Philadelphia

Where to Get the Best Booze-Free Drinks in Philadelphia

These spots are serving up non-alcoholic fun.

The Love.
The Love.
The Love.

Whether you’re experimenting with Dry January or looking to cut back on booze all year long, going spiritless doesn’t mean you’re resigned to soda and water-especially in Philly. The city’s finest cocktail makers have found fresh ways to infuse depth and layers to the mocktail game, from zero-proof takes on familiar favorites to revolving menus where each drink is more surprising than the last. We scoured some of our favorite bars and restaurants and found the very best non-alcoholic drinks you can sip on right now.

Photo courtesy of Rosie Simmons
Photo courtesy of Rosie Simmons
Photo courtesy of Rosie Simmons

Zero-Proof Appletini from Clementine’s Stable Cafe

Fairmount
This restaurant, located just a stone’s throw from The Met Philly, has an impressive cocktail menu, but there are quite a few zero-proof drinks on its side as well-and it’s available all year long. General manager Jesse Andreozzi has been introducing new zero-proof cocktails to the spot (and documenting his “sober sommelier” life on Instagram) to Clementine’s benefit. One current standout is the Zero-Proof Appletini, made with Clean Co.’s apple vodka alternative, cranberry, and sweetened lime.

The Volstead
The Volstead
The Volstead

Zero-Proof Gold Rush from The Volstead

Manayunk
The Volstead is the first fully non-alcoholic bar in Philadelphia, offering booze-free drinks from an expensive menu alongside vegan fare. From seasonal specials to a sober take on the Citywide special, the bar offers a range of drink options that rival any standard bar. In honor of Dry January, the spot’s signature Gold Rush cocktail is on special, featuring botanical spirit, fresh lemon juice, agave simple, and edible gold flake for a dash of decadence. As part of the Unity Collective, The Volstead makes a mission of hiring individuals in recovery and/or returning from incarceration, and donates some of its profits to community-based recovery services.

Photo courtesy of Max Mester
Photo courtesy of Max Mester
Photo courtesy of Max Mester

Temperance Cocktails from Royal Boucherie

Old City
The year-round “Temperance Cocktails” section at Royal Boucherie just refreshed its options for Dry January and beyond, offering an array of fancy-feeling sippers and other options for sober-curious drinkers. Highlights include the Pretty in Pink with strawberry, lime, and sparkling grapefruit soda; the Lavender Bow Tie with lavender-pea flower, grapefruit, and club soda, and the Liz Lemon with elderflower, rosemary syrup, and lemonade. You can also find a couple non-alcoholic wines and IPAs on the menu if you’re looking for something simpler.

No Regrets from Charlie was a sinner

Midtown Village
The aptly named No Regrets zero-proof cocktail at Charlie was a sinner celebrates one of the best outcomes of not drinking: waking up with no remorse. This cocktail uses a light and refreshing combo of lemon and sparkling water, mixed with an exclusive housemade zero-proof gin. Like much of the spot’s plant-based menu, you’ll quickly forget you’re not consuming the real thing. After January, you can expect the bar to continue serving a small selection of housemade zero-proof drinks that change throughout the year.

The Love.
The Love.
The Love.

Straight Arrow from The Love

Rittenhouse
If tequila seems to be calling your name, get your margarita fix without the hangover thanks to The Love. The Straight Arrow is a booze-free prickly pear margarita made from chamomile tea (which has extra health benefits!), lime, and agave, served with a salted rim. It may be the lone NA cocktail on the menu, but it pairs great with the restaurant’s fresh tuna crudo and ginger-miso collard greens.

If You Got ‘Em from Rex at the Royal

Graduate Hospital
If Dry January has you missing espresso martinis most of all, Rex has a booze-free option that could speak to some of those cravings. Made with cold brew coffee, smoked pear, lime, rosemary, and demerara, it packs unique flavor combinations that unfold as you take a sip-and some caffeine to charge you up. Rex’s elevated bar program means you can find new cocktails all year, including spirit-free options made with the same artful flair.

Talula's Garden
Talula’s Garden
Talula’s Garden

The Pilot 10 from Talula’s Garden

Washington Square West
Talula’s Garden is big on fresh ingredients and local sourcing, and its spiritless cocktail options are no exception. The Pilot 10 mocktail is designed to let you bubble up and take flight, served with shaken orange-spiced sunrise, rosemary, and fizzy ginger soda. Consider it the ideal alcohol-free alternative to pairing mimosas with a stack of griddled lemon and blackberry buttermilk pancakes.

Virgin Colada from R&D Cocktail Bar

Fishtown
R&D Cocktail Bar is a preeminent option for cocktail lovers, especially if you like to keep things classic with a reverence for mid-century modern aesthetics. As such, the retro kitsch of the Virgin Colada will help transport you to a place and time, all without the booze. The year-long spirit-free menu features other virgin takes on classic drinks to enjoy with a double smash burger.

Wilder Philly
Wilder Philly
Wilder Philly

This Must Be The Place from Wilder

Rittenhouse
The multi-level Wilder has a lot to love, from its daily happy hour oysters to its plentiful selection of artful pizza and pasta. Even better? They have a spiritfree cocktail list all year long, so you can order the softer sip of your choice well after January. A favorite of the moment is This Must Be The Place, featuring passion fruit, morita chili, and lime. This and other non-alcoholic beverages go for $8 each and all feel equally worthy of Wilder’s elevated atmosphere.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Marielle Mondon is a writer from Philadelphia. Follow her onTwitter and Instagram @MarielleMondon.

Philadelphia

Museum Exhibits in Philly to Check Out Before They Disappear

Get in some culture (and selfies) at the best art exhibits in Philadelphia.

Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney

From the historical to the artistic, Philadelphia is jam packed with museums. Art aficionados of all ages can get lost inside the likes of tourist-friendly museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of the American Revolution or feast their eyes on unique exhibitions at institutions like the Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Museum for Art In Wood.

Between big-ticket exhibitions honouring the House of Mouse to collections showcasing the legacy of a prominent Black family in early America, there’s plenty of material to dig into. After you’ve planned a date night and rounded up friends to explore the city, here are the most exciting museum exhibits in Philly right now-before they’re gone for good.

Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney

The Franklin Institute

Exhibition: Disney 100: The Exhibition
Mickey Mouse, you look good for your age. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Disney is a retrospective exhibition, which got its world premiere right here in Philly. Between rarely-seen artworks and artifacts, costumes and props, and interactive installations where you can listen to hit Disney songs, the exhibit is a Disney lover’s wish-upon-a-star-come-true.
Dates: Until August 27, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Monday through Sunday. Tickets are available online and at the door.

Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS
Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS
Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS

Academy of Natural Sciences

Exhibition: Conversations With Birds
No, not an allusion to the Eagles, this exhibition is dedicated to actual birds, their migration patterns, and humans’ relationship with avian creatures. Expect avian photography and video by local birders and wildlife photographers along with an interactive exhibit showing five migratory birds that pass through the Philadelphia region on their seasonal passage between North and South America.
Dates: Until May 21, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Barnes Foundation

Exhibition: Sue Williamson & Lebohang Kganye: Tell Me What You Remember
The work of two contemporary South African artists-Sue Williamson and Lebohang Kganye-are shown side by side, offering a cross-generational dialogue. Both artists utilize video installations, photographs, sculptural installations, and textiles “to consider how the stories our elders tell us shape family narratives and personal identities.”
Dates: Until May 21, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Thursday through Monday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

Photo by Jonathan Horowitz
Photo by Jonathan Horowitz
Photo by Jonathan Horowitz

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

Exhibition: The Future Will Follow the Past: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz
Exploring the rapid change of societal issues in America since 2020-antisemitism, racial violence, immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQIA+ rights-Jonathan Horowitz designed installations inspired by recent occurrences. His works explore specific events like the infamous far-right rally from white supremacists in Charlottesville as well as recent themes in American history, like attacks on those within the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Dates: Until July 4, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Friday through Sunday. Admission is available online and at the door.

Photo by Hoda Tawakol
Photo by Hoda Tawakol
Photo by Hoda Tawakol

The Museum for Art In Wood

Exhibition: The Mashrabiya Project
The newly renamed Museum for Art in Wood (formerly The Center for Art In Wood) celebrates the rebrand with a brand new project. Focusing on mashrabiya, the traditional Islamic architectural design, The Mashrabiya Project is a first of its kind effort in the U.S. to examine this aesthetic. As a part of the larger mission, a new exhibition Seeing Through Space features newly-commissioned, never-before-seen works by six female-identifying artists.
Dates: Until July 23, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are not required.

Photo by Carlos Avendaño
Photo by Carlos Avendaño
Photo by Carlos Avendaño

Fabric Workshop and Museum

Exhibition: Henry Taylor: Nothing Change, Nothing Strange
Combining painting and sculpture, Henry Taylor utilized recycled objects in this exhibition, the product of an 18-month residency. The entire second floor of the museum houses the large scale assemblages, tapestries, and textiles. Think: 30-foot billowing canvases and towering totems created from compressed blocks of paint buckets, vinyl home siding, and black plastic planters.
Dates: Until July 23, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Walk up admission is available but advanced registration is encouraged.

Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Exhibition: Judith Joy Ross
More than 200 photographs from renowned portrait photographer Judith Joy Ross will be on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, chronicling her career from the 1980s to today. Her black-and-white portraits are intimate reflections of everyday Americans, and this show features work from all her major projects, plus, never-before-seen images.
Dates: April 24 to August 6, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Thursday through Monday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

American Swedish Historical Museum

Exhibition: Radically Marimekko
Famous for their bright and bold fabrics, Finnish textiles, clothing, and home furnishings, the company Marimekko is showcased at this special exhibit. Drawing attention to Finnish design, the collection traces the brand’s path from industrial art house to fashion icon.
Dates: March 30 to September 24, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Walk up admission is available.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and African American Museum in Philadelphia

Exhibition: Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America
A collaboration between the African American Museum in Philadelphia and PAFA, Rising Sun showcases new work from 20 artists examining the question of Is the sun rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy? With pieces shown in both museums, visitors can reflect on, challenge, and expand their view of democracy through art.
Dates: March 23 to October 8, 2023
How to visit: The African American Museum in Philadelphia is open Thursday through Sunday; admission is available online and at the door. PAFA is open Thursday through Sunday; admission can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution

Exhibition: Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia
James Forten may not be a familiar name within early American history, but this new exhibit at the Museum of the American Revolution is looking to change that. Telling the story of Forten and his family through 100 historical artifacts, Black Founders explores the Forten family’s roles in the Revolutionary War, business in Philadelphia, and the abolitionist movement.
Dates: Until November 26, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open daily. Admission is available online and at the door.

National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Exhibition: The 19th Amendment: How Women Won The Vote
That lofty document known as the Constitution and its values, interpretations, and amendments are explored in great detail at the National Constitution Center, naturally. This semi-permanent exhibit examines the 19th Amendment-the one which granted women the right to vote-and the road to its ratification. Out of the near 100 artifacts, expect to see a rare printing of the Declaration of Sentiments from the first women’s convention at Seneca Falls, a ballot box used to collect women’s votes in the late 1800s, Pennsylvania’s ratification copy of the 19th Amendment, and various “Votes for Women” ephemera.
Dates: Semi-permanent, no end date announced
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Mütter Museum

Exhibition: Spit Spreads Death
Eerily topical, the Mütter’s latest special exhibit, Spit Spreads Death, an exhibit about the 1918 flu pandemic, opened in the fall of 2019, less than six months before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The exhibit traces the disease’s spread throughout Philadelphia neighbourhoods a century ago and how the pandemic impacted the city with artifacts like photos, newspaper clippings, and more.
Dates: Now through 2024
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Monday. Advanced tickets are required.

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Allie Volpe is a writer based in Philadelphia. She hasn’t slept in days. Follow her on Twitter: @allieevolpe.

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