Best Bristol pubs for alcohol-free drinks 2023Posted on: 11 Jan 2023
The new year is upon us and it’s that time again when everyone is taking a break from drinking to try Dry January.
While some of us are slowing down our drinking habits, that does not mean that the endless cycle of birthdays and pub trips isn’t going full steam ahead.
So, with this in mind, we’ve taken a look at some of Bristol’s best Dry January-friendly bars as well as some of the top local alcohol-free beers.
Why 0.5% = alcohol-free?— Good Chemistry Brewing (@GoodChemBrew) January 6, 2023
“Alcohol-Free” beers sold in the UK must not contain above 0.5% ABV.
Did you know a lot of everyday foods contain alcohol? Whenever you find fermentation, you’ll find traces of alcohol. Breads, ripe fruits, vinegars & yoghurt!
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The Coronation | 18 Dean Lane, Southville, BS3 1DD
South Bristol favourite, The Coronation, is first on our list with its impressive roster of non-alcoholic drinks. Their beer stock includes Bristol Beer Factory’s Clear Head (0.5%), Erdinger Blue (0.5%), Guinness Zero (0%), Heineken 0.0 (0%), Tiny Rebel’s Clwb Tropica Non-Alc (0.5%) and Brewdog’s Nanny State (0.5%).
The Coronation also stocks Thatcher’s Zero, Tanqueray gin and tonic with killer Virgin Marys on offer as well as offering a sizeable menu.
The Greenbank | 57 Belle Vue Road, Easton, BS5 6DP
The Greenbank is a bright, airy community-focused pub in Easton that boasts a beautiful redbrick exterior and a courtyard.
As well as a lengthy list of real ales and stone-baked pizzas, their non-alcoholic roster features Wiper and True’s Tomorrow Lager (0.5%), Good Chemistry’s Zero Gravity (0.5%), Clear Head (0.5), Erdinger Blue (0.5%) and Budvar Alcohol Free (0.5%).
Cloak and Dagger | 182-184 Cheltenham Rd, Cotham, BS6 5RB
One of Bristol’s most loved independent, grassroots venues, Cloak and Dagger, are truly treating Dry January with the respect it deserves in the shape of a very special mocktail menu. Here it is:
Fake 75 (with Lyre’s gin, lemon juice and nosecco)
Virgin Mary (tomato juice, horseradish, chilli flakes, Worcestershire sauce, pickle garnish)
Strawberry River (Lyre’s gin, strawberry syrup, lime, cranberry, mint syrup)
New Old Fashioned (Lyre’s whiskey, orange, and angostura bitters)
Fakehound (Lyre’s gin, 50ml grapefruit juice, lemon juice, gomme)
Hard Day’s Night (Lyre’s gin, lychee, grapefruit juice, pinch salt, drop tobasco)
Cloak & Mirrors (Caleno tropical spirit, lime juice, pineapple, cranberry, orange bitters)
Elderflower Breeze (vanilla syrup, elderflower, nosecco, lime, mint syrup)
Pina Nolada (caleno tropical spirit, pineapple juice, coconut cream with maraschino cherry)
The Gryphon | 41 Colston St, BS1 5AP
Popular heavy metal pub, The Gryphon, is well known for its incredible beer selection and legendary landlord John Ashby has made sure the bar is well stocked with non-alcoholic beverages.
The Gryphon’s Dry January selection features Galactic milk stout (0.5%), Easy Times IPA (0.5%), Cab Tropica-na (0.5%), No Worries (0.5%), Clear Head (0.5%), GF IPA (0.5%).
The Old Bookshop | 65 North St, Bedminster, BS3 1ES
Back to Bedminster for our final pick and The Old Bookshop, a veritable hot spot for all the best German, Belgian and European-inspired beer. The pub boasts a wide range of alcohol-free options that you don’t often see behind a bar.
Their German lagers are Gaffel Kolsch lager (0%) and Monschof (0%) and there is De Halve Man, Sport Zot (0.5%) for Belgium beer fans. There are also a range of UK pale ales on offer with Thornbridge’s Zero Pale ale (0.5%) and Northern Monk’s Holy Faith (0.5%).
The pub also has a selection of German wheat beers and alcohol-free cocktails such as gin and tonic, a passionfruit mojito and Virgin Marys.
In addition to these well-stocked Dry January destinations, many of Bristol’s top local breweries boast their own stellar alcohol-free beverages. These include Good Chemistry’s Zero Gravity pale ale (0.5%), Left Handed Giant’s Single Hop City pale (<0.5%) and Bristol Beer Factory’s Clear Head IPA (0.5%).
If you think we’ve left any of Bristol’s amazing independent pubs or bars, then please let us know here and we’ll be happy to include it.
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