As we move from Dry January to Dry July to Sober October, it feels like the right time to investigate the best cocktail and wine bars for a zero proof night out. Starting with Los Angeles. Our ace correspondent is sharing her list of where to find L.A.’s most innovative mocktails at top-rated non-alcoholic wine and cocktail bars all over the city. Consider this the ultimate non-alcoholic bar crawl through L.A., with 8 hip spots with zero proof drinks to quench your thirst.
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Bye-bye booze! At least, that’s what some of us are saying. Whether you’re on a cleanse, cutting back on drinking, or deciding to limit alcohol from your life entirely, the demand for nonalcoholic bars has increased as many people are reaping the benefits of a sober lifestyle.
Due to this demand, we’ve compiled a list of the top spots to grab a mocktail or nonalcoholic beer or wine in Los Angeles. You can thank us for those clear, hangover-free mornings later!
8 best non-alcoholic wine bars and cocktail bars in L.A.
This Westwood bar has a lively menu of drinks, including two craft mocktails. The Falooda is made with watermelon, holy basil seed, rose, mint (refreshing!) and the Buzz Lively is a zero-proof apertivo, ginger, lime (adaptogens and caffeine).
2. Gracias Madre
Gracias Madre usually tops the list when it comes to trendy vegan spots in Los Angeles, but did you know they have a robust list of non-spirit cocktails as well? Try their “Nojito” a spirit-free mojito with hoja santa syrup, lime, and bubbles or their Norista, a spirit-free tequila or mezcal cocktail, with lime, agave, and orange oil.
The West Side’s Cassia is a critically-acclaimed Southeast Asian restaurant that’s a partnership between husband and wife Chef Bryant Ng and Kim Luu-Ng. With an entire section of their menu dedicated to mocktails, Cassia is the perfect beachside brasserie for a night out on the town without the booze. Try their Chamomile Sour with spiritless Kentucky 74, chamomile, lemon or Athletic Brewing Co.’s nonalcoholic beer.
4. Harvard and Stone
Halfway between Hollywood and Los Feliz lies Harvard and Stone, which has been ranked best cocktail bar from sources like Thrillest. Luckily, Harvard and Stone offers mocktails, and any of the alcoholic cocktails starred on their menu can be created with a seedlip, nonalcoholic distilled spirit.
5. Golden Road Brewing
Golden Road Brewing is famous for their easy-drinking Mango Cart beer, and now they’ve created a nonalcoholic version made with real mango and less than 0.5% ABV. It has a few brewpubs throughout Southern California with two LA locations in Atwater Village and DTLA.
6. Tabula Rasa Shop
Tabula Rasa Shop, located in North Hollywood, is an artisan shop selling wine, beer, and provisions. Snack on Madagascar chocolates and fine cheeses while enjoying sips from the Eins Zwei Zero Leitz NA Sparkling Rose Cans or the Untitled Art NON-ALC Juicy IPA.
7. Malibu Beach Inn
Malibu… home to gorgeous houses, gorgeous beaches, and gorgeous people. It’s also home to plenty of bars and restaurants. Some serve up n/a cocktails so those participating in a dry month or abstaining from alcohol for good can join in on the fun. Malibu Beach Inn has a section on their menu with nonalcoholic cocktails. This includes the Playa Garden made with seedlip garden 108, cucumber, and lime. You could also order the No Booze Cruise with seedlip spice 94, falernum #9, peach puree, and passion fruit.
8. Soft Spirits
Soft Spirits is Los Angeles’ first nonalcoholic bottle shop. The shop provides a curated selection of premium, nonalcoholic beverages in one location. With the best-of-the-best cocktail, wine, and beer alternatives, there is no lack of options when it comes to spirit-free drinks at Soft Spirits.
best non-alcoholic bars and mocktails in L.A.
Those are our insider’s tips on the ultimate non-alcoholic bar crawl in L.A., with the best bars and night spots for zero proof drinks and innovative artisanal mocktails right now. Have fun!