8 Phoenix bars offering the mocktails you want this Dry January

8 Phoenix bars offering the mocktails you want this Dry January

(Photo by Robert Gundran)

By Robert Gundran

January 5, 2024

Dry January is a great way to kick off the year with an easy goal—don’t drink for the first month of 2024 as a way to establish good habits and get a bit healthier.

A 2018 study in the medical journal BMJ Open found that moderate-to-heavy drinkers who participated in a short-term abstinence from alcohol like Dry January saw lower blood pressure and lost weight. A University of Sussex study from the same year found participants in Dry January saw better sleep and more energy, among other benefits.

Mocktails are a great substitute for cocktails when going out, and the rise in their popularity over the past few years means they’re more available in stores and restaurants, and bars have more nonalcoholic options.

You don’t have to stay in to avoid alcohol and have a successful Dry January. Check out these eight bars in Phoenix serving up mocktails:

 

The Gladly

2201 E. Camelback Road
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Hours:
Closed Sundays
11 a.m.–9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays
11 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays
4 p.m.–10 p.m. Saturdays

The Gladly has over 300 different whiskeys, but you won’t need any of them when looking at the mocktail part of the drink menu.

The “Zero Proof” section has drinks made with blueberry purée, watermelon, grapefruit, and spiced pomegranate. Some mocktails, like “Hellfire” and “Truth or Consequences,” use nonalcoholic spirits.

If none of those sound your speed, check out the Suntory nonalcoholic beer from Japan.

 

Hula’s Modern Tiki

5114 N. Seventh St.
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Hours:
11 a.m.–10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays
11 a.m.–12 a.m. Fridays
10:30 a.m.–12 a.m. Saturdays
10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Sundays

Hula’s Modern Tiki in Phoenix has four different options for their custom mocktails, each for only $8.

The Hula Juice is made with orange juice, passion-fruit syrup, pineapple, and cranberry juice. Or, grab the nonalcoholic piña colada, the Captain’s Colada, made with coconut cream, allspice falernum syrup, and pineapple juice.

Drop by on Wednesday for Hula’s all-night happy hour, when all appetizers are $8 or less.

 

Garden Bar Phx

822 N. Sixth Ave.
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Hours:
Closed Sundays through Tuesdays
5 p.m.–10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays
5 p.m.–12 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Garden Bar Phx is a craft cocktail bar just off Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. It’s in an early 1900s bungalow that was converted to a bar.

All of Garden Bar’s mocktails use liquor alternatives for gin, tequila, campari, and whiskey that are mixed with fruit juices or soda.

One of the mocktails is a nonalcoholic version of the trendy espresso martini called the EXpresso martini. It uses an amaro alternative, cold brew from Arizona coffee company Cartel, and demerara sugar.

The nonalcoholic menu also has grapefruit Perrier and Mexican Coke alongside ginger beer and hibiscus soda made by Arizona beverage company Big Marble.

 

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

1 W. Jefferson St.
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Hours:
Closed Sundays and Mondays
4 p.m.–12 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays
4 p.m.–1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Bitter & Twisted doesn’t need any introduction. It’s one of Phoenix’s most well-known cocktail bars, but have you ever been there and ordered something nonalcoholic?

Throughout the bar’s novella-sized menu, you’ll find that many of the cocktails have nonalcoholic options.

For example, the whiskey berry jubilee, which has whiskey, berry liqueur, berry purée, lime juice, and ginger beer, can be made without alcohol.

If you’re looking for anything specific, just ask the bartender or your server. They’re typically very excited to offer help and recommendations.

 

Bar Bianco

609 E. Adams St.
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Hours:
Closed Sundays through Wednesdays
4:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Thursdays
4 p.m.–9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Pizzeria Bianco’s neighbor Bar Bianco is often used as a waiting room for people who get to their reservation a bit early, or who have time to kill before grabbing dinner.

Bar Bianco can mix nonalcoholic drinks with tonic or ginger beer. Mocktails aren’t necessarily the bar’s specialty, but the full bar means you will have options.

 

Century Grand

3626 E. Indian School Road
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Hours:
Closed Mondays
4 p.m.–12 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays
2:30 p.m.–12 a.m. Fridays through Sundays

Century Grand in Arcadia has three cocktails bars, each of which has a theme.

Platform 18 puts guests in a decommissioned train car, while Grey Hen Rx is inspired by New Orleans, and UnderTow is a tiki bar.

Each bar has its own nonalcoholic cocktail options, and all mocktails are made in house.

 

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  • Robert Gundran

    Robert Gundran grew up in the Southwest, spending equal time in the Valley and Southern California throughout his life. He graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2018 and wrote for The Arizona Republic and The Orange County Register.

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