Dry January — the act of kicking off the new year by going alcohol-free for the entire first month — has become more and more popular in recent years. Maybe it’s fueled by the common resolutions of improving health or saving money, or perhaps people just want to hit the refresh button after a month of holiday parties.
Whatever the reason, those abstaining from booze don't have to abstain from going out, too. Skip the tonic water with lime and sip on these flavorful mocktails instead:
218 South Broadway
Adrift is known for its boozy tiki cocktails, but you can still enjoy the beach vibes without imbibing. Pair island-style bites with a thoughtfully made frozen virgin colada with pineapple, housemade coconut cream, grapefruit juice and cinnamon syrup. The P.O.G. is a Hawaiian classic with passion fruit, orange juice, guava and soda.
2005 West 33rd Avenue
This Mediterranean eatery in the Highland neighborhood offers several spirit-free cocktail options, including a bourbon-less take on its popular Ash Toddy made with mulled pomegranate, housemade honey mint syrup, lemon juice and hot water. Looking for something more refreshing than warming? Try the Cucumber Lemon Soda made with fresh juices.
Bang Up to the Elephant
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1310 Pearl Street
Bang Up to the Elephant brings beach vibes, tropical drinks and vegan eats. For a sans-alcohol drink option, it has a selection of sweet proof-less Fizzies that are also available on the happy hour menu. Made with a base of lime and club soda, these sippers are punched up with flavors like guava, hibiscus punch and mango.
The Cherry Cricket
2641 East Second Avenue
2220 Blake Street
The Cherry Cricket has a handful of mocktails at both locations to go along with your burger and fries. Try the Sparkling Pomegranate Lemonade, Blood Orange Twist and the Pineapple Passion Fizz, which is a blend of pineapple, passion fruit syrup, ginger beer and lemon. Another option: Indulge in a milkshake. Like its famously long list of burger toppings, the Cricket offers a variety of ingredients to create your own sweet treat, with options like toasted coconut flakes, candied pecans, caramel, malt, butterscotch, peanut butter, graham crackers and Heath Bar.
Death & Co
1280 25th Street
At Death & Co, the swanky bar inside the Ramble Hotel in RiNo, each cocktail falls under categories like Fresh & Lively or Bright & Confident. There's also a non-alcoholic section with three options, including the Aplenglow, a blend of hibiscus, black tea, bay leaf, lime and seltzer. You'll find a handful of non-alcoholic wine and beers offered as well.
1821 Blake Street
This Dairy Block distillery may be known for its creative gins and other spirits, but there are always at least three seasonal mocktails on the menu, and the majority of its other cocktails can be made non-alcoholic with a few tweaks. Right now you can sip the Swizzled, Not Stirred, made with raspberry balsamic shrub, lemon juice, all spice dram and soda water; the Berry Blast, made with fresh blackberries and raspberries and house grapefruit sherbet; and the Garden Party, with cucumber, fresh dill and sage and a house lemon sherbet.
Dew Drop Inn
1033 East 17th Avenue
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, Dew Drop Inn, serves up a few low-alcohol and booze-free options alongside traditional cocktails and eats like big bowls of mussels. Skip the martinis and margs, and opt for the Ginger Lime Mule Shrub from Colorado's Lost Identity Beverage Co. or the Mum's the Word, made with floral tonic and citrus.
Forget Me Not
Sip booze-free in style at Forget Me Not.
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227 Clayton Street
At this Cherry Creek hot spot that serves small plates, cocktails and wine, there are a few zero-proof options that are “sans alcohol but never free of spirit," according to the menu. These include Perfect Vision, a mix of Seedlip's Grove, coconut water, verjus (the pressed juice of unripened grapes) and rosewater; Deep Roots, made with Seedlip's Garden, tarragon, beet, ginger, citrus and the Italian red bitter soda Stappi; and the Green Machine, which combines Seedlip's Grove with cucumber, salted lemon and ginger.
Honey Elixir Bar
Mai Chai at Honey Elixir Bar.
2636 Walnut Street
Along with traditional cocktails, this bar offers low-ABV jun, a fermented beverage made with green tea along with a list of booze-free "potions" and two types of cacao. One staff and guest favorite that's perfect for chilly days is the Mai Chai, a combination of housemade coconut Chai, winter-spiced honey, orgeat and fresh orange and lime juice. “The drink has nuanced depth and nostalgic undertones,” says owner Jocasta Hanson.
1890 Wazee Street
Kachina Cantina has a non-alcoholic cocktail menu of frescas along with a few N/A beers. The most popular option is the Frambuesa Agua Fresca, with raspberry, cranberry, lime and soda. Other booze-free libations include the Mana Mana, with mango, orange and honey; the Maracuya, with passion fruit and agave; and Guava Mint.
2021 West 32nd Avenue
Lady Jane's cocktails rotate seasonally and utilize fresh, local produce whenever possible. There are four options when it comes to mocktails at this neighborhood bar, including a Blood Orange Spritz, Coffee Tonic and the Spiced Apple Sour.
3163 Larimer Street
Aguas frescas at Mister Oso.
An agua fresca is a traditional, refreshing, non-alcoholic drink that makes a perfect accompaniment to the Latin cuisine at Mister Oso. It's currently available in three varieties: coco horchata, cucumber mint lime and ginger-pear, all of which can be spiked with booze if you're dining out with friends who are imbibing.
1330 27th Street
This jazz club in RiNo recently launched non-alcoholic cocktail pairings for its seasonal, three-course Dinner and a Show menu. Right now you can settle in for live music while enjoying bites like the bresaola and goat cheese galette with a Baubles and Bangles mocktail made with honey syrup, grilled apple juice, no-ABV bubbles, soda and rosemary. You can also order N/A drinks à la carte.
OAK at Fourteenth
You still sip an espresso martini sans booze at Oak.
1400 Pearl Street, Boulder
OAK at Fourteenth in Boulder has an extensive drink menu that includes some new non-alcoholic options like the the N/aspresso, a booze-free take on the popular espresso martini made with Three Spirit Social Elixir, espresso, chocolate bitters and agave. Craving something fruity? Try the Lights Out, which combines Three Spirit Livener with blackberry, thyme and chocolate bitters, or the Peachy Keen, made with Three Spirit Night Cap, lemon, peach, rosemary and rhubarb bitters.
Poka Lola Social Club
1850 Wazee Street
Located inside the Maven Hotel at Dairy Block, Poka Lola has a dedicated menu for all of its non-alcoholic drinks, including N/A versions of classic cocktails. Selections include an Old Fashioned made with Monday’s NA whiskey, the Nogroni and the N.A.perol Spritz.
Punch Bowl Social
Eatertainment destination Punch Bowl Social has plenty of alcohol-free drink options for staying hydrated while you enjoy activities like pool, arcade games, shuffleboard and bowling. The Strawberry Rhubarb Fizz combines housemade strawberry syrup, rhubarb bitters and sparkling water, and there are also fresh juices on the menu, such as Go Green — a healthy combination of kale, cucumber, celery, apple and lemon.
Room for Milly
Eclectic patterns and colors capture a 1920s feel.
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1615 Platte Street
Alongside cocktails, sake, wine and beer, this eye-catching bar — which will reopen on January 9 after a short winter break — offers a zero-proof menu “for the clear-eyed and self-possessed," with a trio of drinks like the Cantab, which blends iced jasmine tea, ume plum shrub, pomegranate and mint.
3301 Tejon Street
Señor Bear has launched a special Dry January menu with alcohol-free alternatives to its most popular options, the Passion Fruit Fresca and Coconut Horchata. Other new N/A drinks include the Ooh Là Là, a mint-lime-coconut concoction made with freshly juiced pineapple plus a touch of cinnamon, and the Mandarin y Ginger Soda. It will also offer one booze-free frozen drink; flavors will rotate, but expect to find something tropical, bright and delicious.
1165 South Broadway
In addition to its vegetable-forward, plant-based food menu, Somebody People has a large wine and cocktail list where you’ll find a handful of artfully curated zero-proof options. Try drinks like the Midnight Vulture, made with Seedlip's Spice, Lyre’s Aperitiff, saba and ginger; or the Last Resort, which is also made with Seedlip's Spice along with orange, cinnamon and vanilla.
4024 Tennyson Street
The Tatarian is another classy cocktail bar that serves seasonal drinks and bar bites plus a trio of non-alcoholic options. Choose from the Tenéré ’34, with citrus turmeric tea, Giffard Sirop de Aperitif, Small Hand Foods Passion Fruit Syrup and citric acid; Tenéré ’58, made with grapefruit vanilla shrub or grapefruit thyme with soda water; and the Tenéré ’72, which blends Seedlip's Garden 108 with green tea syrup and lime juice.