From simple syrup-laced shots to breathlessly complex reinterpretations of classic heavyweights, a wide range of bars and restaurants around Manchester are on hand to reassuringly shepherd Dry January participants through the month – and offer non-drinkers a welcome reprieve from spirit-soaked social occasions – with a selection of irresistible mocktails and punches.

Here are some of the best mocktail menus around Manchester during January.

Schofield's | Little Quay Street

Officially listed at #59 in the 2022 Perrier World’s Best Bars rankings – the first British bar outside London to make the top 100 since 2008 – smash-hit art deco speakeasy Schofield’s offers a dedicated ‘Temperance’ menu of elegant mocktails, with elevated booze-free classics including the Virgin Mary, Frosty Toddy and Club Tropicana.

3 Little Quay Street, Sunlight House, Manchester, M3 3JZ, Tel: 07311 777606
Peru Perdu | Princess Street

Featuring alcohol-free adaptations of their entire cocktail menu, South American small plate and ceviche specialists Peru Perdu are set to offer a ‘No and Lo Cócteles’ mocktail selection which includes timeless classics like the Manhattan and Sidecar alongside the Fino Highball their signature Chinola Picante.

74 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6JD
Moxy | Spinningfields

Part of the Marriott hotel network, Moxy’s lavish bar serves a mocktail menu in collaboration with acclaimed non-alcoholic spirit brand, Lyre’s. Starting at just £6, visitors can enjoy the Amaretto Sour, Espresso Martini and Amalfi Spritz, whilst even shots of alcohol-free spirits will be available from £2.50, including London Spirit, Amaretti, American Malt and Agave. While developed as a Dry January menu, the selection is set to become a permanent part of the Moxy experience.

8 Atkinson St, Manchester M3 3HH, Tel: 0161 529 1655
Science + Industry | Northern Quarter

Cane and Grain’s ‘eccentric and experimental hideaway with full table service’, Science + Industry invites guests on a temporal drinking journey with a conceptual menu split into three parts – Past, Present and Future. Each section features six cocktails, one of which is zero-ABV, from the Past’s Temperance-tini to the Future’s zesty, complex, juniper-infused Old Man and the Sea.

49, 51 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA, Tel: 0161 839 7033
Blinker | Spring Gardens

Built upon the ethos of the simple yet sublime namesake cocktail, Blinker’s winter drinks menu includes three gorgeous non-alcoholic options made with unfussy yet ingenious ingredients, including a South American-inspired agave and lime mocktail – the Adios Tommy – a Cinnamon Martini and a fruity Zero Americano.

64-72 Spring Gardens, Manchester M2 2BQ, Tel: 0161 236 8225
Canto | Ancoats

Operating in Ancoats as ‘El Gato Negro’s younger sibling’ since September 2018, Cutting Room Square tapas masters Canto offer an intricate fruit punch, a virgin Pina Colada and a Basil Limonata as faultless non-alcoholic pairings for their fresh, seasonal small plates.

Cutting Room Square, Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5DH, Tel: 0161 870 5904
Zouk | Chester Street

Alongside their ludicrously good-value ‘bottomless curry for £20’ weekday offer, Zouk boasts one of Manchester’s most extensive mocktail menus, which includes four fruit-based reformulations of a Mojito, a Cosmopolitan, a Strawberry Daiquiri, a Berrytini and more.

5, The Quadrangle, Chester St, Manchester M1 5QS, Tel: 0161 233 1090
Alchemist | New York Street, Spinningfields, MediaCityUK

Beloved nationwide for post-work debriefs and anniversary aperitifs alike, The Alchemist offers an enormous year-round mocktail menu in line with its urban ubiquity across the country. With an emphasis on providing mixological ‘theatre’ across its selection, The Alchemist serves zero-ABV classics like the Virgin Pornstar and Cos-No while swapping booze for neurological relaxants with the CBD Spritz and the Goodrays Raspberry & Guava.

3 Hardman St, Manchester M3 3HF | 1 New York St, Manchester M1 4HD | The Bund, The Quays, MediaCity UK, Salford M50 3AB
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Published on:
Tue 10 Jan 2023