The word on everyone’s lips – Stoptober

Teetotal, clear headed, cold turkey, as sober as a judge… whatever you want to call it, going booze free can be tough after a summer of late night Long Island ice Teas and bottomless brunches. 

We’re here to lend a helping hand, giving you the heads up on who does low or non alcoholic best in Brighton. From mocktails to hedonistic plant infusions, our city has plenty to offer if you are taking on the Stoptober challenge.

GungHo bar on Preston Street is well known amongst Brighton folk for doing things a little differently when it comes to cocktails. GungHo’s Stoptober drinks offering isn’t bucking their unique trend and promises to boost your booze free mood with funky herbal ingredients. Damiana will be infused in a tea and is well known for its aphrodisiac properties while valerian honey will be mixed with fresh lime and kombucha, a great natural remedy for stress and relaxation. We won’t ruin any more surprises for you, but visiting is a MUST…

Winners of the 2019 ‘Best Cocktail’ category in the BRAVO awards, Plateau, are offering a killer cocktail list for sober October participants. Speaking from experience, evenings at Plateau are often long and wonderfully drawn out, getting lost in a warm and welcoming environment this venue oozes. Perhaps these type of evenings would be even more appealing without the sore head the following morning? We will leave that one down to you…

A large round glass of gin & tonic sat on the bar with a slice of grapefruit, pink peppercorns and ice.

G&T, without the G

Paving the way for non alcoholic spirit brands, Seedlip offers an alcohol free gin alternative for those who’s Friday night just isn’t the same without a G&T. Botanical in flavour, this is one of the best dupes out there and when paired with tonic or ginger ale is almost indistinguishable from the real thing. We’ve seen Seedlip on offer at Hotel Du Vin, The Walrus, The Sussex Ox, and Curry Leaf Cafe, but are sure it is on the shelves on many more pubs and bars in Brighton.

Fourth and Church Brighton -Stoptober

Time for tea... with a difference

Fermented, lightly sparkling and good for the gut. Sound disgusting? We encourage you to not judge a book by its cover and give kombucha a go as a non alcoholic alternative. Smartly disguising itself as our much loved boozy favourites, this yeasty sweetened black or green tea passes for cider and wine depending on the flavour and is on offer in many of Brighton’s best restaurants. Dining out during Stoptober doesn’t look so dull after all…

Boujee non alcoholic drinks shouldn’t be limited to restaurants and bars. Making that possible are Amathus drinks, who have plenty in store for sober Octoberors to get stuck into. Three Spirit, Ceder’s Low (4%) and Seedlip are all great options, as well as Ferdinand’s Riesling Verjus Cordial which made with Riesling grapes and infused with herbs and flowers adds sweetness and freshness to anything you add it too. Good old Angostura bitters are also available here, which although contain alcohol aren’t actually considered alcoholic. Bonus.

Not a typical replacement for alcohol but in our opinion, a traditional Indian Lassi holds its own amongst the craft beer and curry pairings everyone raves about here. Curry Leaf Cafe offers the best in town, with two deliciously creamy options to choose from. Mango and pistachio or coconut and cardamon, enjoyed with our favourite curry on the menu, the lucknow lamb curry full of spice and flavour.