World Best Bar

Jan 06, 2018

January is, for so many people following the excesses of December, the time when they choose to lay off the booze, to give their body and spirit a chance to recuperate.

That doesn’t mean you want to stop having a social life. Fortunately there are plenty of places in London that serve creative, tasty, and healthy alcohol-free cocktails, many as inventive and complex as their boozy siblings. If you’re really serious about going dry for January (or longer) the aptly named Redemption markets itself as London’s first non-alcoholic cocktail bar. Having started life as a pop-up on the rooftop of hip east London spot Netil House, this virtuous bar serves elegant coconut water-based mocktails alongside a selection of scrummy vegan (of course) snacks. It now has a permanent home on Ladbroke Grove, a stylish venue serving drinks like the Coco-Rita, a light, zingy blend of fresh lime juice, agave and coconut water shaken over ice.

La Suite West is elegantly designed boutique hotel, somewhat hidden away on the Bayswater side of Hyde Park, the bar and restaurant of which – called, appropriately, RAW – specialises in guilt-free health food as well as delectable mocktails. The work of renowned designer Anouska Hempel the whole place has been geared up towards health and good living including the divine mocktails on the drinks menu.

Staying central and popular Indian bar and restaurant, Carom, in Soho has a good range of lassis and fruity tipples for those laying off the booze, as does WBB favourite Dishoom – which now has branches in Shoreditch, King’s Cross and Covent Garden. The fragrant Rose and Cardamom Lassi is a good starting point, though the Salted Lassi, laced with cumin, is also worth a pop and pairs perfectly with their cooking. Popular Peruvian spot Ceviche in Soho offers some fruit based cocktails along with the pisco sours – the blood orange, ginger and lime option is a good bet, while we also like the sound of guava, ginger and lemongrass cocktail.

The Be at One chain of cocktail bars also does a very nice and wide line in non-alcoholic concoctions – their virgin drinks include the Super Flip, a mix of apple ginger and mint and the On The Wagon, a sweet mix of banana, strawberry and Grenadine – while the Barrio chain of South American style bars does a condensed milk and coconut tipple that’s seriously tempting on so many levels. If you’re after something a shade more glam than Mark’s Bar under Hix on Soho’s Brewer Street ticks all the boxes. The room is seriously stylish and while there are plenty of proper cocktails on offer, the drinks list also stretches to a range of superior non-alcoholic tipples too. This is the kind of compromise we love.



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