Zero-proof. No ABV. Boozeless beverages. Mocktails (cringe). Whatever you want to call drinks that exclude the quintessential alcohol that makes them "cocktails," they're here to stay and have grown in popularity. There has been a rising tide of bars and restaurants riding the wave of creating signature sips independent of boozy bravado. Whether it's catering to health concerns and addiction or designated drivers and people who don't care for the taste of spirits, these ATL hot spots have met the call in offering thoughtful and tasty non-alcoholic drinks just as good as the traditional tipple.
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El Super Pan
Made in-house, El Super Pan's Aguas Tropicales are refreshing starters in fruity flavors like Tamarindo (tamarind), Mora (blackberry) and Hibiscus Ginger Tea.
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Westside Italian hot spot, Donetto, features a full menu of spiritless options including the Basil Limonata, Thyme & Honey Sparkling Lemonade and Cinnamon Grapefruit Soda.
Double Zero is not only bringing the baller Italian bites, but the menu of mocktails features fresh offerings like Orange Is The New Black with house ginger beer, orange, agave and soda, and the So Fresh So Clean with turmeric, lime, cranberry and pomegranate.
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Sushi destination O-Ku brings year-round flare with signature zero-proof offerings including Hibiscus Ginger Tea, house-made Yuzu Lemonade and the White Dragon featuring lychee, mint and sparkling green tea.
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Ponce hot spot 8Arm is providing the cool down with the Guava Agua Fresca. The refreshing summer sipper boasts guava puree, chia seeds and water, making for a sweet booze-less beverage that's also good for you.
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Mission + Market
Mission + Market in Buckhead has several entries on the menu for non-alcoholic imbibing, choices like Daisies + Diamonds (lemon, water, sugar, rhubarb bitters and basil) and the eye-popping Mount Shasta concoction of house-made pineapple juice, citrus, salt and cranberry bitters.
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Leon's Full Service
Decatur mainstay, Leon's Full Service, has a full-dedicated menu of non-alcoholic cocktails with seasonal flair. Check out the Vinny Vinny Veitch-Ee with grapefruit, passion fruit, lime and salt, and The Beddoin's Secret Garden with pomegranate, orange, elderflower, lime, seltzer and rosemary.
With a reputation for slinging some serious sips, Krog Street Market's Ticonderoga Club is also bringing the booze-free beverages to the party. Just take the complex True 'Til with orange flower honey, lemon, soda water and black pepper, and the Sho-Nuff with citrus cordial, lime, tonic and a grenadine float. Definitely the meanest.
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The irreverent and always fun Midtown seafood house, Bon Ton, hits you over the head (in a good way) with its Mint Cilantro Sparkling Lemonade. This bright sipper is giving us serious mojito vibes, so close your eyes and pretend you're on a beach.
Edgewood Corner Tavern
We want that purple stuff, and you can get it at Edgewood Corner Tavern. The Purple Drink is all-natural, baby, with house blackberry pureé, lemonade, grapefruit, grated ginger, honey and pineapple coconut water /pineapple. You can also add a dash of CBD. It still counts as no alcohol.
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King + Duke
Things are getting spicy at King + Duke in Buckhead. But this heat comes in liquid form in the To Have + To Have Not, a delightfully sweet sipper with pineapple, peach, lime and kicked up with red pepper. There's also the Truer Than True with berry hibiscus, verjus and ginger beer for your drinking pleasure.
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Bar Margot at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
Midtown's Bar Margot is one of the most beautiful hotel cocktail bars around, and the boozeless Beach Body is sure to get you summertime fine with lemon, guava and coconut.
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Wildly popular cuisine, desserts, cocktails and ambiance have made Tiny Lou's at Hotel Clermont one of the city's hottest destinations next to the other hot spot beneath it. Tiny Lou's even included some zero-proof options to keep the party going, drinks like Ginger Tarragon Limeade; the Cape Fodder with cranberry, lime, grenadine and orange blossom water, and the Pearly Knew Her with prickly pear, grapefruit, lime and Sprite.
Chris Watkins is an Atlanta-based freelance writer, photographer, and serves as the voice of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (@DiscoverAtlanta) on social media. You can follow him on Instagram, @christopherbw.