7 Best Mocktail Bars in London for Dry January
Did you go so overboard at Christmas that the sight of spirits repulses you to the very core? Or do you simply not drink alcohol full stop? You might be surprised at how many cool, fun bars in London actually serve up delicious boozeless cocktails that will be sure to fix your Dry January blues. We guarantee you won’t even miss the typical main ingredient…
6 Chepstow Road, Notting Hill, London, W2 5BH
320 Old St, Shoreditch, London EC1V 9DR
Redemption Bar hits the nail on the head for those looking to avoid alcohol at all costs this January. Perhaps more of a restaurant vibe than a bar per se, this vegan gem and teetotal heaven, based in both Notting Hill and Shoreditch, doesn’t serve a drop of alcohol anywhere. The mocktails are so affordable, only setting you back £4.95-£6.50, and their apple mockjito is to die for. Redemption Bar is the perfect place for a ‘tipple’ with brunch or just as an afternoon treat. Apart from the delicious drinks (and their tasty, vegan dishes at that), we LOVE the angel wings mural on the wall outside - Insta goals!
20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD
The extravagant boozeless menu at Dandelyan Bar has a super modern flair that could scare some away… However do not let the sweet potato, peanut oil or salt-baked pomegranate based beverages put you off! They are revolutionary! These fancy virgin cocktails are cheaper than your average alcoholic cocktail in London, but will still cost you between £7-£8.50. Get there early or book and request a cosy sofa seat to indulge in your guilt-free cocktails in style at this swanky Southbank bar.
Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX
Skylon is another Southbank bar that hits the spot for Dry January. This one, however, also boasts insane views of the Thames. Try and bag yourself a window table to soak in the river views and enjoy ‘nature’s remedy’ (that’s a mocktail to you and I) for £7. Try out the tee-totally awesome ingredient that is Seedlip’s alcohol-free spirits - mixed with fruits and spices, you’ll be checking with the bartender that there’s definitely no alcohol in there!
129 City Rd, London EC1V 1JB
The Nightjar on the edge of Shoreditch is an intimate basement bar with a strong garnish game. They only have a small selection of mocktails, but boy do they know how to knock it out of the park. Opt for the ‘Bartender’s Choice’ which allows you to create your own boozeless concoction for just £6. If you’re not being so hard on yourself for Dry Jan, there’s also a good choice of low-alcohol alternatives to go for. Enjoy with a side of jazz as The Nightjar hosts live bands almost every night of the week. Check out their website to see who’ll be jazzing it up soon.
Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR
The luxe vibe of this Mayfair venue makes it somewhat surprising that the ‘size zero’ mocktails are all just £7, especially when the food comes with a not-so-pretty price. Get dressed up and have a hangover-free night out in the centre of town at the uniquely furnished (and named) Sexy Fish. The Virgin Bellinis taste just as good as the real thing, just without the alcoholic premium price tag!
7 Boundary St, London E2 7JE
Take yourself to the streets of Bombay at Dishoom in Shoreditch, a restaurant serving up spicy, sizzling authentic Indian street food, and of course a mocktail menu to suit. The mocktails here are noteworthy, particularly because they keep in line with the Indian theme. We recommend its Bombay Virgin Colada or one of the silky smooth milky lassi’s. Injected with scented spices such as cardamom or cinnamon, these are one of kind mocktails you’ll struggle to find anywhere else in London. There is also a Dishoom branch in Soho, and one on High Street Kensington.
Covent Garden, 18 Wellington St, London WC2E 7DD
The perfect place to unparch yourself before or after a show at the West End. Right in the heart of Covent Garden, enter the Christopher’s elegant Martini bar and enjoy a number of refreshing mocktails served up by the skillful bartenders. Try one of its 4 No-Jitos or the Cucumber and Mint Martini - delicious.
If you love a g+t but going dry for January, Christopher's serves ‘The World's First Distilled non-alcoholic Spirits’, whipping up fabulous concoctions to make alc-free gin and tonics! Best part is the mocktails only cost you £6-7!
Article by Darcy King and Shereen Sagoo