Where to Get the Best Zero-Proof Drinks in Rhode Island

Whether you’re always alcohol-free or sometimes sober, you never have to miss out on tasty flavors or fancy presentations at these local bars.
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A “frozen in Amber” spirit-free drink at the Eddy. Photo courtesy of the Eddy.

The Eddy Bar

All the cocktails on the eddy’s menu can easily be made spirit free as long as there is citrus juice in the drink, says Beverage Director Jen Davis. “My current favorite spirit free cocktail is “the frozen in Amber” which was created by our bar manager Britt Simons,” she says. “This drink features a black pepper kumquat cordial, fresh lemon juice and fresh orange juice.” 95 Eddy St., Providence, 401-831-3339, eddybar.com

 

Bar ‘Cino

Pronounced ‘chee-no,’ Bar Cino is a chic dining destination with three original mocktails on the menu year-round: the Don’t Call Me Shirley, made with ginger beer (as in the carbonated, non-fermented kind), lime juice and hibiscus simple; the Spicy Pal-No-Ma, essentially a twist on the popular paloma that drops the tequila; and the C.L.A.M., which stands for cucumber, lime and mint (plus the silent H of herb simple). 22 Washington Sq., Newport, 401-619-8201, barcino.com

 

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Cuddles on the Beach from 345.

345 by Plant City 

Much like its predecessor (Plant City), this new downtown speakeasy and mixology bar serves up delicious plant-based and vegan offerings. In addition to an ever-changing array of eclectic concoctions and elevated snacks, the menu also offers up four enticing mocktail options. Good luck making up your mind between the White Wedding (chrysanthemum tea, oat milk and cacao-coconut cordial), Cuddles on the Beach (ginger beer, soda water, cucumber shrub, lychee syrup, lime juice and five spice syrup), Liquid Gold (citrus, jalapeno, simple, mint and cardamom bitters) and the Spring Sunrise (peach nectar, ginger, house made cherry grenadine). 334 South Water St., Providence, 401-429-2029, plantcitypvd.com/345

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White Wedding from 345.

 

Diego’s

This beloved Mexican joint known for its tequila creations and mezcal libations is also a genius when it comes to mixing up delectable drinks minus the hard stuff. If you’re hitting the bar with a group, we suggest the Wingman, featuring shaken Seedlip Grove Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirit, cucumber, jalapeno, lime ginger, house-made tonic syrup and Celery Bitters green tobacco. With a date? Order the Mango Tango, a yummy drink with muddled cucumber, mango, agave, lime and ginger beer. 11 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 401-619-2640, diegosnewport.com

 

Blue Anchor Grill

The Blue Anchor Grill serves up a chill evening along with booze-free picks like flavored CBD seltzers, a Heineken 0.0, and the Bitter End mocktail (a.k.a. juniper syrup, fresh lime juice and tonic). 506 Park Ave., Portsmouth, 401-293-5007, blueanchorgrill.com

 

Ceremony Providence

In addition to tea ceremonies and tastings, this independently owned café and tea house is celebrated for its handcrafted, zero-proof cocktails containing fun flavor profiles. Think your favorite oolong, matcha or lapsang teas mixed and infused with ingredients like simple syrup, rice wine, coconut milk, lime juice and more. 406 Brook St., Providence, ceremonypvd.com

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A strawberry matcha mocktail at Ceremony.

 

Persimmon

Persimmon’s regularly rotating drink menu can always be ordered in original form or their neutral counterpart. It simply swaps fixings like jalapeno for mezcal, prune juice for sherry or Lagunitas’ Hoppy Refresher non-sparkling IPA for beer in a shandy, and dresses drinks up in the appropriate flute, low-ball or pint glass. 99 Hope St., Providence, 401-432-7422, persimmonri.com

 

Rhody Roots

The locally minded Rhody Roots boasts a good selection of non-alcoholic spirits and beers and thus can easily turn any of their cocktails into a mocktail, including their lemony Atomic, chocolatey Assassin, spicy Two Face and refreshing Mintimizer drinks. 511 Warren St., Warren, 401-903-9159, rhodyroots.com

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Sushi at Rhody Roots with the mintimizer mocktail in the background.