The festive season is over, and if you partied a little too hard last month you might be looking to give your liver a break this January. Whether you’re going the whole hog and giving Dry January a shot or just looking to cut back on the boozing, these exciting non-alcoholic alternatives from Bristol City Centre BID* will mean you won’t even miss it.

  • Mocktails...

Milk Thistle

Having recently been named as one of the top 50 cocktail bars in the country, Milk Thistle is well established for its creative menu and top notch mixologists. Their bar staff are so good they haven’t even bothered with a mocktail menu, simply let them know your favourite flavours and they’ll whip you up a bespoke beverage.

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The Mocktails, or Antidotes as they call them, on Aluna’s menu are not to be sniffed at. What their magical creations lack in alcohol they more than make up for in originality and flavour, and all at a very reasonable £4.50. Try the Frostope, vanilla and caramel flavoured Pepsi with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream, for a decadent mocktail-cum-dessert.

Turtle Bay

If Turtle Bay is known for one thing, it is surely their happy ‘hour’, where you can get two-for-one on cocktails until 7pm every day, and from 10pm Thursday to Sunday! Mocktails are of course included in this, meaning you can nab two tasty alcohol-free tipples for the incredibly low price of just £4.50. See you at the bar!

  • Milkshakes…


Self-proclaimed creators of ‘gelato to fall in love with’, Swoon use only the finest ingredients to create their fabulous flavours of gelato and sorbetto. And it’s these delicious flavours that are used in their affogato and ‘Swoon Shakes’ as well. Heavenly.

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From classic vanilla ice-cream to cherry Bakewell, peanut butter and everything in between - you name it, Kaspa’s will put it in a milkshake. Whether you prefer chocolate or fruit based flavours, you’re bound to find something to appeal to your taste buds, and they’re open until 11pm every day for that late night sugar fix.


Although a traditional bubble tea is not too dissimilar from a milkshake, trying to find a category that best suits this sweet drink is no easy feat! It can be served with or without milk, hot or cold, with fruit, syrup or even coffee, and we haven’t even gotten started on the toppings (which go in the bottom)! Confused? Head to Bubbleology and they’ll walk you through it.

  • Tea and Coffee

Browns Brasserie & Bar

Is there a more British pastime than afternoon tea? Browns on Queens Road doesn’t think so, and that’s why theirs is served from 3pm until 5.30pm every single day. You can enjoy a selection of savouries such as fishcakes and sarnies, scones and mini desserts alongside your choice of loose leaf tea or artisan coffee from just £19.50 per person.

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Dom’s Coffee House

Dom’s has held its own against the ever-growing number of coffee shops in the city centre since opening its doors in 2016. With the simple aim of serving excellent coffee in the heart of Bristol, Dom’s no frills approach is the perfect place to relax and enjoy your cuppa. They have a great upstairs space too.

Bird & Blend

Us Brits are a pretty passionate bunch when it comes to tea, and Bird & Blend take this passion to the next level. Their huge array of loose leaf and bagged teas range from the classic Yorkshire brew to experimental and seasonal flavours and their knowledgeable team are always on hand to advise and pour a sample.

*Bristol City Centre BID exists solely to introduce significant improvements for the benefit of levy payers. Its aim is to ensure Bristol city centre is increasingly known for its safe, attractive and welcoming look and feel by all those who come to work, study, visit, and spend leisure time.


The Milk Thistle
The Milk Thistle Bristol interior

Housed over four floors in one of the finest historic buildings in the city, The Milk Thistle incorporates a cocktail bar, lounge & private function rooms.


Authentic artisan gelato bar with a dash of Italian swagger and style. Handmade treats including sorbetti, gelato sticks and individual gelato monoporzioni. Providing locally roasted coffee and baked pastries, hot and cold drinks.

Browns Brasserie & Bar
Browns Brasserie & Bar

Browns Brasserie & Bar Bristol is housed in part of the old Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, which was modeled on the Doge’s Palace in Venice.