Gone are the days when opting for a low or no alcohol drink meant sticking to the same old fizzy drinks. An alcohol-free revolution is underway and Bristol’s pubs, bars and restaurants are embracing it, with mocktails and low ABV spirits and beers for anyone cutting back on booze.

Here are some of the best places to find palate-pleasing, alcohol-free tipples around the city.

Racks Bar and Kitchen

There’s a cracking selection of alcohol-free bevs at Racks in Clifton, including beers and mocktails. You can even give back to charity by ordering Bristol Beer Factory’s Clear Head IPA. 5% of profits from this beer for good go to Talk Club, a Bristol-born organisation building an empowering mental health community for men.

Savour a few pints while you tune into sport on the big screens or with their excellent pub grub – check out the Sunday roasts and the £6 weekday lunch deal.  

Pavilion terrace at Racks Bar and Kitchen

Image - Racks, credit Evoke Pictures Lifestyle

Klosterhaus

Tropical flavours are taking over a corner of the drinks menu at German restaurant Klosterhaus, until the end of February. They’ve teamed up with local non-alcoholic spirits maker Caleño to create a mocktail menu, using their sustainably made Light & Zesty gin and Dark & Spicy rum as a base. Pick from three fruity concoctions or the Zona Cafetera made with espresso, cherry, orgeat and milk.

Klosterhaus bar

Image - Klosterhaus

6 O'clock Gin

For all the flavour of their usual London dry gin without the morning-after headache, local distillery 6 O’clock Gin has perfected a low alcohol, low sugar gin and tonic, with a hint of orange peel and elderflower. Cans of Light & Low comes in crates of 12, ready to enjoy at home or on the go.

Spend over £30 on their website during January and you’ll receive a free crate.

Can of 6 O'clock Gin's Light and Low gin and tonic

Image - 6 O'clock Gin

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

There’s more mocktail action at The Ivy Clifton Brasserie. Part of the stylish chain and based in a grand former bank building decked in Art Deco interiors, there’s a fittingly classy selection of coolers and booze-less cocktails on offer, shaken or stirred with leading non-alcoholic spirits of the moment.

Among those you can try are an Elderflower Garden with Seedlip’s herby Garden 108; an Angelic Amaretto Sour with Lyre’s alcohol-free amaretto; or the Cos-no-politan with Seedlip’s zesty Grove 42.

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

Image - The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

The Coconut Tree

Just as vibrant and flavourful as The Coconut Tree’s Sri Lankan street food dishes are their creatively presented Cocotails, available at both the Gloucester Road and Clifton restaurants. Those skipping alcohol can order ‘low, no or add’ options. How about a Pi-no-colada, the island classic sans the rum served in a freshly carved pineapple, or the Sunrise Surprise with Tanqueray 0% gin and Nix & Kix’s sparkling blood orange and turmeric?

Bartender making drinks at The Coconut Tree Gloucester Road

Image - The Coconut Tree Gloucester Road

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