More zero-proof options in bars and restaurants
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These favorite bars will be on everyone’s mind, whether you’re attending Dry January or looking for non-alcoholic options going forward.
church key: DC’s most famous beer bar has expanded its alcohol-free selections since its reopening in Spring 2022, featuring four or five options. Craft-first thinking is at the forefront here, so instead of the ubiquitous Heineken 0.0, you’ll find Untitled Art’s hoppy Italian pilsner and Brooklyn malt forward his hoppy his amber. Notable: Non-alcoholic beer will become your new favorite, and you’re more likely to take home a 4- or 6-pack. Open daily. 1337 14th St. NW. Churchkeydc.comBeer $6-$7.
fight club: Capitol Hill’s Fight Club’s Dry January Menu features 5 Spirit Free options and a weekly ‘Zero Proof Thursday’ Happy Hour offering tastings and specials from 5-7pm. a few weeks ago. Rusty Garden Tools is an herbal concoction of Seedrip’s Citrus Forward Grove 42, often used as a gin substitute, with dill, mint and celery water for long-term use. Open daily. 633 Pennsylvania Ave SE. fightclubdc.comZero proof drinks $7-$12.
Gibson: The pioneering bar near 14th and U was a dimly lit place for a date or just hanging out, and a credible place for creative mixology, with or without booze. On the current menu he has two options, both full proof his cocktail brothers. Quid Pro Quo, Clarice is made with a base of malt tea syrup but gets its herbal depth from flavors like star anise, cardamom and grapefruit pith. It should be noted that it uses bitterness, but this is flagged prominently. We are open from Monday to Saturday. 2009 14th St. NW. thegibsondc.com. Spirits-free cocktail $7.
green zone: From day one, the Middle Eastern-inspired cocktail bar features non-alcoholic drinks on the menu, from traditional Jarab to Turkish coffee. The tangy homemade mint lemonade is a favourite, but taking a cue from Green Zone’s social media, ask for a sparkling rose lemonade sweetened with rose water and served over crushed ice garnished with rose buds. please As appealing as it is delicious. Open from Tuesday to Sunday. 2226 18th St. NW. thegreenzonedc.comNon-alcoholic cocktail $9.
Jane Jane: classic cocktails in a compact but popular date spot. Sherry Spritz is made with sherry vinegar, not fortified wine, and its complex, nutty flavors pair well with the sweetness of citrus and grenadine. Carbonated sparkling water makes it even more festive. Open daily. 1705 14th St. NW. janejanedc.comNon-alcoholic cocktail $8.
moon rabbit: Light and sumptuous, Moon Rabbit stands out for the quality of Kevin Tien’s Vietnamese cuisine. But don’t miss the marble-topped bar, especially the one offered in the prominent “bohemian” section of the menu. Our bartender described Marble His Mountain as “like a dirty martini.” Made with Bare’s zero-proof gin, this cocktail contrasts a sour verge with a light brine. The umami tincture provides depth and harmony with the flavor of pickles. After I ordered my second round, with a Paloma-like taste and a citrus full-bodied and hit from Grapefruit Chai Oreo, the bartender asked if I was doing Dry Janua. I said yes and she directed me in the direction of the wine list. The wine list included alcohol free wines by the glass and bottle and offered to bring a taste of what we were interested in. Choose from 4 cocktails, 5 wines by the glass, and 4 cans and bottles of beer. Open daily. 801 Wharf St. SW moonrabbitdc.comCocktails $11-$14. Wine $12-$14; Beer $8.
Serenade: La Cosecha’s spacious central bar in the Latin American food hall is one of the best places in the city for cocktails and welcomes all. “¿Sin alcohol? No hay issues. The current star is Bear’s Best Ever Margarita with Bear’s Zero Proof Tequila.” Some.) Unlike many non-alcoholic cocktails, it doesn’t lack texture and consistency. It feels just right. Open daily. 1280 Fourth Street NE. serenatadc.comDrinks $13-$15.
service bar: This neighborhood cocktail spot on U Street is 18 on the latest list of the 50 Best Bars in North America, an annual ranking based on votes of bartenders, authors and other industry members, thanks to its creative drinks and unpretentious atmosphere. I got the rank. The Zero Proof section of the menu features a seasonal Citrus Cooler.Current combo includes citrus forward seed lip, sharp cranberry balanced with botanical flavors Aromas of fresh shocked mint and burnt lemon. If you told me this was a refreshing summer gin drink, I would probably believe you. Open from Tuesday to Sunday. 926 U cents NW. servicebardc.comZero proof drinks $7-$9.
18th Tiki: Too many non-alcoholic tiki drinks taste like an overly sweet Five Alive. Not so at Tiki on 18, Adams Morgan’s cocktail spot above the game. Here, bar his director Rico his Wisner uses classic tiki ingredients in a booze-free cocktail. Wisner created his own Fashionola, a sweet, nutty, mild passionfruit-flavored syrup for use in drinks like Hurricane, and incorporated it into an easy-to-drink Tiki Toller with just citrus and club soda. . Similarly, Coco-Loco is a thick house syrup with coconut milk and coconut water, but the creamy zero-proof he makes an excellent base for piña coladas. A sweet and simple drink. Imagine a pina colada made exclusively in Malibu. Open daily. 2411 18th St. NW. tikion18th.comNon-alcoholic cocktails $7-$8.