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The Ultimate Mocktails of Philly

These restaurants and bars offer excellent alternatives to traditional libations

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It’s wonderful to experience the cocktail and spirits scene in Philadelphia evolving to be more inclusive. Initially, what felt like a trend, the addition of mocktails and zero-proof drinks to menus has now become a permanent fixture on the beverage lists of numerous restaurants, cafes, and bars. Whether you lead a sober lifestyle, are looking to cut back on your inebriant intake in the new year, or simply seeking alternatives to traditional libations, these Philly restaurants offer excellent alternatives to explore.

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Volstead

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Opened in 2022, Volstead made history as Philadelphia’s first zero-proof bar and restaurant. Offering one of the city’s most extensive menus of mocktails and non-alcoholic beverages, diners can explore the breadth and depth of non-alcoholic spirit culture and even purchase something from its bottle shop to take home.

A cocktail made with apertivo, blood orange, lemon, mint agave, simple, tonic.
“Out of Office” at Volstead.
Volstead

The latest restaurant from James Beard award nominee and Top Chef winner Nick Elmi offers a menu brimming with immensely flavorful and creatively plated takes on seafood, pasta, meat, and vegetables. Its beverage menu follows suit, encompassing a range of fresh and aromatic zero-proof drinks sure to capture your heart. Diners love the dollars and cents made with grapefruit, thyme, and lime, or the iron rose (a combination of Meyer lemon, rosemary, and ginger).

Dinner and cocktails on a table.
Drinks and dinner at Lark.
Lark

Locally sourced produce, products, and ingredients shine on this Kensington restaurant’s food and beverage menus. Its hefty menu of zero-proof drinks don punny names, like the 24 carrot made with carrot, berbere spice, and lemon, as well as drinks that combine fruity, sparkling, and herbaceous notes, like the fruits of labor made with grapefruit cordial and finished with a touch of bubbly.

A cocktail in a tea glass.
“The Bone Apple Tea” at Martha.
Martha

R&D Cocktail Bar

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When it comes to Philadelphia cocktail bars, R+D stands out for its sophisticated vibes, expert bartenders, and wildly inventive cocktail and drinks menu that changes annually. Its zero-proof menu reimagines classics featuring non-alcoholic or virgin versions of a spritz, penicillin, and pina colada.

An orange cocktail in a highball glass.
A fruity drink at R&D.
R&D

Bar Hygge

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This cozy bar in Fairmount is an ideal spot to unwind after a long day and reconnect with friends over drinks and light bites. Its drinks menu, which occasionally changes, embraces inclusivity with thoughtful mocktails featuring quality zero-proof ingredients such as Seedlip Grove non-alcoholic spirits and Ritual gin and rum alternatives.

A mocktail spritz being held outside.
Zero-proof spritz at Bar Hygge.
Bar Hygge

Thirsty Dice

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It’s all fun and games at Thirsty Dice, a relaxed cafe with an inventory of over 800 board games to choose from and play.  The food and drink menu caters to everyone’s tastes, offering a mix of comforting appetizers, mains, and three different variations of mac and cheese. Its beverage list includes ‘light’ (non-alcoholic) versions of its most popular cocktails, such as the blackjack light—a twist on a moscow mule with ginger beer and black currant syrup—and the strawberry basil light, its take on a spritz made with lemon-lime soda, basil syrup, and strawberries.

A Moscow Mule on a table.
Drink at Thirsty Dice.
Thirsty Dice

La Chinesca

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Situated prominently at the corner of 10th and Spring Garden Streets, this picturesque restaurant offers a menu that blends Northern Mexican and Chinese American fare.

The fusion of these beloved cuisines is also reflected on its mocktail list with cocktails such as the e-brake (made with pineapple, lime, and turmeric) and the speed bump (which features ingredients like grapefruit, black pepper, and smoked salt).

A mocktail at a bar table.
A mocktail at La Chinesca.
La Chinesca

SkyHigh

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Glitz, glamour, and opulence almost understate the unmatched vibe of Skyhigh, Philadelphia’s highest bar and lounge located on the 60th floor of the Four Seasons. The beverage menu here is as incomparable as the panoramic views of the city skyline, showcasing a set of zero-proof drinks made with vibrant tonics, homemade ginger ale, and fruity simple syrups.

Two cocktails being poured to be served.
Drinks being poured at SkyHigh.
SkyHigh

This eclectic bar and restaurant in Rittenhouse Square is known for its out-of-the-box bites and beverages. Its non-alcoholic drinks menu showcases six different options, including the Marg and in Charge (its take on a zero-proof margarita) made with Pathfinder nonalcoholic spirit, grapefruit, and lime, along with the One Last Question made with sarsaparilla, vanilla, and lime. Additionally, they offer a seasonal selection of Baba’s Kombucha and a non-alcoholic IPA.

Six uniquely different cocktails next to each other.
Drinks at Wilder.
Wilder

Charlie was a sinner.

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Satisfying small plates, delectable drinks, and intimate vibes are what diners love most about this Midtown Village bar and cafe. Its collection of exquisite mocktails stands out as some of the best in the city, featuring notable picks such as the no regrets, which includes housemade zero-proof gin, lemon, and sparkling water, and the rich and fruity midnight sun made with cranberry, black currants, and lime.

Three cocktails and a meal.
Vegan drinks and dishes at Charlie was a sinner.
Charlie was a sinner.

Royal Boucherie

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With an emphasis on French and American fusion, Royal Boucherie is go-to spot for dinner, brunch, or happy hour in Old City. A staple of its bar menu is its “temperance cocktails.” These zero-proof concoctions blend fruity, citrusy, and aromatic flavors, featuring drinks like the moira rose made with non-alcoholic rose, plum, grapefruit, and mint, and the excuse my french made with pineapple, vanilla, and pomegranate.

A full spread of dinner dishes and cocktails.
Drinks and food at Royal Boucherie.
Royal Boucherie

Bud & Marilyn's

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An unforgettable combo of old-school diner with modern flare (think - crispy cheese curds, Nashville hot chicken buns, and stuffed meatloaf)  a meal at Bud and Marilyn’s can’t help but induce feelings of nostalgia and delight. Its simple zero-proof menu features two beverages, the couple skate (made with grapefruit, lime, and cinnamon syrup), and the wile e coyote (a ginger-ale-based drink that also includes strawberry and lemon).

An iced mocktail in a highball glass.
“The Wile E Coyote” at Bud & Marilyn’s.
Bud & Marilyn’s

Bloomsday

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Part wine bar and shop, part cafe, the imaginative food and beverage menus here are as playful as they are delicious. When it comes to zero-proof concoctions, shrubs (a beverage typically made of equal parts sugar, fruit, and vinegar) reign supreme. It also serves an exceptional virgin mojito made with mint, simple syrup, and seltzer.

A shrub made with pink lady apples and red raspberries.
A shrub mocktail at Bloomsday.
Bloomsday

Banh Mi and Bottles

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Serving up fantastic Vietnamese cuisine, Bahn Mi and Bottles also offer stellar drinks. Its mocktail menu fuses its Southeast Asian roots with Philly pride featuring options like the Jawn 1 Point Oh (made with a Viet basil cordial, umami, and lime) and the Jawn Pandam (made with fresh mint, pandam cordial, and soda).

Five cocktails are being used to give a cheers.
Drinks at Banh Mi and Bottles.
Banh Mi and Bottles

Fitz on 4th

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Queen Village’s Fitz on 4th is celebrated for serving a menu full of 100% vegan dishes dreamed up from locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, a philosophy that extends to its drinks menu. Its vegan mocktails feature Ritual non-alcoholic spirits, such as the tropical paradise made with zero-proof rum, pineapple, orange, lime, and coconut, or the emerald fox made with zero-proof gin, cucumber, and lime. You can also order any of its signature cocktails without alcohol.

Two vegan dinner servings and a cocktail.
Vegan drink and dishes at Fitz on 4th.
Fitz on 4th

Volstead

Opened in 2022, Volstead made history as Philadelphia’s first zero-proof bar and restaurant. Offering one of the city’s most extensive menus of mocktails and non-alcoholic beverages, diners can explore the breadth and depth of non-alcoholic spirit culture and even purchase something from its bottle shop to take home.

A cocktail made with apertivo, blood orange, lemon, mint agave, simple, tonic.
“Out of Office” at Volstead.
Volstead

Lark

The latest restaurant from James Beard award nominee and Top Chef winner Nick Elmi offers a menu brimming with immensely flavorful and creatively plated takes on seafood, pasta, meat, and vegetables. Its beverage menu follows suit, encompassing a range of fresh and aromatic zero-proof drinks sure to capture your heart. Diners love the dollars and cents made with grapefruit, thyme, and lime, or the iron rose (a combination of Meyer lemon, rosemary, and ginger).

Dinner and cocktails on a table.
Drinks and dinner at Lark.
Lark

Martha

Locally sourced produce, products, and ingredients shine on this Kensington restaurant’s food and beverage menus. Its hefty menu of zero-proof drinks don punny names, like the 24 carrot made with carrot, berbere spice, and lemon, as well as drinks that combine fruity, sparkling, and herbaceous notes, like the fruits of labor made with grapefruit cordial and finished with a touch of bubbly.

A cocktail in a tea glass.
“The Bone Apple Tea” at Martha.
Martha

R&D Cocktail Bar

When it comes to Philadelphia cocktail bars, R+D stands out for its sophisticated vibes, expert bartenders, and wildly inventive cocktail and drinks menu that changes annually. Its zero-proof menu reimagines classics featuring non-alcoholic or virgin versions of a spritz, penicillin, and pina colada.

An orange cocktail in a highball glass.
A fruity drink at R&D.
R&D

Bar Hygge

This cozy bar in Fairmount is an ideal spot to unwind after a long day and reconnect with friends over drinks and light bites. Its drinks menu, which occasionally changes, embraces inclusivity with thoughtful mocktails featuring quality zero-proof ingredients such as Seedlip Grove non-alcoholic spirits and Ritual gin and rum alternatives.

A mocktail spritz being held outside.
Zero-proof spritz at Bar Hygge.
Bar Hygge

Thirsty Dice

It’s all fun and games at Thirsty Dice, a relaxed cafe with an inventory of over 800 board games to choose from and play.  The food and drink menu caters to everyone’s tastes, offering a mix of comforting appetizers, mains, and three different variations of mac and cheese. Its beverage list includes ‘light’ (non-alcoholic) versions of its most popular cocktails, such as the blackjack light—a twist on a moscow mule with ginger beer and black currant syrup—and the strawberry basil light, its take on a spritz made with lemon-lime soda, basil syrup, and strawberries.

A Moscow Mule on a table.
Drink at Thirsty Dice.
Thirsty Dice

La Chinesca

Situated prominently at the corner of 10th and Spring Garden Streets, this picturesque restaurant offers a menu that blends Northern Mexican and Chinese American fare.

The fusion of these beloved cuisines is also reflected on its mocktail list with cocktails such as the e-brake (made with pineapple, lime, and turmeric) and the speed bump (which features ingredients like grapefruit, black pepper, and smoked salt).

A mocktail at a bar table.
A mocktail at La Chinesca.
La Chinesca

SkyHigh

Glitz, glamour, and opulence almost understate the unmatched vibe of Skyhigh, Philadelphia’s highest bar and lounge located on the 60th floor of the Four Seasons. The beverage menu here is as incomparable as the panoramic views of the city skyline, showcasing a set of zero-proof drinks made with vibrant tonics, homemade ginger ale, and fruity simple syrups.

Two cocktails being poured to be served.
Drinks being poured at SkyHigh.
SkyHigh

Wilder

This eclectic bar and restaurant in Rittenhouse Square is known for its out-of-the-box bites and beverages. Its non-alcoholic drinks menu showcases six different options, including the Marg and in Charge (its take on a zero-proof margarita) made with Pathfinder nonalcoholic spirit, grapefruit, and lime, along with the One Last Question made with sarsaparilla, vanilla, and lime. Additionally, they offer a seasonal selection of Baba’s Kombucha and a non-alcoholic IPA.

Six uniquely different cocktails next to each other.
Drinks at Wilder.
Wilder

Charlie was a sinner.

Satisfying small plates, delectable drinks, and intimate vibes are what diners love most about this Midtown Village bar and cafe. Its collection of exquisite mocktails stands out as some of the best in the city, featuring notable picks such as the no regrets, which includes housemade zero-proof gin, lemon, and sparkling water, and the rich and fruity midnight sun made with cranberry, black currants, and lime.

Three cocktails and a meal.
Vegan drinks and dishes at Charlie was a sinner.
Charlie was a sinner.

Royal Boucherie

With an emphasis on French and American fusion, Royal Boucherie is go-to spot for dinner, brunch, or happy hour in Old City. A staple of its bar menu is its “temperance cocktails.” These zero-proof concoctions blend fruity, citrusy, and aromatic flavors, featuring drinks like the moira rose made with non-alcoholic rose, plum, grapefruit, and mint, and the excuse my french made with pineapple, vanilla, and pomegranate.

A full spread of dinner dishes and cocktails.
Drinks and food at Royal Boucherie.
Royal Boucherie

Bud & Marilyn's

An unforgettable combo of old-school diner with modern flare (think - crispy cheese curds, Nashville hot chicken buns, and stuffed meatloaf)  a meal at Bud and Marilyn’s can’t help but induce feelings of nostalgia and delight. Its simple zero-proof menu features two beverages, the couple skate (made with grapefruit, lime, and cinnamon syrup), and the wile e coyote (a ginger-ale-based drink that also includes strawberry and lemon).

An iced mocktail in a highball glass.
“The Wile E Coyote” at Bud & Marilyn’s.
Bud & Marilyn’s

Bloomsday

Part wine bar and shop, part cafe, the imaginative food and beverage menus here are as playful as they are delicious. When it comes to zero-proof concoctions, shrubs (a beverage typically made of equal parts sugar, fruit, and vinegar) reign supreme. It also serves an exceptional virgin mojito made with mint, simple syrup, and seltzer.

A shrub made with pink lady apples and red raspberries.
A shrub mocktail at Bloomsday.
Bloomsday

Banh Mi and Bottles

Serving up fantastic Vietnamese cuisine, Bahn Mi and Bottles also offer stellar drinks. Its mocktail menu fuses its Southeast Asian roots with Philly pride featuring options like the Jawn 1 Point Oh (made with a Viet basil cordial, umami, and lime) and the Jawn Pandam (made with fresh mint, pandam cordial, and soda).

Five cocktails are being used to give a cheers.
Drinks at Banh Mi and Bottles.
Banh Mi and Bottles

Fitz on 4th

Queen Village’s Fitz on 4th is celebrated for serving a menu full of 100% vegan dishes dreamed up from locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, a philosophy that extends to its drinks menu. Its vegan mocktails feature Ritual non-alcoholic spirits, such as the tropical paradise made with zero-proof rum, pineapple, orange, lime, and coconut, or the emerald fox made with zero-proof gin, cucumber, and lime. You can also order any of its signature cocktails without alcohol.

Two vegan dinner servings and a cocktail.
Vegan drink and dishes at Fitz on 4th.
Fitz on 4th

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