10 sober-friendly places to grab a drink in San Jose

Participating in Dry January? Looking to make a lifestyle change? Simply don’t enjoy alcohol? No problem.

Three bottles of zero-proof alcohol laid out on a table with the mocktails beside it.

Oh it’s a (zero-proof) party.

Photo via Meso

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Although there’s been nothing dry about this month so far, “Dry January” is here, and we want to help.

Whether you’re taking that 31-day challenge, looking to make a lifestyle change, or simply don’t enjoy alcohol — we’ve rounded up 10 local places to grab a drink (without fear of a hangover).

🍽️ Restaurants

Meso, 3060 Olsen Dr., Ste. 50
Along with its delicious Mediterranean cuisine, comes an even more eclectic mocktail menu. From its zero proof menu, try out the “T Sans G” made with pink peppercorn-infused “gin,” tonic, and lime.

Luna Mexican Kitchen, The Alameda + The Pruneyard
Pair your meal with three “Mindful Mocktails,” creatively crafted by the Luna bartenders. We’re ordering the “Spicy Piña” made with seedlip spice, lime juice, agave nectar, and hibiscus.

Trader Vic’s, between Terminal 22 + 23, 1701 Airport Blvd.
Got some time to spare before your flight? Head to this tropical outpost + try a mocktail from its “Traders to Be” menu. Along with a non alcoholic Mai Tai, enjoy the “Coral Reef” made with strawberries, mango, and coconut cream.

The Vesper, 394 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
This establishment boasts a large cocktail menu, but it hasn’t skipped out on unique zero-proof drinks. In the mood for something fruity? Order the “Busy Bird” made with passion fruit, lime, orange juice, and tonic.

Flights Restaurant & Bar, 368 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
Don’t let your pals take off without you — enjoy a “Mocktini Flight” made with cherry, grapefruit, and orange syrups mixed with soda water. It’s just as Insta-worthy as the others.

Wild Rose Eatery and Bar, 200 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
Along with light bites + a club-like atmosphere, enjoy a choice of three specialty mocktails. Try the tropical “Mango Mule,” made with mango puree, lime juice, and ginger beer. Or, try the “Sonora Sunrise” with pineapple juice, mint, cucumber, and Sprite.

Paper Plane's bar.

Take a seat at the bar and enjoy a mocktail.

Photo via @rolopez_16

🍹 Bars and breweries

Paper Plane, 72 S. First St.
Enjoy the lively atmosphere with a zero-proof mocktail — we recommend the “Sleight of Hand” made with cucumber, lime, soda, and caged heat syrup for a little kick.

Fox Tale Fermentation Project, 30 E. Santa Clara St., Ste. 120
You don’t want to sleep on this brewery. Its menu offers 10+ “Mock Tales” made with fun ingredients like rose hips, sugar snap peas, and ume plums. Enjoy new creations almost every week.

Guildhouse, 420 S. First St.
Head to this local esports bar where you and your friends can enjoy a wide variety of games + drinks. Along with thirst-quenching limeades and lemonades, try the “Megalixer” made with lemon, Orgeat, and Red Bull.

🛍️ Shop

Faux Real Bottle Shop, 300 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
Want to create your own mocktail? Visit this zero-proof spirits shop that opened last February and offers non-alcoholic drinks, mocktail mixers, and accessories. Enjoy a “sober hour” every Saturday in the store from 1-3 p.m.

Do you know of any other spots that we could add to the list? Let us know.

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