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14 Restaurants and Bars Serving Up Great Nonalcoholic Drinks in New Orleans

These top spots are serving cocktails with all the flavor and none of the booze

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A non-alcoholic Bronze Mosaic from Compere Lapin
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It’s that time again. While there need be no specific reason to seek a refreshing nonalcoholic beverage or go booze-free, the start of a new year prompts many to abstain for a time. Though it may not fit the stereotype, plenty of New Orleans bars and restaurants offer superb alternatives to alcoholic drinks, ranging from the herbaceous and bitter to the sweet and tropical. Here are the best bars and restaurants around town that have gained a reputation for interesting, delicious booze-free beverages.

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Long a local leader in the spirits world, acclaimed cocktail bar Cure has been on top of the no-proof libation game for some time, and you should feel comfortable making a request with your flavor preferences to any of the bartenders here, regardless of what’s on the menu. It also offers a selection of low ABV options, great for long parade days.

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The bar at Cure
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Mister Mao

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This Uptown newcomer has a killer bar program, led by co-owner William Greenwell, along with a very cool bar area where diners can enjoy drinks before or after dinner or brunch. The cocktail menu is always changing, but the folks behind the bar are sure to be able to whip up a strong, thoughtful N/A drink when asked, like a hibiscus tea, chaat masala, lime, and ginger syrup drink garnished with marigolds. 

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The lovely Mid City restaurant from James Beard Award winning chef Sue Zemanick has a strong bar program, and welcomes diners to offer preferences for a nonalcoholic creation, whether it be bitter or sweet. For example? Bar Manager Tyler Correa says his mix of lime juice, ginger syrup, Giusto Sapore n/a bitter, and Urban Moonshine Cider Vinegar bitters served on the rocks is “effervescent and has more of a ‘cocktail’ taste with the bitter components.”

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Saffron Nola

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Saffron Nola’s bar director Ashwin Vilkhu tells guests they’re welcome to order almost any of the house cocktails sans booze and receive something similar. For example, s Gudamba brings together roasted mango, mint, and lime; the Limbu Pani is lime, lemon, orange, salt, pepper, and sugar; and an iced cardamom tea rounds out the menu.

The bar at Saffron Nola
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Toups Meatery

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Cajun-Southern chef Isaac Toups’ Mid City restaurant Toups Meatery has offered bartender-crafted mocktails for some time, and while the drinks list changes often, there’s always offerings like a hibiscus lemon soda and seasonal drinks like a “Mull it Over,” combining cranberry juice, mulled syrup, lemon juice, a dash of saline, and soda.

The Mull it Over from Toups Meatery
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Coquette

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Known for an excellent wine selection and pairing options, at the upscale Coquette from James Beard Award-nominated chef Michael Stoltzfus patrons can also sip on nonalcoholic beverages like peach-shiso soda, blueberry-mint kombucha, or a watermelon cooler mocktail.

The bar at Coquette
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Charly Pierre’s dining destination is also bringing something new to New Orleans’s contemporary cocktail scene, bringing the Haitian spirit clairin to the forefront. Fritai hasn’t forgotten about non-drinkers, however, offering a wide range of options including ak-100, a creamy, cinnamon-y Haitian drink that’s a treat. You can also ask for one of the cocktails, frequently featuring fresh fruit or vegetable juices and syrups, without the booze.

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The Bower

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The LGD’s new modern, plant-draped bistro from the growing Latter Hospitality can be counted on to have at least one booze-free drink on its cocktail menu, like the Four Horsemen Summer: poblano-infused watermelon shrub, lime, and ginger beer. In addition, diners are encouraged to ask for any of the lovely cocktails, but nonalcoholic.

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Palm & Pine

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One of the newer spots to add fresh flavor and a strong bar program to the French Quarter also offers thoughtful nonalcoholic options, like the Don’t Sweat the Technique, with raspberry cardomom shrub, lemon, and HuHu ginger beer. There may be only one or two no-proof drinks on the menu at a time, but the bartenders at Palm&Pine, led by a skilled mixologist, can be trusted to make something quality.

Compère Lapin

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The always cutting-edge Compere Lapin added a spirit-free cocktail list last year and like the rest of its libations, there’s always top-notch. drinks change seasonally, but usually include a shrub soda, like satsuma and fennel or grapefruit-ginger-raspberry herb, and drink like the current One More Cup of Coffee, made with Seedlip aromatic, rosemary, and cold brew. Compere also has all the good San Pellegrino sodas and Fever Tree tonics.

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Bar Tonique

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Classic French Quarter watering hole Bar Tonique has a whole page devoted to “temperance” options, full of cream and phosphate sodas made with fresh fruit syrups or more herby, bitter bases. Bonus — if you’re the designated driver, your drinks are free.

Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

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As leaders in the local cocktail scene and a gathering spot for New Orleans’s service industry, bartenders at Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 have long been happy to make a booze-free but balanced tropical drink; just be sure to be helpful in pointing in the right direction.

Latitude 29, one of New Orleans most influential bars of 2014.
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Cane & Table

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The Caribbean-inspired Cane & Table is another leading New Orleans cocktail bar that won’t blink an eye at a request for something creative but spirit-free, even if there’s no designated menu for the category. The bar also offers fresh cracked coconut.

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Bywater American Bistro

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Spirit-free cocktails are taken seriously as Nina Compton’s neighborhood restaurant Bywater American Bistro, her low-key follow-up to the exuberant Compere Lapin. There’s always a special, seasonal option, various flavors of housemade ginger beer, and shrubs, like spiced pear with citrus and soda, or a blueberry-blood orange. Don’t overlook the spaghetti, it flies under the radar but will knock your socks off.

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Cure

Inside Cure.
The bar at Cure
Nikki Mayeux

Long a local leader in the spirits world, acclaimed cocktail bar Cure has been on top of the no-proof libation game for some time, and you should feel comfortable making a request with your flavor preferences to any of the bartenders here, regardless of what’s on the menu. It also offers a selection of low ABV options, great for long parade days.

Inside Cure.
The bar at Cure
Nikki Mayeux

Mister Mao

Paprika Studios/Official

This Uptown newcomer has a killer bar program, led by co-owner William Greenwell, along with a very cool bar area where diners can enjoy drinks before or after dinner or brunch. The cocktail menu is always changing, but the folks behind the bar are sure to be able to whip up a strong, thoughtful N/A drink when asked, like a hibiscus tea, chaat masala, lime, and ginger syrup drink garnished with marigolds. 

Paprika Studios/Official

Zasu

The bar at Zasu
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The lovely Mid City restaurant from James Beard Award winning chef Sue Zemanick has a strong bar program, and welcomes diners to offer preferences for a nonalcoholic creation, whether it be bitter or sweet. For example? Bar Manager Tyler Correa says his mix of lime juice, ginger syrup, Giusto Sapore n/a bitter, and Urban Moonshine Cider Vinegar bitters served on the rocks is “effervescent and has more of a ‘cocktail’ taste with the bitter components.”

The bar at Zasu
Zasu/Facebook

Saffron Nola

The bar at Saffron Nola
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Saffron Nola’s bar director Ashwin Vilkhu tells guests they’re welcome to order almost any of the house cocktails sans booze and receive something similar. For example, s Gudamba brings together roasted mango, mint, and lime; the Limbu Pani is lime, lemon, orange, salt, pepper, and sugar; and an iced cardamom tea rounds out the menu.

The bar at Saffron Nola
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Toups Meatery

The Mull it Over from Toups Meatery
Toups Meatery/Official Photo

Cajun-Southern chef Isaac Toups’ Mid City restaurant Toups Meatery has offered bartender-crafted mocktails for some time, and while the drinks list changes often, there’s always offerings like a hibiscus lemon soda and seasonal drinks like a “Mull it Over,” combining cranberry juice, mulled syrup, lemon juice, a dash of saline, and soda.

The Mull it Over from Toups Meatery
Toups Meatery/Official Photo

Coquette

The bar at Coquette
Bill Addison/Eater

Known for an excellent wine selection and pairing options, at the upscale Coquette from James Beard Award-nominated chef Michael Stoltzfus patrons can also sip on nonalcoholic beverages like peach-shiso soda, blueberry-mint kombucha, or a watermelon cooler mocktail.

The bar at Coquette
Bill Addison/Eater

Fritai

Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Charly Pierre’s dining destination is also bringing something new to New Orleans’s contemporary cocktail scene, bringing the Haitian spirit clairin to the forefront. Fritai hasn’t forgotten about non-drinkers, however, offering a wide range of options including ak-100, a creamy, cinnamon-y Haitian drink that’s a treat. You can also ask for one of the cocktails, frequently featuring fresh fruit or vegetable juices and syrups, without the booze.

Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

The Bower

The Virgin Mood Ring from the Bower
The Bower/Official

The LGD’s new modern, plant-draped bistro from the growing Latter Hospitality can be counted on to have at least one booze-free drink on its cocktail menu, like the Four Horsemen Summer: poblano-infused watermelon shrub, lime, and ginger beer. In addition, diners are encouraged to ask for any of the lovely cocktails, but nonalcoholic.

The Virgin Mood Ring from the Bower
The Bower/Official

Palm & Pine

One of the newer spots to add fresh flavor and a strong bar program to the French Quarter also offers thoughtful nonalcoholic options, like the Don’t Sweat the Technique, with raspberry cardomom shrub, lemon, and HuHu ginger beer. There may be only one or two no-proof drinks on the menu at a time, but the bartenders at Palm&Pine, led by a skilled mixologist, can be trusted to make something quality.

Compère Lapin

Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

The always cutting-edge Compere Lapin added a spirit-free cocktail list last year and like the rest of its libations, there’s always top-notch. drinks change seasonally, but usually include a shrub soda, like satsuma and fennel or grapefruit-ginger-raspberry herb, and drink like the current One More Cup of Coffee, made with Seedlip aromatic, rosemary, and cold brew. Compere also has all the good San Pellegrino sodas and Fever Tree tonics.

Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Bar Tonique

Classic French Quarter watering hole Bar Tonique has a whole page devoted to “temperance” options, full of cream and phosphate sodas made with fresh fruit syrups or more herby, bitter bases. Bonus — if you’re the designated driver, your drinks are free.

Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

Latitude 29, one of New Orleans most influential bars of 2014.
Latitude 29
Brasted/Eater NOLA

As leaders in the local cocktail scene and a gathering spot for New Orleans’s service industry, bartenders at Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 have long been happy to make a booze-free but balanced tropical drink; just be sure to be helpful in pointing in the right direction.

Latitude 29, one of New Orleans most influential bars of 2014.
Latitude 29
Brasted/Eater NOLA

Cane & Table

Inside Cane & Table
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

The Caribbean-inspired Cane & Table is another leading New Orleans cocktail bar that won’t blink an eye at a request for something creative but spirit-free, even if there’s no designated menu for the category. The bar also offers fresh cracked coconut.