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12 Bars to Score Refreshing Booze-Free Drinks

Skipping alcohol doesn’t mean skipping flavor and fun

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N/A doesn’t mean no fun
| Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

No matter the reason for eschewing the booze, there are plenty of bars and restaurants across the Twin Cities that mix zero-proof drinks with all the sophistication of their alcohol-filled counterparts. The drink menus at these locales move beyond the basics by taking an imaginative approach to drinks without alcohol.

Restaurants are in geographical order from West to East.

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1. Martina

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4312 S Upton Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 922-9913
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Martina’s bar is all about coaxing gorgeous, subtle flavors from humble ingredients and the n/a drinks get just as much care and attention as their spiked bretheren. In some cases, we’d argue the sober versions are even better, without the flavor bullies that alcohol can be.

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2. Colita

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5400 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 886-1606
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Step into this bustling restaurant where beverage director Marco Zappia is fermenting everything, even zero-proof beverage ingredients. The clarified horchata is arguably one of the best drinks available in the city.

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3. Travail Kitchen and Amusements

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1930 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(763) 535-1131
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Travail’s beverage director Nathaniel Smith has spent time behind bars like Spoon and Stable and Hodges Bend where he found himself tinckering with ways to build complex flavors without depending on alcohols to create that structure. Travail is hosting one more pop-up along with chef Karyn Tomlinson. Look for Nordic flavor influences in the drinks.

4. Eat Street Social

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2600 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 767-6850
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This menu has sober drinks built like a soda fountain with more panache. This is an excellent stop for an egg cream. But, peruse the menu for a welcome selection of booze free drinks that still appeal to grown-up tastes.

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5. Hola Arepa

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3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 345-5583
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This bright restaurant on Nicollet Avenue feels like a beachy vacation even in the dead of winter. Settle in with one of several pineapple juice-sweetened mocktails. These top shelf sippers are a divine and affordable complement to the restaurant’s famous arepas.

There are shaded and sunny patios to choose from at Hola Arepa
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6. Spoon and Stable

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211 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 224-9850
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All three of Gavin Kaysen’s restaurants excel at alcohol free drinking making. Inside his flagship Spoon and Stable that includes a winter tonic made with kumquat, citrus, and herbs.

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7. Hai Hai

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2121 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 223-8640
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This gorgeous jewel-colored restaurant with the giant inside/outside bar is built for summer sipping. The whole n/a menu includes the same tropical flavors that diners have come to expect from bar man and co-owner Birk Grudem. Dip into the fresh squeezed sugarcane juice and ginger soda, or try a little lively drinking vinegar to spice up a hot summer day.

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8. Zen Box Izakaya

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602 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 332-3936
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Zen Box Izakaya’s sodas go way beyond the average menu items with lychee, pomegranate ginger, and yuzu basil mint. Try the refreshing lemonade laced with ginger or matcha.

9. The Tiny Diner

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1024 E 38th St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 767-3322
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Tiny Diner makes a gorgeous line of house-made sodas. Or get funky with the ferments: kombucha, and switchel are other twangy, tart options.

10. Tattersall Distilling

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1620 Central Ave NE #150
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 584-4152
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Just because it’s a distillery doesn’t mean that there aren’t spirit-free options. In addition to kombucha, a Duluth Coffee Company cold brew, and Perrier there’s a roobios-lime soda and a spruce tip tonic.

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11. Norseman Distillery

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451 Taft St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 568-6299
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Norseman’s For Drivers menu has several options of carefully concocted adult drinks that are still safely spirit-free.

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12. Tongue In Cheek - Eastside

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989 Payne Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55130
(651) 888-6148
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The Tongue in Cheek cocktail menu includes the “Placebo Effect,” a made-to-order mocktail. The bartender will craft a unique drink customized to taste, allowing their creativity to shine.

1. Martina

4312 S Upton Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Shiso phosphate
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

Martina’s bar is all about coaxing gorgeous, subtle flavors from humble ingredients and the n/a drinks get just as much care and attention as their spiked bretheren. In some cases, we’d argue the sober versions are even better, without the flavor bullies that alcohol can be.

4312 S Upton Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55410

2. Colita

5400 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

Step into this bustling restaurant where beverage director Marco Zappia is fermenting everything, even zero-proof beverage ingredients. The clarified horchata is arguably one of the best drinks available in the city.

5400 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

3. Travail Kitchen and Amusements

1930 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Travail’s beverage director Nathaniel Smith has spent time behind bars like Spoon and Stable and Hodges Bend where he found himself tinckering with ways to build complex flavors without depending on alcohols to create that structure. Travail is hosting one more pop-up along with chef Karyn Tomlinson. Look for Nordic flavor influences in the drinks.

1930 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

4. Eat Street Social

2600 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
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This menu has sober drinks built like a soda fountain with more panache. This is an excellent stop for an egg cream. But, peruse the menu for a welcome selection of booze free drinks that still appeal to grown-up tastes.

2600 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

5. Hola Arepa

3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
There are shaded and sunny patios to choose from at Hola Arepa
Hola Arepa [Official]

This bright restaurant on Nicollet Avenue feels like a beachy vacation even in the dead of winter. Settle in with one of several pineapple juice-sweetened mocktails. These top shelf sippers are a divine and affordable complement to the restaurant’s famous arepas.

3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

6. Spoon and Stable

211 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
A tall glass with an effervescent beverage garnished with a lemon wheel Joy Summers

All three of Gavin Kaysen’s restaurants excel at alcohol free drinking making. Inside his flagship Spoon and Stable that includes a winter tonic made with kumquat, citrus, and herbs.

211 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

7. Hai Hai

2121 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

This gorgeous jewel-colored restaurant with the giant inside/outside bar is built for summer sipping. The whole n/a menu includes the same tropical flavors that diners have come to expect from bar man and co-owner Birk Grudem. Dip into the fresh squeezed sugarcane juice and ginger soda, or try a little lively drinking vinegar to spice up a hot summer day.

2121 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

8. Zen Box Izakaya

602 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Zen Box Izakaya’s sodas go way beyond the average menu items with lychee, pomegranate ginger, and yuzu basil mint. Try the refreshing lemonade laced with ginger or matcha.

602 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415

9. The Tiny Diner

1024 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Tiny Diner makes a gorgeous line of house-made sodas. Or get funky with the ferments: kombucha, and switchel are other twangy, tart options.

1024 E 38th St
Minneapolis, MN 55407

10. Tattersall Distilling

1620 Central Ave NE #150, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Tattersall Distilling Bar cr Joy Summers Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

Just because it’s a distillery doesn’t mean that there aren’t spirit-free options. In addition to kombucha, a Duluth Coffee Company cold brew, and Perrier there’s a roobios-lime soda and a spruce tip tonic.

1620 Central Ave NE #150
Minneapolis, MN 55413

11. Norseman Distillery

451 Taft St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Norseman Distillery [Official]

Norseman’s For Drivers menu has several options of carefully concocted adult drinks that are still safely spirit-free.

451 Taft St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

12. Tongue In Cheek - Eastside

989 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55130

The Tongue in Cheek cocktail menu includes the “Placebo Effect,” a made-to-order mocktail. The bartender will craft a unique drink customized to taste, allowing their creativity to shine.

989 Payne Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55130

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