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Miss Carousel’s Mango-nada, made with habanero agave, orange, mango, lime, and Jarritos Mandarin. 
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9 Excellent Spots to Sip on Non-Alcoholic Beverages in Houston

Give one of these well-crafted, zero-proof drinks a try

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Miss Carousel’s Mango-nada, made with habanero agave, orange, mango, lime, and Jarritos Mandarin. 
| Ralph Smith for Miss Carousel

Houston’s bustling bar scene offers top-notch cocktails crafted by the city’s esteemed mixologists. And for those abstaining from alcohol, there are plenty of booze-free alternatives that don’t sacrifice flavor or fun.

From NA takes on the gin and tonic to fruit-forward tipples to drinks garnished with herbs and spices, these 9 spots are sure to bring the refreshment.

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Le Colonial

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At this River Oaks District hot spot, wines and libations are curated to enhance the distinct flavors of the French Vietnamese cuisine, and this is true of the restaurant’s booze-free drinks as well. The Mùa Xuân, meaning spring in Vietnamese, combines fresh blackberries, lemon juice, and mint with Sprite, while the Mùa Hè, or “summer”, is bright and sweet with lemon juice, lychee, pineapple, and mango.

Eight Row Flint

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Choose from one of Eight Row Flint’s fragrant agua frescas rimmed with tajin, or opt for the bubbly Mystery Machine made with pineapple and lime juices, Topo Chico, and spiced with Thai basil and serrano pepper.

Better Luck Tomorrow

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This Heights haunt is known for its solid plates and pretty drinks, including a number of non-alcoholic choices. The “Sin & Tonic” is no sin at all, made with grapefruit, agave, and tonic, while the “Miami Advice” is a taste of tropical goodness with coconut, pineapple, strawberry, and lime.

Coltivare

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Coltivare in the Heights makes use of fresh seasonal ingredients in its food and drink, including hand-picked herbs from the restaurant’s onsite garden. Like the food menu, beverages reflect seasonality, resulting in choices like the Summer in Mayfair, a dynamic drink made with alcohol-free Lyre’s London dry, mint, cherry, citrus, and spiced with star anise.

La Colombe d'Or hotel

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This ritzy Montrose escape offers a moody destination for dining and drinking. Both the hotel’s in-house restaurant Tonight & Tomorrow and its neighboring lounge, Bar No. 3, boast alcohol-free sips. The ginger beer-laden Piñata packs a sweet and spicy punch with chili, lime, and pineapple.

Monkey's Tail

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At Monkey’s Tail, the beverage list is hefty and multi-faceted. In addition to tajin-rimmed cocktails, boilermakers, and boozy popsicles, there are a number of drinks that are free of spirits. Stick to something simple and tasty like the house-made apple-lemongrass soda, or go for the intriguing NYC Special, which combines café de olla and condensed milk with Coke. 

Georgia James Tavern

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The new Market Square destination from UB Hospitality is quickly becoming a favorite among Downtowners, and not just for the food — imaginative cocktails like the Day Bird incorporate CBD as one of its ingredients along with peach, pomegranate, and soda, and can be made with or without booze.

Miss Carousel

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Dimly lit and moody, this sophisticated EaDo establishment is refreshingly different from the casual patio bars in the area. Beverages from the bar, including booze-free options, incorporate balanced, unique flavors and are presented in an artful way. The Mango-nada boasts all of the island-time vibes with its bright yellow hue, fruit garnishes, and festive glassware and is a sweet treat crafted with orange, mango, habanero agave and Jarritos mandarin.

Tiny Champions

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There’s no shortage of booze-free beverages to pair with a pizza at Tiny Champions. In addition to old-fashioned favorites like root beer and cream soda, the restaurant offers interesting handcrafted drinks like the “GT&T”, a combination of green tea, salted grapefruit, and tonic. 

Le Colonial

At this River Oaks District hot spot, wines and libations are curated to enhance the distinct flavors of the French Vietnamese cuisine, and this is true of the restaurant’s booze-free drinks as well. The Mùa Xuân, meaning spring in Vietnamese, combines fresh blackberries, lemon juice, and mint with Sprite, while the Mùa Hè, or “summer”, is bright and sweet with lemon juice, lychee, pineapple, and mango.

Eight Row Flint

Choose from one of Eight Row Flint’s fragrant agua frescas rimmed with tajin, or opt for the bubbly Mystery Machine made with pineapple and lime juices, Topo Chico, and spiced with Thai basil and serrano pepper.

Better Luck Tomorrow

This Heights haunt is known for its solid plates and pretty drinks, including a number of non-alcoholic choices. The “Sin & Tonic” is no sin at all, made with grapefruit, agave, and tonic, while the “Miami Advice” is a taste of tropical goodness with coconut, pineapple, strawberry, and lime.

Coltivare

Coltivare in the Heights makes use of fresh seasonal ingredients in its food and drink, including hand-picked herbs from the restaurant’s onsite garden. Like the food menu, beverages reflect seasonality, resulting in choices like the Summer in Mayfair, a dynamic drink made with alcohol-free Lyre’s London dry, mint, cherry, citrus, and spiced with star anise.

La Colombe d'Or hotel

This ritzy Montrose escape offers a moody destination for dining and drinking. Both the hotel’s in-house restaurant Tonight & Tomorrow and its neighboring lounge, Bar No. 3, boast alcohol-free sips. The ginger beer-laden Piñata packs a sweet and spicy punch with chili, lime, and pineapple.

Monkey's Tail

At Monkey’s Tail, the beverage list is hefty and multi-faceted. In addition to tajin-rimmed cocktails, boilermakers, and boozy popsicles, there are a number of drinks that are free of spirits. Stick to something simple and tasty like the house-made apple-lemongrass soda, or go for the intriguing NYC Special, which combines café de olla and condensed milk with Coke. 

Georgia James Tavern

The new Market Square destination from UB Hospitality is quickly becoming a favorite among Downtowners, and not just for the food — imaginative cocktails like the Day Bird incorporate CBD as one of its ingredients along with peach, pomegranate, and soda, and can be made with or without booze.

Miss Carousel

Dimly lit and moody, this sophisticated EaDo establishment is refreshingly different from the casual patio bars in the area. Beverages from the bar, including booze-free options, incorporate balanced, unique flavors and are presented in an artful way. The Mango-nada boasts all of the island-time vibes with its bright yellow hue, fruit garnishes, and festive glassware and is a sweet treat crafted with orange, mango, habanero agave and Jarritos mandarin.

Tiny Champions

There’s no shortage of booze-free beverages to pair with a pizza at Tiny Champions. In addition to old-fashioned favorites like root beer and cream soda, the restaurant offers interesting handcrafted drinks like the “GT&T”, a combination of green tea, salted grapefruit, and tonic. 

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