Cutting out alcohol... #dryjuly? To stop the inevitable fomo, get creative with your mocktail order. Sydney’s bartenders and mixologists are getting more and more inventive, coming up with drinks so delicious, you won’t even realise they’re virgin. Here, we round up the bars and restaurants that have mastered the mocktail.
Putting the delicious line-up of boozy cocktails aside, the bartenders at The Paddington are a pretty dab hand at mixing up some seriously mouthwatering mocktails too. For a fresh and fruity drop try the Cirtus Spritz with Seedlip Grove 42, verjus, monin bitter and soda. Something gingery? Opt for the Ginger with Seedlip Spice 94, pineapple, almond lime, and ginger.
384 Oxford Street, Paddington
Sure, this charming little cocktail den specialises in gin – 75 delicious varieties to be exact – but for Dry July, Gin Lane will be tempting gin lovers with some fabulous faux creations instead. Putting a 'dry' twist on some perennial classics, quench your thirst with the likes of Dry Negronis, Dry Martinis and Dry G&Ts, each served with Lyres London Dry, a booze-free yet tasty version of gin botanics. Served by cocktail masters at the top of their game and packed with flavour, we guarantee you won't leave disappointed. If we're honest, we're not entirely sure you'll notice the difference. Apart from the lack of hangover of course.
16A Kensington Street, Chippendale
Worried that Dry July will have you sipping on soft drinks all month? Don’t stress, Manly Wharf Hotel has made the impossible possible with the help of Lyres Co. The team have launched Club Sober, which brings together an array of cocktails minus the booze and the hangover. Think, the Seaside Spritz; Not So Drunken Sailor; and EspressNO Martini. Lyre’s spirits look and taste like the original yet, the absence of alcohol leaves drinkers with a clear head. If you’re staying dry this July, head waterside to Wharf Bar.
$12 (per mocktail)
E Esplanade, Manly Wharf
Going out and doing Dry July can be difficult, but 12 Micron has created the perfect non-alcoholic long lunch. Every Saturday and Sunday, you can sip on bottomless mocktails along with a delicious three-course menu. In addition, $5 from every diner will be donated directly to the Dry July Foundation that helps people with cancer.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Tower 1, Level 2/100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
This lush restaurant screams chic – from the gorgeous gardens and décor to the well-heeled clientele. The mocktail list is no exception. When it’s your turn to order, ask for the Plum Mojito with ALTD Spirits Silver Princess, house made plum jam and mint, and don’t be surprised when you realise you’re up to your third.
65 Ocean Street, Woollahra
This cocktail bar in the heart of the city creates their own in-house PS sodas. All the sodas are handmade with natural, local and native ingredients with no preservatives. Winning. Our fave is the Bush Toni –c- fresh and aromatic. For something left of centre, the La Tomatina with ALTD Green Grocer, tomato beer, tomato shrub, and roasted tomatoes is a delightful surprise.
Shop 2, 40 King Street, Sydney
This charming little speakeasy in Paddington is all about quality produce, and boy does their mocktail offering fit the brief. The team has partnered with non-alcoholic spirit brand Seedlip to create two variations using Seedlip Spice 94 and Garden 108 respectively; one with lemon myrtle, pink delicious apple soda and rhubarb and the other with tonic water and snap peas.
Basement, 380 Oxford Street, Paddington
The famously rustic café has just opened its second outpost in the city, with plenty of options for non-drinkers. Sip on the refreshing House made Soda (lemonade, ginger and lime, lychee and rose), or if the weather’s chilly, opt for the deconstructed mocha or deconstructed hot chocolate. So hip it hurts.
500 George Street, Sydney
In Surry Hills, everyone’s favourite Middle Eastern restaurant has aced their mocktail menu. There’s the Pomegranate and Cinnamon Soda, and the Nomadic Iced Tea, made up of lemon, pomegranate, grapefruit or vanilla. Our pick? Scarselli’s Curse with Seedlip Garden, bitter orange, cranberry, sumac and gentian.
16 Foster Street, Surry Hills
While enjoying Catalina’s million-dollar view of the harbour, sip on one of their delicious mocktails. The Berry Smash – fresh muddled blackberries and raspberries, lime juice, vanilla sugar, and apple juice – tastes vibrant, as does the Fireworks, with Seedlip Grove 42, allspice berries, cardamom, citrus peels and ginger ale.
Lyne Park, Rose Bay
It may specialise in vermouth, but Barangaroo’s Banksii does a mean mocktail. They serve up a range of ‘sans’ spirit virgin spritzes featuring delicious flavours like pomegranate tea and citrus soda, and elderflower, grapefruit and soda, alongside no-alcohol twists on classics like the Magdalene Espresso Martini and Hibiscus Nojito, for those laying off the booze. Trust us, with a drink this delectable, you won’t be missing out.
1/33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Do you like bitter cocktails? Then you’ll love Bloodwood’s booze-free take on the Negroni. With housemade chinotto syrup, non-alcoholic red and white wine, star anise, cinnamon and soda, it’s so good, your friends will be begging for a taste. The spicy Ginger Smash (apple, ginger, mint and ginger beer) and Wimbledon (beetroot, ginger ale, mint and cucumber) are also great options.
416 King Street, Newtown