your man cave is to make your own. There’s something very satisfying about creating your favorite drink by yourself. You can make it as difficult or easy as you want. When starting out, you can make it very easy for yourself but once you get more experienced you need some knowledge and you can put a lot of creativity into it.

Beer brewing at home requires patience and creativity.

Complete starter packs take most of the guesswork out of the process and provide everything you need in one package. Check out this starter pack on Amazon. It has everything to brew your first delicious beer and provides a great base to build from once you get the hang of it.

You can also buy all the parts you need separately but you’ll need to build a knowledge base first.

Once you’ve got all the parts you like, there is an almost infinite amount of variability in ingredients, recipes and preparation methods.

If you like to experiment with your drinks and like to drink the results of those experiments, home brewing is a great activity that requires some patience and creativity.

After brewing your beer you’ll want to drink it cold. Check out the best fridges for your man cave here. Prefer your beer in a keg? Then a kegerator is for you.

2.    Wood carving

Want to play with knives but make it sound less creepy? Start wood carving. It’s an activity you can start and stop at any time, doesn’t require a whole lot of planning or equipment. A sharp knife and a piece of wood is enough to start out.

Wood working tools
Wood working is a great way to relax your brain.

Wood carving is an activity that is pretty much the opposite of the phone addiction most of us are nursing these days. Handling the natural material and creating something new out of it with your hands, is quite relaxing and a good way to empty your mind after a busy day.

After a while you’ll probably want to get some more tools and do more research about your craft. But this isn’t really necessary from the start.

3.    Learn to play an instrument

Learning to play an instrument is a great activity. It’s like learning to speak a new language. I guess music is a kind of language.

It’s certainly not easy, it takes a lot of time and frustration but that makes it very rewarding at the same time. If you’ve never played an instrument before, there will be a whole world opening up to you, you might not even have known about otherwise.

Man playing acoustic guitar
5 man cave activities to enjoy you alone time without electronics

Which instrument is completely up to you. Do you like a particular sound when listening to music? Do you like rhythms or melodies? It doesn’t really matter as long as it’s something you like and will stay interested in. Spend some time at a music store and look, touch and listen to different instrument to help you make a decision.

After a while you might want to start playing together with others. Even though the activities I’ve listed here are possible to enjoy alone, making music together with like-minded people, opens up a whole other dimension in itself.

But before you can do this, you need to develop a basic level of skill with your chosen instrument.

4.    Reading

So obvious but often overlooked nowadays. Reading is a great way to gather knowledge, relax and be entertained, depending on the book you choose.

Old books on a shelf
5 man cave activities to enjoy you alone time without electronics

You’ve got a man cave and like to be a man. If you’re looking to become manlier, read things that can help you improve your masculine traits. Just having the knowledge alone won’t necessarily make you more masculine. Applying that knowledge in your life can do that.

Of course you can listen to audiobooks as well but the feel of a real book in your hands is hard to beat. Having a bookshelf full of interesting books also looks good and can be a great conversation starter.

5.    Become a connoisseur

You can become a connoisseur of pretty much anything you like. The word connoisseur is usually related to things that you can consume. You don’t only consume things that go in your mouth but also things like movies, music, etc. although often it’s used for people that are really into luxury products.

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5 man cave activities to enjoy you alone time without electronics

Wikipedia defines connoisseur as: “A connoisseur is a person who has a great deal of knowledge about the fine arts, cuisines, or an expert judge in matters of taste.”

Popular choices to become a connoisseur of include;

  • Cigars
  • Scotch
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Tobacco
  • Art
  • Music
  • Movies

If you’d like to become a connoisseur of something it makes sense to choose something you are already a big fan of. Just consuming a lot of a certain product doesn’t make you an expert though. Being a connoisseur goes beyond just consuming a lot of a certain thing.

You have to know all the intricate details of your favored product. Knowing the different types, qualities, places of origin, creators, etc. is all part of being an expert. Learning and keeping up on everything that’s going on in the industry, is part of the fun.

All these things take time and study beyond just consuming the product.


I hope at least one of these suggestions is a good fit for you. Getting away from your screen can help you learn new skills, open new doors and improve your life in general.

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