So you’re pregnant, teetotal, religious, detoxing, skint or just not feeling it… whatever we hear ya and so do most of the best bars out there. Sometimes there’s more to life than getting trashed, and some of London’s finest bars know that too. Sit back, chill out… it’s cool, let’s get you something to drink…
NON ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
These guys have some non-alcoholic drinks that sound so good it makes you want to turn teetotal. Although there are only a few options BarChick loved the ‘Lost Valentine’ with lemon sherbet churned with chilled green tea, smacked mint and a touch of orange, spiced with nutmeg.
66-70 Brewer Street, London, W1F 9UP
Going here is special whether you’re drinking or not; and if you’re not then don’t worry cos these guys have some seriously well balanced virgin cocktails on offer for you. Try the Tea Rinfresco (meaning ‘I refresh you’), a blend of ginger syrup, lime juice, lychee purée, mandarin juice, Earl Grey tea and soda water. Yes please.
Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL
This place is so fancy it’s a shame to let it go to waste just because you aren’t drinking, plus they have live entertainment every night. Ignore the Champagne and make your way over to the non-alcoholic section and choose between the Marilyn Monroe or the Elizabeth Taylor. These are quite pricey but damn good. The Monroe is blood orange juice, raspberries, orange, vanilla, Angostura bitters and soda. But of course, if you want something else, tell them your taste and they will whip something up for you. Sit back in these grand surroundings, sip your drink and enjoy the show.
The Savoy Hotel, 189 Strand, London, WC2R OEU
Although Hawksmoor do some mega cocktails we all know the star of the show is that meat (and trimmings). So you’re not drinking? Who cares?! They’ve got some soft drinks for everyone available at all Hawksmoors. Here for breakfast? Get the Cornflake Milkshake for £4… otherwise, the guys here are known for their Shakey Pete’s Ginger Brew so why not order their Ginger & Juice to feel like you’re getting some of it, they obviously use the same ginger syrup. Not your thing? We also liked the Apple & Mint Swizzle (each are three quid, bloody bargain).
157 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BJ
Whether you’re in the café bar upstairs or in the dark and dirty restaurant through an old sex shop entrance, you can get involved with this amazing Mexican menu. We’re talking tacos, tostaditas and shiz off the grill… hell yes. Sure your mates will be washing this all down with tequila but whatever because you can get involved with either the hibiscus water, fresh mint, red berries or pure green juice! With this much food who cares?!
16 Moor Street, London, W1D 5NH
You might think curry and beer is the ‘done thing’ but you’re wrong. Traditionally you should team your spicy food up with a fruit juice, lassi or punch – how convenient for you! So needless to say these guys have got LOADS of drinks for you to choose from including fruity, herby, tea infused or some serious chai flavours. We loved the Bhang Lassi a traditional Holi drink, with fresh shredded mint instead of hemp (boo!), ginger, grenadine, candied fennel sprinkles and coconut milk. The beauty of this is you can have it with or without rum, so anyone can enjoy!
7 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7JE / 12 Upper Street, St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9FB
BARS WITH MORE TO THEM THAN BOOZE
This place used to be a squat but it’s now a hippy hanging, film loving, weird and wonderful world. Whatever day of the week it is, Passing Clouds will have something to offer, whether it is a people’s kitchen, a late night jam session, pre-World War II ragtime night, or some good old fashioned dance lessons, this place is available to you whenever you want it. If you aren’t drinking they have a vast tea selection ready and waiting for you, plus each night there is a £3.50 meal on offer for everyone, that’s right, one meal each night just like at home!
1 Richmond Road, London, E8 4AA
Hit Duck and Waffle any time of day, this hang out is open 24 hours so if you want breakfast, lunch, dinner or a midnight feast it makes no difference. Try their foie gras all day breakfast or their signature dish, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup – you aren’t drinking so these extra calories don’t count. Plus, whatever time of day you decide to arrive, the view will still be just as amazing, sunrise or sunset! With 360 degree views of London you can see everything. The super-fast lift is a reason to visit alone… although, ignore everything we have just told you if you have vertigo (of course).
Heron Tower,110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
Obvious choice if you want to go out without the booze and still have some fun. Sure a drink on the side might give people that extra confidence boost they need but we’re sure you can get a load of strikes if you practise. This retro diner is the perfect hangout with a group of mates. Get a side of fries, a coke float and a couple of lanes and that’s your evening sorted!
Holborn, Bricklane, Bayswater, Westfield
Another good game to keep you occupied when out is ping pong, no need for a glass in your hand when you’ve got a racket. Plus, if you head to Ping on a Monday there is all you can eat pizza for £15. YES PLEASE. Work off those carbs with a vigorous table tennis match, and take in the décor, it was designed by “I LOVE DUST” who were behind MeatLiquor’s edgy ceiling art, so yes, this place looks pretty damn cool!
180 – 184 Earl’s Court Road, London, SW5 9QG
With all that being said, who even says you NEED to go to a bar?! We’ve got JUST the activity for you and that is Hint Hunt. This beaut is for team building/laughing at your mates crack under pressure. We can’t give much away or it’ll ruin it but all we can say is the experience is AMAZING. Take Cluedo, throw in Crystal Maze with a touch of Fort Boyard and you’ve got it. Don’t break things, play nice and let’s see if you can complete the task! It’s only 16 quid a head with teams of 5 so round up the troops!
72 – 76 Eversholt Street, London, NW1 1BY