January is here! Millions around the globe are preparing to take on the Dry January challenge. The trend started almost 15 years ago when an advocacy group in the UK highlighted the benefits of taking a break from alcohol such as weight loss, better sleep and improved mood. In the years since it’s become a staple in the lives of many. Abstaining from booze doesn’t mean the party has to stop, though. Here’s a list of places serving up tasty mocktails in Long Beach.
2420 E. 28th Street
This woman-owned cafe and speakeasy is 100% alcohol-free. Their mocktail menu features items like the “Eartha Spritz” (a nod to feminist icon, Eartha Kitt) made with green tea, lemongrass and ginger. They also offer spirit-free versions of classics like Bloody Mary’s, Moscow Mules and margaritas. In addition to ABV-free cocktails, they also have a full food menu and host a weekend brunch.
Alder and Sage
366 Cherry Avenue
In addition to a delectable dining menu with items such as the smoked Salmon Tartine or the braised short ribs, Alder and Sage also offers mocktails and coffee cocktails. On their winter menu, they have a “cozy and decadent” number, the Campfire Mocha, made with dark chocolate, marshmallow syrup and espresso, with a graham cracker rim. For those who crave flavors more akin to a traditional cocktail, try their Elderflower mocktail served in a champagne saucer (pinkies up!).
The Wicked Wolf
2332 Pacific Avenue
Step into a world of whimsy and fantasy at this fairy-tale-themed bar in the Wrigley neighborhood. In addition to a full bar and cocktail list with classics like the Old Fashioned and Sazerac, The Wicked Wolf boasts a menu of 8 mocktails, like the Sleeping Beauty*, made with pineapple, coconut and prickly pear.
*Prince Charming, not included.
Claire’s at the Museum
2300 E Ocean Blvd Long Beach, CA 90803
Take in the serene ocean views at this beachfront restaurant situated on the patio of the Long Beach Museum of Art. This popular brunch spot features mocktails with bright and refreshing flavors like their Grapefruit and Rosemary Fizz.
While some bars might not have a dedicated mocktail menu, some bartenders may be willing and able to whip something up… just ask! Cheers to Dry January, Long Beach.