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The Cherry Glazerr cocktail at K’Far
Michael Persico

13 Philly Bars and Restaurants With Irresistible Alcohol-Free Cocktails

None of the booze, all of the flavor

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The Cherry Glazerr cocktail at K’Far
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More and more Philly restaurants are putting thought into zero-proof drinks that offer an interesting alternative to booze. Those abstaining from alcohol now have options beyond soda and seltzer — even if it’s not always printed on the menu. Here’s a guide to no-hangover happy hours (and even happier mornings) around Philly, in Dry January and year-round.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Nunu

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1414 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 278-2804
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At Nunu, the Japanese bar in Fishtown from the Cheu team, nonalcoholic options include a grapefruit mule with house-made grapefruit cordial and a take on an old fashioned using oolong tea. Cheu Fishtown next door and Cheu Noodle Bar in Washington Square West offer a rotating selection of juices.

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2. Thirsty Dice

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1642 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 765-2679
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As a family-friendly spot with more than 800 games, Thirsty Dice offers several alcohol-free drinks. They’re named after classic games, like the Jumanji with pineapple and black cherry soda.

cocktail in glass with lime wedge Thirsty Dice [official]

3. South

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600 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 600-0220
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South, a great spot for live jazz and Southern fare, also has a mean mocktail list. A half-dozen offerings include a virgin julep made with ginger ale and a sweet black tea and grenadine punch.

Kenneth St. George

4. V Street

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126 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 278-7943
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V Street in Rittenhouse is an ideal meet-for-drinks spot for those who want to unobtrusively eschew alcohol. Abstainers can sip zero-proof drinks every bit as interesting as their boozy counterparts, like the Cloud Nine, which makes use of sweetened oat milk and grapefruit.

5. K'Far Cafe

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110 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 800-7200
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K’Far’s pink and gold bar makes for a lovely place to linger over a drink, regardless of its alcohol content. The new cafe from the Zahav crew features three zero-proof drinks that run the gamut from vegetal to frothy to caffeinated.

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6. The Library Bar and Bar 210

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210 W Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 546-9000
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Within the swanky setting of the Rittenhouse hotel, choose between two bars that offer appealing nonalcoholic cocktails. Bar 210 at the restaurant Lacroix pairs raspberry with tonic in one drink and lemon, lime, and agave in another. At Library Bar, go for an Angel Eyes featuring grapefruit, pomegranate, and ginger or a Take the Coltrane that combines green tea with orange and lemon.

The Rittenhouse [official photo]

7. Abe Fisher

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1623 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 867-0088
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Abe Fisher offers several alcohol-free choices, like the Truly Spicy Water with sour cherry and jalapeño. Other virgin drinks at this Center City spot get equally creative with ingredients like fermented black carrot, sage, and white orchid root.

8. Vedge

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1221 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 320-7500
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At vegan destination Vedge, diners can toast some of the best plant-based food in America with an equally alluring alcohol-free drink. Try the Sweet Chai of Mine, which pulls together the flavors of chai and lemon.

9. Charlie Was a Sinner

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131 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 758-5372
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Plant-based eats pair well with booze-free drinks, right? Charlie Was a Sinner in Midtown Village makes it easy — and tasty — to go dry with options like a herbaceous basil, fennel, and lemon soda.

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10. Royal Boucherie

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52 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 606-6313
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At Nick Elmi’s French brasserie in Old City, the section of the menu labeled “temperance” includes the photogenic, very purple Lavender Bow Tie.

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11. Han Dynasty (multiple locations)

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123 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-1888
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Hop Sing Laundromat’s Lê created the cocktail menu at Sichuan favorite Han Dynasty. Most of the drinks can be made without alcohol, and he also included three mocktails. Go for the green tea matcha smoothie that’s perfect for cooling the palate after Han Dynasty’s spicy fare.

two cocktails with garnishes Han Dynasty [official]

12. Zahav

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237 St James Pl
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-8800
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Another reason to add “Zahav reservation” to that 2020 wish list: The restaurant has a cocktail menu that appeals to drinkers and teetotalers alike. Try the sour cherry ice tea or a drink with non-alcoholic verjus blanc made from wine grapes.

two glasses with lemonade and mint Alexandra Hawkins

13. ITV

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1615 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 858-0669
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Order a drink made with Seedlip, a nonalcoholic distilled spirit, at East Passyunk Avenue’s cocktail bar ITV or at Laurel next door, both from Nick Elmi. Seedlip is wonderful paired simply with tonic and lime, but the bartenders also offer a rotation of zippy virgin cocktails with clever names like Rocket Fuel.

itv ITV [official photo]

1. Nunu

1414 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
two glass mugs with drinks Nunu [official]

At Nunu, the Japanese bar in Fishtown from the Cheu team, nonalcoholic options include a grapefruit mule with house-made grapefruit cordial and a take on an old fashioned using oolong tea. Cheu Fishtown next door and Cheu Noodle Bar in Washington Square West offer a rotating selection of juices.

1414 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

2. Thirsty Dice

1642 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
cocktail in glass with lime wedge Thirsty Dice [official]

As a family-friendly spot with more than 800 games, Thirsty Dice offers several alcohol-free drinks. They’re named after classic games, like the Jumanji with pineapple and black cherry soda.

1642 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

3. South

600 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Kenneth St. George

South, a great spot for live jazz and Southern fare, also has a mean mocktail list. A half-dozen offerings include a virgin julep made with ginger ale and a sweet black tea and grenadine punch.

600 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

4. V Street

126 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

V Street in Rittenhouse is an ideal meet-for-drinks spot for those who want to unobtrusively eschew alcohol. Abstainers can sip zero-proof drinks every bit as interesting as their boozy counterparts, like the Cloud Nine, which makes use of sweetened oat milk and grapefruit.

126 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. K'Far Cafe

110 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
gold and pink interior of restaurant Michael Persico

K’Far’s pink and gold bar makes for a lovely place to linger over a drink, regardless of its alcohol content. The new cafe from the Zahav crew features three zero-proof drinks that run the gamut from vegetal to frothy to caffeinated.

110 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. The Library Bar and Bar 210

210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Rittenhouse [official photo]

Within the swanky setting of the Rittenhouse hotel, choose between two bars that offer appealing nonalcoholic cocktails. Bar 210 at the restaurant Lacroix pairs raspberry with tonic in one drink and lemon, lime, and agave in another. At Library Bar, go for an Angel Eyes featuring grapefruit, pomegranate, and ginger or a Take the Coltrane that combines green tea with orange and lemon.

210 W Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Abe Fisher

1623 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Abe Fisher offers several alcohol-free choices, like the Truly Spicy Water with sour cherry and jalapeño. Other virgin drinks at this Center City spot get equally creative with ingredients like fermented black carrot, sage, and white orchid root.

1623 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

8. Vedge

1221 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

At vegan destination Vedge, diners can toast some of the best plant-based food in America with an equally alluring alcohol-free drink. Try the Sweet Chai of Mine, which pulls together the flavors of chai and lemon.

1221 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. Charlie Was a Sinner

131 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
charlie was a sinner Charlie Was a Sinner [Facebook]

Plant-based eats pair well with booze-free drinks, right? Charlie Was a Sinner in Midtown Village makes it easy — and tasty — to go dry with options like a herbaceous basil, fennel, and lemon soda.

131 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

10. Royal Boucherie

52 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
glass with clear and purple layered drink Royal Boucherie [official]

At Nick Elmi’s French brasserie in Old City, the section of the menu labeled “temperance” includes the photogenic, very purple Lavender Bow Tie.

52 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

11. Han Dynasty (multiple locations)

123 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
two cocktails with garnishes Han Dynasty [official]

Hop Sing Laundromat’s Lê created the cocktail menu at Sichuan favorite Han Dynasty. Most of the drinks can be made without alcohol, and he also included three mocktails. Go for the green tea matcha smoothie that’s perfect for cooling the palate after Han Dynasty’s spicy fare.

123 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

12. Zahav

237 St James Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19106
two glasses with lemonade and mint Alexandra Hawkins

Another reason to add “Zahav reservation” to that 2020 wish list: The restaurant has a cocktail menu that appeals to drinkers and teetotalers alike. Try the sour cherry ice tea or a drink with non-alcoholic verjus blanc made from wine grapes.

237 St James Pl
Philadelphia, PA 19106

13. ITV

1615 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
itv ITV [official photo]

Order a drink made with Seedlip, a nonalcoholic distilled spirit, at East Passyunk Avenue’s cocktail bar ITV or at Laurel next door, both from Nick Elmi. Seedlip is wonderful paired simply with tonic and lime, but the bartenders also offer a rotation of zippy virgin cocktails with clever names like Rocket Fuel.

1615 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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