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10 Creative Nonalcoholic Cocktail Destinations in Asheville

Whether Dry January or sober curious, Asheville has a bar, restaurant, or brewery serving booze-free drinks

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Sparkling strawberry lemonade from Devil’s Foot makes for a refreshing sip.
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To its well-earned reputation as Beer City, Asheville has diversified with local, craft-made wine, cider, and spirits. Even so, the city’s bars, restaurants, and bottle shops have made room for the explosive growth of nonalcoholic beer, wine, and spirits, and urged their mixologists to go beyond the tired cranberry juice and club soda and dream up intoxicating cocktails minus intoxication. From Dry January to Sober October and beyond, here are ten Asheville places that offer zero-alcohol but 100 percent delicious ABV-free beverages.

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Ginger's Revenge

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Fans of the sassy taste of ginger beer flock to Ginger’s Revenge tasting room and brewery to drink its favorite flagships, sample new brews, play trivia, and chill out with live jazz. Ginger’s also rolls out the welcome mat for alcohol avoiders with tasty treats like housemade tulsi-and-peppermint sparkling tea, Waynesville Soda Jerks craft soda, housemade ginger soda, shrub spritzers, and sexy mocktail Matcha Nude — matcha, zero-proof gin, mint simple syrup, and lime juice.

Little Jumbo

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This intimate North Asheville bar was well ahead of the NA boom, with mocktails — or as co-owner Chall Gray prefers, spirit-free cocktails — on the menu since it opened in 2017. Bartenders continue to collaborate on new, seasonal, and cleverly named concoctions, like Fire Walk With Me (Seedlip Grove 42, falernum, lime, orgeat, and habanero).

Rosetta's Kitchen

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Vegetarian? Vegan? Gluten-free? Rosetta’s Kitchen has you covered. Abstaining from alcohol? Buchi Bar has six flavors of garden-to-glass Buchi kombucha on tap, kombucha tasting flights, and mocktails, elixirs, herbal and mushroom extractions, and free-spirited/spirits-free beverage collaborations with Blue Ridge Hemp.

Mountain Madre

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You say margarita, your friend says mockarita and you both say pass the chips and salsa at Mountain Madre Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar. Highly regarded for its extensive lineup of mezcal and tequilas, it is also known for its wizardry with Monday Mezcal, Jalisco 55 tequila, and fresh-squeezed citrus to mix up the closest thing to the real thing.

Botanist and Barrel Tasting Room

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The plant-and-light-filled tasting room in downtown Asheville is popular for its flights, cider cocktails, and natural wines, but leaves no glass empty thanks to a thoughtful sans-alcohol section of NA cider, beer, sparkling wine, and craft soda. Botanist and Barrel frequently hosts guest chef pop-ups and live music.

The Tiki Easy Bar

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Fun is practically guaranteed at a tiki bar and thanks to a selection of island-inspired mocktails, it’s fun for all at Tiki Easy Bar (located inside the South Slope location of Hi-Wire Brewing, which has added a distilling program to its craft beer operations). Passion fruit mojitos, pina coladas, and Hurricanes are among the easy-breezy, tropical NA options.

Antidote

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Asheville-founded, woman-owned, award-winning Chemist Spirits’ swanky turn-of-the-century bar Antidote has the cure for the boring mocktail. The NA G&T with Maine pine syrup, lemon, grapefruit, Fever Tree elderflower tonic, and fresh rosemary has been touted as the most spirited, non-spirited cocktail in town. In warm weather, quaff it on the rooftop bar.

The Whale

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Every Asheville brewery now offers at least one NA beer option — whether its own brew like Sierra Nevada’s recent entry Trail Pass or a national brand like Athletic — but the Whale Beer Collective has always boasted a national and international rotating selection of NA beers among its vast global inventory on draft, in bottles and cans.

Satisfy your sober curiosity at the one-stop bottle shop for stocking your home or weekend-rental bar at Nolo, located in Marquee design-and-art marketplace. A vast selection of NA beers, spirits, elixirs, apertivos, ready-to-drinks like an Old Fashioned, whiskey sour, or highball in a can, and three flavors of bottled Phony Negroni. NA wine is still hit or (mostly) miss, but Joyus’s alcohol-removed quartet of sparkling, sparkling rose, cabernet sauvignon, and rose has nabbed Best of Class in multiple competitions.

The Mule at Devil's Foot Beverage

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Since launching with two flavors of craft-made NA ginger beer in 2018, Devil’s Foot Beverage Company has steadily expanded its alcohol-free brands, production, and distribution. Collaborations with local breweries produced cocktail-inspired, zero-alcohol canned drinks like the Dark & Stormy with Highlands and NA Negroni with Burial Beer. In addition to stocking over 40 bottles of North Carolina-made spirits behind the bar, the Mule Tasting Room has Devil’s Foot beverages on tap, NA beer, and mocktail versions of house cocktails in its manufacturing facility.

Ginger's Revenge

Fans of the sassy taste of ginger beer flock to Ginger’s Revenge tasting room and brewery to drink its favorite flagships, sample new brews, play trivia, and chill out with live jazz. Ginger’s also rolls out the welcome mat for alcohol avoiders with tasty treats like housemade tulsi-and-peppermint sparkling tea, Waynesville Soda Jerks craft soda, housemade ginger soda, shrub spritzers, and sexy mocktail Matcha Nude — matcha, zero-proof gin, mint simple syrup, and lime juice.

Little Jumbo

This intimate North Asheville bar was well ahead of the NA boom, with mocktails — or as co-owner Chall Gray prefers, spirit-free cocktails — on the menu since it opened in 2017. Bartenders continue to collaborate on new, seasonal, and cleverly named concoctions, like Fire Walk With Me (Seedlip Grove 42, falernum, lime, orgeat, and habanero).

Rosetta's Kitchen

Vegetarian? Vegan? Gluten-free? Rosetta’s Kitchen has you covered. Abstaining from alcohol? Buchi Bar has six flavors of garden-to-glass Buchi kombucha on tap, kombucha tasting flights, and mocktails, elixirs, herbal and mushroom extractions, and free-spirited/spirits-free beverage collaborations with Blue Ridge Hemp.

Mountain Madre

You say margarita, your friend says mockarita and you both say pass the chips and salsa at Mountain Madre Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar. Highly regarded for its extensive lineup of mezcal and tequilas, it is also known for its wizardry with Monday Mezcal, Jalisco 55 tequila, and fresh-squeezed citrus to mix up the closest thing to the real thing.

Botanist and Barrel Tasting Room

The plant-and-light-filled tasting room in downtown Asheville is popular for its flights, cider cocktails, and natural wines, but leaves no glass empty thanks to a thoughtful sans-alcohol section of NA cider, beer, sparkling wine, and craft soda. Botanist and Barrel frequently hosts guest chef pop-ups and live music.

The Tiki Easy Bar

Fun is practically guaranteed at a tiki bar and thanks to a selection of island-inspired mocktails, it’s fun for all at Tiki Easy Bar (located inside the South Slope location of Hi-Wire Brewing, which has added a distilling program to its craft beer operations). Passion fruit mojitos, pina coladas, and Hurricanes are among the easy-breezy, tropical NA options.

Antidote

Asheville-founded, woman-owned, award-winning Chemist Spirits’ swanky turn-of-the-century bar Antidote has the cure for the boring mocktail. The NA G&T with Maine pine syrup, lemon, grapefruit, Fever Tree elderflower tonic, and fresh rosemary has been touted as the most spirited, non-spirited cocktail in town. In warm weather, quaff it on the rooftop bar.

The Whale

Every Asheville brewery now offers at least one NA beer option — whether its own brew like Sierra Nevada’s recent entry Trail Pass or a national brand like Athletic — but the Whale Beer Collective has always boasted a national and international rotating selection of NA beers among its vast global inventory on draft, in bottles and cans.

Nolo

Satisfy your sober curiosity at the one-stop bottle shop for stocking your home or weekend-rental bar at Nolo, located in Marquee design-and-art marketplace. A vast selection of NA beers, spirits, elixirs, apertivos, ready-to-drinks like an Old Fashioned, whiskey sour, or highball in a can, and three flavors of bottled Phony Negroni. NA wine is still hit or (mostly) miss, but Joyus’s alcohol-removed quartet of sparkling, sparkling rose, cabernet sauvignon, and rose has nabbed Best of Class in multiple competitions.

The Mule at Devil's Foot Beverage

Since launching with two flavors of craft-made NA ginger beer in 2018, Devil’s Foot Beverage Company has steadily expanded its alcohol-free brands, production, and distribution. Collaborations with local breweries produced cocktail-inspired, zero-alcohol canned drinks like the Dark & Stormy with Highlands and NA Negroni with Burial Beer. In addition to stocking over 40 bottles of North Carolina-made spirits behind the bar, the Mule Tasting Room has Devil’s Foot beverages on tap, NA beer, and mocktail versions of house cocktails in its manufacturing facility.

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