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Sway’s drinking vinegars and sodas
Sway’s drinking vinegars and sodas
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13 Austin Restaurants and Bars Serving Up Creative Nonalcoholic Cocktails

No booze, no hangover

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Sway’s drinking vinegars and sodas
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It’s no secret that Austin has its fair share of craft cocktail destinations and local breweries scattered around the city. While the ample selection comes in handy for a little buzz, some days call for refreshing drinks sans alcohol. There are many reasons a person wouldn't have to drink actual alcohol.

This is Eater’s guide for excellent mocktails that are sure to please in Austin. These creative nonalcoholic cocktails go beyond simple sodas, juices, or water, ranging from Topo Chico-based sodas at Holy Roller to a fall concoction at Houndstooth Coffee to drinking vinegars at Sway. Leave without a hangover.

For other booze-free drinks, explore aguas frescas, coffee, and milkshakes. For boozy drinks, scope out the city’s essential bars and hot new ones. Plus there are Austin’s iconic drinks.

If a favorite mocktail destination is missing, let Eater know in the comments or over on the tipline.

With updates by Erin Russell.

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The North Austin bar and restaurant offers mocktails and low-ABV cocktails. Try the refreshing Garden & Green with cucumber, mint, and cilantro.

Yard Bar

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This dog-friendly bar rotates its nonalcoholic mocktail menu seasonally. Other favorites offered year-round include the iced toddy and strawberry lemonade.

Easy Tiger Linc

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Both the Linc and downtown locations of this bakery and beer garden offer two mocktails and a non-alcoholic beer. Try the ginger pear fizz with housemade pear syrup, lemon, and ginger beer.

L'Oca d'Oro

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This modern Italian restaurant in the growing Mueller development has house-made sodas (in flavors like persimmon and Texas apple) and ginger beer.

Houndstooth Coffee

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The MLK location of this favorite coffeeshop has a fall-appropriate mocktail made from chai, apple juice, and a touch of citrus.

Olamaie

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In the spirit of southern hospitality, Olamaie has a few nonalcoholic options, like a grapefruit soda with a touch of Tabasco, or a mint spritz.

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The Clarksville restaurant features the Tim’s Mocktail: Thai basil, black pepper, pineapple, lemon, and mint.

Holy Roller

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The punk rock diner has several spirit-free options, like the Coachelle with blueberry, orgeat almond, lemon, and sparkling water. For those looking for a slightly more complex beverage, ask the bartender to create a drink based on flavor preference.

A mocktail at Holy Roller
A mocktail at Holy Roller
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Hillside Farmacy

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Simple combinations like fresh pineapple and lime juice reign at Hillside Farmacy. Other alcohol-free combinations include the Pickpocket, a combination of strawberry, basil, and balsamic; and the Country Doctor, with ginger, fresh apple, and cinnamon.

The Roosevelt Room

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The experts at essential cocktail bar Roosevelt Room offer zero-proof varieties as well, like the tropical Castaway with mint, cucumber, lime juice, coconut cream, ginger beer, sweetgrass tincture, and a N’artini.

The Castaway mocktail at Roosevelt Room
The Castaway mocktail at Roosevelt Room
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South Lamar restaurant Eberly’s brunch menu has a couple nonalcoholic options, like a pineapple mule with ginger syrup, pineapple, and lime.

Launderette

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Launderette has rotating nonalcoholic options, like a grapefruit-fresno and a watermelon shrub. Enjoy while sitting outdoors at this Holly neighborhood favorite.

Served over crushed ice with sparkling water, the house-made drinking vinegars at higher-end Thai restaurant Sway are the perfect refresher to a flavorful meal. For a sweet and spicy flavor, opt for the mango-chili. There are also teas, kombucha, and house-made sodas.

Sway’s mango-chili drinking vinegar
Sway’s mango-chili drinking vinegar
Travis Hallmark/Sway/Facebook

Provision

The North Austin bar and restaurant offers mocktails and low-ABV cocktails. Try the refreshing Garden & Green with cucumber, mint, and cilantro.

Yard Bar

This dog-friendly bar rotates its nonalcoholic mocktail menu seasonally. Other favorites offered year-round include the iced toddy and strawberry lemonade.

Easy Tiger Linc

Both the Linc and downtown locations of this bakery and beer garden offer two mocktails and a non-alcoholic beer. Try the ginger pear fizz with housemade pear syrup, lemon, and ginger beer.

L'Oca d'Oro

This modern Italian restaurant in the growing Mueller development has house-made sodas (in flavors like persimmon and Texas apple) and ginger beer.

Houndstooth Coffee

The MLK location of this favorite coffeeshop has a fall-appropriate mocktail made from chai, apple juice, and a touch of citrus.

Olamaie

In the spirit of southern hospitality, Olamaie has a few nonalcoholic options, like a grapefruit soda with a touch of Tabasco, or a mint spritz.

Nightcap

The Clarksville restaurant features the Tim’s Mocktail: Thai basil, black pepper, pineapple, lemon, and mint.

Holy Roller

The punk rock diner has several spirit-free options, like the Coachelle with blueberry, orgeat almond, lemon, and sparkling water. For those looking for a slightly more complex beverage, ask the bartender to create a drink based on flavor preference.

A mocktail at Holy Roller
A mocktail at Holy Roller
Holy Roller/Facebook

Hillside Farmacy

Simple combinations like fresh pineapple and lime juice reign at Hillside Farmacy. Other alcohol-free combinations include the Pickpocket, a combination of strawberry, basil, and balsamic; and the Country Doctor, with ginger, fresh apple, and cinnamon.

The Roosevelt Room

The experts at essential cocktail bar Roosevelt Room offer zero-proof varieties as well, like the tropical Castaway with mint, cucumber, lime juice, coconut cream, ginger beer, sweetgrass tincture, and a N’artini.

The Castaway mocktail at Roosevelt Room
The Castaway mocktail at Roosevelt Room
Roosevelt Room/Facebook

Eberly

South Lamar restaurant Eberly’s brunch menu has a couple nonalcoholic options, like a pineapple mule with ginger syrup, pineapple, and lime.

Launderette

Launderette has rotating nonalcoholic options, like a grapefruit-fresno and a watermelon shrub. Enjoy while sitting outdoors at this Holly neighborhood favorite.

Sway

Served over crushed ice with sparkling water, the house-made drinking vinegars at higher-end Thai restaurant Sway are the perfect refresher to a flavorful meal. For a sweet and spicy flavor, opt for the mango-chili. There are also teas, kombucha, and house-made sodas.

Sway’s mango-chili drinking vinegar
Sway’s mango-chili drinking vinegar
Travis Hallmark/Sway/Facebook

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