For those looking to cut back on alcohol consumption but still have a yen for wintery drinks? We’ve compiled these non-alcoholic drinks and mocktails as a Dry January guide to Philly’s top zero proof destinations for your consideration: Royal Boucherie, Forsythia, Stratus Rooftop Lounge, Patchwork, Rex at The Royal, Red Owl Tavern, Jet Wine Bar, and Urban Farmer.
Forsythia, Chef Christopher Kearse’s contemporary French restaurant and bar in Old City, is rejuvenating their zero-proof offerings to include Shrub and Soda of the Day, in addition to a rotating mix of mocktails and low-ABV sippers. Guests can sip on the PGL composed of non-alcoholic tequila, pomegranate, ginger, and lime juice, or opt for a Shrub and Soda of the Day with the featured flavor Apple-Fig. In early 2023, Beverage Director Shawn Miller will add non-alcoholic spirits and amaros made in-house to its robust, ever-evolving beverage program.
Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday, 5pm – 10pm
233 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA | 215.644.9395 | www.forsythiaphilly.com
Jet Wine Bar, Philadelphia’s global vineyard known for its impressive stock of Ancient World wines from every corner of the globe, is kicking off Dry January with its first tasting of the new year aptly dubbed Boozeless Bottles, a hangover-free wine and spirits tasting in conjunction with Gem Life + Bar, on Tuesday, January 10 at 6pm. Drew Davis from Gem Life Booze-free Bottle Shop will be on-site to walk attendees through each zero proof libation. Tickets are $50/person and include food pairings, tax and gratuity, and a bevy of non-alcoholic wines, spirits, and much more.
For those unable to attend, Jet Wine Bar boasts a selection of no-proof cocktails such as Cranberry Ginger Spritz ($6) featuring a house-made cranberry syrup, and lime, topped with ginger beer, Tarragon Fizz ($7) composed of a Georgian tarragon soda, spiced honey, finished with club, and Fever-Tree Craft Soda ($5) with ginger beer, sparkling lemon, and grapefruit.
Hours of operation: 5 pm – 10 pm Wednesday through Thursday, 5 pm – 11 pm on Friday, 2 pm – 11 pm on Saturday, 12 – 6 pm on Sunday
Patchwork, a lively restaurant and bar focused on New American cuisine nestled on the second floor of Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia, is starting the new year off strong with a freshly-minted menu of effervescent mocktails for imbibers to sip on during Dry January and beyond. The flavorful, non-alcoholic libations (priced at $12/each) include New Me composed of espresso, orange cordial, tonic, and lemon, Permisson Says fashioned with permisson cardamom shrub, lemon, and soda, Ghia Spritz crafted using non-alcoholic aperitif Ghia, bubbles, lime and sea salt, Don’t Call Me Shirley comprised of housemade grenadine, hibiscus, and ginger, and Newgroni composed of Italian red bitter soda and lemon.
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 7:30 – 10:45am (breakfast); Monday through Friday 11:30am – 4:30pm (lunch); Monday and Tuesday 4:30 – 9pm, Thursday and Friday 4:30 – 10pm, Saturday 5 – 10pm (dinner); and Saturday 8am – 4pm and Sunday 8am – 3pm (brunch).
1620 Chancellor St. | 215.985.1234 | www.patchworkphilly.com
Red Owl Tavern, the modern American tavern located on Independence Mall, allows sober curious guests to enjoy the current selection of winter-centric, festive cocktails crafted by Lead Bartender Christopher Devern by removing the booze and substituting with Seedlip Spice 94, a pioneering non-alcoholic spirit. Mindful imbibers have a wide variety of zero-proof seasonal sippers to choose from including Holiday Cheermeister composed of Seedlip Spice 94, spiced cranberry syrup, lime juice, and a sparkling non-alcoholic alternative to the traditional Prosecco, and Fireside Chai fashioned with Seedlip Spice 94, chai syrup, lemon juice, and hot water.
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 7:30 – 10:45am (breakfast); Monday through Friday 11:30am – 4:30pm (lunch); Monday and Tuesday 4:30 – 9pm, Thursday and Friday 4:30 – 10pm, Saturday 5 – 10pm (dinner); and Saturday 8am – 4pm and Sunday 8am – 3pm (weekend brunch).
433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA | 215.923.2267 | www.redowltavern.com/
Rex at The Royal, Philadelphia’s home for elevated Lowcountry fare housed in the historic and newly rejuvenated Royal Theater, offers two standout no-ABV beverages for Dry January participants: Guests can sip on the If You Got ‘Em ($8), crafted with cold brew coffee, smoked pear, lime, rosemary, and demerara, or the Cide Eye ($8), made with apple pie cocktail syrup, lemon, sparking, and a salt rim, while enjoying staple entrees like the Shrimp & Grits or oysters fresh from the raw bar.
Hours of operation: 5 pm – 10 pm Monday through Thursday, 5 pm – 11 pm Friday through Saturday, 11 am – 2:30 pm for Sunday Brunch, and 5 pm – 9 pm for Sunday Dinner
1524 South St. Philadelphia PA | 267.319.1366 | www.rexphl.com
Royal Boucherie, Old City’s lively and atmospheric neighborhood bar and restaurant, has recently rejuvenated their crowd-pleasing selection of Temperance Cocktails to include a mix of refreshing elixirs and seasonal no-proof sippers such as Pretty in Pink ($7), composed of strawberry, lime, and sparkling grapefruit soda, Lavender Bow Tie ($7), crafted with lavender-pea flower, grapefruit, and club soda, and Liz Lemon ($7), fashioned with elderflower, rosemary syrup, and lemonade. Additionally, sober-curious folks can sip on Gruvi Zero-Proof Sparkling Rosé ($9), and Athletic Brewing Free Wave ($7), a non-alcoholic IPA from Stratford, CT.
Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 4 pm – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday, 4 pm – 11 pm, and Sunday, 4 pm – 9 pm with weekend brunch served Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 2:30 pm
52 S Second Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267.606.6316 | www.royalboucherie.com
Stratus Rooftop Lounge, the chic rooftop venue on the 11th floor of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Old City, is elevating Dry January with mocktails thoughtfully collated by Lead Bartender Patrick Banko, featuring leading non-alcoholic distilled spirits brand Seedlip. Highlighted zero-proof libations include Harvest Dreams composed of Seedlip 108, spiced cucumber syrup, and lime juice, and Currently Venting prepared with Seedlip 94, huckleberry syrup, and lemon juice, topped with club soda.
Hours of operation: Wednesday 4pm – 10pm, Thursday 8pm – 1am, Friday 5pm – 2am, and Saturday 8pm – 2am
433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA (11th floor of Kimpton Hotel Monaco) | 215.925.2889 | www.stratuslounge.com/
Urban Farmer, Logan Square’s rustic chic modern American steakhouse, boasts an impressive array of no-proof cocktails featured during Dry January and beyond, adding to the already robust, seasonally-apt beverage program. Those abstaining from boozy beverages in the new year can sip on the Farm Mule ($7) composed of Fever Tree Ginger Beer and lime mint syrup, finished with a dash of bitters, Pal-No-Ma ($7) crafted with grapefruit, lime, agave, and sea salt, topped with soda water, Pomegranate Spritz ($7) with Fever Tree Club Soda, pomegranate juice, and rosemary, finished with fresh lime, and Orange Creamsicle ($7) fashion with Fever Tree Club Soda, orange juice, vanilla bean, and Chantilly cream.
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am – 9 pm, and Sunday, 8 am – 3 pm
1850 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA | 215.963.2788 | www.urbanfarmersteakhouse.com
116 North 3rd St. | 215-922-2600 | www.artintheage.com
– Nicole Schofield