Dry January: Where does the best sin-free drinks in Brighton?
Going alcohol-free for ‘Dry January’ doesn’t have to be all about tap water and fruit juices. In fact, many of Brighton’s non-alcoholic options are more tempting than beers and wines.
Here are our favourite places to find some cracking alcohol alternatives in Brighton:
If Dry January has you feeling a little lost for ideas on the night out front, we highly recommend Plateau. They came out on top in the BRAVO 2019 ‘Best Cocktails’ category, and their ‘sans alcohol’ options live up to the award-winning standards we have come to expect from bar manager Jon. Speaking from experience, a night out at Plateau is a food and drink filled night to remember in Brighton.
GungHo provides many non-alcoholic alternatives, from homemade seasonal sodas to mocktails using hedonistic ingredients. Try drinks infused with damiana and lion’s mane mushroom which can provide some natural ‘elevated’ effects; so you can still have a good time off the booze!
Our favourite in Brighton for full-on flavours executed perfectly is Lucky Khao on St James Street. Their menu is Northen Thai style BBQ, featuring head chef Luke’s beloved dishes that take inspiration from time spent in Bangkok. Off the drinks list during Dry January, go for the Thai Tonic, full of fresh mint and cucumber giving a non-alcoholic Mojito feel.
Long gone are the days where the only low alcohol option in pubs was a Becks Blue. Over the last few years, we have seen a massive increase in local craft beer availability around town and breweries seem not to have forgotten about the no or low alcohol trend also on the rise. From wheat beer to IPA’s and craft lagers, many of Brighton’s best pubs serve interesting low ABV beers well worth asking about.
Although well known in Brighton for its vast selection of fine wines, unusual spirits, and local beer selections, Amathus drinks are worth a visit for Dry January participants. Alongside the well established non-alcoholic gin brand Seedlip, you will find other low ABV spirits such as Three Spirit and Cedar’s Low. Also to take away is a more unique botanical cordial made with Reisling grapes, giving any soft drink an exciting spin.
A lassi is a seemingly unusual pairing with food in the UK that is rarely considered as a rival for a can of craft beer. We here at RB think otherwise, and advise you to try the Mango and pistachio or coconut and cardamon Lassi options at Curry Leaf Cafe. Deliciously creamy but not overwhelmingly sweet, these non-alcoholic options accompany any dish on the menu at Curry Leaf perfectly.
If your January regime includes plenty of fresh air and long walks then you’ll be happy to know that the good folk at The New Inn have thoroughly embraced the ‘dry season’. Set in the idyllic village of Hurstpierpoint with surrounding Sussex Downs the New Inn have a refreshing menu including mocktails, alcohol-free draft beer, sparkling wine alternative and Seedlip Gin, the worlds first non-alcoholic distilled spirit.
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