It is easy to assume that most people enjoy a strong cocktail every now and then. Even though millions decide to call the new year sober in. Dry January is a public health campaign that started in 2012 with the help of Alcohol Change UK. This British charity encourages others to try to avoid alcohol throughout the month of January to start the new year healthier and happier.
Many reach out for a fatty drink during outings with friends or just to sip before bedtime. Deciding on a refreshing and zero-sure mocktail during the dry January can help break this pattern more easily. Denver has several spots that offer carefully curated mocktails that are perfect for this occasion. Here is a list of our favorite places to turn to when you need a virgin drink.
Where: 2636 Walnut St., Suite 104, Denver
Hours: Wednesday: 16.00 – 22.00 Thursday – Friday: 16.00 – 23.00 Saturday: 14.00 – 23.00 Sunday: 14.00 – 20.00
Lowdown: The Honey Elixir Bar is full of unique beverages not found anywhere else. Its drinks are mixed with the human experience in mind and are meant to engulf the senses in new and unknown ways. This bar’s huge collection of potions are all non-alcoholic and have unique recipes. These creations do not mock any well-known cocktails and instead give an exclusive taste, free of generic or ready-made mixers. Enjoy one Chocolate ($ 13) in hot or cold form or one Cerebral Cider ($ 11) to enjoy the fresh apple flavor. All Honey Elixir’s inventions are worth a try.
Where: 2825 Wilderness Pl., Boulder and 3601 W. 32 Ave., Denver
Boulder Location Times: Tuesday – Thursday: 10:00 – 14:00
Denver Hours: Wednesday: 16-18
Lowdown: With two locations found in either Denver or Boulder, Cocktail Caravan is one of the best places to grab a freshly made mocktail to enjoy wherever you feel like it. Cocktail Caravan is best known for its mobile bar Lolita and also offers freshly squeezed cocktail mixers for pickup. While these blends are meant to complement your choice of spirits, they are also deliciously virginal. choose Q Sour ($ 16) offering flavors of fresh orange, rosemary and maple or Antelopes ($ 16), a unique play on the daiquirie. Along with many other choices, Cocktail Caravan offers one hot cocoa set ($ 42) offering both spicy and classic blends just in time for this cold winter season. Order for pickup at Cocktail Caravan’s website to enjoy these special drinks.
Where: 1615 Platte St., no. 145, Denver
Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 16.00 – 12.00
Lowdown: Recently reopened January 6, Room for Milly is the perfect place to grab a refreshing drink with friends. Its pleasant atmosphere is the definition of aesthetically pleasing. Along with its collection of beers, wines, sake and cocktails, the Room for Milly’s zero-sum menu is full of excellent virgin choices. One of our favorites is Cantab Sour / Rocks ($ 12), a blend of jasmine tea, ume bush, pomegranate and mint. For a simpler option, select The Point Rickey ($ 3), the perfect combination of soda and lime. Proof of full vaccination status is required to enter.
Where: 2240 N Clay St., Unit 100, Denver
Timer: Monday – Tuesday: 7.00 – 15.00 Wednesday – Saturday: 7.00 – 22.00 Sunday: 7.00 – 17.00
Lowdown: Co-founders Billy and Christy Wynne opened Awake Denver with the mission of creating a safe space for joy and justice in the Denver community. This location is Colorado’s first 100% sober bar and has both a coffee house and a non-alcoholic bar menu. Together with completely virgin beer and wine, Awake offers special elixirs, house classics and seasonal mocktails. In the winter months you can try Blood Moon Solstice ($ 13), complete with ghia, lime, mango, cayenne, vanilla and a red wine float. Any mocktail you might like is also on the menu and will definitely hit the spot.
Where: 4024 Tennyson St., Denver
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 16 – 23
Lowdown: The Tatarian is a modern cocktail bar in the neighborhood, inspired by the deeply connected Berkeley community. It emphasizes the importance of making modern beverages using herbs, roots and spices. Its exclusive cocktail menu features three carefully selected mocktails: Tenéré ’34 ($ 10), Tenéré ’58 ($ 10) and Tenéré 72 ($ 12). Any of these choices will definitely give the classic cocktail feel. Stop in to enjoy fresh flavors and enjoy the Tatarian’s friendly neighborhood environment.
Where: 2021 W 32 Ave., Denver
Hours: Tuesday – Wednesday: 16.00 – 22.00 Thursday: 16.00 – 23.00 Friday 16.00 – 12.00 Saturday: 14.00 – 12.00 Sunday: 14.00 – 21.00
Lowdown: Located in the heart of LoHi, Lady Jane is a cocktail venue full of fun and creative quenchers. Enjoy one of their four non-alcoholic creations that mimic all of our favorite quenchers. That Quince-Sumac Sour ($ 8) contains the taste of frog lip grove and grapefruit while it Fig & Coconut Colada ($ 8) contains refreshing orange, balsamic vinegar and lime. Drink socially without guilt and enjoy the rich culture of LoHi in Lady Jane’s inviting space.