The year is now 2023, and sober bars are continuously becoming more and more common.
These establishments offer a social environment for people who partake in sober-curiosity, damp lifestyle, semi-dry, or mindful drinking. They often serve non-alcoholic beverages such as mocktails, kombucha, and non-alcoholic beer and wine. Many have embraced the sober bar trend as a way to prioritize their health and well-being, and it has become a popular alternative to traditional bars. Pinterest searches for “fancy non-alcoholic drinks” are up 220 percent and “mocktail bars” are up 75 percent from last year.
Chilled has compiled a list of hotels in unexpected destinations that provide zero-proof cocktail programs for the mindful.
Located in Maui, Hawaii, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort has an extensive mocktail menu for guests to enjoy poolside or with dinner. Set on 15 beachfront acres, the luxury hotel includes a unique alcohol-free program called “Blend and Balance”. It allows guests to experience the nutritional power of Hawaiian food staples like bananas, coconut, and taro, along with other locally grown ingredients in a smoothie blending experience.
Islamorada Resort Collection, made up of four premier properties located in the village of Islamorada, Florida including: Amara Cay Resort, Pelican Cove Resort & Marina, Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina, and La Siesta Resort & Villas, All of which have launched new non-alcoholic winter menus.
Guests and locals alike will be able to put their taste buds to the test with drink recipes including, organic yuzu juice, jarritos mandarin, elderflower, and fennel simple syrup in addition to many others. The Zero Proof menu will be available at the famous Tiki Bar and Ciao Hound restaurant at Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina as well as the popular Reel Catch and Tiki Bar at Amara Cay Resort.
Positioned on the secluded shores of an 18,000-acre nature reserve in Turks and Caicos, Amanyara’s lush tropical pavilions overlook half a mile of white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Serving drinks and light meals throughout the day beneath its soaring conical roof, the Bar is ideal for a midday beverage or sunset cocktails overlooking the ocean. It offers a zero-proof cocktail menu using Seedlip non-alcoholic spirits, solving the ever-growing dilemma of “what to drink when you’re not drinking.” Some zero-proof cocktails include—Tropical Grove, made with Grove 42, passion fruit, pineapple, lemon and pineapple soda, Garden Smash, made with Garden 108, basil fennel cordial, grapefruit, lemon and tonic, and Oscar’s Ginger Beer, made with lime, ginger cordial and soda.
The Ritz Paris’ newly reimagined Ritz Bar offers four bespoke non-alcoholic cocktails. Romain de Courcy, Bar Director for the hotel, notes about one in five guests order non-alcoholic beverages, thoughtfully pairs the rich, natural flavors of florals, spices and herbs to create fresh drinks that tantalize the senses. For example guests can enjoy, Fleur: Damask rose, hibiscus, geranium, propolis, litchi flower honey and Racine: Ginger essence, Haitian vetiver, curcuma, liquorice, ginger ale.
Overlooking the infamous 18th hole of the legendary Old Course, Rusacks St Andrews’ 18 Restaurant & Bar the No & Lo Menu. It’s a full menu of zero-proof and low-alcohol cocktails using Lyre’s non-alcoholic spirits for those who wish to explore sober curiosity without sacrificing taste and style. Beyond the menu, the talented bar team at 18 can create something classic or bespoke for guests wishing to get creative. Creations include, Blanco Highball – “No” Cocktail: Lyre’s White Cane Spirit, orange, lime and ginger and No Fashion – “No” Cocktail: Lyre’s American Malt, apple, angostura.
London’s independent, cultured hotel One Aldwych is home to the Lobby Bar offers a sensory journey of fragrance mocktail creations inspired by independent and sustainable perfumery Floral Street Fragrances. Powered by flowers and inspired by vibrant British culture, master mixologists have crafted alcohol-free cocktails to represent their award-winning perfumes beautifully. Floral Street Mocktails include Chypre Sublime: made with everleaf Forest, ginger Kombucha, elderflower and Crodino.
Although California’s wine country isn’t the first place that comes to mind for a sober vacation, Alila Napa Valley makes it easy. Acacia House, Alila Napa Valley’s signature restaurant offers a menu of zero-proof cocktails and unique programming such as their new Balance and Botanicals class where guests walk through the chef’s garden with a mixologist to pick herbs and learn how to create the perfect mocktail using fresh lavender, cucumbers, and other Napa Valley bounties. Mocktail creations include: cucumber-lavender lemonade: made with lemon, lavender, cucumber, fever tree club soda grapefruit-rosemary spritz: ritual zero proof gin, grapefruit, rosemary, Fever-Tree club soda.