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Houston bars and restaurants are ensuring Dry January stays interesting with a host of new cocktails.
Dylan McEwan

20 Excellent Restaurants and Bars Serving Up Zero-Proof Cocktails

These well-crafted drinks, sans booze, are worthy

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Houston bars and restaurants are ensuring Dry January stays interesting with a host of new cocktails.
| Dylan McEwan

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

From non-alcoholic takes on the gin and tonic and espresso martinis to fruit-forward drinks garnished with herbs and spices, these 15 spots are sure to bring the refreshment.

This map has been updated to remove restaurants including the now-closed restaurants, including GJ Tavern, Gatsby’s Prime Seafood, Miss Carousel, Ouzo Bay, and 1751 Sea and Bar. Newer additions include Traveler’s Table, Bandista, Josephine’s, Money Cat, Bari, Wild, Le Jardinier, Coppa Osteria, Eight Row Flint, Sipple, and Axelrad.

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Daily Gather

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Three spirit-free drinks grace the menu at Daily Gather. The Daily BLT combines blueberries, lemon, and thyme with sparkling water; the ginger strawberry lemonade is built with ginger-lemon tonic; and the cucumber refresher is just as revitalizing as it sounds, made with fresh lime juice, cucumber, orange, basil, vanilla, and ginger beer.

A glass of ginger strawberry lemonade in a tall glass against a white table.
The ginger strawberry lemonade is made with ginger-lemon tonic at Daily Gather.
Sabrina Miskelley

The beverages on Nobu’s alcohol-free cocktail menu range from citrusy with a kick to decadent and sweet. The spicy lemonade packs a punch with Serrano peppers, while the Lyre Liar is a creamy concoction mixed with Lyre’s dark cane spirit, Pineapple, strawberry calpico, and coconut cream.

A white cocktail in a short glass on a table with sushi.
The Lyre Lire at Nobu is sweet with coconut cream
Nobu

If the Lychee Symphony looked appealing on this Italian restaurant’s menu, fear not. The restaurant offers its non-alcoholic take — the Lyche Spritz, which combines peach lychee nectar with fresh lemonade and a splash of fizzy water, and also an apple cider lemonade made with real apple cider.

Enjoy mocktails in which you won’t miss the alcohol thanks to this swanky restaurant’s selection Lyre’s line of non-alcoholic spirits and other zero-proof options. Try the Teachers Pet, made with apple cider, lime, and Fever Tree Ginger Beer, or the Fico Fico with zero-proof gin, fig preserves, honey, and lemon. Its Rainy Day Old Fashioned — typically made with Maker’s 46, Levels Earl Gray, and Sassafras Bitters — can also be made non-alcoholic.

A lineup of zero-proof cocktails.
Tony’s crafts cocktails that are good whether ordered with or without alcohol.
Becca Wright

Money Cat

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Complement your sushi experience with Money Cat’s inventive and carefully chosen cocktails, wines, beer, and sakes. If you’re skipping out on the booze, try its $8 mocktails, like its Lychee Bouquet, a combination of lychee, lavender, Calpico, and black cherry; the Matchalade, which is made with matcha, coconut, pineapple, and kabosu; or the Yeung Money Cat, a. mix of matcha, yuzu, lemongrass, and sparkling water.

Money Cat’s Lychee Bouquet cocktail topped with lychee.
Money Cat’s mocktails feature combinations that are just as creative as its dishes.
Sabrina Miskelly

If looking for options that you can take and drink on your own, visit this Southhampton non-alcoholic bottle shop, which offers dozens of wines, aperitifs, ready-to-drink cocktails, and more.

Coppa Osteria

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This Rice Village restaurant and its sister establishments, like Graffiti Raw, Flora, and Gratify, are spicing up their non-alcoholic offerings with a new zero-proof menu, featuring a Grapefruit Spritz-y, the Golden Hour that’s made with sweet peaches and hints of green tea, and a Radiant Roots cold-pressed combination of orange, ginger, and cold-pressed carrot juice. Coppa will feature its own exclusive menu, featuring its fan favorites, including a Ginger Fizz and the La Perla & Fashion Week.

Two cocktails sit on a suede couch.
Coppa Osteria and its sister restaurants are offering a fun lineup of zero-proof cocktails that anyone can enjoy.
Leah Wilson Photography

Israeli restaurant Hamsa offers cheekily named mocktails that pack fun flavors. Try the jazzed-up Arnold Palmer that is Mint to Be, made with China breakfast tea, lemon, orange, and mint. Proudly claim your alcohol-free outing with a Passionately Sober passionfruit and grapefruit cocktail, made with lemon, jalapeno and Top Chico, or the How About Them Apples, made with honey, ginger, lemon, basil, Topo, and apple syrup.

A cocktail topped with a lemon garnish and sprig of mint.
Hamsa’s mocktail menu packs fun flavors.
Shane Dante

At both its Montrose and Heights locations, this cocktail bar, dispensary, and cocktail shop has always given diners a choice of a way to imbibe, whether that be with alcoholic beverages, edibles, or elixirs and coffees that can be infused with hemp-based THC or CBD. Many of the elixirs stand alone as the ideal mocktail, including the Orange Crush, made with tangerine, lime, vanilla, mint, and tonic, and the puckerworthy Pink Loco, a combination of raspberry, coconut, citrus, and mint. The new Ocean Water, a refreshing mix of lime, coconut, blue spirulina, and Topo Chico, is a balanced and refreshing drink to sip on.

A bright blue cocktail with nugget ice and a garnish of mint leaves sits on a table at Wild.
At Wild, you can choose between mocktails, cocktails, and elixirs infused with THC or CBD.
Steve Cromer

Coltivare

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To kick off the new year, this beloved Heights restaurant is making available a full zero-proof cocktail menu, available the whole month of January. Like the food menu, beverages reflect seasonality, resulting in choices like the Not & Tonic made with Cut Above Zero Proof Gin, lime juice, elderflower tonic, grapefruit, and mint; and its Heights Spritz, made with Seedip 42, hibiscus, lemon, ginger, and Topo Chico. To complement the mocktail menu further, Coltivare has included a selection of non-alcoholic beer and wine.

A non-alcoholic Nogroni served in a daiquiri glass with a slice of dried lemon.
Coltivare is offering new alcohol-free sips all month long.
Mikah Danae

Join in the espresso martini craze, without the booze, with Marmo’s Pulito espresso martini crafted with Lyre’s Dark Cane spirit, Lyre’s Coffee Originale, French espresso, and vanilla syrup. The caffeinated beverage looks and tastes just like the real thing, and is sure to give you a second wind.

An espresso martini garnished with espresso beans.
Marmo offers an espresso martini without the booze.
Michael Anthony

Le Jardinier

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MFAH’s in-house restaurant will take Dry January to the next level with all-day happy hour prices for all mocktails daily. Try the refreshing Le Jardin, a mix of cucumber, mint, lime and soda, or go for the earthy and creamy Fruit de Terre, which combines red beet, carrot, lemon, ginger, and kefir from a refreshing palate cleanser. If cocktails are not your speed, try the non-alcohol beers from New Magnolia Brewing Co., which include a light lager and a Redwood IPA.

Traveler's Table

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This brunch hotspot has been known for its margarita, Old Fashioned, and coffee drink flights, and it has added a combination of mocktails to its menu, including zero-proof versions of its Plumed Serpent, made with watermelon puree, lime juice, and chili salt, and the guava- and pineapple-loaded A Sunny Place for Shady People, a combination of orange, coconut cream, nutmeg, and toasted coconut.

A cocktail glass lined with chili salt and a piece of watermelon as a garnish.
Try non-alcoholic versions of Traveler’s Tables favorite cocktails.
Becca Wright

Josephine's

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This restaurant continues to celebrate Southern traditions with an expansion of its mocktail menu. Its lineup now includes its Soda Pop Shop, a rotation of Texas-produced cream sodas, which now include flavors like fizzy orange, vanilla, and strawberry sodas topped with condensed milk foam. Other signature options include its Happy Gilmore, an apricot Arnold Palmer, and the iced-up Blueberry Yum Yum holiday punch, made with Meyer lemon, blueberry, and cranberry.

Two cocktails sit atop a candelit bar at Josephine’s.
Josephine’s offers an assortment of the nostalgic drinkable Southern treat that is cream soda.
Dylan McEwan

Axelrad Beer Garden

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One of Houston’s favorite watering holes shows its versatility with its assortment of mocktails, non-alcohol beers, and hopped seltzers, all of which are between $5 to $7. Experience creative mixes like the Blackberry Serrano Mule, made with real blackberry, lime juice, and Saint Arnold’s serrano ginger beer, or the Briney Melon Refresher, a combination of watermelon, lime, salt, mint, and ginger beer, or take it easy with a Lagunitas IPNA.

A lineup of non-alcohol drinks, including a Topo Chico, a Lagunitas IPNA, and garnished cocktails.
Axelrad is celebrating Dry January all month long.
Axelrad

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 several crafted drinks that are free of spirits. Stick to something simple and tasty like Jessie’s Topo, a tajin y sal-rimmed Topo Chico with lime, or go for the intriguing Penichill’n, made with Lyre’s highland malt, salted honey, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, and a spritz of smoky tea.

Bartender spritzing a pale yellow drink in a short glass.
The Penichill’n drink at Monkey’s Tail is finished off with a spritz of smoky tea.
Lainey Collum

Bandista

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Sure, one of Houston’s most essential cocktail bars is big on the booze, but the speakeasy’s bartenders are also well-versed in whipping up delicious drinks regardless of whether there’s alcohol in them or not. Ask for something zero-proof, give the bartender an idea of what flavors you most enjoy, and watch them work their magic.

Tiny Champions

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There’s no shortage of free-spirited 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 Ricotta Dreamsicle with whey, orange, vanilla and passionfruit fizz, and the Winners Circle, made with celery, citrus oleo, cardamom, lime, and salt.

This self-serve wine bar in Houston’s East End makes available wines, sans any alcohol, to enjoy at the restaurant or to go for 20 percent off their retail price. The Luminara red blend and Luminara Chardonnay from Napa Valley are appellated, alcohol-removed wines.

Eight Row Flint

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The Houston bar that’s credited with creating the Ranch Water cocktail has perfected a zero-proof menu, exclusively for Dry January. Explore its $5 agua frescas, its grapefruit mule made with grapefruit sherbet, or its Thai basil-infused Garden Spritz.

Daily Gather

Three spirit-free drinks grace the menu at Daily Gather. The Daily BLT combines blueberries, lemon, and thyme with sparkling water; the ginger strawberry lemonade is built with ginger-lemon tonic; and the cucumber refresher is just as revitalizing as it sounds, made with fresh lime juice, cucumber, orange, basil, vanilla, and ginger beer.

A glass of ginger strawberry lemonade in a tall glass against a white table.
The ginger strawberry lemonade is made with ginger-lemon tonic at Daily Gather.
Sabrina Miskelley

Nobu

The beverages on Nobu’s alcohol-free cocktail menu range from citrusy with a kick to decadent and sweet. The spicy lemonade packs a punch with Serrano peppers, while the Lyre Liar is a creamy concoction mixed with Lyre’s dark cane spirit, Pineapple, strawberry calpico, and coconut cream.

A white cocktail in a short glass on a table with sushi.
The Lyre Lire at Nobu is sweet with coconut cream
Nobu

Bari

If the Lychee Symphony looked appealing on this Italian restaurant’s menu, fear not. The restaurant offers its non-alcoholic take — the Lyche Spritz, which combines peach lychee nectar with fresh lemonade and a splash of fizzy water, and also an apple cider lemonade made with real apple cider.

Tony's

Enjoy mocktails in which you won’t miss the alcohol thanks to this swanky restaurant’s selection Lyre’s line of non-alcoholic spirits and other zero-proof options. Try the Teachers Pet, made with apple cider, lime, and Fever Tree Ginger Beer, or the Fico Fico with zero-proof gin, fig preserves, honey, and lemon. Its Rainy Day Old Fashioned — typically made with Maker’s 46, Levels Earl Gray, and Sassafras Bitters — can also be made non-alcoholic.

A lineup of zero-proof cocktails.
Tony’s crafts cocktails that are good whether ordered with or without alcohol.
Becca Wright

Money Cat

Complement your sushi experience with Money Cat’s inventive and carefully chosen cocktails, wines, beer, and sakes. If you’re skipping out on the booze, try its $8 mocktails, like its Lychee Bouquet, a combination of lychee, lavender, Calpico, and black cherry; the Matchalade, which is made with matcha, coconut, pineapple, and kabosu; or the Yeung Money Cat, a. mix of matcha, yuzu, lemongrass, and sparkling water.

Money Cat’s Lychee Bouquet cocktail topped with lychee.
Money Cat’s mocktails feature combinations that are just as creative as its dishes.
Sabrina Miskelly

Sipple

If looking for options that you can take and drink on your own, visit this Southhampton non-alcoholic bottle shop, which offers dozens of wines, aperitifs, ready-to-drink cocktails, and more.

Coppa Osteria

This Rice Village restaurant and its sister establishments, like Graffiti Raw, Flora, and Gratify, are spicing up their non-alcoholic offerings with a new zero-proof menu, featuring a Grapefruit Spritz-y, the Golden Hour that’s made with sweet peaches and hints of green tea, and a Radiant Roots cold-pressed combination of orange, ginger, and cold-pressed carrot juice. Coppa will feature its own exclusive menu, featuring its fan favorites, including a Ginger Fizz and the La Perla & Fashion Week.

Two cocktails sit on a suede couch.
Coppa Osteria and its sister restaurants are offering a fun lineup of zero-proof cocktails that anyone can enjoy.
Leah Wilson Photography

Hamsa

Israeli restaurant Hamsa offers cheekily named mocktails that pack fun flavors. Try the jazzed-up Arnold Palmer that is Mint to Be, made with China breakfast tea, lemon, orange, and mint. Proudly claim your alcohol-free outing with a Passionately Sober passionfruit and grapefruit cocktail, made with lemon, jalapeno and Top Chico, or the How About Them Apples, made with honey, ginger, lemon, basil, Topo, and apple syrup.

A cocktail topped with a lemon garnish and sprig of mint.
Hamsa’s mocktail menu packs fun flavors.
Shane Dante

Wild

At both its Montrose and Heights locations, this cocktail bar, dispensary, and cocktail shop has always given diners a choice of a way to imbibe, whether that be with alcoholic beverages, edibles, or elixirs and coffees that can be infused with hemp-based THC or CBD. Many of the elixirs stand alone as the ideal mocktail, including the Orange Crush, made with tangerine, lime, vanilla, mint, and tonic, and the puckerworthy Pink Loco, a combination of raspberry, coconut, citrus, and mint. The new Ocean Water, a refreshing mix of lime, coconut, blue spirulina, and Topo Chico, is a balanced and refreshing drink to sip on.

A bright blue cocktail with nugget ice and a garnish of mint leaves sits on a table at Wild.
At Wild, you can choose between mocktails, cocktails, and elixirs infused with THC or CBD.
Steve Cromer

Coltivare

To kick off the new year, this beloved Heights restaurant is making available a full zero-proof cocktail menu, available the whole month of January. Like the food menu, beverages reflect seasonality, resulting in choices like the Not & Tonic made with Cut Above Zero Proof Gin, lime juice, elderflower tonic, grapefruit, and mint; and its Heights Spritz, made with Seedip 42, hibiscus, lemon, ginger, and Topo Chico. To complement the mocktail menu further, Coltivare has included a selection of non-alcoholic beer and wine.

A non-alcoholic Nogroni served in a daiquiri glass with a slice of dried lemon.
Coltivare is offering new alcohol-free sips all month long.
Mikah Danae

Marmo

Join in the espresso martini craze, without the booze, with Marmo’s Pulito espresso martini crafted with Lyre’s Dark Cane spirit, Lyre’s Coffee Originale, French espresso, and vanilla syrup. The caffeinated beverage looks and tastes just like the real thing, and is sure to give you a second wind.

An espresso martini garnished with espresso beans.
Marmo offers an espresso martini without the booze.
Michael Anthony

Le Jardinier

MFAH’s in-house restaurant will take Dry January to the next level with all-day happy hour prices for all mocktails daily. Try the refreshing Le Jardin, a mix of cucumber, mint, lime and soda, or go for the earthy and creamy Fruit de Terre, which combines red beet, carrot, lemon, ginger, and kefir from a refreshing palate cleanser. If cocktails are not your speed, try the non-alcohol beers from New Magnolia Brewing Co., which include a light lager and a Redwood IPA.

Traveler's Table

This brunch hotspot has been known for its margarita, Old Fashioned, and coffee drink flights, and it has added a combination of mocktails to its menu, including zero-proof versions of its Plumed Serpent, made with watermelon puree, lime juice, and chili salt, and the guava- and pineapple-loaded A Sunny Place for Shady People, a combination of orange, coconut cream, nutmeg, and toasted coconut.

A cocktail glass lined with chili salt and a piece of watermelon as a garnish.
Try non-alcoholic versions of Traveler’s Tables favorite cocktails.
Becca Wright

Josephine's

This restaurant continues to celebrate Southern traditions with an expansion of its mocktail menu. Its lineup now includes its Soda Pop Shop, a rotation of Texas-produced cream sodas, which now include flavors like fizzy orange, vanilla, and strawberry sodas topped with condensed milk foam. Other signature options include its Happy Gilmore, an apricot Arnold Palmer, and the iced-up Blueberry Yum Yum holiday punch, made with Meyer lemon, blueberry, and cranberry.

Two cocktails sit atop a candelit bar at Josephine’s.
Josephine’s offers an assortment of the nostalgic drinkable Southern treat that is cream soda.
Dylan McEwan

Axelrad Beer Garden

One of Houston’s favorite watering holes shows its versatility with its assortment of mocktails, non-alcohol beers, and hopped seltzers, all of which are between $5 to $7. Experience creative mixes like the Blackberry Serrano Mule, made with real blackberry, lime juice, and Saint Arnold’s serrano ginger beer, or the Briney Melon Refresher, a combination of watermelon, lime, salt, mint, and ginger beer, or take it easy with a Lagunitas IPNA.

A lineup of non-alcohol drinks, including a Topo Chico, a Lagunitas IPNA, and garnished cocktails.
Axelrad is celebrating Dry January all month long.
Axelrad

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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 several crafted drinks that are free of spirits. Stick to something simple and tasty like Jessie’s Topo, a tajin y sal-rimmed Topo Chico with lime, or go for the intriguing Penichill’n, made with Lyre’s highland malt, salted honey, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, and a spritz of smoky tea.

Bartender spritzing a pale yellow drink in a short glass.
The Penichill’n drink at Monkey’s Tail is finished off with a spritz of smoky tea.
Lainey Collum

Bandista

Sure, one of Houston’s most essential cocktail bars is big on the booze, but the speakeasy’s bartenders are also well-versed in whipping up delicious drinks regardless of whether there’s alcohol in them or not. Ask for something zero-proof, give the bartender an idea of what flavors you most enjoy, and watch them work their magic.

Tiny Champions

There’s no shortage of free-spirited 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 Ricotta Dreamsicle with whey, orange, vanilla and passionfruit fizz, and the Winners Circle, made with celery, citrus oleo, cardamom, lime, and salt.

Roots

This self-serve wine bar in Houston’s East End makes available wines, sans any alcohol, to enjoy at the restaurant or to go for 20 percent off their retail price. The Luminara red blend and Luminara Chardonnay from Napa Valley are appellated, alcohol-removed wines.

Eight Row Flint

The Houston bar that’s credited with creating the Ranch Water cocktail has perfected a zero-proof menu, exclusively for Dry January. Explore its $5 agua frescas, its grapefruit mule made with grapefruit sherbet, or its Thai basil-infused Garden Spritz.

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