Want a non-hangover-inducing drink that’s big on taste? These mocktails will do the trick.
There’s no reason why you can’t soak up the night view and the bar ambience without getting intoxicated. If you’re in a mood to forgo the booze, these mocktails ought to be high on your list. Besides, not getting a hangover in the morning is always a plus!
Pink Pacific at Kinki
The riverside has no lack of suave, polished bars, but Kinki adds a touch of character and grime to the scene. This graffiti-plastered bar stands out like the rebellious kid on the block. And you don’t have to be downing shots to party here. Give the Pink Pacific mocktail a try – how can you go wrong with a concoction of pineapple juice, coconut syrup, strawberry syrup and fresh cream? It’s practically a dessert you can drink!
Kinki, 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323
Ulu Pandan at Loof
You know you’ve arrived when you see the Mandarin neon sign proclaiming a good day with clear skies. This crowd-favourite bar at the heart of the CBD injects whimsical nostalgia and an Asian twist into everything that they do. The local touch extends to its mocktail menu, featuring ingredients commonly found in Southeast Asian cuisine. We particularly love the Ulu Pandan, an aromatic creation made with pandan (duh!) and spiked with coconut milk and coconut water.
Loof, 331 North Bridge Rd, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, Singapore 188720
Lloret de Mar at The Great Mischief
You don’t have to be a hotel guest at The Great Madras to check into this bar that boasts non-alcoholic creations including the Cadaqués; a coconut, egg white and pineapple concoction that tastes better than it sounds. Drop by The Great Mischief, a halal cafe located within this Wes Anderson-esque boutique hotel along Little India. Equal parts quirky and cosy with a gorgeous vintage decor and amazing mocktails, you’ll be itching to plan a staycay at first sight.
The Great Mischief, 30 Madras St, Singapore 208423
Virgin Mojito at Bar Canary
Known for Instagrammable drinks and an alfresco lawn lit by fairy lights, this laid-back bar will steal the hearts of alcohol-lovers and non-drinkers alike. With a casual setting (there’s no need to suit up even though it’s in a five-star hotel) in the middle of Orchard Road, what’s not to like? Oh, and you won’t find any mocktails on the menu! But go ahead and ask for a virgin mojito. They do this refreshing classic well, and it’s perfect for lounging by the pool – yes, they have one too.
Bar Canary, Level 4, Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238857
Virgin Pina Colada at Empress
This restaurant at the Asian Civilisations Museum is another personal favourite. Once again, the bar menu here is deceptively devoid of any mocktails. Don’t let that fool you though, we’ve discovered that the bartender will happily mix up a non-boozy drink of your choice and a tasty one at that. We recommend the virgin pina colada: stripped of the alcohol, the delightfully tropical taste of pineapple and coconut really shine through.
Empress, 1 Empress Pl, #01-03 Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore, Singapore 179555
This brand of non-alcoholic spirits that has blown us away. It launched in 2015 and has since found its way into a number of our favourite watering holes – and we couldn’t be happier about it. Created from botanicals (the Garden 108 features notes of spearmint, rosemary and thyme), Seedlip’s spirits are also a zero-calorie, sugar and artificial flavour-free upgrade to your mocktail.
Seedlip, available at multiple locations including Atlas Bar, The Secret Mermaid, 28HKS, Native, Jigger & Pony, Nouri, and Caffe Fernet.
Like this story? Check these out:
The cocktail with ants at one of the World’s 50 Best Bars
Hararu Izakaya is Singapore’s first halal izakaya – yes, you read that right
Want a water view? Riverside restaurants, bayside and beach dining in Singapore
8 neighbourhood pubs we want to be regulars at