Mocktails are so hot right now. Thinking outside the booze is quickly becoming a requirement for most establishments and Austin bars and restaurants have stepped up to the challenge. Regardless of whether you’re sober, sober-curious, taking a night off, or just looking for a really tasty beverage, you’ll find a bevy of non-alcoholic beverages.
Head south for a laid-back atmosphere, great live music, tasty food trucks and craft mocktails made with fresh juices. All of Armadillo Den's draft mocktails start without alcohol (with the option to add for those who want it), so you have a number of tasty libations to choose from. The Southside Sipper is delightful on a sunny day, made with fresh watermelon and lime juices and mint.
Hang out in a 1950's drugstore-turned-restaurant and sip on house-made sodas with non-alcoholic or CBD-infused options. Order a Knickerbocker made with raspberry and lime or the Pickpocket with strawberry, basil and balsamic.
Built in 1929, the Roosevelt Room oozes speakeasy vibes (without the secret knock element.) Dark interiors, plush booths, something sultry on the speaker gives it that timeless air. They are experts at their craft and that craft is cocktails. Incidentally, it’s also mocktails. The bartenders here know every bottle behind the bar and so if you tell them your flavor, they’ll give you something that can knock your socks off. They also have a non-alcoholic menu. Choose from the Glitter & Marigold with bold orange, vanilla, and cinnamon, The Castaway with its coconut-mint-ginger vibes, and the Na’Groni, made with Zero Proof gin and gentian tea.
This bar made all the headlines a couple of years ago when it opened. This spot is—as its name implies—completely sans booze. This unassuming East 12th Street bar is all about the sober community and hosts weekday and weekend events like karaoke, storytelling, comedy, local markets and more. Their selection of non-alcoholic liquor, beer, and wine is top notch and they’ve got new ones in the rotation all the time. Join them in person to connect, make friends, and hangout. Open for regular hours on Fridays only from 6 PM - 12 AM.
Heaven is a field of puppies and that’s what you’ll find at Yard Bar. Both a bar and a dog park, Yard Bar is a popular spot for dog owners and dog lovers of all kinds. Sit outside, shaded by a huge tree, and hang with four-footed friends whilst enjoying a cold Strawberry Fields (Seedlip Garden, strawberry, mint, lime) or a Burnt Orange Blast (Seedlip citrus, vanilla, orange.) Other mocktails are the Pineapple Express and the Afternoon Delight.
You might stop in this jungalow paradise for eats, drinks, or even a dip in the upstairs pool. Located in the Austin Marriott Downtown, Zanzibar is lush, it’s tropical, and their menu is like a vacation. Pair your pulled pork sliders with a Spice Island mocktail (hibiscus, ginger, allspice, lime) and your Kahuna Burger with a Clean Wave (pineapple, peach, mint, lime.) Because they channel all the tiki vibes, bartenders can go off-script and whip up any number of frothy, frozen, fabulous confections.
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Contributed by Kelly Stocker.