Dry January Bars
If you're ditching the booze to take part in Dry January this year, we realise it can be a tough feat of endurance to resist that swift after work pint or quick glass of red with your dinner. But if you think that taking part means you can't enjoy a trip down to the pub, think again! There's plenty of fantastic places serving up non-alcoholic cocktails in London for you to sample, so check out our list of the best bars for Dry January and get yourself along to one pronto!
Last updated on 21st December 2016
Cavorting in Kensington doesn't need to come with the price of a hangover, not where Buddha Bar is considered anyway. Knocking up a top selection of mocktails in London, those of your going alcohol free this January can drink down the likes of a Karma, Ichigo, Tanoshi and more for an eclectic and Eastern inspired mix of booze-free drinks.
If you want to eat without splashing into some red wine, try Drake and Morgan at King’s Cross. While feasting on their delicious food, dive into their playful mocktails, such as their Green Means Go made from the healthy infusion of green tea, cucumber, bitter lemon and mint. You'll feel better and will have even less trouble reaching King's Cross station, that sits just a few feet away.
In terms of variety, Be At One offers is surely the place to snap up the best non-alcoholic cocktails in London. Nestled amongst the 28-page drinks menu is a plethora of inexpensive non-alcoholic tipples featuring both mocktails and milkshakes. Check out the Honkin Don Logan, crammed full of fresh banana, cinnamon, honey roast nuts and ice cream.
Don’t settle for a diet coke because you aren’t drinking: The Dandelyan offers an extensive list of creative cocktails inspired by different themes and they infuse that same imagination into their mocktails. Try a refreshing The Bradsell or the exotic and bittersweet Wild Thing to really get those taste buds moving.
If you want a fun drinking environment but don’t really fancy a mocktail, Burdock is the place for you. The bar offers food and drinks in a stylish interior and on their menu is the pièce de résistance, the Freakshakes, huge milkshakes packed full of goodies. Chose between jam custard doughnut or the health freak for no alcohol.
While The Nightjar take drinking very seriously, that does mean they treat their non-alcoholic options properly too. There’s a selection of homemade, alcohol free beverages like their Galangal Beer or Tamarind Soda, but the best way to rid those Dry January blues is their bespoke mocktails. Pick a few ingredients – ask if you don’t trust yourself – and get the mocktail of your dreams.
Dry January doesn't have to be all about mocktails you know, how about some alcohol free beers in London for this booze-free month instead? Boasting an alcohol and wheat free beer in the shape of their Erdinger Alkoholfrei, sip on a cold one without the fuss of a hangover afterwards.
Non-alcoholic cocktails at this Soho retreat include the classic Batida with condensed milk, coconut and lime as well as Aqua Fresca, a South American staple filled with your choice of either melon or pineapple for a citrus kick. These delicious options are easy on the wallet as well.
The Exhibit is your chance to get your boozy friends to an ostensibly sober activity: cinema! They have movie screenings in the Balham bar, but also alcohol for those not doing Dry January. But for you, brave sober one, there’s a selection of mocktails for you to enjoy, such as the appetising Fresh Berry Mockito.
A stylish lounge bar and dashing retreat from the bustle of London life, Anise is a top notch spot for non-alcoholic cocktails in London. Guests can gorge to their heart's content on mocktails, including the likes of their Raspberry Cooler, Basil Lemonade and Goji Berry Iced Tea.
The beauty of going booze free this January in London? That some of the coolest and most unique bars in town are still craving to cater. One of the most unusual destinations in the city, go sub-zero at Ice Bar and enjoy an alcohol free mocktail, complete with ice cube cup.
The drinks needn't be cheeky to go tiki this month; while you may be off the alcohol, you can still visit some of the most unique bars in the city for a mocktail in London to remember. Boasting South Pacific flavours, non-alcoholic cocktails and a damn delicious No Tai Mai Tai, Trader Vic's are knocking up a mocktail storm.
Coming up trumps on the non-alcoholic front in the City of London is Indian eatery and lounge bar, Mint Leaf. Rustling up booze-free favourites, those looking for a guilt-free January can enjoy an Apple Mojito, their Peach Passion, a zingy Fruit Cup cocktail and more.
It's not all about mocktails for Dry January: why not try out some different drinks at Hawsmoor in Spitalfields. Along with refreshing drinks like the Cucumber & Ginger Swizzle or Grapefruit & Bergamot Iced Tea, there’s the interesting Cornflake Milkshake, a handy, alcohol free breakfast in drink form.
A liquid haven in the heart of Clapham, those of you steering clear of the booze this month will like what SO.UK have to boast. A roster of well-thought out mocktails sits alongside regular cocktails as though there were never a difference between them at all, trust us, you can barely notice, so keep an eye out for that Mocktails title.