Whether you’re observing Dry January or just want to try something different, mocktails have come a long way from the sugary-sweet Shirley Temples of the past. Mocktails are the perfect refreshment to enjoy if you are looking for a non-alcoholic beverage. They’re great to enjoy while socializing, having a nice meal, or sipping after a long day. You can find these drinks at an increasing number of bars and restaurants and we have made a list for you in Hoboken and Jersey City. Read on for a comprehensive list of where to find mocktails in the area.
Antique Bar & Bakery | 122 Willow Avenue
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For the last 30 years, Antique Bakery has been serving Hoboken residents, even Frank Sinatra, fresh baked goods. For the last five years, the bakery has been turned into a bar serving a full menu of artisanal cocktails in addition to specialty bread and baked goods. Guests can also enjoy specialty mocktails including the Mr. Freedom, which is made with fresh watermelon, mint, and fresh-squeezed lime.
Another mocktail is the Johnny Friendly, made with fresh zesty ginger, sage, freshly squeezed lemon, and a touch of agave. The final mocktail on the menu is the All the Way, which is made with charred blackberries that are made right in the famous coal-fired oven, freshly squeezed lemon juice, topped with sparkling water for some extra bubbles.
Belo Bar | 104 Hudson Street
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Belo Bar is a piano bar with live music and a whole lot of jazz and good vibes. There is friendly service, cocktails, and a large variety of wines from all over the world. The menu has small plates from all different cuisines and in addition, the bar offers mocktails. Upon request, the bartender can make any drink into a mocktail. The spicy watermelon margarita mocktail is a fan favorite.
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Halifax | W Hotel, 225 River Street
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Located on the waterfront in Hoboken, Halifax is located in the W hotel and serves mocktails that embrace all the flavors of a cocktail, without the hangover of course. The bartender uses basic juices including orange and pineapple with simple syrup, grenadine, lemon, and lime juice. Maraschino cherries, basil, herbs, and elaborate garnishes are used to spice up the drinks.
Olivia’s | 1038 Garden Street
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This mediterranean spot is a relative newcomer to the Hoboken scene but has already won over neighbors with its warm hospitality and tasty food. There are dedicated mocktails on the menu including the Mare Nostrum, the Aguamala, and the El Shirley Temple. Some ingredients that are used include pineapple, lime juice, wild berries, and Elderflower.
Orale Mexican Kitchen | 1426 Willow Avenue, Hoboken + 341 Grove Street, Jersey City
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When Mexican food is calling, always answer! If a boozy margarita isn’t in the future but you still want to enjoy the flavors, try enjoying a margarita mocktail. The virgin piña colada combines pineapple, coconut, and lime to create a sweet, tasty dinnertime treat.
Sirenetta | 1039 Washington Street
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Right across the street from Sorellina’s Wine Bar lies Sirenetta Oyster Bar, its sister restaurant. The bar has a mocktail menu, organized by flavor profile: refreshing, spicy, or sweet. The idea is for servers to ask what style of mocktail guests would like, then the bar makes them a drink based on their preference.
Sorellina | 1036 Washington Street
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Sorellina is an Italian kitchen and wine bar located on Washington Street. With a selection of over 100 wines, the restaurant also offers mocktails. One of the most popular mocktails is the Basilica, which is served with white grapefruit, honey, basil, and club soda.
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The Sinatra Room | 36-42 Newark Street
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Located below Monroe’s restaurant, The Sinatra Room is a speakeasy that is designed and decorated to honor Frank Sinatra. There is a dedicated mocktail menu with punny names and inventive drinks. Look out for the Wake Me Up, which uses cold brew, cinnamon syrup, and creamy chai to blend together into a refreshing drink. Other mocktails use herbal teas for flavorful bases, including the Pop the Pom, which is made of pomegranate Vibal energy tea, mango, mint, lime & club soda.
Touch the Heart | 324 Washington Street
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This Chinese dim sum restaurant offers unique dishes with love in every bite, fresh blooms for sale each week, a variety of antiques and food objects, and an all-around classy spot — but owners Dan and Anne Marie want you to know that while they’ll serve food, cocktails, sell flowers, and antiques, Touch the Heart is more of an experience than it is restaurant or store. It has a mocktail menu, with four specialty mocktails available by the glass or the pitcher. We like the Thai Basil Lemonade for a savory-sweet blend that is refreshing.
Ami Ramen House | 218 Newark Avenue
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Located in downtown Jersey City on Newark Avenue, Ami Ramen House offers a large selection of mocktails for any taste. Customers can choose between the Kobe Refresher, Kyoto Grapefruit Fizz, Strawberry Sendai, or the Mango Slush. The Kobe Refresher is a fan favorite and is made with oolong, lychee, ginger, and lemon for a refreshing, sweet taste.
Frankie | 264 Grove Street
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The sunny and bright atmosphere at this downtown restaurant is a great fit for the flavorful, fresh, and seasonal menu, and the mocktails are no exception.