Where To Drink In Manchester When You’re Not Drinking Alcohol

Ditching the booze for a bit this January? Here's a list of Manchester venues offering the best alcohol-free options to help you skip to work in the morning hangover free.

By Emma Davidson | January 11th '22

The Best Dry January Deals

50% OFF at Three Little Words
Three Little Words are offering a whopping 50% off all cocktails this January, and the bar has an alcohol free option, too. The Jekyll cocktail consists of a grilled lemon, mango, pineapple and eucalyptus, and it’s all yours for a cheeky £3.25 this month.

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Unlimited Refills on AF Beers at Brewdog
Brewdog have always been big on beating the hangover. The bar has released its very own range of alcohol free beers, with the bar offering six different zero / low alcohol options, and it even opened its very first booze banned bar back in 2020. So, any of Brewdog’s three Manchester locations should be on your list if you’re craving a night on the town without the sauce, and they’re also offering free refills on all alcohol-free beers throughout January!

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FREE Coffee with Any Hot Meal at Pot Kettle Black
This January Pot Kettle Black are offering up FREE coffee with every hot meal between Mondays and Thursdays. Pop in to their Angel Gardens or Barton Arcade sites during these times to take full advantage. Or, even better – book a table for brunch or lunch here…

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The Best Mocktails & Alcohol-free Beers

‘Temperance’ Menu at Schofield’s
Prepared with the same love, care and affection as their truly outstanding (boozy) cocktails, Schofield’s Temperance Menu features four classics re-created without the alcohol. So there’s the Virgin Mary, a Frosty Toddy and a rose and grapefruit concoction called ‘Dove. The best though is ‘Field of Dreams’ – chamomile, honey and lemon.

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The Teetotal Espresso Martini at Dishoom
As well as serving up some of the best food you’ll find in Manchester, Dishoom has a stellar line up of teetotal tipples that make the restaurant a must-visit if you’re doing dry Jan, or aiming to carry on the booze ban throughout the year. From a Sober Negroni, to a Rumless Mojito and Teetotal Espresso Martini, Dishoom has you covered!

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The AF Pale Ale at Seven Bro7hers
Seven Bro7hers is another bar and brewery known for its experimentation with different flavours and brewing techniques, its ‘Peanut Butter on a Jaffa Cake’ stout being a personal favourite of mine. Their fame and popularity in the world of beer enthusiasts meant it was inevitable that the brothers would put their skills to the test to come up with an alcohol-free alternative to their infamous booze. The brewery launched its AF Pale Ale, a hoppy craft ale a couple of weeks ago, just in time for dry Jan.

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The Virgin Pornstar at The Alchemist
Scientists or bartenders? It’s hard to tell when your cocktail arrives on fire at the Alchemist, but, they do do an outstanding line-up of alcohol free drinks to quench your thirst and leave you bright eyed and bushy tailed the next day, too. Some of the 0% highlights include; the Virgin Italian Spritz, Dark Fruits, Mango Shake, Bubblygum and a Virgin Pornstar.

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Virgin Strawberry Mojito at Canto
Ancoat’s favourite tapas joint, Canto is popular come rain or shine, providing the folk of Manchester with delicious mediterranean dishes and some great drinks to accompany the flavours. Their alcohol free line up includes a Virgin Strawberry Mojito, Peach and Elderflower Fizz and Basil Limonata, all delightfully refreshing!

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Pineapple and Yuzu Soda at Cloudwater
Manchester’s famous Cloudwater brewery not only offers a gorgeous range of beers, but provides a selection of sodas to satisfy your taste buds and steer you away from the usual soft drinks shoved in your face during dry Jan. The brand offers a Pineapple and Yuzu soda made with Motueka Hops and a Mango Sour soda with Citra Hops, which you can enjoy sitting in at the brewery, or to take home.

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The Azahar Martini at 20 Stories
20 Stories has some amazing non-alcoholic cocktails on offer all year round if you’re wanting to experience the heights, but maybe not so dizzily. The round-up includes the Azahar Martini, made with honey and herbs cordial, pineapple, apple and lemon with underlining flavours of orange blossom. Another big teetotal hit is the Spring Time cocktail that combines an alcohol free gin with mango cordial, lemon juice and Fever Tree soda.

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The New Zero Alcohol Cocktail Menu at Evelyn’s
Evelyn’s are soon to be launching a new zero alcohol cocktail menu along side their selection of non-alcoholic beers, smoothies, juices and health shots. Fantastic alongside their health-conscious dishes and brunch offerings.

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The Smoked Pear Mule at Tariff & Dale
Tariff and Dale have a fantastic selection of low and non-alcoholic cocktails on their menu, including a great Cinnamon Mojito and our favourite – their Smoked Pear Mule. There’s also a selection of low/non-alcoholic beers, spirits and wines on offer.

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Low Alcohol Wines at Arlo’s
Stevenson Square staple Arlo’s is one of the best places to sit and watch the Northern Quarter go past, especially on their rather swanky yellow bench outside (but still under cover). They offer up an impressive range of low alcohol wines to go perfectly with your food, and they’re also serving up a rather delicious low-alcohol Passionfruit IPA at the moment too.

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Night Activities that don’t involve alcohol

Shisha & Mocktails at Zouk
Zouk is another great place for cocktails this Jan! The restaurant serves a huge list of drinks, with many classics on there served without the alcohol. They’ve got a Mojito, Cosmopolitan, Strawberry Daiquiri, Pina Colada, as well as some original mixes including the Watermelon Crush and Berrytini, made with crushed berries, fresh lime and sugar syrup. Let’s also not forget the Shisha Lounge outside – perfect if you’re not having a drink.

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Late Night Coffee, Stuzzichini & Mocktails at Haunt
Haunt has been a welcome addition to Peter Street ever since it opened its doors back in August 2021! The gorgeous bar and coffee jaunt has 70s downtown New York vibes, dimly lit and plastered with pictures of Grace Jones – and it’s great if you’re avoiding the booze, too. As well as its range of coffees, pastries and stuzzichini (finger food to you and me), Haunt offers an amazing selection of alcohol-free cocktails including its very own 0% Bramble, made with alcohol free gin.

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Taste Alchohol-FREE from Manchester’s Breweries at General Stores
You’ll now find a General Store in a fair few Manchester hotspots. Ancoats has one, Salford, Media City, Deansgate, Castlefield and Moss Side all benefit from its array of beautiful beers, too, and its line up has some great alcohol-free offerings. You’ll find Salford-based brewery, First Chop’s All Day IPA, Tiny Rebel’s teetotal Clwb Tropicana and Beavertown’s Lazer Crush 0.3% IPA, amongst many other options for those staying away from the drink this month.

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50% OFF Pizza & Ice Cream at Nell’s
Go back to your childhood and head on down to Nell’s where you can get slices of pizza, ice cream and enjoy one of their delicious low-alcohol cocktails, or soft drinks, just like you did when you were 7. Even better, this January they’re offering up four Vegan specials, oh – and they have 50% off all of the food – meaning you can save yourself a wad. It’s available Monday – Friday if you pre-book, which you can do here:

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Arcade Games & AF Beers at NQ64
One of the UK’s most popular zero alcohol beers is available in NQ64 – Heineken 0.0 – meaning you can have a night out, bashing buttons and beating people up without the booze this Dry January. It’s likely that you’ll be even better at all of the games if you’re sober – so maybe even get the betting slips out and make yourself some money battering all of the piss heads.

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Pasta & Crodino at Salvi’s
You don’t always have to have wine with your pasta you know. Or Aperol Spritz. Or gin. You can have your Spaghetti Carbonara and then say ‘ciao’ to Crodino – a sophisticated, sparkling and surprisingly non-alcoholic aperitivo that has been famous in piazzas across Italy since 1965.

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0% DRAUGHT beer at Feel Good Club
Manchester’s feel good gurus and most positive pals have a 0% beer available on draught not just this January, but all year round. If you’re after something other than a booze-free fruity cocktail or bottled beer that’s lost its fizz by the third sip, then Feel Good Club are pouring pints of Brooklyn Brewery’s 0.4% Special Effects Hoppy Lager to quench your thirst.

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