8 Best Booze-Free Bars
Is dry Jan beginning to feel like the longest month ever? We hear ya.
Whether you’re counting down the days till it’s over, or limbering up for Alco-free Feb (sorry!) then you need our brilliant guide to the best dry bars in Glos.
You know the dilemma. You’re out for the evening, having a jolly old time, surrounded by friends quaffing Prosecco cocktails and what do you order? Pint of Hildon anyone? … No, we thought not.
Well Muddy to the rescue! We have scoured the county for the best dry hang-outs (0% percent champions and 100% fabulous) to keep you firmly strapped onto the wagon.
Cowley Manor, Cowley
With its instantly recognisable papier-mache hunting trophies (so wacky) and cowhide banquettes, Cowley has one of Chelt’s quirkiest and coolest bars. Not a first thought for many as it is tucked away inside the fabulous Cowley Manor hotel, but those in the know head here. With a master mixologist on hand, throw the dry Jan gauntlet down and see what he whips up! Although the Very Berry Manor (fresh blackberries and ginger) or the Marmalade & Ginger Kick, served in a balloon glass, both sound divine. Hey, go wild and even order a pitcher for just £15 (at least you’ll still be standing!)
The Sober Parrot, Cheltenham
Dry bars don’t get drier than this. The Sober Parrot is not only Glos’s first 100% alcohol free live music venue and events bar, it also takes on staff who have been through recovery themselves (owned by the Nelson Trust) so it get s big community-cool thumbs up from us.
Handcrafted mocktails include fruity ‘punches’ and the delicious ‘Gurnz’ (citrus and ginger infusion served long). Expect a long list of dry beers, bubbles and wines, dogs are very welcome and there’s a lovely courtyard to relax in.
The Coconut Tree, St Pauls’ Road, Cheltenham
This place is a great find – and it just happens to be on Conde Nast Traveller’s list of the best Restaurants in The Cotswolds. Experts in authentic Sri Lankan street food, it has now launched a range of non-alcoholic, low-alcohol, and low sugar cocktails.
We love the sound of an Innocent Sour (£6) with Seedlip Garden Botanical Lemon Syrup, Grapefruit tonic and (vegan) Aquafaba. Prices are very reasonable – meaning you can neck loads and still focus on the bar – win win.
Legbar, Daylesford, Kingham
It doesn’t get more wholesome than the Legbar at Daylesford. Open all day and evening this is a fabulous place to hang out and imbibe some non-alcoholic tipples. Plus possibly the glammest menu of mocktail menus we have ever come across.
A range called Infusions – ‘Dreamtime’ and ‘Radiance’ – sound amazing (£4). And their Botanical non-alcoholic cocktails sound so good (‘Vitamin Tonic’ – with pink grapefruit, honey and soda, £6).
Needless to say everything comes from the organic farm itself. And if you’re feeling v adventurous (and flush! they’re around £40) try their new CBD mocktails. We’re sure that still counts as dry, doesn’t it?
The Ivy, Montpellier, Cheltenham
Yes, yes, we know what you’re thinking – is it even legal to go to The Ivy and NOT quaff your body weight in Krug? Fear not. Not only is this one of the most gorgeous bars in Glos to hang out at – we love the swively leather bar stools – but it also has loads of choice on the non and low alcohol front.
With names like Rocking Horse (Seedlip Spice, almond, lime, ginger) and Picass-O (pineapple, saffron, rosemary and tonic) could it get more tempting? Prices start at £7.50.
The Bell, Sapperton
This gorgeous, tucked away Cotswold country pub is one of our favourite Sunday hang outs – and winner of Best Destination Pub in Glos in the Muddy Awards 2019 no less! Although it’s the place to go for wine lovers (you’ve got to see their ‘wine wall’, sourced from their travels around the world) it is also a haven for the drier amongst us.
As well as non-alcoholic lagers, there is a splendid Elderflower Mojito (£6) and Muddy is told all you have to do is ask the bartender and they’ll magic up a mocktail of your dreams. Sink into one of their lovely sofas and enjoy.
There’s a groovy ‘good v bad’ menu going on at the moment at Mal which is very fun, so go explore the good side at this hotel bar in the centre of Chelt. Choices include Dry G&T (Seedlip based) and Sparkling Blood Orange Mimosa. The bar has a nice and moody dark vibe to it, stylish and just perfect for sinking into with a large glass of goodness.
The Cosy Club, High Street, Cheltenham
This handily located bar and eatery – right in the heart of Chelt’s new Brewery Quarter – has an impressive mocktail menu on offer, as well as two types of alco-free beers.
Get stuck in to delicious sounding numbers such as the Blood Orange Bucking Mule and the Rosehip and Kombucha Cooler. All the flavour of your fave cocktail, but without the morning regret, and they start at just £3.95.