13 Spots That Offer Great Mocktails
updated September 2019
In 2017, alcohol consumption dropped 0.7% and in 2018, it dropped 0.8%, and what’s even bigger? It’s estimated that low-to-no alcohol products will grow 32% in the next three years! Companies are working hard to accommodate this shift, like Coors which invested in a chai tea company and bought a kombucha company!
And now the trend has transcended to the restaurant and bar level, with establishments adding in mocktails to their menu, or making sure to offer an alcohol-free version of any cocktail if asked. In some cities like NYC, there’s even some alcohol-free bars popping up! So if you’re curbing your drinking, or don’t drink all together, but still want to have a great time out with friends, here are 16 spots making it easy for you to do so!
P.S. you could practically go on a sober bar crawl around Greenville Ave given how many spots on the street offer mocktails!
You have probably seen bartaco on Instagram before - it's a restaurant "inspired by the beach culture of Brazil, Uruguay and Southern California" that has perfected the coastal vibe. That means you'll find blue-and-white striped pillows, wicker baskets for lights, white-washed wood paneled tables, and shots of the beach and surfers on the walls. But bartaco isn't just a pretty face - they serve up great tacos, poke bowls and margaritas. But if a marg isn't your calling, they offer three housemade aqua frescas that are so fresh, light and delicious, you won't realize you aren't drinking a cocktail!
Flavors consist of a "nojito," which you could guess is a take on a classic mojito, "ginger grapefruit," which was our favorite and then "pomegranata lemonade," which is perfect to cool you down if you're sitting on the patio! If you want an escape, with a non-alcoholic drink in hand, check out bartaco!
Preston Center | directions
Mudhen is one of our go-to’s when we want to go out for a nice mea and experience, but also go home feeling good. And Mudhen does just that with its fresh, local farm-to-table fare. That extends to its selection of drinks that include bone broth, kombucha, a watermelon cooler and aqua frescas. Btu it doesn’t stop there. They offer seven homemade juices you can choose from - there’s the Brunch Glo with grapefruit, lemon and orange juices, and the Detox Lemonade with charcoal, lemon, honey and lavender. Best part? They all taste like a classic brunch cocktail, without the champagne or vodka!
farmer’s market | directions
If your friends call you up about heading to the Rustic on a sunny Saturday for brunch, or a weekday night for some live music, you might think you’ll be sipping on water all night. And you might think they’re too big of a bar to ask about non-alcoholic drinks - walking into the Rustic is intimidating enough! But while this establishment might not have mocktails on the menu, they are super accommodating to non-drinkers and happy to make you something without the liquor!
uptown | Directions
HG Sply has one of the best Moscow Mules in town, hands down. It’s so popular, they even serve it on the rocks OR frozen! And if you once tasted this great cocktail and now don’t drink (or want to take a break,) you’re in luck as the Moscow Mule can be created sans alcohol! And actually HG Sply can make many different mocktail options because they use fresh juices and ingredients in their cocktails to begin with!
lowest greenville | directions
Jalisco Norte might be known for its $6 happy hour margaritas or ranch waters (Mon-Fri 3-6 pm), but did you know they have two mocktails on the menu? And that doesn’t just mean a fancy soda or juice, no they actually have a “mocktail” section which we love because it makes non-drinkers feel more included. What can you order? A Ginger Lemonade or a Mint Iced Tea! Or you can order one of their cocktails sans alcohol!
turtle creek | directions
HIDE makes some of the best cocktails in town using chemistry and its in-house herb garden. The bartenders are masters and carefully craft each drink, whether you’re ordering one right off the menu or telling them your preferences and they’re creating it on the spot. And this applies to mocktails too. Just tell them what you want and let them work! Or you can order three “Light Weights” cocktails including the Yacht Club made with clarified tomato, basil, lime and soda, or the Fancy Fresca with Grapefruit, adjusted pineapple, dill and coriander, or the P&T with tamarind, adjusted pineapple, lime and soda!
Deep Ellum | Directions
pok the raw bar
If you thought Dallas was lacking a matcha bar, think again! Pok in West Village seven different types of matcha creations from your traditional hot or cold matcha, a golden matcha mixed with turmeric, a matcha sunrise mixed with orange juice, a Jinya lemon mixed with ginger and lemon, and more! It makes it really easy to feel like you’re enjoying a refreshing cocktail, when you’re actually saving money (all matcha drinks are $4-5.50) and putting healthy things into your body!
west village | directions
Lucia’s sister restaurant in Bishop Arts, that focuses on Mediterranean and meat-heavy fare, makes some damn good Italian cocktails. (Their aperol spritz is one of the best we’ve had in town!) And to accommodate non-drinkers, they have four $7 spritzs on the menu sans alcohol, all mixed with Topo Chico. You can go with the basil, mint and lemon one which is so refreshing or the orange and mint to keep it simple, or the melon, cucumber, lemon, apple cider vinegar and black pepper if you want a lot of flavor or lastly, the grapefruit, cinnamon and lime if you want to explore your tastebuds!
bishop arts | directions
When the bartender doesn’t drink alcohol, you can expect there to be great options if you don’t either! And that’s the story at The Cedars’s bar Industry Alley. Per the Dallas Morning News, the bartender “relies on tiki-style ingredients, with their range of syrups and juices, and he uses teas or anise to imitate flavors that bitters or absinthe add to traditional cocktails.” So while he can make you something to order, you can also go for his Mock Donga tiki cocktail which features white grapefruit juice, cinnamon syrup and lime!
cedars | directions
true food kitchen
True Food Kitchen offers plenty of options if you’re looking to eat healthy, and you can drink healthy too with one of their 10 “refreshers.” They range from simple like a honey lemonade, to complex like the Medicine Man, with green tea, black cherry, pomegranate, and butterfly pea flower. Some come out more like sodas, while others are more like a multi-ingredient juice. Regardless of the composition, they’re all great to pair with your meal!
Preston Center | directions
punch bowl social
Honestly, this one surprised us! But it’s true…the massive entertainment complex with more activities that you’ll know what to do with, has four complex mocktails on the menu, plus a whole non-alcoholic menu that consists of juices, milkshakes, sodas and fizzes too! The mocktails though are really well done - you can order a Chef’s Cup with muddled cucumber and lemon, cardamon syrup, currants and sparkling water, or the Florist’s Tonic which actually contains a non-alcoholic spirit, plus lavender syrup, lemon juice and elderflower tonic, among others!
deep ellum | directions
people’s last stand
This spot located on the second level of Mockingbird Station is a hidden gem for craft cocktails. And the bartenders there haven’t just perfected created beautiful drinks with alcohol, but they are also more than happy to concoct something without liquor as well! Either order something off the menu like the Freebird with grapefruit, lime, honey, mint and pamplemousee rose skip the gin, and ask for Topo to substitute the champagne! Or they can create something for you if you tell them what you like!
mockingbird station | directions
This Greenville Ave Southern Fare restaurant that is killer for brunch or dinner, has three mocktails on the menu all priced at $7! They’re no frills, consisting of a Passionfruit Lemonade, Pineapple Coconut Soda and Grapefruit Pomegranate soda, but do the job especially if it’s date night and you need a fancy drink to complete the atmosphere!
lowest greenville | directions
While every place listed was chosen organically, including bartaco, bartaco did sponsor the first position on this list.