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Spicy Gold non-alcoholic cocktail at August 1 Five
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Where to Drink Great Non-Alcoholic Cocktails in San Francisco

For when you want something more interesting than a generic Arnold Palmer

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There’s no reason not to go out drinking just because you’re not drinking. Even though so many Bay Area bars use the best fresh juices, herbs, and house-made syrups for cocktails, until fairly recently many have been slow to promote mixing these ingredients into their non-alcoholic beverages. Now more places are offering drinks that go beyond Arnold Palmers and Faux-jitos, with serious attention to savory, spicy, interesting ingredients for booze-free bar-hoppers. No doubt the movement within the liquor industry toward bartender health and wellness is a factor.

All of the bars and restaurants on this map offer a minimum of three on-menu alcohol-free cocktails in an environment where both drinkers and teetotalers can meet for drinks. For whatever reason you decide not to consume (and reminder: it’s nobody else’s business), you’ll be in good hands at any of the great places on this list.

Map points are listed from North to South, not ranked.

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1. The Interval at Long Now

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Landmark Building A, 2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 496-9187
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Nothing about the all-day salon/coffee shop/cocktail bar/museum the Interval at Fort Mason is normal, including their huge drink menu that includes 12 low- and no-ABV cocktails — six of each. While most of the alcohol-free options are approachable mixtures like Orgeat Lemonade and Cherry Soda, you’ll probably want to try the Bitter Orange Old Fashioned made with Chinotto and bitters for a gratifying but not-so-saucy refreshment.

2. Palette Tea House & Dim Sum

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900 North Point St b201
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 347-8888
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An Instagram thirst trap for your actual thirst, Palette Tea House offers up brightly colored cocktails from White Cap’s Carlos Yturria in a Ghirardelli Square restaurant from the team behind Dragon Beaux and Koi Palace. The “Designated Drivers” section of non-alcoholic cocktails has both a kid-friendly passion fruit puree and lemonade slushy and an adults-only soda with lemon and blackberry-coffee shrub.

3. Wildseed

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2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 872-7350
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Vegan (sorry, plant-based) restaurant Wildseed opened in September 2019 with aquafaba (chickpea water) instead of egg whites, kombucha on draft, charcoal lemonade, and several non-alcoholic cocktails on offer. Shrub (vinegar-based preserves) sodas change seasonally, and listed cocktails include passionfruit mixed with coconut water, beets and black pepper with tonic, and a ginger-lemon drink to fortify your immune system if you believe in that sort of thing. Even if you don’t, the sunshine through Wildseed’s wall of windows is a great attitude booster.

Disclosure: Carolyn Alburger, Cities Director for Eater, is married to chef Blair Warsham. She has recused herself from involvement in any coverage of Warsham’s projects.

The Grace’s Garden non-alcoholic cocktail at Wildseed Wildseed

4. Berber SF

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1516 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 800-7767
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One out of every three cocktails listed on the Berber’s menu is non-alcoholic, a pretty impressive ratio anywhere, let alone inside a Russian Hill Moroccan/Mediterranean restaurant. Of the current selection there’s a coffee drink, a strawberry-hibiscus number, and a grapefruit-chamomile drink. But most intriguing is the Sahara Sour, made with jasmine green tea, mango, lime, and Lagunitas Hoppy Refresher. Get it at the bar or add it to your prix-fixe dinner during the weekend supperclub.

The bar at Berber Patricia Chang

5. Leo's Oyster Bar

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568 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 872-9982
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One does not simply walk into an oyster bar expecting to find non-alcoholic cocktails of any sort, but Leo’s serves up six options. Most are soda-based with flavor combos like jalapeño and celery or strawberry and mint, but there’s also the Juice Box with pineapple, orange, orgeat, and lemon. Shall we call it a Dry-Tai?

The bar at Leo’s Patricia Chang

6. Trailblazer Tavern

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350 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 625-5445
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Tropical and tiki bars should do a much better job of offering non-alcoholic cocktails given the ease with which strongly-flavored island ingredients like cream of coconut, passion fruit, and guava juice can be used in spirit-free drinks. At least Trailblazer has put some of these options on the menu, with above-mentioned flavors plus papaya, hibiscus, pineapple, and various teas to provide a tannic backbone to the drinks. Perhaps this is due to the restaurant’s location within one of the Salesforce buildings: They need to provide some liquor-free options for the workers taking the elevator back to the office upstairs.

7. Lizzie's Starlight

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450 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 395-8595
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The new incarnation of the former Harry Denton’s Starlight Room is themed around the imagined love affair between Queen Elizabeth and the hotel’s namesake Sir Francis Drake. In each of the menu’s first three sections (“Exploration,” “Love,” and “Piracy”), a “spirit free” cocktail is listed amongst the stronger ones. (There’s also a fourth “Fountain of Youth” section of low-ABV drinks.) Plunder yourself with the Virgin Queen, a mix of pineapple, jalapeño, lime, and ginger beer topped with purple basil — it’s double-plus spicy and comes in a ridiculously large coupe that’s like a vat on a stem. Note: Lizzie’s becomes a nightclub with a cover charge on weekend nights, so get your drink on early in the evening or earlier in the week.

The Virgin Queen at Lizzie’s Starlight Aubrie Pick

8. Nari

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1625 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 868-6274
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An ambitious project from the Kin Khao team set inside Japantown’s Hotel Kabuki, Nari offers a sizable cocktail menu at its bar and lounge that matches the scale of the venue. In addition to an extremely on-trend low-ABV cocktail section, bar manager Megan Hoang has put five “zero-proof” cocktails on the opening menu. “I was going to do one or two non-alcoholic cocktails and I got a little carried away,” she says. The drinks all include “distilled non-alcoholic spirit” Seedlip, but Hoang infuses it with juniper for some drinks and adds pineapple sherbet, acid phosphate, and vanilla syrup to others.

9. Rooh

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333 Brannan St #150
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 525-4174
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The mocktail section of South Beach “progressive Indian” restaurant Rooh’s menu lists three or four different savory highballs at any given time, with flavors like rose, tamarind, and pomegranate (or, on a previous menu, fenugreek, peppercorn, and curry leaf). These fresh ingredients are lengthened with soda water, ginger beer, or tonic, and brightened with lime or other citrus. There’s a strong tendency to garnish with edible flowers at this joint, so chances are the drinks will look as good as your lack of a hangover feels. ( Rooh also has a new Palo Alto location, where they’re tossing fruit in the smoker to use in drinks.)

10. August 1 Five

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524 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 771-5900
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The mocktail section of August (1) Five’s drink menu stands apart. Not only are there a generous five alcohol-free options (compared to the list of thirteen standard cocktails), a few of them are reworked versions of the booze-based ones. The French Connection includes the same verjus and herbs de provence of the JRD Tata, but leaves out the gin and crème de violette; and the Spicy Gold has the turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and citrus of the Holi Cow minus the Chartreuse and vermouth. Don’t wait until your next Civic Center cultural experience to check out the drinks here; let cocktails like the Funky Bunny (carrot juice, mustard, and honey) be the lure.

Spicy Gold non-alcoholic cocktail at August 1 Five August 1 Five

11. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 551-1590
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One of the four alcohol-free cocktails is a virgin variation of the Marcovaldo Dionysos’ Ginger Rogers (ginger syrup, ginger beer, lime, mint) made famous here at Absinthe at the beginning of the cocktail renaissance. The original is not currently listed on the menu, but no doubt the bartenders will be kind enough to add a splash of gin if you so desire. The other mocktails have sage verjus, cascara syrup, and pineapple-basil as flavor combinations to wet your whistle even when you’ll be behind the wheel.

The Body Politic non-alcoholic cocktail at Absinthe Absinthe

12. The Ice Cream Bar

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815 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 742-4932
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Have some soda, jerks! The Ice Cream Bar serves from its 1930s Michigan-imported soda fountainnon-alcoholic sodas, floats, and malts as well as beer/wine-based “remedies.”  The lunch counter up front is popular with neighborhood kids but smart adults know the rare bar mixes drinks with flavors like candy cap mushroom, sarsaparilla, and licorice tincture  all made buoyant with a blast from the heavily-carbonated water flowing through the specialty taps. For an all-liquor-free experience, check the Castro Fountain by the same owner.

The New Orleans Hangover at the Ice Cream Bar Nick Vasilopoulos

13. School Night

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601 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 903-5427
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Chase Center neighbor (AdChasent?) School Night, located in the event space the Pearl, is open for weeknight cocktailing of the alcoholic variety and non-, with three “Junior Varsity” options on the list. The drinks match the Peruvian-Latin style of the rest of the cocktail menu by Enrique Sanchez. One is kinda-sorta like a raspberry Paloma; another a pineapple Pisco Sour minus the pisco; the third a tempting combo of chicha morada, passion fruit, and tonic.

The Pink Slip at School Night School Night

14. Trick Dog

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3010 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 471-2999
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While Trick Dog is world famous for its creative cocktail menus that launch every six months (the first half of 2020 menu is a fake university recruitment brochure), this bar deserves a huge amount of credit for how gosh-darn good they are at offering non-alcoholic cocktails (and great allergy labeling but that’s a different story).  Always on offer are two non-alcoholic beers, and both a still and sparkling non-alcoholic wine. The new menu adds cocktails made with alcohol-free versions of vermouth, sherry, Campari, and orange liqueur —alcohol-forward cocktails without the alcohol, instead of the fruit juice and soda mixtures found in most places. Note that the Bon Vivants team’s other bar, Bon Voyage, also does a terrific job with alcohol-free drinks.

1. The Interval at Long Now

Landmark Building A, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94123

Nothing about the all-day salon/coffee shop/cocktail bar/museum the Interval at Fort Mason is normal, including their huge drink menu that includes 12 low- and no-ABV cocktails — six of each. While most of the alcohol-free options are approachable mixtures like Orgeat Lemonade and Cherry Soda, you’ll probably want to try the Bitter Orange Old Fashioned made with Chinotto and bitters for a gratifying but not-so-saucy refreshment.

Landmark Building A, 2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Palette Tea House & Dim Sum

900 North Point St b201, San Francisco, CA 94109

An Instagram thirst trap for your actual thirst, Palette Tea House offers up brightly colored cocktails from White Cap’s Carlos Yturria in a Ghirardelli Square restaurant from the team behind Dragon Beaux and Koi Palace. The “Designated Drivers” section of non-alcoholic cocktails has both a kid-friendly passion fruit puree and lemonade slushy and an adults-only soda with lemon and blackberry-coffee shrub.

900 North Point St b201
San Francisco, CA 94109

3. Wildseed

2000 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
The Grace’s Garden non-alcoholic cocktail at Wildseed Wildseed

Vegan (sorry, plant-based) restaurant Wildseed opened in September 2019 with aquafaba (chickpea water) instead of egg whites, kombucha on draft, charcoal lemonade, and several non-alcoholic cocktails on offer. Shrub (vinegar-based preserves) sodas change seasonally, and listed cocktails include passionfruit mixed with coconut water, beets and black pepper with tonic, and a ginger-lemon drink to fortify your immune system if you believe in that sort of thing. Even if you don’t, the sunshine through Wildseed’s wall of windows is a great attitude booster.

Disclosure: Carolyn Alburger, Cities Director for Eater, is married to chef Blair Warsham. She has recused herself from involvement in any coverage of Warsham’s projects.

2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

4. Berber SF

1516 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94109
The bar at Berber Patricia Chang

One out of every three cocktails listed on the Berber’s menu is non-alcoholic, a pretty impressive ratio anywhere, let alone inside a Russian Hill Moroccan/Mediterranean restaurant. Of the current selection there’s a coffee drink, a strawberry-hibiscus number, and a grapefruit-chamomile drink. But most intriguing is the Sahara Sour, made with jasmine green tea, mango, lime, and Lagunitas Hoppy Refresher. Get it at the bar or add it to your prix-fixe dinner during the weekend supperclub.

1516 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94109

5. Leo's Oyster Bar

568 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111
The bar at Leo’s Patricia Chang

One does not simply walk into an oyster bar expecting to find non-alcoholic cocktails of any sort, but Leo’s serves up six options. Most are soda-based with flavor combos like jalapeño and celery or strawberry and mint, but there’s also the Juice Box with pineapple, orange, orgeat, and lemon. Shall we call it a Dry-Tai?

568 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111

6. Trailblazer Tavern

350 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Tropical and tiki bars should do a much better job of offering non-alcoholic cocktails given the ease with which strongly-flavored island ingredients like cream of coconut, passion fruit, and guava juice can be used in spirit-free drinks. At least Trailblazer has put some of these options on the menu, with above-mentioned flavors plus papaya, hibiscus, pineapple, and various teas to provide a tannic backbone to the drinks. Perhaps this is due to the restaurant’s location within one of the Salesforce buildings: They need to provide some liquor-free options for the workers taking the elevator back to the office upstairs.

350 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

7. Lizzie's Starlight

450 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94108
The Virgin Queen at Lizzie’s Starlight Aubrie Pick

The new incarnation of the former Harry Denton’s Starlight Room is themed around the imagined love affair between Queen Elizabeth and the hotel’s namesake Sir Francis Drake. In each of the menu’s first three sections (“Exploration,” “Love,” and “Piracy”), a “spirit free” cocktail is listed amongst the stronger ones. (There’s also a fourth “Fountain of Youth” section of low-ABV drinks.) Plunder yourself with the Virgin Queen, a mix of pineapple, jalapeño, lime, and ginger beer topped with purple basil — it’s double-plus spicy and comes in a ridiculously large coupe that’s like a vat on a stem. Note: Lizzie’s becomes a nightclub with a cover charge on weekend nights, so get your drink on early in the evening or earlier in the week.

450 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94108

8. Nari

1625 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115

An ambitious project from the Kin Khao team set inside Japantown’s Hotel Kabuki, Nari offers a sizable cocktail menu at its bar and lounge that matches the scale of the venue. In addition to an extremely on-trend low-ABV cocktail section, bar manager Megan Hoang has put five “zero-proof” cocktails on the opening menu. “I was going to do one or two non-alcoholic cocktails and I got a little carried away,” she says. The drinks all include “distilled non-alcoholic spirit” Seedlip, but Hoang infuses it with juniper for some drinks and adds pineapple sherbet, acid phosphate, and vanilla syrup to others.

1625 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94115

9. Rooh

333 Brannan St #150, San Francisco, CA 94107

The mocktail section of South Beach “progressive Indian” restaurant Rooh’s menu lists three or four different savory highballs at any given time, with flavors like rose, tamarind, and pomegranate (or, on a previous menu, fenugreek, peppercorn, and curry leaf). These fresh ingredients are lengthened with soda water, ginger beer, or tonic, and brightened with lime or other citrus. There’s a strong tendency to garnish with edible flowers at this joint, so chances are the drinks will look as good as your lack of a hangover feels. ( Rooh also has a new Palo Alto location, where they’re tossing fruit in the smoker to use in drinks.)

333 Brannan St #150
San Francisco, CA 94107

10. August 1 Five

524 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102
Spicy Gold non-alcoholic cocktail at August 1 Five August 1 Five

The mocktail section of August (1) Five’s drink menu stands apart. Not only are there a generous five alcohol-free options (compared to the list of thirteen standard cocktails), a few of them are reworked versions of the booze-based ones. The French Connection includes the same verjus and herbs de provence of the JRD Tata, but leaves out the gin and crème de violette; and the Spicy Gold has the turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and citrus of the Holi Cow minus the Chartreuse and vermouth. Don’t wait until your next Civic Center cultural experience to check out the drinks here; let cocktails like the Funky Bunny (carrot juice, mustard, and honey) be the lure.

524 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

11. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
The Body Politic non-alcoholic cocktail at Absinthe Absinthe

One of the four alcohol-free cocktails is a virgin variation of the Marcovaldo Dionysos’ Ginger Rogers (ginger syrup, ginger beer, lime, mint) made famous here at Absinthe at the beginning of the cocktail renaissance. The original is not currently listed on the menu, but no doubt the bartenders will be kind enough to add a splash of gin if you so desire. The other mocktails have sage verjus, cascara syrup, and pineapple-basil as flavor combinations to wet your whistle even when you’ll be behind the wheel.

398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

12. The Ice Cream Bar

815 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117
The New Orleans Hangover at the Ice Cream Bar Nick Vasilopoulos

Have some soda, jerks! The Ice Cream Bar serves from its 1930s Michigan-imported soda fountainnon-alcoholic sodas, floats, and malts as well as beer/wine-based “remedies.”  The lunch counter up front is popular with neighborhood kids but smart adults know the rare bar mixes drinks with flavors like candy cap mushroom, sarsaparilla, and licorice tincture  all made buoyant with a blast from the heavily-carbonated water flowing through the specialty taps. For an all-liquor-free experience, check the Castro Fountain by the same owner.

815 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117

13. School Night

601 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94107
The Pink Slip at School Night School Night

Chase Center neighbor (AdChasent?) School Night, located in the event space the Pearl, is open for weeknight cocktailing of the alcoholic variety and non-, with three “Junior Varsity” options on the list. The drinks match the Peruvian-Latin style of the rest of the cocktail menu by Enrique Sanchez. One is kinda-sorta like a raspberry Paloma; another a pineapple Pisco Sour minus the pisco; the third a tempting combo of chicha morada, passion fruit, and tonic.

601 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

14. Trick Dog

3010 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

While Trick Dog is world famous for its creative cocktail menus that launch every six months (the first half of 2020 menu is a fake university recruitment brochure), this bar deserves a huge amount of credit for how gosh-darn good they are at offering non-alcoholic cocktails (and great allergy labeling but that’s a different story).  Always on offer are two non-alcoholic beers, and both a still and sparkling non-alcoholic wine. The new menu adds cocktails made with alcohol-free versions of vermouth, sherry, Campari, and orange liqueur —alcohol-forward cocktails without the alcohol, instead of the fruit juice and soda mixtures found in most places. Note that the Bon Vivants team’s other bar, Bon Voyage, also does a terrific job with alcohol-free drinks.

3010 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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