It’s Dry January and if you’re partaking in it this year you’ve probably started getting itchy feet. The pressures of nipping out for that post-work drink or to destress after a busy week is probably taking its toll, but if you’re wanting to cut the cravings and be sociable with friends this month, we’ve done our best to find you the best non-alcoholic cocktails to sip on this month.
Whether you’re a teetotaller, pregnant or are giving Dry January a go, here’s where to go for the best non-alcoholic cocktails that won’t leave you with a lingering hangover come the morning.
The restaurant defined by its old school glamour, 45 Jermyn Street has become a St James’s staple for lovers of tradition with a modern twist and teetotallers thanks to its long list of non-alcoholic tipples on offer.
Snuggle into one of the blood-orange coloured booths and order in one of their non-alcoholic drinks from the Rickies menu. It’s a selection of drinks made with homemade syrups, mixed with their house blend acid and highly carbonated house soda. Our favourite being the No.16, a sharp fruity number rich with blackcurrant, lemon thyme, acid and soda.
45 Jermyn Street, St. James’s SW1Y 6DN
Cosmocat, Bar Des Prés
For those looking for an alcoholic free version of their favourite cocktails this Dry Jan, look to Bar des Prés as classic cocktails are now available in a mocktail version, so those wanting to toast to dry Jan can do so in style.
The refreshing non alcoholic mocktails are twists on those traditionally made with alcohol: Cosmocat Belvedere vodka, aloe vera, yuzu, apple sour, vanilla, aphrodite bitter and Tokyo Garden Tanqueray 10 gin, shizo, sake, yuzu, lychee.
16 Albemarle Street, W1S 4HW
Settle in for a wild ride through the rainforest when you book into Berkeley Square’s hottest resto, Amazonico.
For a non-alcoholic hit, order in the Guaivo. It’s made with Seedlip Grove, watermelon, guava, cardamon, lemon, pomegranate and topped with a splash of soda water. A refreshing and fruity mix, perfect for pretending you’re in a tropical rainforest. The Peacock Spritz is also well worth sipping, mixing Seedlip Grove, maracuya, lemon and tonic.
10 Berkeley Square, Mayfair W1J 6BR
For a bar that oozes style and charisma head to The Library Bar at The Lanesborough. If you can guide your eyes from their ever-expanding cocktail list, look to the non-alcoholic numbers and sample the X-Rated, a modern London classic prepared with passion fruit and vanilla flavours, shaken with mango and fresh lime juice. Close your eyes and pretend it’s a Porn Star Martini.
The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner SW1X 7TA
Shanghai Soleil, Park Chinois
Just because you aren’t drinking this month doesn’t mean you have to forgo the fun. Park Chinois in Mayfair can guarantee all of the excitement and more even with their signature mocktails.
We love the Shanghai Soleil, a crisp and refreshing tipple combining the exotic flavours of pineapple, apple, raspberry, mint and honey.
17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Oh Beehive, Skylight Peckham
Dry January needn’t look boring. Just head to Skylight Peckham for a buzzy night filled with soaring views stretching across London from their sprawling outdoor terrace. Of course, these guys are known for their cocktail options but their mocktails shouldn’t be missed either.
Try the Oh Beehive, a concoction of local Peckham honest infused with Ceder’s non-alcoholic spirit, a gin alternative, topped with soda and peel of lemon.
Theatre Walk, 120 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JT
Air of the Mountain, Sabine
The hottest new arrival onto the rooftop scene is Sabine, the bar that overlooks St Paul’s. This Dry January, relax with views over the city as you sip on their Air of the Mountain mocktail.
Created by bar manager and mixologist, Davide Valvano, this refreshing tipple is made up of Everleaf Mountain, green tea, pink grapefruit juice, lime juice, elderflower cordial and topped with a dehydrated wheelie pink grapefruit slice.
10 Godliman Street, EC4V 5AJ
TRIP on the Coast, AllBright
Not only is AllBright, Mayfair’s female members’ club, the place to go for stunning co-working spaces, it’s also the perfect venue to meet up with friends for a drink or two at their all-day restaurant or on their secluded outdoor terraces.
For Sober October, try the TRIP on the Coast. A CBD infused-mocktail made with Seedlip Garden and TRIP Lemon & Basil.
24-26 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 1PP
Hikari Hibi, ROBATA
Putting the e(a)se in Japanese, ROBATA has become renowned for its affordable, no fuss Japanese dishes. Go all out and sample their exquisite tasting menu or order in a few of your favourite small plates, all paired alongside a mocktail for Sober October.
For something refreshing, try the Hikari Hibi, a mix of hibiscus concentrate, elderflower and lemonade, or go fruity with the Jonetsu, a blend of apple juice, strawberry, passion fruit and hibiscus.
56 OLD COMPTON STREET, SOHO W1D 4UE
The drinks can continue flowing even if you aren’t dabbling in the liquor this month thanks to London Cabaret Club’s extensive mocktail menu. Choose from the likes of the white peach and mint cooler, made with peach puree, fresh lime juice, fresh mint, vanilla syrup and Appletiser; Virgin Mojito, served with fresh mint, fresh lime, Simple Syrup, apple juice and Schweppes soda water; or try their take on the Virgin Pornstar Martini.
Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Holborn, WC1B 4DA
Book a table at Gillray’s and be greeted with unparalleled views over the Thames and iconic London sites, plus a delicious spiced mocktail, perfect for the seasonal change.
The Doctor Sangrado, a refreshing and spicy cocktail, is made of Ginger Beer, lime, caramel syrup, chocolate and almond sugar free sweetner.
County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7PB
Negroni, The Court
Missing your favourite cocktail? Even when it’s Dry January you can still get your fix thanks to private members’ club, The Court and their collaboration with non-alcoholic drinks brand, Lyre’s.
Sip on your favourite spritz, order in a round of the signature serve, Negroni, or go try their take on an amaretti. And the best part? It’s all vegan, non-alcoholic and with no added sugar – bonus.
9 Kingly Street, W1B 5PH
Rake’s Café Bar, Liverpool Street’s cafe by day, bar by night venue, is the perfect place to while away your days. Head here for a busy working from ‘anywhere’ session before meeting the girls and catch up over a few drinks at the bar. For those partaking in Dry January, look to their non-alcoholic options – we love the Exotic Escape made with Seedlip Garden 108, passionfruit, coconut and soda.
40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN
Cranberry Mule, The Lighterman
If you aren’t ready to give up the festive flavours just yet, order in The Lighterman’s Cranberry Mule to keep you going this Dry Jan. Made with spiced cranberry, lime and ginger ale, it tastes like Christmas in a glass – even in January. Their other winter mocktails are well worth sampling too. Order in a round and find out which is your favourite.
3 Granary Square, Kings Cross N1C 4BH
Japanese-Peruvian specialists, Nobu London boasts several tempting zero alcohol cocktails for all to try. Those missing the spirits should try their Seedlip specials, from the Geisha Lips – a mix of rose syrup and rose essence, asian leaves, citrus and Seedlip Garden served short – to the Farmer’s Tonic – Seedlip Spice, maple syrup, apple juice, fresh rosemary sprig, tonka bean bitters and lemon juice.
19 OLD PARK LANE, MAYFAIR W1K 1LB
The Mayfair restaurant famed for its seafood, sushi and Instagrammable interiors, Sexy Fish has launched a brand-new cocktail menu this month featuring some refreshing takes on tipples without the alcohol.
We love the smokey Orange and Clove, a non-alcoholic beverage made with Seedlip Spice 94, Orange and Clove Cordial and Fever-Tree Slimline Tonic.
Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BR
Spiced Mocktail Mule, Sky Garden
Take Dry January to heady heights this year at Sky Garden – London’s highest public garden offering spectacular 360-degree views of London’s city skyline – and sip on a new winter mocktail, the ‘Spiced Mocktail Mule’. This mocktail is made with a combination of cinnamon syrup, cranberry juice, lime juice and ginger ale. Available from the Sky Pod Bar on level 35 and City Garden Bar on level 36.
1 SKY GARDEN WALK, EC3M 8AF
Ricco Lounge’s mocktail list came long before Dry Jan rolled around. Each is made to impress using fresh ingredients and presented looking pretty enough to be snapped for the ‘gram.
Our favourite of the mix is the Dusty Pink. It’s made using Seedlip Grove, lemon syrup, pink grapefruit juice, lemon juice and topped with tonic water. Although the virgin pina colada is hard to say no to…
11 Russell Gardens, W14 8EZ
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The Churchill has a few sophisticated serves to sip on this Dry Jan. Choose from the like sof the Rise Sun, made with Churchill’s raspberry kombucha, paragon rue berry coderial and grapefruit juice or sip into the night on our favourite, the Silk Road, a special concoction of pistachio orgeat, coconut pressed water and ginger bug.
30 Portman Square, W1H 7BH
Sip into the night with cocktails specially curated by Hithe + Seek’s mixologists. The bar celebrates Dry Jan with mocktails overlooking the River Thames and live music every Thursday night, so you can still get your groove on even if you aren’t drinking.
They’ve got two mocktails to choose from: the spicy night, made with Seedlip Spiced, marmalade, fresh lime, pomelo and pepper tonic, and the Cleary Garden Fizz, a combination of Seedlip Garden, fresh orange, mint, elderflower cordial and bitter lemon.
60 Upper Thames Street, EC4V 3AD
If you’re looking for a fruity fix, look to 100 Queen’s Gate’s mocktails for inspiration. Their talented bar team have been working hard to make a delicious selection of mocktails, all available to be enjoyed in their subterranean bar. The Citrus Hill, made with ingredients including fresh orange and lemon juice is a must-try or go herbal with the Lavender Spritzer, combining lavender, ginger, lime and cranberry.
100 Queen’s Gate, Kensington, SW7 5AG
For those looking for virgin twists on their favourite signature cocktails, look to 3 Bar for inspiration. Hidden inside South Place Hotel, you’ll find them serving up Virgin Stars and Virgin Cherry Negronis. Or, sway from your comfort zone and order the creamy Dolce Mandorla, made with oat milk, Orgeat syrup, dulce de leche and mixed nuts.
South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF
Stryyk the Fruit, Puttshack
If you’re steering away from the booze this month, you can still have a good time at Puttshack thanks to their exciting mocktail menu. Created with care and consideration, these alcohol free cocktails taste as good as the real eal. We love the Stryyk the Fruit, a striking blend of passionfruit, raspberry and blackcurrant puree with grapefruit bitters.
Bank, White City & Lakeside
The talented team at The Last Talisman have teamed up with London Essence and Lyre’s Spirit Co to create a selection of guilt-free non-alcoholic versions of their expertly mixed cocktails. We love The Manchurian, a gin-based take on a Mojito made with Lyre’s London Dry, vanilla syrup, mint and kumquats.
171-173 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UW
The place to go for late night partying and catch-ups with friends, The Piano Works has a really great selection of low- and no- alcohol beverages, whether you’re after an alcohol free lager or a gin spritz. For those wanting a twist on a traditional cocktail, look to the No-groni, made using Everleaf bitter sweet aperitif, Franklin & Son’s rhubarb and hibiscus tonic, grenadine and dehydrated orange. So good you won’t be able to tell the difference.
West End & Farringdon
The Northall Bar at Corinthia London has crafted an imaginative menu inspired by some of Britain’s greatest books.
Fall back in love with your favourite childhood novel, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, this January and try The Northall Bar’s ‘Little Peter’ mocktail. It’s made with a refreshing mix of Seedlip, orange, carrot, honey, lime, and ginger beer.
Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD
With the newly opened Northern Line, Battersea Power Station is more accessible than ever. And with places like The Wright Brothers offering up delicious alcohol free tipples, there’s no better place to while away the last few weeks of Dry Jan.
Joining forces with High Point Drinks, you can expect speciality cocktails like their Amber & Smoke, with High Point Amber, Monin Cinnamon, orange juice and ginger beer.
26 Circus West Village Battersea Power Station, London SW11 8EZ