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Where to drink non-alcoholic cocktails in New York City

New York bars offer more thirst-quenching mocktails and creative non-alcoholic drinks than ever before

By Bao Ong and Christina Izzo
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Non-alcoholic cocktails have become a staple across many of New York’s best bars and restaurants. The new wave of drinks gracing menus all over are no longer just kids’ mocktails or overly sweet concoctions made to help those of us taking part in Dry January. Bartenders have taken care to create more nuanced libations with quality ingredients and created recipes that are just as intricate as many classics. Whether you’re sober or simply looking to take a night off from imbibing, the options are better than ever.

 

 

Best Mocktails at NYC Bars

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Wayla

Restaurants Thai Lower East Side

Drinks aren’t an afterthought at Wayla, where you can pair fiery Thai dishes with creative cocktails. On the non-alcoholic side of the menu, you can order a Thai-style iced tea (black tea, cane syrup, and Oatly oat milk) or the Lemongrass (Thai basil, cane sugar, Fever Tree club, and lemon) to help tame the heat.

Sundays in Brooklyn
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Sunday in Brooklyn

Restaurants American Williamsburg

The rustic three-story space boasts an outdoor patio, marketplace, private dining room and rooftop garden, where you can enjoy drinks both proofed and otherwise. The no-alcohol Green Apple Margarita is a tart, lively bev made with Seedlip Spice, green apple, celery, lime, and pink peppercorn salt. 

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Mocktails at Le District
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Le District

Restaurants Sandwich shops Battery Park City

Wintertime mocktails at this industrial-styled French-food complex includes the Green Tea on Tap (honey green tea, pineapple and lemon juices, club soda) and the Winter at the Beach (aloe vera and lemon juices, agave nectar, club soda, and sage, with a cherry garnish). 

ABCV
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ABCV

Restaurants Vegetarian Flatiron

Littered with cold-pressed juices and bee-pollen shakes, the beverage menu at this healthful expansion of Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Paulette Cole’s ABC restaurant empire is as restorative at the food. Find house-made sodas (ginger-lime, rosewater lemondade) and tonic mocktails, like the Kin Spritz, made with hibiscus, citrus, and rhodiola. 

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Getaway

Bars Cocktail bars Greenpoint

All the drinks at Getaway are alcohol free, which makes this bar perfect for those seeking an N/A zone where it doesn’t matter why you choose to eschew liquor. No-hangovers-necessary options include "spirit" bottles like Seedlip and Three Spirit, as well as non-alc beer (Athletic Brewing, Hairless Dog) and wine. 

Daniel
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Daniel

Restaurants French Lenox Hill

It may be winter in New York but it'll feel like summer in the south of France with the booze-free soda cocktails on offer at Daniel Boulud's fine-dining flagship, such as a basil-fennel sipper and a blackberry-ginger number with lime. 

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Soho Diner

Restaurants Soho

The Orange Julius (made with orange, lemon, vanilla cream, and seltzer) arrives in a yellow-orange hue that blends in with Soho Diner’s salmon-colored, almost Palm Beach-esque interiors. The restaurant’s non-alcoholic Restorative “Cocktail” program is perfect anytime of the day.

Le Crocodile, NYC, brunch
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Le Crocodile

Restaurants French Williamsburg

At this Wythe Hotel lobby restaurant from the Chez Ma Tante team, find a zero-proof spritz in the aperitivo style. Built around Ghia, a no-alc spirit flavored with herbs and botanicals, the Aperitif Zero is a thirst-quenching mix of grapefruit juice, Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic, club soda, and rosemary. 

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Hot toddy at Baar Baar
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Baar Baar

Restaurants Indian East Village

There are four non-alcoholic cocktails on the menu at this inventive Indian spot, like the citrusy Gulabi (Seedlip Grove, pink guava, chili, and black salt) and the refreshing Bagicha (Seedlip Garden, kale and cucumber juices, rose honey, and tonic).

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Listen Bar

Nightlife Noho

Listen Bar hosts monthly events across New York with a booze-free focus. They're often part of hip events where the AF (that's alcohol-free!) cocktails are worth sipping all night long. And during this COVID era, they're doing virtual alcoholc-free cocktail classes. 

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