Where to Sip Mocktails in Metro Detroit

No alcohol? No problem at these area bars, cocktail lounges, and restaurants.
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Photograph courtesy of Nara

Are you participating in dry January but still wanting to have some fun on the town? These area bars, restaurants, and cocktail lounges are concocting spirit-free drinks with fresh ingredients this month and beyond.

Rose House Brunch

This new trending Macomb County spot is open for brunch from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. On the menu, you’ll find beautifully crafted brunch staples including waffles and burgers, along with teas, coffees, and mocktails including the Lavender Butterfly and Blackberry Mule. Rose House Brunch, 47363 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township; instagram.com

Basan

In addition to a selection of red and white wines, beers, sake, and specialty cocktails, Basan offers four no-ABV options: the Vanishing Act (oolong ice tea, chrysanthemum, honey, orange blossom and salt), Holy Shishito (peach, shishito, grapefruit, lime, and togarashi), Sucker Punch (calico, blackberry, thyme, orange, and ginger), and Baby Bird (roasted coconut, market lime, lemongrass, lime, and soda). Basan, 2703 Park Ave., Detroit; basandetroit.com

The Black Salt

This cocktail bar, which specializes in spell cocktails, also serves classic drinks, beer, wine, cider, tea, coffee, and 10 non-alcoholic mocktails including the Dark and Stormy, Painkiller, Pineapple Mojito, and Coconut Margarit-nah. The Black Salt, 2764 Florian St., Hamtramck; theblacksaltbar.com

Le Suprême

If you like apples, try The Temptation at this Parisian-inspired brasserie, located on the ground level of Detroit’s Book Tower. It’s made with Granny Smith apple juice, lemon juice, honey, orange flower water, and seltzer. They’re also offering the Citron Crush, which blends Ghia, raspberry, lemon juice, and muddled oranges. Le Suprême, 1265 Washington Blvd., Detroit; lesupremedetroit.com

Host Utica

Host Utica offers an extensive cocktail and drink menu created by beverage director Jake Virden. They offer three “zero-proof” drinks: Megalomaniac, made with ginger, orange juice, and champagne acid; Keep Your Eye on the Tiger, made with hibiscus, lime, orange juice, and coca-cola; and Dads at Kyoto Again, made with strawberry, calico, and flower cordial. Host Utica, 7759 Auburn Road, Utica; hostutica.com.

Bar Pigalle

The winter 2024 menu at Bar Pigalle features two speciality non-alcoholic options: The Pigalle Bitter Spritz, which is made with Dhos bitter aperitif, verjus blanc, cinnamon, and soda, as well as the N/A Skeleton Key, which is made with Kentucky 74, elderflower, ginger, lemon, ango, and soda. Bar Pigalle, 2915 John R. St., Detroit; barpigalle.com

Eastern Palace Club

The “Immaculate Concoctions” section of the menu includes five alcohol-free drinks to choose from. For a tropical flavor, try the Undercover C.O.P. (made with coconut milk, orange juice, pineapple, and nutmeg) or get the Paradise Trap (blends spiritless Kentucky 74 Spiced Whiskey, pineapple, mint, and lime) for something with a little more of a kick. Eastern Palace Club, 21509 John R. Road, Hazel Parkepchp.com

Testa Barrá Kitchen & Cocktails

This neighborhood eatery is known for it’s spin on Northern Italian cuisine, but their director of operations on sommelier, Jeffrey Baldwin, makes the drink menu just as memorable. Among the classic cocktails, beer, and wine, is a mocktail menu that includes three options: Noloma (grapefruit soda, agave, and lime), Strawberry Basil Cooler (fresh strawberries, basil, lemon, and soda), and Blackberry Nojito (mint, house blackberry puree, lime, ginger, soda). Tessa Barrá Kitchen & Cocktails, 48824 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb Township; testabarra.com.

M Cantina

Dearborn-based M Cantina serves up Halal craft cocktails, including non-alcoholic versions of a piña colada, mojito, and margarita. They also offer more unique mocktails including the Aguas Frescas, which is made with your choice of horchata, hibiscus, or daily special. M Cantina, 13214 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; mcantina.com.

Bandit Tavern & Hideaway

In addition to its cocktail menu, this Oakland County spot offers three zero-proof drinks. Choose from the Kitty Pride, made with falernum, coconut, mint, cinnamon, and soda; Red Queen, made with pomegranate, mint, lime, and ginger ale; or Shadow, made with black tea, cherry juice, and old fashioned syrup. Bandit Tavern + Hideaway, 419 S. Main St., Royal Oakbandittavern.com

Nara Sushi & Hibachi Steakhouse

Find four speciality mocktails including two based off of Nara’s popular cocktails. Asian Fusion, which was inspired by their Mood Swing, features Butterfly Pea Flower Tea, lemon juice, pineapple juice, lemonade, and an orchid garnish, while the Blueberry Bliss, inspired by the Blueberry Lush, is made with house-made blueberry purée, lemon juice, and a blueberry skewer garnish. There’s also the Fruity No-Jito, and Nara Punch. Nara, 5656 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield; naragrille.com

Ima Izakaya

This Japanese-inspired spot offers speciality cocktails, large sharable cocktails, low-ABV cocktails, and three no-ABV mocktails: Cookie Chip (strawberry shies simple, lemon, lime and soda), Accordian (guac juice, lemon, and gravy Prosecco), and Gorilla Monsoon (jasmine tea syrup, lie juice, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and soda). Ima Izakaya, 2100 Michigan Ave., Detroit; imaizakaya.com

Standby

Several of the drinks on the regular cocktail menu including the Sweet Potato Apple Streusel, Baklava, and Lemon Bar are all available to order sans alcohol. Standby, 225 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; standbydetroit.com

 Zao Jun

There are five mocktail options at Asian fusion eatery Zao Jun. You can go slightly sweet with Thai Iced Tea, described as an orange and vanilla fusion with sweet cream, or try the Kafir Lime Soda for a more floral flavor. Zao Jun, 6608 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Township; zaojunnewasian.com.

Dragonfly Detroit

Try the non-alcoholic Housemade White Wine or a zero-proof espresso martini. There’s also the Naranja Picante, which is made with spicy Thai tea, passionfruit, and mustard maple, and Blueberry Haze, a blend of coffee, lapsang tea, blueberry, lemon, and soda. Dragonfly Detroit, 2929 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit; dragonflydetroit.com

Castalia at Sfumato

The 2023 Fairy Tales cocktail menu at Castalia has unique alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks alike. The mocktails include the Kombu, nori, and cayenne pepper Check The Fine Print; the cinnamon, orange spiced tea, each eleo, and lemon Preheat the Oven; the ginger, pine, turmeric, honey, soda, and lemon Spun Out Of Control; and others. Castalia at Sfumato, 3980 2nd Ave., Suite E, Detroit; castaliacocktails.com

Host

The Dad’s at Kyoto Again is made with rotating fruit, calpico, and flower cordial. They also offer Keep Your Eye on the Tiger and the Megalomaniac, along with an extensive menu of speciality cocktails (with alcohol). Host, 7759 Auburn Road, Utica; hostutica.com

This post has been updated for 2024.