Check out some alcohol-free bars!

You can still have a good time...

Well, it turns out that our continental cousins were right: you don't need to drink excessively to the point of nasal vomit to have a good time; moderation actually works out pretty nicely. Plus, the hangovers are half what they were.

So how's about banishing the hangovers altogether and opting for a bar with ZERO alcohol?

We've picked a selection of venues which make food the focal point of your evening and back the whole experience up with some super-healthy smoothies or even some not-so-healthy - but life-affirmingly delicious - milkshakes.




Redemption Bar
6 Chepstow Road W2 5BH
Region: Westbourne Park
Nearest Station: Bayswater (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: After a hugely successful stint as a pop-up, Redemption opened a permanent bar on Chepstow Road, one of the chicest streets in Notting Hill. Their specialty are cocktails like the beet-o-tini with beetroot, orange juice and coconut water, along with a range of vegan dishes like raw courgette pasta with brazil nut “Parmesan”.

    La Suite West Restaurant
    41-51 Inverness Terrace W2 3JN
    Region: Bayswater
    Nearest Station: Bayswater

    AIL Says: This luxurious hotel in Bayswater has designed by interior decorator to the stars Anouska Hempel. It’salcohol-free, and the restaurant serves a raw food, vegan menu with mocktails. There are also the options of booking the garden terrace, or afternoon tea.

    • EUROPEAN
    D'Gaf
    11 Leytonstone Road E15 1JA
    Region: Stratford
    Nearest Station: Maryland

    AIL Says: The acronym in the title stands for “don’t give a f*ck” (and check out their logo too which has a raised middle finger). Cheeky logos aside, this alcohol-free pub and restaurant opened in Stratford during the run-up to the 2012Olympic Games. It’s a community hub with an international menu, a shisha lounge, and a programme of events including spoken word and live music.

    • RESTAURANT & BAR
    • OUR REVIEW 6/10
    • USERS 10/10
    Patogh
    8 Crawford Place W1H 5NE
    Region: Marylebone
    Nearest Station: Edgware Road (Circle/District/H&C) (0.1 miles)

    AIL Says: This little Iranian restaurant just off Edgware Road has been going strong for a many years. Although you can consume alcohol on the premises it’s BYO only, and given the large portions of grilled meats and the keen prices, it makes for a very inexpensive meal.

    • IRANIAN
    • USERS 9/10
    GB Grill & Bar
    Bermondsey Square SE1 3UN
    Region: Bermondsey
    Nearest Station: Borough (0.6 miles)

    AIL Says: This boutique hotel was once the home of Gregg Wallace’s infamous first restaurant (where he was subject to much ridicule for serving up dishes like boiled ham and carrots). In its place there is now an all-day restaurant serving soft drinks, alcohol-free wine and mocktails, to go alongside a crowd-pleasing menu of fish and chips, steak, and rotisserie chicken.

    • ENGLISH
    Tinseltown Diner
    44-46 St. John Street EC1M 4DF
    Region: The City
    Nearest Station: Farringdon (0.1 miles)

    AIL Says: This American-style diner serves burgers, steaks and milkshakes, which is nothing out of the ordinary. However it’s extremely popular with six branches in London and several more across the UK, and unusually has a drinks menu focused on premium milkshakes rather than alcohol. The Farringdon and Hampstead outlets open till the early hours of the morning for those desperate for a midnight fix!

    • AMERICAN
    • USERS 10/10
    Ali Baba
    32 Ivor Place NW1 6DA
    Region: Marylebone
    Nearest Station: Marylebone (0.1 miles)

    AIL Says: The highlights at this Egyptian restaurant are the grilled kebabs. Try the charcoal-grilled quail for something a little more unusual than the standard lamb and chicken. Opened in 1979, you can take your own booze or stick to their freshly squeezed carrot juice and mint tea.

    • EGYPTIAN
    • USERS 8/10
    Breakfast Club
    33 D'arblay Street Soho W1F 8EU
    Region: Soho
    Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles)

    AIL Says: This popular chain doesn’t just serve breakfast, as they’re also open for brunch, lunch and dinner. Feast on gourmet burgers and comfort food like mac and cheese and burritos. Their Soho Branch eschews alcohol in favour of healthy smoothies, fresh juices and creamy milkshakes.

    • CAFES, SNACK SHOPS & TEA ROOMS
    • OUR REVIEW 8/10
    • USERS 8/10
    Meat & Shake
    47 Upper Tooting Road SW17 7TR
    Region: Tooting
    Nearest Station: Tooting Broadway (0.6 miles)

    AIL Says: Still unknown to many, Meat & Shake should be on the radar of anyone who loves a good burger. Inspired by southern BBQ, there are all kinds of burgers, including the Ruby Murray with tikka masala sauce, and our favourite, the Von Longhorn, piled high with fries, sautéed onions, bacon, Monterey cheese and an onion ring, all in the same burger. You won’t miss the booze at all as the milkshakes are a meal in themselves, with interesting concoctions like fig and cinnamon, and pistachio and marshmallow.

    • EUROPEAN
    • OUR REVIEW 8/10
    Lahore Kebab House
    138 Commercial Road E1 1NL
    Region: Shadwell
    Nearest Station: Whitechapel (0.3 miles)

    AIL Says: This family-run restaurant specialises in Pakistani food, particularly tandoori meats and richly-spiced curries. There is heaps to choose from, including the freshly baked naan and super-sweet desserts like carrot gajar halwa and kulfi, gloopy ice cream. Drink lassi (available in mango, sweet or salty flavours) or take your own alcohol.

    • PAKISTANI
    • USERS 6/10


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