Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Beyond “Dry January” and “Sober October,” increasing amounts of people are opting for non-alcoholic brews and booze-free beverages in the Upstate, particularly with increased production and popularity of craft NA beers.
From classy to casual, entertainment venues to restaurants, these local businesses across Spartanburg County are expanding their bar offerings to include broader beverage lists.
“Zero-proof,” “no ABV,” “mocktail,”… However you refer to these alcohol-free beverages, enjoy a variety of options at these Spartanburg restaurants and bars:
Cribbs Kitchen offers one of the larger ABV-free cocktail menus on our list, with mixed drink flavors ranging from fizzy berry and citrus sodas, cold brew coffee concoctions, tea and peach puree, and more. Pair your beverage with an award-winning burger.
Dray: Bar + Grill, (1800 Drayton Rd, Spartanburg):
This dog-themed restaurant is bringing the flavor! Dray boasts customizable cocktails/ mocktails that donate a percentage of sales to the Spartanburg Humane Society, as well as O’Douls Non-Alcoholic Brew.
The Flower Bar is one of Spartanburg’s newest businesses, offering fruity beverages, floral arrangements, and plant-themed workshops. In addition to their boozy menu, the bar offers a rotating flavor of booze-free mocktail slushie. Current flavors include cranberry pineapple.
American fare, local ingredients, Art-Deco décor, and some of the prettiest zero-proof drinks you’ve seen. Sample a full menu of shareable plates, with drinks such as Raspberry Blueberry Smashes and Virgin Palomas.
While Southside Smokehouse may not have a full list of mocktails on the menu, their craft bartenders can substitute and customize any existing beverages on the menu. Popular drinks to customize are the Winter Smash with cranberry and orange, and the Mule in a Hurricane.
Pssst… You heard it here first. The Tulip Tree is currently working on a brand-new beverage menu, with several craft mocktails, coffee varieties, and dessert drinks featured.
Don’t sacrifice flavor and live entertainment with ABV. These local businesses offer craft NA beer on draft, in bottles, or in cans.
Toast to live music with nonalcoholic can options and specialty bratwursts. FR8yard’s biergarten and music venue in the heart of downtown Spartanburg is open March through November.
This family-friendly venue features live music events and pop-up markets, home to Little River Roasting Co., The Spartan food concessions, and a greenspace on the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail. Current NA craft options include Rightside Brewing’s Citrus Wheat.
Did you know that The Local Hiker specialty outdoors retailer has a taproom in the back of the store? Behind the bar, find Lagunitas IPNA bottles.
In addition to some of the most popular, hand-tossed, thin-crust pizza in Spartanburg, Venus Pie also boasts a variety of NA beer, including Athletic Brewing Co. and Busty Lush.
So maybe the bar’s not your scene… The beauty of nonalcoholic beverages is that you can select them to-go!
Blue Moon Specialty Foods’ newest concept and second location is freshly opened, featuring a sandwich counter, patio taproom, and a full grocery complete with walk-in beverage cave. Nonalcoholic offerings range from canned mocktails and kombucha, house-made and -bottled craft lemonade, NA beer by Sober Carpenter and more.
The Hop Spot at Hot Spot gas station may be one of the best kept secrets for craft beer selection, BUT they also offer a broad variety of regional nonalcoholic beers in solo cans and packs. Grab some gas, browse for snacks, and select drinks to-go.