Where to Go for (Non-Alcoholic) Drinks in Calgary
For those times when you want to go for drinks, but don't necessarily want alcohol in all those drinks.
Order a Roy Rogers at Home & Away.
Photograph by Jared Sych
Going for drinks is one of the great extracurricular activities of adulthood. You get to socialize with friends while sipping a drink that includes multiple ingredients that are carefully mixed and poured into a glass with a garnish or maybe a special ice cube. Drinking cocktails is great unless you don't drink alcohol or are cutting back on drinking.
A good cocktail bar will be able to create a delicious drink without alcohol on request. If you notice a variety of ingredients used in its boozy cocktails, especially fresh or made in-house ingredients, chances are good that your mocktail request will be well received and the bartender will come up with something tasty. Workshop Kitchen + Culture, Klein | Harris and Cannibale can all step up to your request.
If you want to order from the menu, here are 10 alcohol-free drinks on the menus of Calgary restaurants.
Prickly Melon at Alumni
At Alumni, you can pair sandwiches like the rosemary beef dip or chicken parmesan with their well-priced Prickly Melon mocktail, which features grapefruit, jalapeno, watermelon, mint and simple syrup. Alumni also offers another alcohol-free cocktail called Tea Time, which is made with ginger beer, green tea, simple syrup, lemon and cinnamon.
725 17 Ave. S.W., 403-455-7255, alumnisandwiches.com
Soul Revival at Cactus Club Cafe
This is one of two spirit free drinks on the menu at Cactus Club. The sweet and spicy Soul Revival includes ginger beer, mango, lime, turmeric, jalapeno and Thai basil.
178, 317 7 Ave. S.W. and two other Calgary locations, cactusclubcafe.com
Mango Lassi at Calcutta Cricket Club
This classic Indian drink features yogurt, mango and cardamom. It's on the brunch menu at CCC.
340 17 Ave. S.W., 403-719-1555, calcuttacricketclub.com
Italian Soda at The Coup
The Coup's bar is stocked with fresh ingredients like herbs and juices. Non-alcoholic drinks that take advantage of ingredients like these include its Italian soda, which is served with elderberry syrup, bitters and a splash of grapefruit. The Coup's ginger bubble tea is also tasty with seabuckthorn nectar, apple, ginger hibiscus and ginger pearls.
924 17 Ave. S.W., 403-541-1041, thecoup.ca
The Remedy at Earls
If you're looking to bounce back after a night out, this electrolyte-infused mixed drink features ginger, pineapple, tumeric, bitters and soda. Earls also has its own line of craft sodas in flavours including raspberry lime leaf, passion fruit, ginger beer and mango.
Eight locations in Calgary, earls.ca
Gorilla Juice at Gorilla Whale
Along with a refreshing green tea lemonade and ginger kombucha, Gorilla Whale offers a non-alcoholic cocktail called Gorilla Juice. Essentially an elevated take on a Shirley Temple, the drink is made with orange juice, ginger kombucha and cherry grenadine.
1214 9 Ave. S.E., 587-356-2686, gorillawhale.ca
Roy Rogers at Home & Away
This is one of those drinks, along with a Shirley Temple (also on the menu at Home & Away), that you might have felt really grown-up ordering as a kid. Cola with a splash of grenadine and a maraschino cherry is just as delicious when you are an adult.
1331 17 Ave. S.W., 403-455-9789, homeandawayyyc.com
Piña Colada at Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse
Pampa has a fresh juice bar, which means there are plenty of possibilities for mocktails. The piña colada features blended fresh pineapple with condensed milk, coconut milk and ice. The Shirley Temple on Pampa's menu is a little more interesting, with guaraná juice, orange juice and grenadine.
521 10 Ave. S.W., 587-354-3441, pampasteakhouse.com
Berry on Berry at Pinbar
Pinbar's large selection of cocktails is complemented by four alcohol-free options. For the Berry on Berry drink, the eatery combines strawberry kombucha, fresh mint, berry shrub and simple syrup. There's also an American tea, cold brew lemonade and coffee cream soda.
501 17 Ave. S.W., 403-930-8175, pinbaryyc.com
Janet's Garden at Proof
This is one of those places that is all about the multi-ingredient cocktail, with alcohol usually being one of the key ingredients. But all you have to do is ask and the bartenders will dig into the bar's juices, herbs, bitters and other flavourings to create a mocktail just for you. Or, order Janet's Garden. It is a blend of Seedlip's distilled non-alcoholic Garden 108 spirit, ginger, grapefruit and rosemary.
1302 1 St. S.W., 403-246-2414, proofyyc.com