There’s a new revelation sweeping the country and in Austin for cocktail bars, breweries, and eateries; the mocktail. Mocktails are known to be boring and lack flavor, but these Austin restaurants and bars are changing the game. They’re treating mocktails with the respect, and craft that their boozy counterparts are given. With mocktails becoming more popular, there’s no need to be embarrassed about ordering one! Check out our list of best mocktails in Austin and indulge on these mocktail options!
Image Credit: CU29
720 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
Escape the hustle and bustle of Historic 6th Street and enter the soothing and relaxed atmosphere of CU29. Located just a block up from the beautiful Driskill hotel, CU29 is a perfect spot to host a party, corporate event, or just enjoy a drink! Surrounded by glimpses of copper throughout, you can either relax in one of their comfortable large party booths, or an intimate table for two. Of course, you can always grab yourself a seat at the bar and watch their bartenders in action! Their mocktails aren’t listed on the menu, but all you need to do is ask the bartender to whip up a mocktail creation!
Unfortunately, CU29 is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
Image Credit: District Kitchen + Cocktails
5900 W Slaughter Ln D, Austin, TX 78749
At District, they are passionate about the quality of the food they serve. Partnering with local, sustainable farms and businesses, they use fresh, quality ingredients from a responsible source. Come in and enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner from their seasonally crafted menus paired with a refreshing beverage or mocktail. District offers New American cuisine with a cozy setting for all occasions- date night, family night, or group parties! Don’t forget to check out their happy hour specials! You can find their mocktail options on their cocktail menu!
Image Credit: Garage
503 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
Garage is a hip craft-cocktail bar tucked away in a parking garage in the McGarrah Jesse building. The bar’s midcentury-modern vibe is complemented by a small, curated menu featuring old classics and new creations with unusual ingredients such as carrot juice and sarsaparilla. And their menu doesn’t lack. Within their midcentury-modern themed menu exists an excellent selection of non-alcoholic cocktails. Using Seedlip, a one-of-a-kind spirit distilled with fruit, herbs, and vegetables, their bar team has created the Serene Dream. The drink has a light and fresh combination of aloe, cucumber, lime, sugar and Seedlip’s Garden spirit for a vegetal and floral mocktail!
Image Credit: Hillside Farmacy
1209 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Hillside Farmacy is a revived historic East Austin landmark showcasing simple and unique American large and small plates. Their inventive cocktails and menu full of bistro classics and oysters are all made with locally sourced ingredients! You will be charmed by the white honeycomb floors, glass chandeliers, copper-topped tables and reclaimed cabinetry and artifacts from an old Central Texas pharmacy. They’re also serving non-alcoholic cocktails in the form of housemade sodas. They have a strawberry, basil, and balsamic-infused Pickpocket drink or they have a turmeric soda with lemon, ginger and black pepper. This well-designed space has a little bit of something for everybody!
Image Credit: Houndstooth Coffee
Locally owned and trained by nationally recognized industry professionals, Houndstooth constantly stays alongside current coffee and mocktail trends! Their baristas serve quality coffee and cocktails and maintain meaningful interactions with the community. Each brings personal passion and added dimension to Houndstooth and your cup of coffee or cocktail glass. What started as an affinity for coffee and coffee shop culture has grown into a love for sharing quality beverages with anyone and everyone! Their best cocktails are an herbal Basil Spritz (cold brew, simple balsamic syrup, tonic, orange and basil garnish) and their black tea, aromatic fir tips, Champagne-flavored syrup, cocktail bitters, and lemon slice garnish mocktail!
Image Credit: Launderette
2115 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702
Launderette restaurant was a laundromat converted into a polished, retro-chic space that uses locally sourced ingredients. Throughout weekend brunch, weekday lunch and dinner seven days a week, Launderette serve savory dishes, with a Mediterranean palette, and dessert from morning zucchini bread to seasonal ice creams and sorbets! They also don’t fall short on their selection of mocktails! Sip on their bruleed pineapple with spicy ginger beer and fragrant sage peppercorn syrup and lemon. Or you can order their watermelon shrub, which has vinegar and watermelon that’s sweetened and spiced with chili basic syrup, sea salt and soda water!
Image Credit: Midnight Cowboy
313 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Midnight Cowboy is one of the best cocktail bars in Austin, and it comes to no surprise that they would have some of the best mocktails in Austin too. This former Sixth Street massage parlor has been transformed into a reservation-only cocktail lounge with a quiet, speakeasy vibe, where vintage cocktails are dispatched by a friendly, super-hipster staff. Each mocktail is given a tongue-in-cheek name to reflect it’s lack of alcohol. Sweet Nothings includes strawberry-hibiscus syrup, grapefruit, lime and vanilla, and the Oxymoron has smoked mustard honey, lemon, ginger beer, cayenne; is a clean drink you’ll actually crave!
Image Credit: Nightcap
1401 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
At Nightcap is rooted in providing fresh, farm-to-table treats, with a mission to spoil their patrons with superior service. They intend to create and maintain a space with a comprehensive order for detail and operation. Timeless design, candlelit ambiance, and purposely placed spotlighting on their passion for food and drink will give way to our aristocratic taste in decor and culinary fare. At Nightcap, they are known for their thorough attention to detail and inventive provisions satisfying any craving. Our service style will feature a devoted wait staff and bartenders serving up sparkling wines, local and international spirits, and well-crafted cocktails. If you’re wanting a mocktail, try their refreshing blend of black currant, and basil topped with topo chico!
Image Credit: Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar
8300 N FM 620 e, Austin, TX 78726
From the owners that brought you District Kitchen+Cocktails, Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar is a new Restaurant on Austin’s northwest side. Their mission is to offer elevated food in a casual atmosphere that’s perfect for families and friends, whether you’re the beer connoisseur or just a sports fan looking for the next big game. Their large interior is an inviting setting perfect for friends and family to gather together and enjoy each other’s company. They have an outdoor patio as well, which can be covered and reserved for private parties, and there are plenty of large tvs’s around that will always carry the next big game! Even though they don’t list any mocktails on the menu, their cocktail craftsmen can make you the best mocktail yet!
Image Credit: Olamaie
1610 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701
Southern food gets a modern, farm-to-table spin at this Tarrytown American from chef Michael Fojtasek. Olamaie’s menu is elegantly plated in a former home tastefully refurbished with neutral hues, tufted banquettes, and charming art from local artists. Olamaie is reflecting their attitudes of acceptance of others, unending patience, boundless love, and soulful allegiance to their food. Their booze less drinks includes a mint-less Moscow mule, the Baby Buck which combines ginger beer, lime, grapefruit, and Steen’s syrup. Other options include the More Life which has passion fruit, grapefruit, honey, lime, ginger beer and an aromatic mocktail with lavender, cherry, lime, Topo Chico.
Image Credit: Prohibition Creamery
1407 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Pure simple delicious ice creams and vegan sorbets made in small batches, with a boozy kick. Prohibition Creamery starts with the finest ingredients and crafts their ice creams entirely from scratch in their kitchen from local fresh milk, cream, eggs, and sugar. They pasteurize their ice cream base to ensure the source and freshness of every ingredient that goes into their ice cream. This enables them to individualize every flavor, which allows them to be infinitely creative! They even get creative with their cocktails and offer mocktail options. Their Summer Berry Mocktail has macadamia milk, fresh muddled berries, mint, coriander, Oleo-Saccharum, and soda. They also provide non-boozy ice cream flavors like cheesecake with graham swirl, classic vanilla and dark chocolate sorbet.
Image Credit: Radio Coffee and Beer
4204 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78704
At Radio Coffee and Beer, they strive for perfection, and they deliver it. Radio’s service is exceptional because of their delicious coffee, 24 beers on tap, cocktails and beloved taco truck Veracruz All-Naturalour! You can enjoy all the coffee, beer, cocktails and tacos on their wood-decked, lodge-like interior that features handcrafted furniture and a stage, while the chill backyard offers ample patio space and picnic tables! They don’t list any mocktails on their menu, but all you need to do is ask their bartender to make you a custom mocktail!
Image Credit: Salty Sow
Salty Sow will not disappoint! They serve handcrafted cocktails, and their entrees are served fresh daily; which are sourced from local farmers. Their rustic contemporary setting and heated patio make the Salty Sow a must go to! Salty Sow doesn’t have any mocktails on their cocktail menu, but the bartender can turn any cocktail into an alcohol-free drink! The recommended mocktail is the virgin Pigroni. It has rich notes of orange and vermouth and exceeds the regular gin-based offering.
Image Credit: Sans Bar
1818 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702
Stay Sober at Austin’s only alcohol-free bar, Sans Bar. Sans bar and a growing group of average people recognize that life can be fun without alcohol. Sans Bar is sober, are on the move, and they believe that real connection happens when people are sober. They want to create a space that is free of alcohol and welcoming to all. They believe that the best version of anyone’s life includes healthy socialization, helping others, and taking care of both mind and body. Sans Bar is composed of people who want to change themselves and the world around them. They believe positive change can happen in the smallest ways, and still yield a tremendous impact!
Image Credit: Second Bar + Kitchen
The Austonian, 200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Located in the Second Street District, Second Bar + Kitchen combines seasonal ingredients with local artisan products to create a sublime experience. Second Bar + Kitchen offers small plates for sharing, locally-recognized salads, delicious pizzas, entrees and desserts to enjoy. From the bar, they also offer a wide selection of finely crafted cocktails by Director of Bars + Beverage Jason Stevens, an approachable wine program and a variety of local and eclectic beers. Their mocktails range from smooth and surprising lime in the coconut to the one-two ginger and lime punch of the copper-mugged Jolene. Their lemonade jam is a seemingly simple lemonade with a punch of epic levels, and a spoonful of pepper-infused strawberry jam. Their mocktails won’t make you miss the booze one bit!
Unfortunately, Second Bar + Kitchen is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
Image Credit: Sway
Sway is a must-try Bouldin Creek eatery bringing the Southeast Asian cuisine to a whole new level with amazing small dishes, curries, and whole market catch. They’ve always offered non-boozy drink options inspired by Pan-Asian flavors because drinking vinegar is popular in across Asia! Their drinks are all housemade, served over crushed ice, and topped with sparkling water. Sway offers different flavors, including the mango-chili and Tumeric. Also, try their refreshing housemade coconut-lime and calamansi-vanilla soda!
Image Credit: The Roosevelt Room
The Roosevelt Room is an award-winning Cocktail Bar located in the heart of downtown Austin’s historic warehouse district. They are dedicated to treating every guest like family and seeing them leave happier than when they arrived, whether joining for a quick drink or for an entire evening. They feature a seated cocktail experience in their downstairs dining room with table service provided by their knowledgeable bar staff who can guide guests through the expansive list of cocktails and mocktails! Their Glitter & Marigold mocktail is made with orange juice, orange flower water, pistachio extract, vanilla bean, and cream, perfect for those with a sweet tooth. The Sober as a Bird mocktail starts with tart grapefruit and lime juice, then given aroma with rose water, cinnamon syrup and vanilla extract and punctuated with a few drops of salt!
Map of Best Mocktails in Austin