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The Best Bars for Nonalcoholic Cocktails in LA

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If you’ve decided to pass on the boozy cocktails these days, you may think that you’re out of luck when you hit the bar scene in LA. These 15 local bars and restaurants are proof that giving up alcohol doesn’t mean giving up going out. The nonalcoholic cocktails at each use Seedlip, a nonalcoholic spirit that adds notes ranging from herbaceous to spicy. The result? The same complexity and balance you expect in a thoughtfully crafted cocktail, but without the booze.

Add these top LA spots into your regular rotation, whether as part of a no-booze bar crawl or simply as go-to hangouts. Here’s where to find nonalcoholic cocktail options wherever your night takes you.

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Malibu Beach Inn

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From Santa Monica, head north up the Pacific Coast Highway to find this Malibu seaside escape overlooking the sparkling Pacific Ocean. At the hotel’s Carbon Beach Club, nonalcoholic choices include five Seedlip-based concoctions. For the daring, there’s the How Soon Is Now? cocktail, an intriguing mix of Seedlip Garden 108, blackberry fassionola shrub, cinnamon, orange, and lime. The nibbly, beachy fare ranges from tuna tartare to local uni and lobster ravioli.

Another stop on any Santa Monica booze-free crawl should be this French-Asian mashup that’s part of Josh Loeb’s esteemed Rustic Canyon family. It’s within walking distance of the Promenade and Pier, but out of the main tourist fray. Standout dishes such as spicy wontons, raw spicy scallops, and beef rendang need a cooling foil in a drink, and that’s where the teetotaling Garden Gimlet, made with Seedlip Garden 108, lime, and mint, comes in.

Scratch Bar & Kitchen

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The cocktail bar is a first stop before diving into chef Phillip Frankland Lee and pastry chef Margarita Kallas-Lee’s tasting menu that spans 20-plus courses. As its name suggests, everything is made in-house, with careful attention to detail ensured from start to finish. That precision extends to the nonalcoholic Loudon Sour cocktail, a refreshing concoction made with Seedlip Garden 108, clarified apple juice, honeycomb syrup, lemon, and verjus. With its Encino location and three-hour dinner timeline, Scratch may be your one and only stop for the night, but it’s a good one.

Chulita

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Did you accidentally catch a flight to a Mexican beach town or just detour to Venice? No matter at this eye-catching hangout punctuated by colorful blankets and plenty of natural fibers and wood. The vibe might be tequila fever dream, but it’s easy to resist the siren call with a virgin margarita, a refreshing combo of Seedlip Grove 42, agave, and lime. Pair it with some guac, hamachi ceviche, and tacos — it works equally well before or after a day at the beach.

A non-alcoholic cocktail topped with a lime garnish sits at a booth at Chulita, in Los Angeles. a bottle of Seedlip, a non-alcoholic spirit, is in the background. Liam Brown

Lunetta All Day

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To see what LA’s Westside has to offer the non-imbiber, venture to this all-day Santa Monica standby, which serves neighborhood favorite dishes such as avocado toast, fried chicken sandwich, and house-made gnocchi. Utilizing Seedlip’s Spice 94, both Lunetta All Day and its adjacent dinner-only dining room serves two stand-out nonalcoholic cocktails: the refreshing Spice of Life (blood orange shrub, cane syrup, tonic) and the eye-opening Espresso No-tini (espresso and vanilla bean).

Bibo Ergo Sum

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For those looking to explore further around West Hollywood, there’s this beauty of a cocktail bar, semi-hidden behind a red door on the ground floor of Robertson Plaza. Despite its name, which translates as “I drink, therefore I am,” Bibo hasn’t forgotten non-drinkers. Sips such as the flirty Spice Tease, made with Seedlip Spice 94, citrus cordial, ginger, and mint tea, are crafted with the same consideration as the booze-filled ones. The dimly lit art deco-inspired interior flatters, even when you haven’t been “drinking.”

A non-alcoholic cocktail garnished with mint sits on a table at Bibo Ergo Sum in Los Angeles. Liam Brown

Eveleigh

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Eveleigh is a lynchpin in a West Hollywood crawl. Pretty farmhouse looks and a secluded patio set it apart from its more touristy Sunset Strip neighbors. So does its collection of Seedlip-based nonalcoholic cocktails, which includes one centered around Garden 108 with cucumber, mint, lime, and agave, and another that shows off Eveleigh’s house-made tonic with the addition of Seedlip Spice 94. The food menu runs from charcuterie and cheese to a solid dry-aged burger and more ambitious items like wild Oregon sea bass.

A non-alcoholic cocktail made with Seedlip and garnished with lime sits on a table at Eveleigh, facing a window overlooking LA. Liam Brown

Spice Affair

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With lit-up outdoor fountains and an eye-catching light wall in the lounge, Spice Affair in Beverly Hills is dressed to the nines — all the better for its clientele of well-heeled locals, tourists and the occasional celebrity. The Indian restaurant packs flavor into dishes such as a piquant habanero chicken tikka and lamb shank vindaloo, making it nice to cool things down with the Mother Earth nonalcoholic cocktail, made from refreshing Seedlip Garden 108 and blackberries.

Employees Only

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In nearby West Hollywood, this bona fide cocktail bar knows how to woo non-drinking patrons. There’s the Juniper and Tonic, in which Seedlip Garden 108 is enhanced with Som Thai basil drinking vinegar, yuzu tonic, fresh juniper berries, and thyme. Or, try the Szechuan Fizz, which uses a punch of Som pineapple Szechuan drinking vinegar alongside honey, pineapple syrup, turmeric, soda, and poppy seeds and comes topped with aquafaba foam. Either pairs well with an order of crispy bird with fish sauce and dried chiles.

A bright orange, non-alcoholic cocktail garnished with a pineapple spear, sits on the wooden bar at Employees Only. Liam Brown

Ray's and Stark Bar

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Named after film producer Ray Stark, this bar has the good looks and style you expect from a spot at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Its nonalcoholic drinks — like the Spice Paloma, a mix of Seedlip Spice 94, grapefruit, lime, and soda — show panache and pair nicely with either a full dinner (crispy Brussels sprouts and truffle-crusted Jidori chicken, perhaps) or more snacky fare (chicken wings and fries). 

Yamashiro | Hollywood

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Where better to throw back a nonalcoholic cocktail and celebrate the beauty of LA than at this sprawling Hollywood Heights hilltop mansion, replete with a restaurant and swanky lounge? The view of the city and the beauty of its historic grounds — it was completed in 1914 by two brothers who wanted to recreate a palace near Kyoto — certainly draws crowds. The night is young with an order of The Desperations Gone, a nonalcoholic drink made with Seedlip Spice 94, demerara sugar, coffee, cream, monk fruit, and black salt.

Hop on over to this Hollywood spot to try out chef Eric Bost’s multicourse charmer. There are lots of nonalcoholic options to go with the fare, but of particular note is the subtly sweet Gardenia, a blend of Seedlip Garden 108, miso, honey, pineapple, and lime. It’s a nice entry into a multicourse dinner (choose 4, 6, or 9 courses) or the a la carte brunch. Eat and drink in the spare, Instagram-ready space with an open kitchen, plenty of light, and natural wood.

Pilot Rooftop at The Hoxton

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Just a quick car ride from Inko Nito, this swanky rooftop lounge sits atop DTLA’s Hoxton hotel. Soak in the expansive skyline views while perusing the very grown-up nonalcoholic menu, which includes the easy-drinking Dill Julep (Seedlip Garden 108, cucumber, honeydew, lemon, yogurt, and dill) and the dynamic Red Pepper Swizzle (Seedlip Spice 94, red bell pepper, lime, cinnamon, and thyme). Early birds get $1 oysters from 3 to 6 p.m., while later arrivals can sample executive chef John Taube IV’s dinner menu including Dungeness crab fusilli and wood-grilled meats. 

An orange, non-alcoholic cocktail filled with crushed ice, sits on a marble tabletop outside, next to a bottle of Seedlip distilled spirit. Jakob N. Layman

Inko Nito

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Start your no-booze bar crawl in the Arts District at this self-described “unconventional” Japanese restaurant with a bustling open kitchen and a friendly communal table setup. For non-drinkers, Inko Nito has nonalcoholic cocktails to match its menu of robatayaki and sushi. Lean into the refreshing, golden-hued Spring St Punch, made with Seedlip Garden 108, shiso, pineapple, and a lemon blend tea, or go for the cleverly named No Fashion — a play on the restaurant’s popular whiskey-based Old Fashioned — which mixes Seedlip Grove 42 with nori and kokuto (Japanese brown sugar).

A wooden bar with seating faces the kitchen at Inko Nito, with slate gray walls and plants in the interior. Courtesy of Inko Nito

Hotel Joaquin

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Whether you swing down to Laguna Beach for the day or decide to spend the night, the 22-room hotel and Saline, its restaurant and bar, have you covered. There are plenty of low-alcohol cocktails on the menu, but why not abstain entirely with the sprightly No Booze Cruise, a nonalcoholic cocktail made with Seedlip’s Garden 108, Mediterranean tonic, ginger, and pineapple.

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Malibu Beach Inn

From Santa Monica, head north up the Pacific Coast Highway to find this Malibu seaside escape overlooking the sparkling Pacific Ocean. At the hotel’s Carbon Beach Club, nonalcoholic choices include five Seedlip-based concoctions. For the daring, there’s the How Soon Is Now? cocktail, an intriguing mix of Seedlip Garden 108, blackberry fassionola shrub, cinnamon, orange, and lime. The nibbly, beachy fare ranges from tuna tartare to local uni and lobster ravioli.

Cassia

Another stop on any Santa Monica booze-free crawl should be this French-Asian mashup that’s part of Josh Loeb’s esteemed Rustic Canyon family. It’s within walking distance of the Promenade and Pier, but out of the main tourist fray. Standout dishes such as spicy wontons, raw spicy scallops, and beef rendang need a cooling foil in a drink, and that’s where the teetotaling Garden Gimlet, made with Seedlip Garden 108, lime, and mint, comes in.

Scratch Bar & Kitchen

The cocktail bar is a first stop before diving into chef Phillip Frankland Lee and pastry chef Margarita Kallas-Lee’s tasting menu that spans 20-plus courses. As its name suggests, everything is made in-house, with careful attention to detail ensured from start to finish. That precision extends to the nonalcoholic Loudon Sour cocktail, a refreshing concoction made with Seedlip Garden 108, clarified apple juice, honeycomb syrup, lemon, and verjus. With its Encino location and three-hour dinner timeline, Scratch may be your one and only stop for the night, but it’s a good one.

Chulita

A non-alcoholic cocktail topped with a lime garnish sits at a booth at Chulita, in Los Angeles. a bottle of Seedlip, a non-alcoholic spirit, is in the background. Liam Brown

Did you accidentally catch a flight to a Mexican beach town or just detour to Venice? No matter at this eye-catching hangout punctuated by colorful blankets and plenty of natural fibers and wood. The vibe might be tequila fever dream, but it’s easy to resist the siren call with a virgin margarita, a refreshing combo of Seedlip Grove 42, agave, and lime. Pair it with some guac, hamachi ceviche, and tacos — it works equally well before or after a day at the beach.

A non-alcoholic cocktail topped with a lime garnish sits at a booth at Chulita, in Los Angeles. a bottle of Seedlip, a non-alcoholic spirit, is in the background. Liam Brown

Lunetta All Day

To see what LA’s Westside has to offer the non-imbiber, venture to this all-day Santa Monica standby, which serves neighborhood favorite dishes such as avocado toast, fried chicken sandwich, and house-made gnocchi. Utilizing Seedlip’s Spice 94, both Lunetta All Day and its adjacent dinner-only dining room serves two stand-out nonalcoholic cocktails: the refreshing Spice of Life (blood orange shrub, cane syrup, tonic) and the eye-opening Espresso No-tini (espresso and vanilla bean).

Bibo Ergo Sum

A non-alcoholic cocktail garnished with mint sits on a table at Bibo Ergo Sum in Los Angeles. Liam Brown

For those looking to explore further around West Hollywood, there’s this beauty of a cocktail bar, semi-hidden behind a red door on the ground floor of Robertson Plaza. Despite its name, which translates as “I drink, therefore I am,” Bibo hasn’t forgotten non-drinkers. Sips such as the flirty Spice Tease, made with Seedlip Spice 94, citrus cordial, ginger, and mint tea, are crafted with the same consideration as the booze-filled ones. The dimly lit art deco-inspired interior flatters, even when you haven’t been “drinking.”

A non-alcoholic cocktail garnished with mint sits on a table at Bibo Ergo Sum in Los Angeles. Liam Brown

Eveleigh

A non-alcoholic cocktail made with Seedlip and garnished with lime sits on a table at Eveleigh, facing a window overlooking LA. Liam Brown

Eveleigh is a lynchpin in a West Hollywood crawl. Pretty farmhouse looks and a secluded patio set it apart from its more touristy Sunset Strip neighbors. So does its collection of Seedlip-based nonalcoholic cocktails, which includes one centered around Garden 108 with cucumber, mint, lime, and agave, and another that shows off Eveleigh’s house-made tonic with the addition of Seedlip Spice 94. The food menu runs from charcuterie and cheese to a solid dry-aged burger and more ambitious items like wild Oregon sea bass.

A non-alcoholic cocktail made with Seedlip and garnished with lime sits on a table at Eveleigh, facing a window overlooking LA. Liam Brown

Spice Affair

With lit-up outdoor fountains and an eye-catching light wall in the lounge, Spice Affair in Beverly Hills is dressed to the nines — all the better for its clientele of well-heeled locals, tourists and the occasional celebrity. The Indian restaurant packs flavor into dishes such as a piquant habanero chicken tikka and lamb shank vindaloo, making it nice to cool things down with the Mother Earth nonalcoholic cocktail, made from refreshing Seedlip Garden 108 and blackberries.

Employees Only

A bright orange, non-alcoholic cocktail garnished with a pineapple spear, sits on the wooden bar at Employees Only. Liam Brown

In nearby West Hollywood, this bona fide cocktail bar knows how to woo non-drinking patrons. There’s the Juniper and Tonic, in which Seedlip Garden 108 is enhanced with Som Thai basil drinking vinegar, yuzu tonic, fresh juniper berries, and thyme. Or, try the Szechuan Fizz, which uses a punch of Som pineapple Szechuan drinking vinegar alongside honey, pineapple syrup, turmeric, soda, and poppy seeds and comes topped with aquafaba foam. Either pairs well with an order of crispy bird with fish sauce and dried chiles.

A bright orange, non-alcoholic cocktail garnished with a pineapple spear, sits on the wooden bar at Employees Only. Liam Brown

Ray's and Stark Bar

Named after film producer Ray Stark, this bar has the good looks and style you expect from a spot at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Its nonalcoholic drinks — like the Spice Paloma, a mix of Seedlip Spice 94, grapefruit, lime, and soda — show panache and pair nicely with either a full dinner (crispy Brussels sprouts and truffle-crusted Jidori chicken, perhaps) or more snacky fare (chicken wings and fries). 

Yamashiro | Hollywood

Where better to throw back a nonalcoholic cocktail and celebrate the beauty of LA than at this sprawling Hollywood Heights hilltop mansion, replete with a restaurant and swanky lounge? The view of the city and the beauty of its historic grounds — it was completed in 1914 by two brothers who wanted to recreate a palace near Kyoto — certainly draws crowds. The night is young with an order of The Desperations Gone, a nonalcoholic drink made with Seedlip Spice 94, demerara sugar, coffee, cream, monk fruit, and black salt.

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Hop on over to this Hollywood spot to try out chef Eric Bost’s multicourse charmer. There are lots of nonalcoholic options to go with the fare, but of particular note is the subtly sweet Gardenia, a blend of Seedlip Garden 108, miso, honey, pineapple, and lime. It’s a nice entry into a multicourse dinner (choose 4, 6, or 9 courses) or the a la carte brunch. Eat and drink in the spare, Instagram-ready space with an open kitchen, plenty of light, and natural wood.

Pilot Rooftop at The Hoxton

An orange, non-alcoholic cocktail filled with crushed ice, sits on a marble tabletop outside, next to a bottle of Seedlip distilled spirit. Jakob N. Layman

Just a quick car ride from Inko Nito, this swanky rooftop lounge sits atop DTLA’s Hoxton hotel. Soak in the expansive skyline views while perusing the very grown-up nonalcoholic menu, which includes the easy-drinking Dill Julep (Seedlip Garden 108, cucumber, honeydew, lemon, yogurt, and dill) and the dynamic Red Pepper Swizzle (Seedlip Spice 94, red bell pepper, lime, cinnamon, and thyme). Early birds get $1 oysters from 3 to 6 p.m., while later arrivals can sample executive chef John Taube IV’s dinner menu including Dungeness crab fusilli and wood-grilled meats. 

An orange, non-alcoholic cocktail filled with crushed ice, sits on a marble tabletop outside, next to a bottle of Seedlip distilled spirit. Jakob N. Layman

Inko Nito

A wooden bar with seating faces the kitchen at Inko Nito, with slate gray walls and plants in the interior. Courtesy of Inko Nito

Start your no-booze bar crawl in the Arts District at this self-described “unconventional” Japanese restaurant with a bustling open kitchen and a friendly communal table setup. For non-drinkers, Inko Nito has nonalcoholic cocktails to match its menu of robatayaki and sushi. Lean into the refreshing, golden-hued Spring St Punch, made with Seedlip Garden 108, shiso, pineapple, and a lemon blend tea, or go for the cleverly named No Fashion — a play on the restaurant’s popular whiskey-based Old Fashioned — which mixes Seedlip Grove 42 with nori and kokuto (Japanese brown sugar).

A wooden bar with seating faces the kitchen at Inko Nito, with slate gray walls and plants in the interior. Courtesy of Inko Nito

Hotel Joaquin

Whether you swing down to Laguna Beach for the day or decide to spend the night, the 22-room hotel and Saline, its restaurant and bar, have you covered. There are plenty of low-alcohol cocktails on the menu, but why not abstain entirely with the sprightly No Booze Cruise, a nonalcoholic cocktail made with Seedlip’s Garden 108, Mediterranean tonic, ginger, and pineapple.

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