Celebrate the sober lifestyle with sophisticated non-alcoholic mocktails, drinks and brews at these Toronto bars and restaurants.

Step aside, Shirley Temple. Inventive, delicious—and even sexy—no-alcohol libations are a hot trend across the city. There are plenty of sophisticated pours to enjoy, whether by lifestyle choice, spiritual strictures or participation in a dry month following a busy social season. Here are 10 spots to sip an elevated no-buzz drink.

The Oxley Public House 

Everyone from uni students from the nearby University of Toronto campus to elegant Yorkville sophisticates crowd into The Oxley Public House, a popular British-style pub. Order a Pandan Mojito, which adds an aromatic herbal element to the classic mint and lime sparkler after a tough day shopping at nearby Chanel and Gucci. Or sip on an Apple Ginger Fizz, made with apple cider, ginger beer and cinnamon syrup.

The Library Bar at the Fairmont Royal York

If you’re travelling through Union Station in downtown Toronto, make time to head across the street to the elegant Fairmont Royal York, home to local cocktail institution The Library Bar. The plush lounge features a highly curated cocktail menu, including non-alcoholic options like the Temperance Time libation with Seedlip alcohol-free spirits, cucumber, Fever Tree lemonade, soda and mint.

Taylors Landing at The Shops at Don Mills

After you heed the retail call of one of Canada's fave apparel chains, Aritzia, or you've loaded up at preppy Brooks Brothers or boho-chic Anthropologie, duck into Taylors Landing for a bite to eat and a Blueberry Nojito. 

This no-booze twist on the mojito includes house-made blueberry coulis, cane syrup, fresh lime juice, fresh mint, and soda. Alternatively, chill with a Corona Sunbrew, the zero-ABV version of the classic beer.

The Shameful Tiki Room 

If you're living the low-ABV life, you can still get in on the OTT shenanigans at The Shameful Tiki Room, Parkdale's famously flamboyant cocktail bar. 

Among the Polynesian-inspired drinks, you'll find zero-alcohol concoctions like the Sea King Surf, a riff on sekanjabin, a Middle Eastern summer drink, blending tropical flavours with honey, mint and vinegar topped with soda. Or try Always in Fashion, a grapefruity twist on the mojito.

Bellwoods Brewery  

The craft suds pour freely at this local brewery’s Ossington Brewpub in trendy Ossington Village. Here, the sober curious can partake in the crisp delight of a fresh draft beer for a Dry January and beyond. 

Visit the cozy, loft-like pub to sample the citrusy and refreshing zero-alcohol Stay Classy IPA on tap. Or sample the no-buzz version of their popular Jelly King dry-hopped sour in regular, tropical fruit or berry iterations.

Famous Last Words 

Books and sophisticated cocktails intersect at Famous Last Words, a literary cocktail bar in The Junction neighbourhood of Toronto's west end. 

Stay sharp for Book Trivia nights with virgin cocktails like The House on Mango Street, a blend of non-alcoholic spirits, mango and orange juices, elderflower and rhubarb bitters, or the herbaceous Lightning Thief, also starring "gin," in addition to pear juice, lemon, honey-thyme syrup and walnut bitters.

Greta Solomon's Dining Room

East end's quaint Leslieville neighbourhood plays host to the sweet French restaurant, Greta Solomon's Dining Room. An extensive wine list is the focus of this cozy space, and sober folks are included in the bounty with a selection of Teetotaler wine from La Mancha, Spain. 

Pick from the zero-alcohol Tempranillo red or sparkling rosé, or the classic Airén white, to go along with your côtes courtes (short ribs) or loup de mer (sea bass).

Her Father's Cider Bar + Kitchen

Aside from its elegant Victorian red brick architecture, the Annex-adjacent Harbord Village is known for its fine dining scene. Among the swish restaurants is the down-to-earth Her Father's Cider Bar

Snuggle into a velvety banquette and order a fresh cider served chilled or hot and mulled. If it's the zippy bubbles of hard cider you're after, sans alcohol, go for the sparkling pear or apple ciders from Spirit Tree, an apple orchard and cidery north of Toronto.

Offworld Bar

Looking for an otherworldly Queen Street West experience? Look no further than Offworld Bar, a futuristic concept bar with 3D holograms and space-themed virtual windows. Elevated cocktails with celestial names are a big focus in this rather elegant space that's less Dune, and more Star Trek: The Next Generation. 

What would an off-duty Captain Picard order? Probably Other Suns, made with Tanqueray 0.0%, lychee juice and orange bitters. Or perhaps a Time Warp Zero, with tamarind-date paste, lime juice, pineapple-lychee juice, ginger beer and mint. 

The Drake Hotel Lobby Bar

Inventive drinks are par for the course at The Drake Hotel, a hotbed of local arts, music and socializing since its launch 20 years ago. Take in an art exhibit or catch a concert at the Drake Underground performance space. But first, libations…

The hotel’s lobby bar offers zero-alcohol options such as the Tempest in a Teacup, a blend of “gin,” lemon, green tea, pineapple and soda, and the Rhüm With A View, a confection of “rum,” pineapple, honey, lime and egg white. Cheers!

Also see: Explore Toronto's Queen West on an Art Crawl