Seven Bars with Epic Dry January Mocktails

Seven Bars with Epic Dry January Mocktails

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Seven Bars with Epic Dry January Mocktails

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Drinks & Co, Paris, France

Steps from central Saint-Lazare station, this concept store – part liquor shop, part restaurant, part bar – has so many Dry January options, you won’t be tempted by a drop of the hard stuff. In fact, every one of the cocktails on its list, from the sparkling Pimm’s 106 to the Nitro Bucks (a take on an Espresso Martini) comes with the option to make it non-alcoholic, so you won’t feel like you’re missing out on fun flavours. You can visit with a pal who’s not doing Dry January and get the same superb experience, down to the shared plates of brochettes and truffle arancini.

The Interval, San Francisco, US

The Interval isn’t your normal bar, for plenty of reasons. It doubles as a museum and library, for starters, as well as the Long Now Foundation – dedicated to fostering long-term creativity and thinking in the world. What’s also not usual is the number of non-alcoholic cocktails they’ve got on their list; a blessing for non-drinkers. Try sipping a Bitter Old Fashioned made with Chinotto, bitters and orange peel, or down a Tehrangeles, a creative combination of yoghurt, cucumber, mint, beetroot, pistachio and seltzer. Coffees, teas and low-alcohol beers are served up too.

OCCO Bar & Brasserie, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Set in luxurious The Dylan hotel, OCCO Bar is equal parts historically atmospheric – think original brick floors, deep Dutch colour palate – and utterly contemporary. One of those very-2022 elements is its tasty selection of non-alcohol cocktails, which includes the Mycelium, starring non-alcoholic spirit, hazelnut, truffle, lemon and egg white. Follow up your cocktail session with a crash in one of the serene, monochrome bedrooms.

Cassia, Auckland, New Zealand

How about using mocktails to wash down fine Indian fare? If you’re in the vicinity of Auckland or planning a visit in the future, make for Cassia in the CBD. A Jamfal Highball – Seedlip non-alcoholic spirit, spiced guava, lemon, mint – is a dreamy partner for artful sharing dishes like karahi chicken or pork belly with Goan chorizo. If you aren’t strictly doing Dry January, but just looking to cut down on your alcohol intake, there’s also a host of low-ABV cocktail options made with only a splash of liqueur.

Lyaness, London, UK

Top bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana sets trends for cocktail making not only in London, but across the world. And Lyaness, perched on the River Thames on the ground floor of Sea Containers building, is his flagship spot. Ryan’s team uses a host of unique base ingredients like oyster honey and fruit furikake to create one-of-a-kind cocktails, many of which can be served alcohol-free. Completely delicious, completely innovative, completely guilt-free.

Atwater Cocktail Club, Montreal, Canada

Montreal is a city that appreciates a good party, so Dry January can be a struggle to get through. But for a buzzy scene with ace non-alcoholic drinks, make for the Atwater Cocktail Club, a speakeasy-inspired bar near the popular Atwater food market. Then, flip straight to the ‘Placebo’ section of the menu, which includes booze-free tipples such as a Grapes of Wrath – Seedlip Garden, Orange & Genievre bitters, concord grape, lime and orgeat.

Salmon Guru, Madrid, Spain

With its neon lighting, colour-splash chairs and a retro rock-and-rock vibe, Salmon Guru is a memorable place – no wonder it has been named as one of the World’s 50 Best Bars. It also, like any great drinking hole, takes non-alcoholic cocktails seriously, treating them with the same love, craft and sense of fun (the garnishes alone are worthy of your Instagram). It doesn’t accept reservations, so get there early. Or else, late; it’s open until 2am.