Cheers to Mocktails!
No matter your reason for holding the hooch, these Philly area bars and restaurants are ready to serve you!
Dry January, Whole 30, a health cleanse, pregnancy, or a lifestyle choice- could be any number of reasons that you’ve chosen to forgo alcoholic beverages. But that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with ice water or plain old soft drinks! In today’s world we even have a name for these fun drinks that hold the liquor- a mocktail! These colorful drinks come in the same drinkware as their sinful cousins and feel festive on any occasion. Mocktails aren’t just drinks that are non-alcoholic, they are recipes crafted with the same attention to flavor profiles and their spirited counter-parts. You may also think of it as a good way to start the new year with a clear mind! So check out our list of where to find the area’s best mocktail menus, these aren’t your kiddo’s Shirley Temples!!
FCM Hospitality is embracing Dry January at their establishments with alcohol-free beverage options. “Just because you don’t drink, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a handcrafted beverage,” said FCM Hospitality Beverage Director Matt Deutsch. “Mocktails are a great way to enhance your dining experience without the repercussions of drinking alcohol (diving home, hangovers, etc). Also great for pregnant women, children, and non-drinkers to feel part of the group.” Jump to our Philly locations, Main Line Restaurants, and Bucks County picks!
31 South 18th Street, Philadelphia
We aren’t sure if this is a menu or a garden description, but these drinks sure sound delish! Moondrop Lemonade, Blackberry Ginger Soda, Fig Vanilla Palmer (with lemonade and iced tea, of course), and Mulled Hot Cider.
901 North Delaware Ave, Philadelphia
There’s a puppy porch here, in addition to indoor and outdoor dining. So if that doesn’t make you want to go here, we don’t know what will! Oh, maybe it’s this list of their mocktails! Strawberry Lemonade, Peach Palmer, Apple Cider Spritzer, and Cranberry Splash.
1033 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia
One of the things I missed most when I was pregnant was a good margarita, but Juno has solved that problem now for anyone else. Their non-alcoholic margaritas include flavors such as Blood Orange, Strawberry, Pineapple, Spicy, Mango, Blackberry, and Hot Honey.
2220 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
What goes better with tacos than margaritas?? How about ones flavored with Passionfruit, Mango, Blood Orange, Strawberry, Pineapple or Habanero?? Sold.
131 South 13th Street, Philadelphia
This menu leaves off the animal products AND has a section that leaves out the booze! Look for the section marked Zero Proof to find mocktails such as No Regrets, Basil Fennel Lemon Soda, Spicy Pineapple, and Blackberry Ginger Soda.
131 North Howard Street, Philadelphia
This Israeli grill restaurant doesn’t skimp on the large portions or the tasty sides that come with. They also have some zero proof beverages! Passion Fruit Cooler, Be True To Me, and All Buzz No Sting are joined by Hibiscus, Rose & Mint Iced Tea to keep you hydrated!
Main Line Restaurants
51 St Georges Road, Ardmore
This menu sounds like a tango for the tastebuds! Spicy Pineapple, Blackberry Ginger Soda, Cucumber-Basil Butterfly, Fig-Strawberry Lemonade, and Spiced Apple Cider.
660 Lancaster Avenue, Berwyn
A new addition to the bar that never stops are brand new mocktails at 30 Main! Now featuring Ritual brand Zero Proof alcohol alternatives for Gin, Whiskey, and Tequila plus non-alcoholic Blood Orange Margaritas, Mojitos, and Blackberry Hibiscus Fizz.
200 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne
379 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford
Known mostly for their “to die for” mushroom soup, White Dog Café is also one of the top places our readers mentioned when we asked for where to find the best mocktails! With a menu that includes mocktails with fun names like Winnie Palmer, Easy Street, Brand New Life, and Fast Machine *Hot* we can surely see why!
49 St James Place, Ardmore
This menu boasts a “specialty drinks” section which sound super refreshing! House-made Lemonade (regular, mango, strawberry, and watermelon), Arnold Palmer, Strawberry Lime Rickey, and a Pomegranate Fizz!
255 Main Street, Suite 180, King of Prussia
The portions here are large, so going light on your beverage sounds like a good plan! Try their sparkling seltzers such as Green Tea, Grapefruit, Citrus, and Citrus & Mint.
301 North Pottstown Pike, Exton
You can choose to have these hand-crafted seltzers spiked OR alcohol free! Choose from Lavender Grapefruit, Cranberry Mint, Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade, Pineapple Passionfruit, and Basil Cucumber.
Bucks County Picks
Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska
Earl’s is in Peddlers Village, which even people not from Buck’s County seem to know! After a day of shopping stop in here for dinner and one of their non-alcoholic refreshers before heading home: Coconut Lavender Lemonade, Sparkling Pear, or Mint Julep!
Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska (Peddler’s Village Shop #7)
The goal at FresCafe Food Co is to provide hearty comfort dishes using fresh, local ingredients. That mentality flows all the way down to their beverage menu, which includes mocktails! Don’t miss the Lavender Lemonade, Cucumber Mint Limeade, Pina Colada, Elderflower Spritzer, Sparkling Caramel Apple Butter, or the Moscow Mule.
5775 Lower York Road, Lahaska
While there aren’t any mocktails officially on the menu here, our readers in the Bucks County Parent Community group tell us that the bartenders are so kind and accommodating that they’re sure you’ll be able to get something great! If you try, let us know!
37 North Main Street, Doylestown
Another reader fave where they promise the bartenders will mock something up for you without alcohol (mock, get it??). We hear this place cannot be missed!
2948 South Eagle Road, Newtown
Solstice serves modern American food that is seasonally focused. You’ll be craving your next visit! The have a Zero Proof cocktail selection that uses vitamin-packed aloe juice as the spirit substitution for drinks such as an Un-Daquiri, Un-Vodka Cocktail, Un-Gin Cocktail, Un-Rum Cocktail, and an Un-Tequila Cocktail. We appreciate the offerings and the humor!
18 South State Street, Newtown
No mocktails on the menu here but we hear they will make you one! The bar looks fun and cozy, and to be honest- I’d go just for their dessert menu! Peanut Butter Explosion, anyone??
Lead photo courtesy of FCM Hospitality.