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A dark orange cocktail, placed next to a glass bottle of Seedlip Spice 94.
Whitechapel’s Winds of Winter cocktail.
Photo by Jakob N. Layman

Where to Drink Nonalcoholic Cocktails Around San Francisco

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Whitechapel’s Winds of Winter cocktail.
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The mixology revolution has come for nonalcoholic drinks — and redefined the very notion of a booze-free cocktail. Not long ago, those not drinking alcohol were left with tired options like club soda or too-sweet ginger ale. Today? San Francisco’s bars and restaurants approach nonalcoholic drinks with the full expertise of their craft.

While a number of high-quality nonalcoholic “spirits” have hit the market in recent years, the true pioneer in the category remains Seedlip. Seedlip’s three flavors (Garden 108, Spice 94, and Grove 42) are each made with a distinct blend of botanicals, and lend sophistication and nuance to spirit-free drinks. Here are our favorites in and around San Francisco.

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1. Trick Dog

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3010 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 471-2999
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It’s hard to have a conversation about upscale cocktails in San Francisco that doesn’t include Trick Dog. Always on the leading edge of the drinking world, they’ve championed nonalcoholic cocktails, too; to showcase Seedlip, they’ve created a simple highball with Seedlip Garden and Jarritos Piña, garnished with fresh cucumber.

A bartender garnishes a highball cocktail with a cucumber.
Trick Dog’s nonalcoholic cocktail.
Photo by Jakob N. Layman

2. Chezchez

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584 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 237-1834
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Dedicated to life’s simpler pleasures — outdoor dining, spritzes, and fried snacks among them — Chezchez has a real affinity for the Bloody Mary, even encouraging drinking ‘em after dark. (“You have our permission,” reads the menu!) So grant yourself permission to try the Virgin Mary, with their signature Chezchez Mary mix spiked with Seedlip Garden and finished with cheese and pickled chile. 

3. Rich Table

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199 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 355-9085
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Fresh, thoughtful, and seasonal define both the food and the drink at Evan and Sarah Rich’s Hayes Valley favorite. So it’s no surprise they’ve embraced Seedlip in their nonalcoholic “Spritz Face Killah,” with Seedlip Grove paired with similarly booze-free Lyre’s “Dark Rum,” served in a highball topped with crisp grapefruit soda.  

An orange-colored cocktail served in a glass garnished with an orange peel, and Seedlip Grove 42.
Rich Table’s Spritz Face Killah cocktail.
Photo by Jakob N. Layman

4. Nari

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1625 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 868-6274
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In its few years of operation, Pim Techamuanvivit’s Nari has become one of the city’s true must-visits, a refined Thai restaurant in a breathtakingly elegant space within the Hotel Kabuki. Their precise, beautifully executed cocktails each build from a spirit; the “Unakarn” infuses Seedlip Garden 108 with juniper and tops with tonic, for a G&T riff with none of the alcohol, but all the fresh character of Seedlip.

A cocktail garnished with cucumber, placed on a round wood table.
Nari’s Unakarn cocktail.
Photo by Jakob N. Layman

5. The Beehive

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842 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 306-8209
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Free-spirited and simply fun, The Beehive brings killer cocktails and mid-century modern style to Valencia Street. Their “Gimlet of Eden” celebrates Seedlip Garden’s vibrant, verdant side with fresh lime and a kiwi-lime leaf fresca as bright in flavor as in color. 

A bright green cocktail served in a coupe glass.
The Beehive’s Gimlet of Eden cocktail
Photo by Jakob N. Layman

6. China Live

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644 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 788-8188
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An upscale, ambitious Chinese food emporium embracing varied cuisines from across the vast nation, China Live doesn’t skimp on the cocktails, either. The “Almost G&T” brings together Seedlip Garden, tonic, and a mandarin blood orange syrup: fresh, complex, and, unlike a boozy gin and tonic, completely virtuous.

7. Whitechapel

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600 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94102

While this beloved, ornate cocktail lounge reveres gin above all else, their wide-ranging menu makes plenty of room for other spirits, too — including the nonalcoholic. Their “Winds of Winter” stars Seedlip Spice 94 with chancaca syrup, lemon, pineapple, and Lurisia Chinotto soda.

A dark orange cocktail, placed next to a glass bottle of Seedlip Spice 94.
Whitechapel’s Winds of Winter cocktail.
Photo by Jakob N. Layman

8. True Laurel

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753 Alabama St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 341-0020
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A true cocktail nerd’s destination, True Laurel is always pushing the boundaries of what a drink can be. Their “Spice and Everything Nice” builds from a base of Seedlip Spice 94, combining it with the compelling flavors of chamomile, pink peppercorn, pear vinegar, and bitters. Every bit as complex as the boozier drinks on their menu. 

An orange cocktail, placed next to a bottle of Seedlip Spice 94.
True Laurel’s Spice and Everything Nice cocktail.
Photo by Jakob N. Layman

9. Ettan

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518 Bryant St
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 752-6281
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Among the most sophisticated spots on the Peninsula, Ettan showcases Kerala native Srijith Gopinathan’s self-proclaimed “Cal-Indian” culinary style. Their equally sophisticated cocktails are cheekily labeled the “Sinful” and the nonalcoholic “Sinless”; among the latter, the “Non Ginto” is a tart, vibrant concoction of Seedlip Garden, agave, lime, basil, and ginger beer.

A light green cocktail garnished with basil leaves, and a glass bottle of Seedlip Garden 108.
Ettan’s Non Ginto cocktail.
Photo by Jakob N. Layman

10. Fern Bar

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6780 Depot St Suite 120
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 861-9603
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While Sonoma County is of course known for its wines, Fern Bar makes the case that it should be known for its cocktails, as well. Nonalcoholic drinks (here known as “Free Spirited!”) hold down a significant portion of their menu, including the “White Lie,” which pairs Seedlip Spice with Earl Grey tea, orange marmalade, lemon, and a lemon meringue foam.

A bartender uses a cooking torch on a layer of white foam atop an orange cocktail.
Fern Bar’s White Lie cocktail.
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11. Paper Plane

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72 S First St
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 713-2625
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Located in San Jose, Paper Plane embraces classic cocktails, while putting a distinct spin on all of their drinkable creations. The “Cool Hand Luke” shows off Seedlip Garden’s culinary character with cucumber juice, lime, and Fever-Tree tonic.

A bartender pours a pale green cocktail into a rocks glass, placed next to a bottle of Seedlip Garden 108.
Paper Plane’s Cool Hand Luke cocktail.
Jakob N. Layman
This advertising content was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and our sponsor, without involvement from Vox Media editorial staff.

1. Trick Dog

3010 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
A bartender garnishes a highball cocktail with a cucumber.
Trick Dog’s nonalcoholic cocktail.
Photo by Jakob N. Layman

It’s hard to have a conversation about upscale cocktails in San Francisco that doesn’t include Trick Dog. Always on the leading edge of the drinking world, they’ve championed nonalcoholic cocktails, too; to showcase Seedlip, they’ve created a simple highball with Seedlip Garden and Jarritos Piña, garnished with fresh cucumber.

3010 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

2. Chezchez

584 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Dedicated to life’s simpler pleasures — outdoor dining, spritzes, and fried snacks among them — Chezchez has a real affinity for the Bloody Mary, even encouraging drinking ‘em after dark. (“You have our permission,” reads the menu!) So grant yourself permission to try the Virgin Mary, with their signature Chezchez Mary mix spiked with Seedlip Garden and finished with cheese and pickled chile. 

584 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

3. Rich Table

199 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102
An orange-colored cocktail served in a glass garnished with an orange peel, and Seedlip Grove 42.
Rich Table’s Spritz Face Killah cocktail.
Photo by Jakob N. Layman

Fresh, thoughtful, and seasonal define both the food and the drink at Evan and Sarah Rich’s Hayes Valley favorite. So it’s no surprise they’ve embraced Seedlip in their nonalcoholic “Spritz Face Killah,” with Seedlip Grove paired with similarly booze-free Lyre’s “Dark Rum,” served in a highball topped with crisp grapefruit soda.  

199 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Nari

1625 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
A cocktail garnished with cucumber, placed on a round wood table.
Nari’s Unakarn cocktail.
Photo by Jakob N. Layman

In its few years of operation, Pim Techamuanvivit’s Nari has become one of the city’s true must-visits, a refined Thai restaurant in a breathtakingly elegant space within the Hotel Kabuki. Their precise, beautifully executed cocktails each build from a spirit; the “Unakarn” infuses Seedlip Garden 108 with juniper and tops with tonic, for a G&T riff with none of the alcohol, but all the fresh character of Seedlip.

1625 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94115

5. The Beehive

842 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
A bright green cocktail served in a coupe glass.
The Beehive’s Gimlet of Eden cocktail
Photo by Jakob N. Layman

Free-spirited and simply fun, The Beehive brings killer cocktails and mid-century modern style to Valencia Street. Their “Gimlet of Eden” celebrates Seedlip Garden’s vibrant, verdant side with fresh lime and a kiwi-lime leaf fresca as bright in flavor as in color. 

842 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

6. China Live

644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

An upscale, ambitious Chinese food emporium embracing varied cuisines from across the vast nation, China Live doesn’t skimp on the cocktails, either. The “Almost G&T” brings together Seedlip Garden, tonic, and a mandarin blood orange syrup: fresh, complex, and, unlike a boozy gin and tonic, completely virtuous.

644 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

7. Whitechapel

600 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
A dark orange cocktail, placed next to a glass bottle of Seedlip Spice 94.
Whitechapel’s Winds of Winter cocktail.
Photo by Jakob N. Layman

While this beloved, ornate cocktail lounge reveres gin above all else, their wide-ranging menu makes plenty of room for other spirits, too — including the nonalcoholic. Their “Winds of Winter” stars Seedlip Spice 94 with chancaca syrup, lemon, pineapple, and Lurisia Chinotto soda.

600 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94102

8. True Laurel

753 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA 94110
An orange cocktail, placed next to a bottle of Seedlip Spice 94.
True Laurel’s Spice and Everything Nice cocktail.
Photo by Jakob N. Layman

A true cocktail nerd’s destination, True Laurel is always pushing the boundaries of what a drink can be. Their “Spice and Everything Nice” builds from a base of Seedlip Spice 94, combining it with the compelling flavors of chamomile, pink peppercorn, pear vinegar, and bitters. Every bit as complex as the boozier drinks on their menu. 

753 Alabama St
San Francisco, CA 94110

9. Ettan

518 Bryant St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
A light green cocktail garnished with basil leaves, and a glass bottle of Seedlip Garden 108.
Ettan’s Non Ginto cocktail.
Photo by Jakob N. Layman

Among the most sophisticated spots on the Peninsula, Ettan showcases Kerala native Srijith Gopinathan’s self-proclaimed “Cal-Indian” culinary style. Their equally sophisticated cocktails are cheekily labeled the “Sinful” and the nonalcoholic “Sinless”; among the latter, the “Non Ginto” is a tart, vibrant concoction of Seedlip Garden, agave, lime, basil, and ginger beer.

518 Bryant St
Palo Alto, CA 94301

10. Fern Bar

6780 Depot St Suite 120, Sebastopol, CA 95472
A bartender uses a cooking torch on a layer of white foam atop an orange cocktail.
Fern Bar’s White Lie cocktail.
Photo provided by Fern Bar

While Sonoma County is of course known for its wines, Fern Bar makes the case that it should be known for its cocktails, as well. Nonalcoholic drinks (here known as “Free Spirited!”) hold down a significant portion of their menu, including the “White Lie,” which pairs Seedlip Spice with Earl Grey tea, orange marmalade, lemon, and a lemon meringue foam.

6780 Depot St Suite 120
Sebastopol, CA 95472

11. Paper Plane

72 S First St, San Jose, CA 95113
A bartender pours a pale green cocktail into a rocks glass, placed next to a bottle of Seedlip Garden 108.
Paper Plane’s Cool Hand Luke cocktail.
Jakob N. Layman

Located in San Jose, Paper Plane embraces classic cocktails, while putting a distinct spin on all of their drinkable creations. The “Cool Hand Luke” shows off Seedlip Garden’s culinary character with cucumber juice, lime, and Fever-Tree tonic.

72 S First St
San Jose, CA 95113

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