Booze-free cocktails used to be pretty unremarkable. Most were incredibly sweet and typically virgin takes on popular drinks like mojitos, margaritas, and daiquiris. But with the rise in zero-proof spirit makers over the last decade, like Seedlip and Ritual Zero Proof, along with local bartenders embracing the sober curious trend, non-alcoholic options have grown exponentially better. The current wave of zero-proof drinks is so good that they even appeal to those who typically prefer the full-spirit variety. For those taking a pause from drinking or simply wanting to wake up without a hangover, here are 12 places to find delightful mocktails in Los Angeles.Read More
12 LA Bars and Restaurants Shaking Up Outstanding Non-Alcoholic Cocktails
Thoughtfully prepared mocktails for the sober curious crowd and non-adults
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
The Fairmont has a newly designed lounge along with five spirit-free cocktails developed by Gianna Jones. The Afternoon Refresher, a mojito meets Eastside hybrid, includes cucumbers, mint, Seedlip Herbal, and more. Jones’s spin on an Aperol spritz is made with Dhos bittersweet rhubarb and Seedlip citrus.
Gin Rummy’s team compiled a non-alcoholic menu to go with the pinball, card games, and casual food menu. Try the Passionfruit Picante Spritz, Virgin Mint Margarita, or the Not Gin and Tonic made with Ritual Zero Proof gin.
West Hollywood’s expansive PleasureMed has two options for booze-free drinks: the restaurant Irie and the cannabis consumption lounge Hind. At both Irie and Hind, order the Yellow Brick Road with coconut water, lemon, ginger, and turmeric. Also try the Souls Embrace with watermelon juice, seed lip garden, lime, agave, and spicy water.
At Ubuntu, Colin Asare-Appiah and Sother Teague are serving up a booze-free Sobolo Mule made with hibiscus, grains of paradise (an aromatic West African spice), pomegranate, coconut water, ginger, and seltzer.
FYC Bar + Kitchen
Booze-free cocktails are featured alongside traditional spirited drinks on the beverage menu at FYC Bar + Kitchen. The Amara Spritzer includes fresh mint, lime juice, and housemade sour and honey syrup, while the bubbly Peach Tree is made with peach puree, lemon juice, ginger beer, and mint.
Providence’s bar director Kim Stodel and wine director David Osenbach put together an N/A pairing menu to go with chef Michael Cimarusti’s tasting menu. Diners can order a la carte for $14 to $17 per drink. Options include a housemade soda with herbs from the rooftop garden, a de-alcoholized and carbonated Riesling, and a clarified milk punch with coconut milk, passion fruit, vanilla, and mace syrup.
The Ruby Fruit
Silver Lake’s popular wine bar is the perfect spot to secure excellent drinks of all kinds. The Proxies Blanc Slate “wine” is made with sauvignon blanc grapes, and the Botanical Tonic includes rose geranium, bitter herbs, and citrus for a refreshing mocktail.
De Buena Planta
De Buena Planta’s Silver Lake location makes good use of N/A spirits like Ritual’s gin and tequilas for the Mediterranean Tonic and Garden Paloma. One can also opt for the cilantro mint mojito with fresh herbs, lemongrass syrup, lime, and soda.
The Roof at Edition
With one of LA’s best skyline views, the Roof at Edition also has a non-alcoholic section on the menu. All are refreshing including the Second to None made with bright Ghia Le Spritz, grapefruit, bergamot tea, and rosemary.
Austin Hennelly brought his fascination with non-alcoholic cocktails to Kato in 2022 and introduced a pairing to accompany chef Jon Yao’s tasting menu. He also introduced five N/A a la carte options including a Garden Tonic made with bitter melon, cucumber, and a long list of ingredients that tastes just like a gin and tonic.
Long Beach’s Shirley Temple operates as a daytime cafe until the sun goes down, then converts into a speakeasy with Art Deco decor, food, mocktails, and occasional entertainment. The most expensive drink is $12, and the menu’s inventiveness is extensive including the Saffroni: a twist on the Negroni that goes heavy on dark cherry-saffron bitters, Aperol-like flavors, and garnished with orange peel and fresh saffron.
Bar Louie’s three SoCal locations serve the Pomegranate Paloma or the Pineapple Upside Down Margarita. The latter is blended with Ritual Zero Proof Tequila, pineapple juice, grenadine, vanilla, lime, and a splash of Sprite.