strawberry margarita at mission taco joint photo by izaiah johnson

4 St. Louis bars with great nonalcoholic cocktails to try this Dry January

There was a time, not long ago, when if you ordered a spirit-free drink, the most you could hope for was a little bit of grenadine in your soda. These days, though, discerning drinkers demand quality nonalcoholic (NA) options as part of their bar experience. Here are a few places around town where you can celebrate with all of the flavor and none of the booze.

Angad Arts Hotel
Angad Arts Hotel serves up booze-free drinks at its rooftop Art Bar and the hotel’s restaurant, Commonwealth. Both spots offer the Non-Cosmo (cranberry juice, lime juice, orange juice and simple syrup), Orange Mule (orange juice, lime juice and ginger beer), and a Mock Spritz (hibiscus, cranberry juice, lemon juice and club soda). Commonwealth also serves NA cider Original Sin and a sparkling NA rosé from Gruvi. Through January, Art Bar also offers two seasonal NA sippers, including the Polar Paloma (orange, grapefruit and lime juice).
3550 Samuel Shepard Drive, St. Louis, 314.561.0033,

Chao Baan
Chao Baan not only features authentic Thai cuisine but also an array of mocktails that take their cues from the kitchen. Check out Tokay Boomer (lychee juice, fresh lime juice, Thai basil syrup and sparkling water), These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty (housemade galangal syrup, fresh lime juice and ginger beer) and the Cranberry Ginger Fizz (cranberry juice and ginger beer with an orange sugar rim).
4087 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, 314.925.8250,

Mission Taco Joint
Mission Taco Joint offers a list of NA libations such as the Januberry Pie, made with Bare Zero Proof tequila, lime juice, strawberry, vanilla, coconut and jalapeno. Other offerings include the NA Mission Margarita, NA Paloma and NA Pina Colada, along with NA beers from Athletic Brewing Co., aguas frescas and Jarritos Mexican sodas.
Multiple locations,

The Vandy
This neighborhood cocktail joint, located on the edge of the Grove, offers a continually rotating selection of spirit-free options as carefully crafted as their boozy offerings. Check out NA specialties like the Italian Orange Spritz (Lyre’s Italian Orange NA aperitif, lemon and simple syrup, topped with Topo Chico) and The Mango Murder, which includes Bare Zero Proof tequila, plus Giffard Aperitif, pineapple, lime and mango syrups.
1301 S. Vandeventer Ave., St. Louis, 314.472.5321,