5 central London bars for going booze-free this January

Written on 13 January 2020 by Giles Cook in London

If you’re taking the Dry January challenge, or you just want to go easy on alcohol after all the Christmas excess, there’s no need to stay in. Central London has plenty of appealing bars with a good range of drinks, whether you prefer a mocktail or a non-alcoholic craft beer. Here are five good options, which you might like to try.

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The Connaught Bar

The Connaught is known for its martinis but the mixologists in this Mayfair hotel take an equal amount of care over their mocktails. Try the Glossy – described as ‘bright as a bird of paradise’, it is served in a silver chalice and brings together red berry kombucha, milk oolong tea, Amalfi lemon leaf syrup and pink grapefruit juice – perfect in bar’s glamorous and intimate surroundings.

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The Sexy Fish Bar

Art meets the ocean at this fashionable Mayfair hangout, with Damien Hirst’s mermaids, Frank Gehry fish floating overhead and a waterfall behind the bar. The Sexy Fish bar offers four alcohol-free options including the Coffee Tonic with expresso, cardamom and black pepper or the Detox Highball featuring the kitchen’s daily juice.

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Head to Notting Hill for Redemption, a bar and restaurant with plenty of healthy and vegan food options – and no booze. Try the refreshing and minty Apple Mock-jito or the Lettuce Spray, which blends iceberg, lime, wasabi and aloe vera, all served in vintage glasses.

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If you love your craft beer, you might need to venture to Shoreditch where you’ll find what’s billed as the world’s first alcohol-free beer bar. The brainchild of Aberdeenshire brewers, Brewdog, it has 15 taps pouring low and no alcohol craft beers. Among them are the brewery’s famous Nanny State and Punk AF beers. While not completely booze-free, Brewdog’s Camden Town bar also serves these two choices.

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By night this Seven Dials teashop becomes a cocktail bar with a good range of sober options – all of them contain tea, such as the green-tea infused Ginger Snap.

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You can find more sober drinking spots in this Time Out article.

Giles Cook

Giles recently joined Best Gapp in 2017 as Partner Designate and Head of Residential Agency, bringing over 20 years’ experience to the firm. Following a three-year stint as an Area Director for Foxtons, he went on to head up Chestertons’ sales and lettings operations in central London, before becoming a Partner at top Knightsbridge boutique WA Ellis.

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