Nonalcoholic cocktails are having a moment. In Fayetteville and across the country, more and more people are opting for booze-free beverages — which is easy to do, considering these drinks are often just as tasty as traditional cocktails. Gone are the days of too-sweet mocktails and simple seltzers. Many alcohol-free cocktails are creatively crafted with premium ingredients by bartenders who enjoy making these drinks as much as their alcohol counterparts. Whether you live a sober lifestyle, you’re considering doing Dry January, or you simply want to indulge in an aperitif sans alcohol every now and then, here are the best places to sip nonalcoholic cocktails in Fayetteville.
107 N. Block Ave.
Iconic local bar Maxine’s changes their mocktail menu with the seasons, but you can expect a delicious range of offerings no matter the time of year. This season, sample their Muddled Fruit Soda (muddled fresh fruit, fresh mint soda water, honey syrup), Sparkling Ginger Lemonade (fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, ginger beer), or the cleverly named Tajina Harding (pineapple and lime juice, vanilla, hibiscus syrup, Tajin, ginger beer) for a fun drink — without the hangover.
557 S. School and 3619 N. Mall Ave.
Popular pizzeria Wood Stone has a range of zero-proof drinks, many of which use Pink House Alchemy syrups. Made up of almond syrup, orange bitters, and soda water, the Orange You Glad is a favorite, as is the Italian Cream Soda, which consists of sarsaparilla, lavender, and vanilla bean syrups. Other nonalcoholic drinks include the Lavender Lemonade, an Arsaga’s cold brew topped with oat milk, alcohol-free beers, and more.
23 N. Block Ave.
Arkansas’s first and only pinball bar, Pinpoint serves delectable liquor-free cocktails alongside their extensive menu of craft cocktails and local brews (plus vintage pinball machines). Just in time for the holidays, the bar’s nonalcoholic drinks include Spiced Horchata, housemade Horchata with Abuelita, and Rudolph’s Punch, an extremely sippable mix of cherry, pomegranate, and lime juice. Or, go for a classic — a mug of hot cocoa, complete with a toasted marshmallow.
318 Campbell Ave.
Known for their sumptuous Southern and coastal cuisine, Theo’s also makes their own specialty spirit-free drinks in house. On the list are the Dark Cherry Bramble, which includes muddled dark cherries, mint, housemade rosemary syrup, lime, cranberry juice, and ginger ale. The Gatsby features lemon shrub simple syrup, ginger simple syrup, fresh lemon, and tonic. The bartenders are also happy to craft any of their regular cocktails without alcohol.
112 W. Center Suite B001
Cocktail bar Vault has a few (very inventive) nonalcoholic drinks on their menu this season. The Cinn-derella's Carriage is charred cinnamon-infused CleanCo Apple Vodka Alternative, pumpkinseed, passionfruit, pomegranate orgeat, lime cordial, and acidulated orange, shaken and served on the rocks in a Collins glass. If The Cashew Fits is made up of CleanCo Tequila Alternative, cashew, saffron orgeat, Vault ginger beer, pineapple, and lemon, served on the rocks in an old fashioned glass. And Toucan Play That Game consists of Lyre's White Cane Spirit, coriander, pandan syrup, and lime. Best of all, like with their alcoholic drinks, you can take these mocktails to go.
110 S. College Ave.
At Feed & Folly, sip on mouthwatering mocktails atop the rooftop bar while gazing out at the killer views. This beloved spot currently has three alcohol-free drinks in the lineup: a spritzer, a Moscow Mule (ginger beer and ginger shrub), and a margarita made with Mexican chile syrup, lime juice, and simple syrup.
208 N. Block Ave.
Upscale restaurant Atlas doesn’t just serve impeccable seafood and meat entrees — they also serve excellent nonalcoholic cocktails. Nearly all their classic cocktails can be made without alcohol, so you can pair your meal with a spirit-free negroni, daiquiri, or paloma (to name a few).
928 N. College Ave.
Hosting a holiday party and want to prepare your own mocktails? In addition to specialty coffee and lattes, Pink House crafts syrups, shrubs, and bitters that taste just as good in spirit-free cocktails as they do in regular ones. Stop in the shop for a recipe card, or check their website for nonalcoholic recipes that impress — the Salty Dog (an ultra-refreshing concoction of Herbalicious syrup, grapefruit juice, Topo Chico, and a fresh crack of salt) and Smoldered pHaux-Loma (a smoky-flavored blend of Mexican chile syrup, lime juice, grapefruit juice, soda water, and Smoldered bitters) are both outstanding.
What’s your favorite place for nonalcoholic cocktails in Fayetteville? Let us know!