6 cool alcohol-free bars in Britain

Friday 13 January 2017
MDean

If you're doing dry January but still want to enjoy Britain's bars, we have a great selection of alcohol-free venues that are just the thing to keep you virtuous. Enjoy delicious and healthy ‘mocktails’ served in a lively bar setting and enjoy a good night out, without being impaired with a hangover for the next day’s vacationing! Read about the dry bars in Britain that are drawing in the crowds.

1. Redemption, London

One of the bars that has made waves is Redemption, a dry bar that has proved popular with Londoners with all types of drinking preferences, and who fancy catching up with friends or unwinding after a busy day over cocktails that happen to be free of alcohol. The bar's motto is "spoil yourself without spoiling yourself", and the alcohol-free ‘gastrobar' serves twists on the common cocktail, like the coco-rita, coco-tini and delicious rum-free mojitos. They have music nights and a buzzing and friendly vibe, and also serve up vegan, sugar-free, and wheat-free food. Find branches of Redemption in the neighbourhoods Notting Hill and Shoreditch.

Beetotini at Redemption

 

2. The Brink, Liverpool

In the north-west England city of Liverpool, The Brink is a revolutionary bar that took alcohol out of the equation when setting up their welcoming, creative and intelligent space. Cocktails are inspired by global flavours and include Shampagne cocktail and Nojita and cost £2.95. It's popular as a place to hang out with friends for leisurely catch-ups or head to before a night out or going to the cinema - or else settle in for an evening's entertainment, as there are regular music, art and performances to soak up. The Brink is a social enterprise, and all profits go into the community to support those who have suffered from alcohol addiction.

3. Sobar, Nottingham

For a night out that doesn't feature alcohol, Sobar in the city of Nottingham, central England, is a ‘creative vibrant space by day and an alternative bar venue by night'. Like The Brink, Sobar is an off-shoot of a charity that helps people in recovery from alcohol and drugs, and many of those employed have been scarred by addiction in the past. The atmosphere is warm, welcoming and tranquil, in stark contrast to many of the rowdier establishments nearby, but hosts poetry, live music and DJ events that draw a variety of people, many young people who want to have fun without the sometimes unsociable effects of alcohol. 

The dry bar with pizzazz

 

4. Andina, London

Andina is a trendy Peruvian restaurant in east London that whips up fantastic and zingy mocktails, with its own juice bar making it a healthy choice for fashionable eaters.

5. Hakkasan, London

Hakkasan has a Michelin star and mocktails worthy of the accolade. Try the Kowloon Cooler for something refreshing, or the Coco Passion for a more fragrant option.

6. Mark's Bar, London

Mark's Bar at Hix Soho mocktail menu makes sure that whatever reason you've chosen not to drink, the drink's taste shouldn't be compromised. Find refreshing flavours in its Lost Valentino mixes lemon sherbet with chilled green tea, smacked mint, a touch of orange and spiced with nutmeg, or for something a little spicier, the Shirley Temple combines hot ginger beer with Mark's grenadine and lime juice.

Our top tip: The British are known for their love of Indian and Pakistani cuisine, and cities like Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow and London have a strong representation of South Asian flavours on their dining out scenes - head to Asha's in Birmingham for some of the best lassi you'll find this side of the subcontintent (the pistachio and rose flavour is divine ) or Moksh in Cardiff (where you can even get a mango lassi in lollipop form!).

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