Portlanders love a killer cocktail, but for those who skip the booze, drink menus can often be a bummer. Still, many Portland establishments are thinking beyond classic Shirley Temples or Arnold Palmers, offering creative non-alcoholic beverages as well as great food. And bonus, because of the lack of pricy spirits, many of these drinks cost a fraction of their spiked counterparts. While some restaurants like Farm Spirit and Le Pigeon offer non-alcoholic pairings for prix fixe meals, the below restaurants and bars specifically shake and stir a la carte mocktails using fresh juices, soda water, house-made syrups, tart shrubs, and more.Read More
15 Portland Restaurants and Bars Mixing up Mocktails and Zero-Proof Drinks
Mixed drinks so lively, no one will miss the booze
Warm and inviting Southern spot Yonder very recently began serving a whole list of non-alcoholic cocktails, and the drinks are remarkably well thought out — the team uses house-made bitters, imported non-alcoholic vermouths, and various tinctures to replicate the flavors of old fashioneds and gin and tonics. For those craving the actual flavor of spirits, Yonder is likely the best bet around town in the zero-proof department.
Portland, OR 97227
This coffee-shop-meets-bar on Williams has a full selection of coffee mocktails available all day, from a cold brew old fashioned to the Coffee Date with date syrup and black walnut bitters. Visitors can grab a seat at the bar and listen to djs spin old-school hip hop and R&B.
3. Eem - Thai BBQ & Cocktails
Known for its Thai curries and barbecue smoked meats, this vacation-themed restaurant’s bar program brings serious tropical vibes to the airy and colorful dining room. Bar manager and co-owner Eric Nelson, who is five years sober, designed several non-alcoholic cocktails on the menu which he labels ‘clear headed.’ The Ghost Dance — a mixture of mango puree, lemon juice, plum bitters, and imported Italian bitter soda — is playfully two-toned while more balanced and less sweet than it appears.
4. Hale Pele
This super lively tiki bar on NE Broadway may be known for strong shareable drinks ceremoniously set on fire tableside, but it also has a set of five non-alcoholic tropical mocktails called ‘virgin sacrifices.’ Drinks like the creamy, coconut-and-pineapple-blended Nada-Colada and the Kiss My Kukui — with lime, pineapple, ginger, passionfruit, and mint — take visitors on an island vacation without the next-day hangover.
Along with vegan twists on South American fare, this restaurant and pisco bar also slings a number of virgin cocktails. For $6 or less, diners can enjoy tropical concoctions like sparkling pineapple juice spiced with chili pepper or grapefruit and lime juices mixed with cardamom bitters.
6. Oven and Shaker
At this dark and chic pizzeria, seasonally-topped pies pair with co-owner Ryan Magarian’s not-to-miss dry pineapple punch. Mixed with yellow pepper juice, black lemon bitters, and honey syrup, it’s well-balanced and tilts toward the savory.
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7. The Sudra
The St. Johns location may have closed last year, but the Kerns location of this casual counter-service vegan spot makes refreshing mocktails meant to pair with its food, from the Masala Film with pineapple, orange, and strawberry to the Bandit Queen with cucumber, lemon, and a chile-salt rim.
For drinks with a retro, old Portland vibe — the original 19th century copper floor is now the wainscoting — sober drinkers should head to the former digs of Berbati’s Pan. Along with dishes like katsu chicken sandwiches and adobo fried rice, Tryst serves a half-dozen $4 mocktails, such as a rose cordial daiquiri or cilantro-and-cucumber-infused limeade.
9. Abigail Hall
Portland, OR 97205
The relatively new cocktail bar in the Woodlark Hotel, with flowered wallpaper, a brick fireplace, and a killer happy hour burger, recently started a mocktail program that includes three Steven Smith Tea-based beverages, as well some playful soda-based beverages with ingredients like five-alarm pepper and salted tangerine drinking vinegar. The Hopped-Chamomile Fizz is both comforting and surprising, combining Smith Meadow Tea with Citra Hops, lemon juice, tonic, egg whites, and grapefruit oil.
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10. Departure Restaurant + Lounge
This clubby, sky-high restaurant offers a full section of dry cocktails on its bar menu, with the same attention to detail as most of its other libations: Drinks get heat and kick from shrubs or Thai chilis and floral notes from lavender and aloe juice. Balancing earthy, sweet, and sparkling, the Suvannamaccha
combines matcha, sugar, lime, and soda and pairs well with the restaurant’s equally fun cuisine.
11. Punch Bowl Social Portland
With more than a dozen virgin cocktails and fizzes to choose from, this swanky restaurant/bowling alley/arcade is a downtown spot friendly to teetotalers and designated drivers alike. Faves include strawberry soda spiked with rhubarb bitters and a frothy fizz made with fresh cilantro and house-made jalapeño-cucumber syrup. All are $6 or less.
Old Hollywood glamour meets modern cocktail lounge at the Picnic Table’s sister bar, located in Portland’s downtown theater district. Alcohol-free drinks include a blood orange juice blended with lime and demererra, which is citrusy and refreshing.
13. Raven & Rose
Located on the first floor of the fully restored, Queen Anne-style Ladd Carriage House, British gastropub Raven & Rose has a few zero-proof beverages on its drinks menu. The dreamsicle combines orange juice, seltzer and cream with imported distilled non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip for a drink with nostalgic vibes.
14. Ava Gene's
Mocktails are always on the menu at Portland’s much-lauded, farm-to-table Italian hotspot. Current options include the Getaway Driver, a combination of hibiscus, mint, laced with lemon and lime, and Born a Bad Seed, with yuzu and juniper.
15. La Moule
While this plumy blue-wallpaper-clad bistro is best known for mussels and frites, it offers a few non-boozy elixirs as well. The house-made tonic fizz is “spiked” with pineapple and cream of coconut.