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Dry Jan: Where to Drink When You're Not Drinking

Alcohol-free doesn't mean fun-free, and not drinking doesn't mean not socialising. Most bars in London will have a couple of Dry Jan special mocktails on the menu; here are some of our favourites.

Torstig, Hoxton

Editor's Pick

Torstig (meaning 'thirsty' in Danish), the hugely popular alcohol-free bar in Brighton, has been chosen as the Official Bar for Dry January® 2024 by Alcohol Change UK and has now officially landed in Hoxton’s Kingsland Road for a limited two-week pop-up running from 5th to 20th January. If you're pining for a pint, it's one of the very few places to offer Guinness 0.0 on tap, alongside a variety of cans and bottles, including Brulo CBD IPA and LOAH’s Lime, Peach, and Blood Orange 0.5% beers.

Co-founders husband and wife duo Luke and Emmi are committed to changing perceptions of low-alcohol drinks and have poured the same level of attention to detail into crafting their no-alcohol concoctions as you'd find in traditional cocktails. The secret to their success is the extensive research that goes into each drink and the use of premium alcohol-free products.

Cocktails are priced at £9 with simple serves at £7; the list at Hoxton offers a broad range for all types of cocktail lovers, including these popular alternatives. Spoiler alert - the Negroni alternative is really good.

  • Tumbol - If you like a Negroni

  • Orso - If you like an Old Fashioned

  • Agerup - If you like a Margarita

  • Lokken - If you like a Clover Club

  • Logstor - If you like a Dark and Stormy

  • Humlum - If you like a Pornstar Martini

  • Strandby - If you like an Espresso Martini

  • Ringkobing - If you like an Amaretti Sour

Torstig, Hoxton: 93 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AE

Flesh & Buns, Covent Garden

As well as a range of delicious modern sharing plates, this Japanese Izakaya-inspired restaurant serves up some refreshing Japanese mocktails including Yuzu Berry Soda at £5.50 and Painappuru Mint Fizz at just £5.00.

Flesh & Buns, Covent Garden: 41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX

The American Bar at the Stafford

One of the oldest American bars in London, this classy central London bolthole has crafted two non-alcoholic cocktails with as much care as the rest of their menu. Choose between an Old Fashioned made with Sober Spirits Whiskey Bourbon 0.0% garnished with orange peel and a cherry, or a French 99 with Sober Spirits Gin 0.0%, lemon sherbet and freshly-squeezed lemon juice, topped with Kombucha and a lemon peel garnish.

The American Bar at the Stafford: 16-18 St James's Pl, St. James's, London SW1A 1NJ

Club Soda

Club Soda, the mindful drinking movement and the UK home of alcohol-free nights out, is launching Tailored Tastings, a personal consultation service running throughout Dry January; sessions can be booked at their website (see below). They run a range of monthly events including Cocktail Club and Queers Without Beers, and you can book tables in advance.

Club Soda Tasting Room, Covent Garden: 39 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5RR

 The Baccarat Bar, Harrods, Knightsbridge

The Baccarat Bar is found on the lower-ground floor of Harrods opposite the cigar bar, and is also accessible via a private entrance on Hans Crescent. Their new cocktail menu, 'Through the Creative Lens', is inspired by the art of photography and includes several sophisticated non-alcoholic cocktails.

Baccarat Bar, Harrods, Knightsbridge: 87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL

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Deputy Editor, Chatting Food London: Amanda David

Amanda David is a freelance food writer specialising in London’s restaurants, bars, exhibitions and events. She is the Events Editor and a contributing writer for London Cheapo and a regular contributor to Palate Magazine.

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