Maybe you’ve given up alcohol altogether… Or you’re participating in “Dry January”… Or you’re pregnant… Or you’re just not in the mood for booze…
Whatever the reason, just ‘cause you’re not imbibing doesn’t mean you should be stuck drinking water or soda when you go out with your friends or on a date. Instead, suggest one of these eight spots, all of which have legitimately tasty mocktail options for you and legitimately tasty cocktail options for your companions. Problem. Solved.
This bar/café/museum in Fort Mason has a cocktail list that’s just as interesting as the books and mechanical wonders on display. But for those not drinking, there’s also a “Teetotaling” section with four creative and delicious drinks that no one will suspect are missing the ingredient that would make them a cocktail. Choices include an Orgeat Lemonade (fresh lemon, almond syrup, and sparkling water, served tall), the Jamaica Cooler (hibiscus tisane, pineapple gum syrup, lemon juice, and sparkling water), as well as a few more. They all cost $6 or $7.
The cocktail program at this Moroccan restaurant features unique ingredients and unusual combinations, but never fear if you’re abstaining, because the 0° Refreshers follow suit. There are only two, but they’re both fantastic: Strawberry + Turmeric (strawberry, beet, black pepper, turmeric, lemon) and Sesame + Pomegranate (pomegranate currant tea, lemon, soda, sesame oil).
Next time your friends want to head to Beretta for yummy pizza and craft cocktails, you don’t have to miss out on the fun. The bartenders will make any drink from the mixed drinks menu sans booze—all you have to do is ask. That being said, you should also ask if the drink you’re eyeing will work without whichever spirit it features or if there’s something the bartender can do to make it taste delicious to your taste buds.
This Barbary Coast-inspired cocktail bar is known for its apothecary-themed cocktails. You tell the bartender what ails you, and they concoct a drink that will fix you right up. What it’s not as well known for is its selection of incredibly interesting, alcohol-free elixirs made with house-mixed sodas and phosphates that will satisfy you just as much as any cocktail ever could. Well, almost…
This Indian-inspired restaurant and cocktail bar is so sexy and inviting that it’s worth popping in for a drink any time you’re nearby (or just anytime, period), especially since the drinks at Rooh are phenomenal. Each drink is inspired by the six rasas (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, astringent), and is made with a blend of unique Indian ingredients, homemade shrubs, spices, and artisanal spirits. For those who aren’t drinking, all you need to is leave out the latter. In addition, there’s a special mocktail menu at brunch.
This Mission staple is known for being one of the best cocktail bars in the city (and for its insanely tasty burger), so you might find it surprising that the bar has an entire section of 0% ABV drinks. If you like tarragon, pineapple, ginger, or raspberry, you’ll be especially excited about the selection.
If you’re hanging with someone who loves Japanese whisky and the Japanese drinking culture, you’ll impress them if you suggest Pabu for your outing. Go all the way to the bottom of the extensive cocktail menu and you’ll find several 0° drinks, like a Jumbo Ozaki (a Japanese Arnold Palmer made with fresh shisho) and a Mojacko (peach shrub, orange, chai, yuzu, ginger beer, and huckleberry, shaken, double strained, and served in a flute).
If you don’t want booze but you do want CBD, head to Flore for cannabis-infused cocktails and mocktails. The good? bad? news is that CBD won’t actually get you high, but it can help with anxiety, depression, insomnia, joint pain, and inflammation. Each drink is paired with a strain-specific terpene to play with different flavors and scents. There are 11 CBD-infused cocktails if you drink alcohol, and four if you don’t. Oh, and happy hour starts at 4:20 p.m., but… of course it does.