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A Teetotaler's Guide To 'Drinking' In San Francisco

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Teetotalers, or those who don't drink alcohol, can be a confusing lot. They have no beer guts. They never get hangovers. And they sometimes drink...mocktails. Let's pause and take a moment for the permanent or temporary teetotalers out there. Proving that San Francisco has much more to offer than syrupy sweet Shirley Temples, and embarrassingly named mocktails, we give you A Teetotaler's Guide To 'Drinking' In San Francisco: a map to excellent non-alcoholic beverages, available in drinking establishments across San Francisco.


--Chloe Schildhause

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ken Ken Ramen's Hot Zombie

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3378 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 967-2636
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At Ken Ken Ramen, bartender Charles Papillo makes The Hot Zombie ($6), a combination of mango juice, orange juice, habañero infused lemonade, and açaí juice, finished off with sparkling water.

2. Blackbird's Arkansas Black Apple Shrub

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2124 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 503-0630
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The drink menu at Blackbird just says “mocktail,” but Bartender Matt Grippo mixes clever and seasonally customized combinations for the sober folks. Take his autumn mixture of Arkansas black apple shrub, maple syrup, acid phosphate and lemon ($5). The first few sips give a slight burn, then the maple leaves a lingering sweet note behind.

3. Millennium's Raw-Volution

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580 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 345-3900
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Millennium has its own non-alcoholic beverage menu, and a terrific one at that. The drink that stands out most is the Raw-Volution ($7), a mix of kombucha, ginger agave, lemon juice, and fresh muddled fruit—like pineapple, chamomile and rose, on a recent visit.

4. Twenty Five Lusk's Spa Water

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25 Lusk St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 495-5875
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For those who are not into overly sweet or spicy beverages, the Spa Water ($5) at 25 Lusk is refreshing and light. Made with grapefruit, cucumber lemon, lime, and a touch of mint, it’s a sober take on their popular SF Yacht Club cocktail. 25 Lusk also makes seasonal mocktails every Sunday for brunch: most recently one with pumpkin puree.

5. Outerlands' Hot Ginger-Apple Cider

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4001 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 661-6140
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Outerlands' warm and spicy ginger lemon apple cider ($4) pairs well a gooey grilled cheese, and its foggy Outer Sunset location.

6. Bar Tartine's Quince-Whey Soda

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561 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 487-1600
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This bubbly quince-whey soda has a slightly pithy texture from the quince, which mixes well with the taste of sweet honey.

7. Txoko's The Simpson

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504 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 500-2744
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O.J. Simpson's knickname was "The Juice," and that's where Txoko's The Simpson ($4.50) gets its name. The drink is made from freshly squeezed sparkling O.J., housemade grenadine, and pomegranate for a sweet, tart sip that's bright orange enough to conjure the other Simpsons: Bart and Lisa.

8. Beretta's Rattlesnake Sans Rye

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1199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-1199
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Any of the cocktails at Beretta can be made sans alcohol, but the recommended beverage is The Rattlesnake ($5). Its mixture of lemon, maple and egg whites makes for a lightly frothy beverage that still shines without rye.

9. The Ice Cream Bar's New Orleans Hangover

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815 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 742-4932
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Originally created for people with post-drinking headaches, the New Orleans Hangover mixes chicory coffee syrup and sweet cream ice cream, and it makes a great sober indulgence too.

10. Little Baobab

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3388 19th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 643-3558
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The hot ginger tea at Little Baobab is a serious punch of ginger spice that is not Geri Halliwell—for ginger enthusiasts who need something strong. The beverage pairs well with the restaurant's curries, and is also helps soothe a sore throat.

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1. Ken Ken Ramen's Hot Zombie

3378 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94110

At Ken Ken Ramen, bartender Charles Papillo makes The Hot Zombie ($6), a combination of mango juice, orange juice, habañero infused lemonade, and açaí juice, finished off with sparkling water.

3378 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

2. Blackbird's Arkansas Black Apple Shrub

2124 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

The drink menu at Blackbird just says “mocktail,” but Bartender Matt Grippo mixes clever and seasonally customized combinations for the sober folks. Take his autumn mixture of Arkansas black apple shrub, maple syrup, acid phosphate and lemon ($5). The first few sips give a slight burn, then the maple leaves a lingering sweet note behind.

2124 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94114

3. Millennium's Raw-Volution

580 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Millennium has its own non-alcoholic beverage menu, and a terrific one at that. The drink that stands out most is the Raw-Volution ($7), a mix of kombucha, ginger agave, lemon juice, and fresh muddled fruit—like pineapple, chamomile and rose, on a recent visit.

580 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Twenty Five Lusk's Spa Water

25 Lusk St, San Francisco, CA 94107

For those who are not into overly sweet or spicy beverages, the Spa Water ($5) at 25 Lusk is refreshing and light. Made with grapefruit, cucumber lemon, lime, and a touch of mint, it’s a sober take on their popular SF Yacht Club cocktail. 25 Lusk also makes seasonal mocktails every Sunday for brunch: most recently one with pumpkin puree.

25 Lusk St
San Francisco, CA 94107

5. Outerlands' Hot Ginger-Apple Cider

4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Outerlands' warm and spicy ginger lemon apple cider ($4) pairs well a gooey grilled cheese, and its foggy Outer Sunset location.

4001 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122

6. Bar Tartine's Quince-Whey Soda

561 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

This bubbly quince-whey soda has a slightly pithy texture from the quince, which mixes well with the taste of sweet honey.

561 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

7. Txoko's The Simpson

504 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

O.J. Simpson's knickname was "The Juice," and that's where Txoko's The Simpson ($4.50) gets its name. The drink is made from freshly squeezed sparkling O.J., housemade grenadine, and pomegranate for a sweet, tart sip that's bright orange enough to conjure the other Simpsons: Bart and Lisa.

504 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

8. Beretta's Rattlesnake Sans Rye

1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Any of the cocktails at Beretta can be made sans alcohol, but the recommended beverage is The Rattlesnake ($5). Its mixture of lemon, maple and egg whites makes for a lightly frothy beverage that still shines without rye.

1199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

9. The Ice Cream Bar's New Orleans Hangover

815 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Originally created for people with post-drinking headaches, the New Orleans Hangover mixes chicory coffee syrup and sweet cream ice cream, and it makes a great sober indulgence too.

815 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117

10. Little Baobab

3388 19th St., San Francisco, CA 94110

The hot ginger tea at Little Baobab is a serious punch of ginger spice that is not Geri Halliwell—for ginger enthusiasts who need something strong. The beverage pairs well with the restaurant's curries, and is also helps soothe a sore throat.

3388 19th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

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