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Dry January: London’s Best Non-Alcoholic Drinking Spots

Give booze the swerve this month with some top-notch alternative bars

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Dry January is more popular than ever, with millions of Brits giving up alcohol for the entire month after an indulgent Christmas. Yet for those looking to maintain a social life, the temptation to stray can be a struggle – particularly as many of us suffer from a serious case of FOMO. Luckily, some of London’s finest bars and restaurants are making things easier for us by including a number of creative mocktails and tasty alcohol-free drinks in their menus. Who said socialising had to be hangover-inducing?

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Best Alcohol-Free Bars in London for Dry January

(Or bars serving great alcohol-free options, at least…)

The Lanesborough

The Lanesborough Dry January

Enjoy a glamorous Dry January at The Lanesborough’s Library Bar, which unveils a new collection of non-alcoholic and low alcohol cocktails this month. Created by Head Bartender Sofiane Barthelemy, the menu features eight cocktails, designed to replicate the flavours of well-known drinks including the G&T and the Aperol Spritz. The ‘Genuine & Tonic’, for instance, is prepared with Seedlip spiced 94, while the ‘Rosé-lini’ combines Pierre Chavin Perle Rosé non-alcoholic sparkling wine with strawberry purée and a homemade red berry coulis. oetkercollection.com

108 Bar at the Marylebone Hotel

Dry January Wild Life Botanicals

The Marylebone Hotel’s 108 Bar has partnered with Wild Life Botanicals to create a bespoke menu of low ABV drinks. Wild Life Botanicals is not only very low in ABV, it’s infused with 15 per cent of the recommended daily intake of eight added vitamins, minerals and five botanicals. Menu highlights include Peach Me I’m Dreaming, mixed with Wild Life Botanical Blush, white peach puree and vanilla; and French 0.5, featuring Seedlip Grove 42, elderflower cordial, lemon juice, homemade rosemary syrup and Wild Life Botanicals. 108brasserie.com

Dishoom

Whether teetotal year-round or dabbling in sobriety for Dry January, enjoy an array of flavoursome tipples at world-famous Indian restaurant group Dishoom. Highlights include the ‘Dry Old-Fashioned’, mixed with smoked demerara, orange bitters, cayenne and orange peel; alongside the ‘Sober Martini’, which features gin-like bitterness alongside hints of ginger and gentian root. dishoom.com

The Coral Room

Coral Room

The new non-alcoholic drinks at Bloomsbury hotspot The Coral Room will not only leave you hangover-free, they’ll help boost your mood. Mixologist Stefan Pohlod has used CBD-infused blends from MEDA to create four cocktails, including Glow Spritz: an elderflower and lime concoction with lime juice cardamom bitter, and Calming Coral: a lavender and camomile number with peppermint cordial and strawberry puree. All drinks have health-boosting properties thanks to their Cannabidiol content, so no need to worry about a groggy head the following morning! thecoralroom.co.uk

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Coupette

Saicho Coupette

Overdone it on the prosecco this Christmas? Satisfy fizz cravings with new sparkling tea brand Saicho, which cold-brews its teas for 24 hours to extract the most delicate flavours from the leaves. Try it out at award-winning cocktail bar Coupette, which serves Saicho in the Tea Light Spritz: a refreshing combination of roasted barley cordial, winter leaves and Saicho Hojicha Sparkling Tea. coupette.co.uk

Shaman

London’s first no/low alcohol bar has launched, titled Shaman – a new project from The Initiative. Located at the Leman Locke Hotel in Aldgate East, Shaman serves up an array of low alcohol and alcohol-free drinks, shifting the assumption that bars can only be fun with booze. Drinks are designed to improve gut health and increase energy levels: Beat The Bloat, for instance, is mixed with activated coconut charcoal, which helps detoxify the body and reduces bloating. lockeliving.com

Redemption

As the name suggests, Shoreditch haunt Redemption offers a wide selection of guilt-free beverages, which can be enjoyed alongside their nourishing vegan menu. Cordials, ferments and alcohol-free ‘Fitbeer’ replace cocktails here: the ‘Flu Fighters Martini’, for instance, gives your immune system a boost with ingredients like ginger citrus, aloe vera and chilli. As their motto states, ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself.’ redemptionbar.co.uk

The Savoy American Bar

American Bar Dry January

Dry January won’t seem so bad from The Savoy’s ever-glamorous American Bar. Five non-alcoholic drinks appear on their drinks menu – all delicious in their own right. Try Escape: a long drink made with Seedlip Spice, Aecorn Dry, pineapple and cinnamon shrub, apple and lime. The bar’s theatrical, art-deco interiors make for the perfect drinks setting, whether you’re getting boozy or keeping it chilled. fairmont.com

Near & Far

Near & Far

We all love a bottomless brunch – but the hangover that comes with it? Not so appetizing. Luckily Near & Far have launched dry versions across both their Peckham and Camden sites, featuring mocktails, non-alcoholic beers and wines alongside their regular gluten-free brunch offering. nearandfarlondon.com

The American Bar at The Stafford

The American Bar

They’re known for their classic dry martinis, but this January the historic American Bar at The Stafford London have turned their attention towards alcohol-free concoctions. Choose between three takes on classic cocktails, including the ‘Freepolitan’: Atopia Spiced Citrus, cranberry juice and orange and lime clarified, alongside five house classics, such as ‘The Morning Dew’: a mix of strawberry sherbert, Atopia Wild Blossom, lime clarified and ginger ale. One of the longest surviving American bars in London, The American Bar at The Stafford belongs to the great tradition of American cocktail bars which became renowned in London and Paris during the 20s and 30s. Cool and intimate, this makes a good spot for dates. thestaffordlondon.com

Amplify Your Dry January

Amplify

Check out Amplify Your Dry January for a calendar packed full with events and pop-ups created by zesty new non-alcoholic spirit Amplify. From creative workshops to sober club nights to run clubs, there’s plenty for non-drinkers to get stuck into this month. drinkamplify.co.uk

Nopi

NOPI

Just like their food, drinks at Ottolenghi’s Nopi are colourful and flavoursome, whether alcohol is involved or not. Choose from a zingy list of mocktails, featuring bold ingredients like passionfruit, coconut, ginger, rhubarb and turmeric. ottolenghi.co.uk

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