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The best bars for non-alcoholic drinks in Singapore

Non-alcoholic drinks are the next big cocktail trend – just don’t call them mocktails.

Nicole-Marie Ng
Dawson Tan
Written by
Nicole-Marie Ng
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Dawson Tan
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Artificial. Sickly sweet. Usually served with a wedge of unripe pineapple. Mocktails certainly don’t have the best reputation among discerning drinkers. But what happens when you don’t feel like drinking and are dragged for a post-work pub gathering with the colleagues? Steer them to these bars and their wide range of non-alcoholic beverages instead. We've done the sip test and here are some of our favourites that are just as inspiring as their spiked cousins.

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  • Restaurants
  • Raffles Place
  • price 2 of 4

If it isn't obvious when you first step foot in, Japanese anime culture gets in your face in this grungy modern izayaka – so much so that they made the cocktail menu into a comic book. In it are tipples with incredibly quirky tongue twisters for names and of course, whimsical glassware as seen from the signature Kosupure ($23), a fizzy combination of Midori and fino sherry, served in bird-shaped glassware. Going sober? You'd still soak up all that fun with the slick selection of zero-proof cocktails.

Sip on this The Lady Hinata ($14). As graceful as a Geisha, this refreshingly floral twist of a gin cooler is crafted with zero-proof gin and layered with lavender, cucumber and shishito peppers. If you're feeling a little gungho, go for the unusual umami natto sour (16) next.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Hotel bars
  • City Hall

The classy but bold space at the Mandarin Oriental takes guests to new horizons with untouched flavours across the Pacific Ocean. Sober culture is celebrated here where the inclusive list of non-alcoholic cocktails is definitely not an afterthought. Of course, the artisanal bar snacks, comfy lounge chairs and mad views of the Marina Bay skyline help them all go down easier.

Sip on this The Formosan ($16). What is essentially an indulgent Irish Coffee topped with fluffy clouds of coconut cream. Picture trekking up the majestic mountain ranges of Taiwan, it is one that drinks exceptionally smooth and comforting with hot and cold sensations.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • City Hall

If cocktails can help conversations flow, then new bar Analogue is certainly a talking point in more ways than one. The drinking studio is the latest venture by award-winning Native’s Vijay Mudaliar, who hopes to shed light on issues of food sustainability through its entirely plant-based menu – a first of its kind in Singapore. The mission doesn't just stop at the kitchen, they've also dedicated a permanent bar menu that showcases highly finessed non-alcoholic tipples in hopes to eradicate decades of stigma against mocktails.

Sip on this Passionfruit ($16). This silky sipper mirrors a milk punch that is jam-packed with passionfruit and coconut flavours with a hint of chamomile. Just imagine everything you’d expect to sip on in the Tropics but better.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Tanjong Pagar

By today's standards, you can't possibly rank as Singapore's best bar without a selection of 'sober-curious' drinks on the menu. The craft philosophy here is simple – extract natural flavours from fresh fruit and intense botanicals using sophisticated culinary techniques. Albeit a small list, they are all mighty stellar.

Sip on this Sea Breeze ($18). It is a refined tune of herbaceous notes from sage and samphire in complete tandem with the freshness of grapefruit and a green salt rim. You now have the Cornish coast of England in a glass, can you taste the salt in the air?

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Rochor
  • price 2 of 4

It’s hard not to be impressed each time you first step into art deco-inspired ATLAS. Not to mention the stellar booze list and an absolutely stacked gin tower. But if you're going sober, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find a full chapter dedicated to non-alcoholic cocktails that are as complex as their signature tipples. There's just no compromise to the craft and it's all about inclusivity.

Sip on this Vanda Mist ($12). A playful tipple that is as dainty and elegant as the national flower. There is a predominant flavour drawn from Amaretto (almond liqueur) while it drinks creamy and frothy. A worthy treat for the conscious and perhaps even the budding tippler.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Outram

Climb up to the second floor of this Bukit Pasoh shophouse and try Gibson’s refreshed drink menu, Chimera, which focuses on Asian flavours from the region and Japan alongside classics like its claim to fame, the Gibson ($25). Its non-alcoholic section is just as well thought out – complete with watercolour sketches of key ingredients so you don’t feel like you’re missing out on the full experience.

Sip on this Urban Farmer No.4 ($18). Crafted around Edible Garden City's locally grown cranberry hibiscus, this meaningful autumn-hued tipple delights your palate with its unexpectedly tangy and citrusy notes.

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Botanico at The Garage
  • Restaurants
  • Tanglin

Stick out your pinky as you sip on a cordial in the beautiful garden grounds at Botanico at The Garage. Despite being located in the middle of the hot and humid Botanic Gardens, the outdoor bar’s turbocharged air conditioners leave you feeling like you’re in a temperate country surrounded by luxuriant nature.

Sip on this Summer garden tea ($12). Freshly brewed tea is blended with elderflower, strawberry, and fresh mint to result in a refreshingly zippy tipple that helps beat the heat.

  • Bars and pubs
  • City Hall

The well-appointed bar taps into the 1960s, and reimagines major pop cultural references – think art, cinema, fashion and music – into its cocktail menu. Adding to the atmosphere are relics from the past – vintage posters and vinyl records line the walls, and tunes from the era are played through the speakers. Aside from the award-winning cocktails, the painstakingly curated list of fine bubbles, natural wine alternatives and zero-proof distillates do enough to make teetotalers feel right at home.

Sip on this Muri Passing Clouds ($25). The heady bouquet of flowers, honey and ripe fruits is nothing short of charming. Vivaciously bright with acidity, vinous funkiness and pleasantly dry, it is a brilliant champagne alternative.

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