Sobriety as a student can be tough. With so many social events revolving around London’s drinking dens, you can often feel excluded from the student bubble. This is especially difficult when dry January rolls around. However, opting for a coffee over a cocktail doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. To help you get through, we look at the best bars in London for people who aren’t drinking.
First on our list of the best places to drink in London is Bar Three. Based in Spitalfields, Bar Three boasts an eclectic cocktail list, but also a large variety of mocktails. Their drinks are labelled as ‘free’, ‘light’, ‘medium’, or full’ depending on the alcohol content. So if you’re dodging the booze, the ‘free’ section is the best one to stick to. Expect these drinks to cost around £6.50. The menu includes items such as an apple cordial spritz or a raspberry and pineapple sling.
Granger & Co
Open until 11pm, Granger & Co is one to go to earlier on the bar crawl. This is a great place to eat and drink in London, especially for those based in King’s Cross. Here you can choose from homemade sodas and even a ‘botanicals’ section full of coconut water and kombuchas for the health conscious.
All Bar One
All Bar One has establishments all over the city. Most notably Westminster, Waterloo and Oxford Street. This bar serves a large variety of smoothies if you want an extra boost and they have a whole section dedicated to mocktails, including elderflower fizz and virgin mojitos.
Drake and Morgan
Not to be missed on the top bars in London is Drake and Morgan, which is conveniently located in King’s Cross. As a renowned cocktail bar, Drake and Morgan also has a section of their menu dedicated to ‘absolutely no alcohol’. They even mark which of the drinks are under 50 calories if you’re trying to be extra healthy. For a little drink inspiration, order the apple pie mocktail, which features cloudy apple, black pepper, maple syrup and ginger.
The Book Club
This party bar in Shoreditch actually caters significantly to the sober. For all the cocktails served at The Book Club they have a mocktail to go alongside it. They offer a ‘zero proof’ menu, with turmeric spritz, lavender lemonade and an espresso beets martini. The Book Club is also a little kinder on the bank balance, with mocktails costing £4-£6. They also boast a variety of regular events, from live music to salsa dancing and craft clubs.
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Brewdog in Camden Town is possibly best known for its craft beer, as well as burgers and bar snacks. That being said, they have their own non-alcoholic craft beer if you still fancy a pint. For those who want something a little sweeter, they have a non-alcoholic ‘blueberry popsicle parade’.
Located on the fringes of Shoreditch and minutes away from urbanest Hoxton, Nightjar channels a 1920s speakeasy and boasts quirky food and drinks as well as regular live music. As one of the best bars in London, at Nightjar you can get bespoke mocktails, so whatever your tipple, you can expect to find it here.
As the final non-alcoholic bar in London, Dandelyan in the Thameside Mondrian London hotel can’t be missed. A short journey from urbanest Westminster Bridge, this swanky bar offers riverside views and an art deco style if you want to treat yourself to a fancy night out. Their drinks list features a wide mix of botanical and fruity cocktails, most of which are ‘available boozeless’ as well.
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