Philadelphia, PA - Sober October may not exactly be the new Dry January, but there’s no doubt that some are cutting back on boozy beverages this month, so we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite mocktails for your perusal.
From creative booze-free concoctions, to fresh juices and sodas, check out the best places in Philly to observe Sober October.
Royal Boucherie, Old City’s American-inspired brasserie from Top Chef winner, Nicholas Elmi, and all-around Lady Boss, Suzanne O’Brien, is known for its innovative cocktail menus boasting creative concoctions and the timeless classics. However, Lead Bartender, Zeke Rudy, always has rotating Temperance Cocktails for those looking for a booze-free beverage, including Easy East Side $5 — lime, mint cucumber; Ginger Howard $5 — ginger, lemon, tea; and the beautiful Lavender Bow Tie $6 — flowers, grapefruit, soda, an instagrammer’s dream.- 52 South 2nd St. | 267.606.6313 | www.royalboucherie.com
Red Owl Tavern, the bustling restaurant and bar across from Independence Hall, may be known for its extensive brown spirits selection, however, Lead Bartender Kyle Darrow likes to offer at least one mocktail for those looking for a cocktail alternative. Those observing Sober October should be sure to try Kyle’s Silk Road, boasting Seedlip Spice (non-alcoholic distilled spirit), 5 spice syrup, lime and ginger beer. This creative mocktail is available for $12 .- 433 Chestnut St. | 215.923.2267 | www.redowltavern.com
Townsend, East Passyunk’s romantic French bistro, offers guests a booze-free alternative with Beverage Manager, Harry Jamison’s Something to Put These Flames Out, a fun faux-cocktail, featuring cardamom, lime, cinnamon, ginger, club soda, topped with grated nutmeg and mint. Guests observing Sober October or looking for an elevated soft drink, can enjoy the beverage for $8.- 1623 E Passyunk | 267.639.3203 | www.townsendrestaurant.com
Rex 1516, Philadelphia’s home for elevated Southern-inspired fare, not to mention one of the best Hurricanes outside of NOLA, has a respected cocktail program lead by Bar Manager Lou DiNunzio. However, when Lou isn’t shaking up one of his boozy tipples, he’s making fresh juice for his rotating non-alcoholic beverages, currently three sodas: Strawberry, coriander syrup and lemon; Cucumber syrup, ginger, lime, fresh mint garnish; Black Pepper and cardamom syrup, lime. All sodas are available for $6.-1516 South St. | 267.319.1366 | www.rex1516.ccom