Alcohol-free mocktails are trending as many of us search for healthier approaches to living large. TABLE staff suggests a few spots to quench your thirst.
Blue Sky Kitchen & Bar
211 N. Whitfield
This relatively new East Liberty joint features a nice selection of booze-free cocktails. Try the Apple-Cinnamon Spritzer with apple cider, cinnamon, lime juice, honey simple syrup, and seltzer.
2000 Smallman Street
A food menu inspired by the culinary cuisine of the Caribbean, South America, and the Pacific, pairs well with one of the restaurant’s zero-proof cocktails. Go full-island mode with a Piña No-Lada, featuring Seedlip spice, pineapple juice, and Coco Lopez.
The Independent Brewing Company
1704 Shady Avenue
The Independent Brewing Company focuses exclusively on serving the beer of independently-owned breweries, but don’t sleep on their cocktails. Their signature drinks also include non-alcoholic versions worth the visit alone.
1708 Shady Avenue
Located next door to The Independent Brewing Company, this tiki-themed bar offers sober and non-sober guests alike the opportunity to indulge in fun and creative glassware. Order the “cool and creamy” Surf Wax, featuring honeydew, cilantro, pineapple, and coconut.
5430 Penn Avenue
Peruse the Temperance section of Spork’s cocktail list for a variety of mocktails. Try Kingdom of Smiles, which includes Ritual (a zero-proof tequila alternative), rambutan, mango, and Thai holy basil.
St. Clair Social
302 S. St. Clair Street
In addition to a large selection of soft drinks, this neighborhood corner bar features several tasty non-alcoholic spirits. Order the Grapefruit Sage Collins, a mix of grapefruit sage cordial, lemon, and Squirt soda.
5319 Butler Street
Enjoy beautiful outdoor garden seating with one of this Thai restaurant’s spirit-free cocktails. We recommend starting your meal with Give it a Chai, an alcoholic-free beverage containing chai, ginger, and lemon.
The Open Road
600 E. Warrington Avenue
Staying in? The Open Road, which first launched as a pop-up non-alcoholic bar and bottle shop, has since expanded to an impressive storefront. Choose everything from non-alcoholic tequila-style spirits to bubbly rosés. They also have lots of non-alcoholic beers and a range of alcohol-free cocktails, like canned cranberry cosmos and mango margaritas with jalapeño.
Story by Lisa Cunningham / Photography by Dave Bryce
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