The 6 Best Mocktails In Silicon Valley For A Sober Night Out

Ella Chakarian | April 8, 2021 | Food & Drink Featured

These local restaurants curate mocktails for those who want to experience the mixology minus the buzz.

PAUSA INTERIOR PHOTO BY KRISTEN LOKEN PHOTOGRAPHY/COURTESY OF VENUE Inside Pausa Bar & Cookery
Inside Pausa Bar & Cookery

Meso Modern Mediterranean

Meso Modern Mediterranean is now serving the dynamic flavors and spirit of Mediterranean cuisine to the San Jose community. With dishes sourced from local farms along with classic cocktails and regional spirits and wines, Meso provides a full dining experience. But if visiting just for happy hour, the spirit-free menu includes a grapefruit rosemary spritz with grapefruit, lime, rosemary and soda, and a cranberry hibiscus cooler including cranberry, lime, hibiscus and ginger ale. The eatery also offers a nonalcoholic Lagunitas Hop Refresher. 3060 Olsen Drive, #50, San Jose


A selection of spirit-free cocktails from Meso Modern Mediterranean MESO MOCKTAILS PHOTO BY EUGENE MARCHUK/COURTESY OF VENUE
A selection of spirit-free cocktails from Meso Modern Mediterranean

Orchard City Kitchen

Take a trip to the tropics with Orchard City Kitchen’s booze-free refreshments. The Campbell-based restaurant offers a quaint, delightful selection of alcohol-free beverages. Reminiscent of a summer voyage to the islands, the rich Coconut Julius is made with oak coconut cream, vanilla and fresh orange juice. For another fruity blend minus the sweet taste of coconut, try the Island Time, a mixture of aromatic passion fruit, orange and guava. 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Ste. 190, Campbell

Range Life

Surrounded by undulating hills in the valley, dining at Range Life feels like a combination of warmth and rustic charm. Its list of nonalcoholic drinks includes the Tahitian vanilla soda with passion fruit and lime, and pomegranate soda with ginger, mint and lime for those choosing to forgo the booze. 2160 Railroad Ave., Livermore

A mocktail from Alley & Vine. ALLEY & VINE PHOTO BY NICOLA PARISI/COURTESY OF VENUE
A mocktail from Alley & Vine.

Alley & Vine

At Alley & Vine, California’s beautiful produce and pristine seafood are artfully showcased. In addition to the locally sourced menu, each of its cocktails is handcraft ed with quality in mind. The newly opened Alameda eatery also offers a list of zero-proof cocktails. Its fruity, luscious Flora mocktail is made of pineapple, hibiscus, lime and Topo Chico, while the distinctive Parachute features pear, spiced syrup, lemon and the sweet and sour profile of pear shrub. Cheers! 1332 Park St., Ste. D, Alameda

Protégé Palo Alto

Protégé Palo Alto is an upscale casual restaurant highlighting New American cuisine along with an extensive drink list. For those craving a mocktail or two, Protégé has you covered. Offerings include fruity concoctions like the Pineapple Mint Cooler, made with pineapple syrup, ginger beer and lemon. For a velvety mix, the California Cream features coconut cream, orange and vanilla. If you’re wishing for a bolder, roasted taste, opt for the Java Fizz, with Seedlip Citrus, espresso and tonic. 250 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Pausa Bar & Cookery

Pausa Bar & Cookery is a San Mateo restaurant and Gambero Rosso Top Italian Restaurant award recipient for four consecutive years. King salmon or 48-hour wagyu short ribs can be paired with its list of nonalcoholic beverages. For a fruity and tropical taste, try the passion fruit lemonade soda. For something more fragrant and unique, Pausa offers a lavender lemonade soda. Finally, the ginger limeade soda is perfect for those fancying a drink with a pungent, spicy aroma. 223 E. Fourth Ave., San Mateo



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Photography by: ALLEY & VINE PHOTO BY NICOLA PARISI/COURTESY OF VENUE; MESO MOCKTAILS PHOTO BY EUGENE MARCHUK/COURTESY OF VENUE; PAUSA INTERIOR PHOTO BY KRISTEN LOKEN PHOTOGRAPHY/COURTESY OF VENUE