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Andy Parsons

Places in London to drink when you’re not drinking

Just because you're not drinking doesn’t mean you're not going out. These brilliant bars will impress non-drinkers

Leonie Cooper
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It's no longer impossible to find tasty and satisfying alternatives to pints at London's pubs and bars – in fact, some of the no-alcohol options on offer right now are even better than their boozy cousins. And they come with an added bonus of leaving you hangover-free. These bars cater to non-drinkers for Dry January and beyond. We've got buzzing drinking dens that also specialise in alcohol-free cocktails, completely dry tasting rooms and pubs with a penchant for low-and-no beers. These zero-percent champions are 100 percent fantastic. 

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Great places to drink when you’re going alcohol-free

  • Pubs
  • Fitzrovia

In the middle of Marylebone you'll find alcohol-free beer brand Lucky Saint's first official pub in the old bones of the long-shuttered Masons Arms. They've a huge range of lo and no beers, ciders and cans, including their own lager and newer IPA, as well as sober tipples from Big Drop, Erdinger, Asahi and Mash Gang as well as the likes of Italian aperitif Crodino, and alcohol-free cocktails. Your beer-y mates are catered for too – there's a full selection of pints and wines, so nobody feels left out. 

  • Covent Garden

The first permanent UK site for mindful drinking collective, Club Soda. This shop and tasting room sells over 150 low-alcohol and alcohol-free drinks brands and, excitingly, there's a bar at the back. Cocktails, beer on tap and masterclasses are available. The perfect place for a no-booze sesh. 

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  • Camden Road

Raven Records is your go-to spot for all things black metal, death metal, thrash, glam and doom as well as no-alcohol drinks – including pour-over coffee supplied by the Polish metal band Behemoth. Open until 8pm every Thursday to Monday (and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday) swing by this heavy music mecca for seven types of alcohol-free whiskey, as well as gin, vodka, tequila-style drinks and botanical spirits. There's also a decent range of 0.0% beers and ciders, including ones on tap. 

  • Fitzrovia
  • price 2 of 4

This old-school oak-panelled bar is a contemporary, high-fashion hangout with non-booze cocktails to match. Go glam at the 19th century private members club-styled spot with the likes of the Tatra Cloud Punch, which is finished with a jasmine tea air, and the Calima Punch with apple, lemon, ginger and pear tea, from bars manager Anthony Callegari, who has slotted sober drinks seamlessly in the menu. 

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  • Craft beer pubs
  • Islington
  • price 2 of 4

On the wall of this Islington boozer is a board of beers from across the land, with each one’s hefty ABV advertised. But in fact, the Earl has got the soft options on lock. Lucky Saint beer is on tap and full of the hoppiness you'd expect from any round at this pub, and there's a special low and no alcohol section of the menu, too. If beery flavour is too much like temptation, the Earl also stocks a solid range of sodas.

  • Pubs
  • Hackney Road
  • price 3 of 4

Danish brewery Mikkeller first UK bar offers up 20 different beers on tap (and more available in bottles and cans), which always includes a non-alcoholic option. Pop down and see what's new. 

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  • Hotel bars
  • Mayfair
  • price 4 of 4
The Connaught Bar
The Connaught Bar

The mega-bling hotel bar may be famed for its Martinis, but you can still make it a place for one hell of a celebration when on the wagon. Mocktails – presented with just as much artistry as the hard stuff – include luxe ingredients, from salted cacao coconut water to red berry kombucha.

  • Pubs
  • Exmouth Market
The Exmouth Arms
The Exmouth Arms

At the foot of Exmouth Market you’ll find just as appetising a spread of delicacies at beery institution the Exmouth Arms. Away from the hard stuff, feel-good brews from Erdinger and Lucky Saint are on offer. 

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  • Craft beer pubs
  • Camden Town
  • price 3 of 4
Brewdog
Brewdog

You can still have a night out on the hops at Brewdog’s Camden branch, where they regularly pour their own non-alcoholic craft beer Nanny State from the taps. Beer guzzling never felt so saintly.

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