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Assorted mocktails at Momofuku CCDC.
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12 D.C. Mocktails That Are Better Than a Shirley Temple

The fruitiest, funkiest, alcohol-free drinks around

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Assorted mocktails at Momofuku CCDC.
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There was a time when the only thing teetotalers could expect while dining out were fizzy glasses of grenadine and ginger ale. But mocktails have come a long way since sugary staples like the Shirley Temple. Bartenders are now creating alcohol-free drinks with custom tonics, shrubs, bitters and fresh-squeezed juices. The concoctions are so intricate that even spirit drinkers won’t miss the booze.

Some establishments, such as Silver Spring’s All Set, offer booze-free versions of their cocktails, while other restaurants are turning to non-alcoholic options favored in the country whose food they represent. Zentan, for instance, serves a mocktail featuring Japanese soda Calpis. Folks traveling to Baltimore can try a variety of options, including Woodberry Kitchen, Minnow, and Showroom Café and Bar.

Here are a dozen spots where customers won’t miss the alcohol.

Note: The featured bars and restaurants are not ranked. The map is arranged geographically from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. City Perch

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11830 Grand Park Ave Suite B
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 231-2310
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City Perch offers half a dozen nonalcoholic options year-round, including homemade ginger beers and tonic water.

Assorted drinks at City Perch.
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2. All Set

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8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 495-8800
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This Silver Spring restaurant has adapted its house cocktails for teetotalers with its four mocktails. The Provincetown contains cranberry juice, lemon, cucumber, ginger, club soda, basil, and mint.

Drinks at All Set.
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3. Bartaco

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12021 Town Square St
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 787-8226
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The seven mocktails at this Tex-Mex-y chain include fresh fruit, mint, and chicha, a purple corn-based drink. Chicha is boiled with pineapple, sugar, and spices and garnished with a pineapple wedge.

Purple corn-based chicha at Bartaco.
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4. District Distilling Co.

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1414 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 629-3787
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Teetotalers might not expect a distillery to cater to them, but the bar here servers three mocktails, including a carrot soda with carrot syrup, lime juice, and orange bitters.

Assorted drinks at District Distilling Co.
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5. Zentan

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1155 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 379-4366
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This Japanese restaurant uses green tea and passion fruit puree in its Asian-inspired mocktails. Try Japanese soda Calpis with ginger, lime, and egg white, which makes up the Crooked Glance.

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6. Fiola Mare

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3050 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 628-0065
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This swanky Georgetown restaurant doesn’t skimp on flavor with its three mocktails. Try the Spiced Melograno with syrup, pomegranate, lemon, and club soda.

Fruity drinks at Fiola Mare.
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7. Equinox

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818 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 331-8118
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The upscale veggie friendly spot uses offer three to five rotating non-alcoholic beverages, dubbed “craft beverages.” The Kentucky Kiss is made with pureed strawberry, lemon juice, and maple syrup; it debuted in February.

A minty drink at Equinox.
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8. Momofuku CCDC

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1090 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 602-1832
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Pomegranate, matcha, and plums make their way onto the mocktail menu here. The Pomegranate Peppercorn Highball is made with pomegranate molasses, anise, and Sichuan peppercorn.

Cured fruit, coconut milk ,and Sicuahn peppercorns bolster Momofuku CCDC’s mocktails.
Momofuku CCDC [Official photo]

9. Bindaas (Multiple locations)

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2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 516-4326
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The new Foggy Bottom location of this casual Indian restaurant offers three mocktails, including a citrus-saffron soda, spicy green soda, and tamarind soda. The Cleveland Park location serves an apple-ginger soda and lavender lemonade.

The bar at the new Bindaas.
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10. Founding Farmers (Multiple locations)

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1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 822-8783
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With eight drinks listed in its “Farmacy” section, and half a dozen cold-pressed juice blends, Founding Farmers makes it easy to abstain from alcohol. Try one of the house sodas, featuring hibiscus, ginger, vanilla, grapefruit, orange, lemon-lime, and seasonally inspired flavors.

Fruit sodas at Founding Farmers.
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11. Tonic

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2036 G St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-0211
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Tonic doesn’t forget about teetotalers. Its four mocktails count demerara syrup, lime juice, and ginger beer among the featured ingredients. The Jerk is made with fresh cherry and vanilla syrup, Coke, and maraschino cherries.

The bar at Tonic.
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12. The Partisan

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709 D St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 524-5322
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Penn Quarter’s Partisan recently unveiled its new mocktail list, titled “alternative rocks.” Try the Should I Stay or Should I Go, with honey ginger syrup, habanero and serrano syrup, citrus, and candied ginger.

The bar at the Partisan.
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1. City Perch

11830 Grand Park Ave Suite B, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Assorted drinks at City Perch.
City Perch/Facebook

City Perch offers half a dozen nonalcoholic options year-round, including homemade ginger beers and tonic water.

11830 Grand Park Ave Suite B
North Bethesda, MD 20852

2. All Set

8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Drinks at All Set.
All Set/Facebook

This Silver Spring restaurant has adapted its house cocktails for teetotalers with its four mocktails. The Provincetown contains cranberry juice, lemon, cucumber, ginger, club soda, basil, and mint.

8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5
Silver Spring, MD 20910

3. Bartaco

12021 Town Square St, Reston, VA 20190
Purple corn-based chicha at Bartaco.
Bartaco [Official photo]

The seven mocktails at this Tex-Mex-y chain include fresh fruit, mint, and chicha, a purple corn-based drink. Chicha is boiled with pineapple, sugar, and spices and garnished with a pineapple wedge.

12021 Town Square St
Reston, VA 20190

4. District Distilling Co.

1414 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Assorted drinks at District Distilling Co.
District Distilling Co./Facebook

Teetotalers might not expect a distillery to cater to them, but the bar here servers three mocktails, including a carrot soda with carrot syrup, lime juice, and orange bitters.

1414 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Zentan

1155 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Customers dining at Zentan.
Zentan/Facebook

This Japanese restaurant uses green tea and passion fruit puree in its Asian-inspired mocktails. Try Japanese soda Calpis with ginger, lime, and egg white, which makes up the Crooked Glance.

1155 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

6. Fiola Mare

3050 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Fruity drinks at Fiola Mare.
Fiola Mare/Facebook

This swanky Georgetown restaurant doesn’t skimp on flavor with its three mocktails. Try the Spiced Melograno with syrup, pomegranate, lemon, and club soda.

3050 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

7. Equinox

818 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006
A minty drink at Equinox.
Equinox/Facebook

The upscale veggie friendly spot uses offer three to five rotating non-alcoholic beverages, dubbed “craft beverages.” The Kentucky Kiss is made with pureed strawberry, lemon juice, and maple syrup; it debuted in February.

818 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006

8. Momofuku CCDC

1090 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cured fruit, coconut milk ,and Sicuahn peppercorns bolster Momofuku CCDC’s mocktails.
Momofuku CCDC [Official photo]

Pomegranate, matcha, and plums make their way onto the mocktail menu here. The Pomegranate Peppercorn Highball is made with pomegranate molasses, anise, and Sichuan peppercorn.

1090 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Bindaas (Multiple locations)

2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006
The bar at the new Bindaas.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

The new Foggy Bottom location of this casual Indian restaurant offers three mocktails, including a citrus-saffron soda, spicy green soda, and tamarind soda. The Cleveland Park location serves an apple-ginger soda and lavender lemonade.

2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006

10. Founding Farmers (Multiple locations)

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006
Fruit sodas at Founding Farmers.
Founding Farmers/Facebook

With eight drinks listed in its “Farmacy” section, and half a dozen cold-pressed juice blends, Founding Farmers makes it easy to abstain from alcohol. Try one of the house sodas, featuring hibiscus, ginger, vanilla, grapefruit, orange, lemon-lime, and seasonally inspired flavors.

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006

11. Tonic

2036 G St NW, Washington, DC 20036
The bar at Tonic.
Kathryn L./Yelp

Tonic doesn’t forget about teetotalers. Its four mocktails count demerara syrup, lime juice, and ginger beer among the featured ingredients. The Jerk is made with fresh cherry and vanilla syrup, Coke, and maraschino cherries.

2036 G St NW
Washington, DC 20036

12. The Partisan

709 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004
The bar at the Partisan.
Michael F./Yelp

Penn Quarter’s Partisan recently unveiled its new mocktail list, titled “alternative rocks.” Try the Should I Stay or Should I Go, with honey ginger syrup, habanero and serrano syrup, citrus, and candied ginger.

709 D St NW
Washington, DC 20004

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