Drink Different: 16 afterwork drinks spots for non-drinkers

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Drink Different: 16 afterwork drinks spots for non-drinkers

Afterwork drinks: a tradition that presents conundrums when you’re choosing to drink less. Whether you’re heading back to work in a post-lockdown office setting, or you’re still working from home, supping a lemonade or orange juice throughout the evening just doesn’t cut it, and a glass of sparkling water is more likely to leave you feeling bored and bloated than fulfilled.

The great news is that there are some really exemplary non-alcoholic alternatives available these days. If you’re in the mood for a non-alcoholic lager, get yourself stuck into a glass of Lucky Saint. Looking for something that makes your spirit sing? Ish Spirits are wonderful, as are Caleño, Everleaf and Feragaia. For something that ticks all your sparkling wine boxes, we humbly suggest REAL – which recently took the honours for best wine alternative at the Imbibe No & Low Awards, 2020.

This article is for those that are looking for places where afterwork drinks are not off-limits to non-drinkers. These establishments have now re-opened after lockdown. What’s more, they’re selling glasses of the REAL stuff, so you’re guaranteed something interesting and exquisite to sup while you’re catching up on the day’s goss.

Of course, if you’re still working from home and you fancy taking a beautiful big bottle out to somewhere relaxing and scenic, click on the ‘shop now’ button on the banner below. We’ll ship straight to whichever door you want us to.

The Garden Room 


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Bourne & Hollingsworth’s Garden Room is one of those spots with a killer view and the general sense that you’ve arrived. Perfect for afterwork cocktails and a light evening meal as you wind down from the day. Get there in time for the sunset and you’ll be guaranteed a proper treat.

Location: Charing Cross, London
Website: bandhgardenroom.com

Bel & the Dragon


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Bouncing back from lockdown with their gorgeous chain of country inns, Bel & the Dragon’s establishments are also wonderful spots for non-drinkers. A very comfortable mix of inn, restaurant and traditional pub, drop into any one of them for afterwork drinks with a real sense of welcome. You’ll currently find them open in Churt, Odiham, Kingsclere, Cookham and Reading.

Location: Across the South East
Website: belandthedragon.co.uk

The Blue Boat


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The Blue Boat is another top spot for those that like gorgeous London sunsets over the water (who doesn’t?!) It’s dedicated to life on the water, so make sure you get there relatively early and secure yourself an outdoor table, port or starboard. The pub is also a Fullers Kitchen, so it’s a top spot for a bite to eat. Afterwork drinks ahoy!

Location: Fulham, London
Website: theblueboat.co.uk



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If you’re a non-drinker looking for quality afterwork drinks in London City, make your way to CloudM. This rooftop bar, seven floors up and overlooking the Tower of London, is part of the ultra-hip CitizenM hotel group. Amazingly, you don’t have to be a guest to make the most of this hidden gem. Order a glass of Royal Flush and toast the spectacular views across the home of the crown jewels.

Location: Tower Hill, London
Website: citizenm.com

Duke Of Sussex


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Boasting one of the best beer gardens South of the river, we love The Duke of Sussex in Waterloo. As well as serving REAL, it has an amazing menu – most famous for its spit-roasted chicken, brined and marinated for 24 hours to hold the flavour. A perfect place to indulge in afterwork drinks, even when you’re not drinking.

Location: Waterloo, London
Website: dukeofsussex.co.uk

The Folly


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Celebrated for its sense of escapism, The Folly is a lush, botanical spot only a stone’s throw from Monument Station. Part of the wider Drake & Morgan group, it’s a choice spot for afterwork drinks and not at all bad for a bite to eat, either. While the City might not be the first place you think of when you’re considering non-alcoholic drinks, the growing Sober Curious movement has been welcomed by younger City types who think the “work hard, play hard” ethic is better without a hangover.

Location: Monument, London
Website: thefollybar.co.uk

The Grafton


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A bonafide classic. This Kentish Town favourite won Pub of the Year in 2015, and with its enticing range of drinks and its wonderful terrace, it’s one of those great pubs for just sitting outside on the pavement, supping a glass of something refreshing and toasting new friends. We’re so happy to be served here.

Location: Kentish Town, London
Website: thegraftonnw5.co.uk

The Grenadier


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An incredibly charismatic pub set in the heart of Belgravia, just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park. Delicious food, a fine offering on the non-alc drinks front, and a wonderful spot for afterwork drinks if you’re in that neck of the woods. While they’ve now re-opened following lockdown, customers are currently asked to make a reservation via the link below.

Location: Belgravia, London
Website: grenadierbelgravia.com

Leaf On Bold Street


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Something of a Liverpool institution, Leaf on Bold Street is a tea-lover’s paradise. Saying that it specialises in tea doesn’t really do it justice, either. Their food menu is top-notch, and there’s a good chance you’ll catch a live band here of an evening. A really modern tea house, ideal for afterwork drinks if you’re choosing to avoid the booze. (Book ahead to avoid disappointment – it’s that popular).

Location: Bold Street, Liverpool
Website: thisisleaf.co.uk

Le Pont de la Tour


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Afterwork drinks can involve a nice pint on the pavement, or something a bit more upmarket. If your idea of a decent post-work wind-down includes unrestricted views over one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks, then Le Pont De La Tour should do the trick. We’re talking French cuisine in an 18th century tea wharf. Take a table outside on the gallery and raise a glass to your surroundings. Views of Tower Bridge don’t come much better than this.

Location: Shad Thames, London
Website: lepontdelatour.co.uk

The Mitre


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The Mitre is a couple of streets north of Holland Park, making it the ideal spot to either stop off for a few afterwork drinks, or collect a few bottles of REAL and head into the green glades to chill out. With a small outside area for drinking on the pavement, it’s also a nice spot to hangout and meet friends, acquaintances, strangers… it’s that kind of place.

Location: Holland Park, London
Website: themitrew11.co.uk

Mud Dock Café


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We love the Mud Dock Café not merely for its views across Bristol’s fantastic docklands, but also because they treat the non-drinker with real respect. Flick through their drinks menu and you’ll find a no/low menu with some thought behind it. Sure, you’ll find REAL prominently placed, but you’ll also find some intriguing serves from Big Drop, Brewdog and Old Mout Cider. Bottoms up!

Location: Dockyards, Bristol
Website: mud-dock.co.uk

One Over the Ait


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Another great one for post-work relaxation, One Over the Ait is a striking Fullers pub nestled alongside Kew Bridge with commanding views over the Thames. Sneak out of work early, grab a window-seat table and you could almost believe you were lounging riverside in subtropical climes.

Location: Kew, London
Website: oneovertheait.co.uk

Sam’s Riverside


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Another gorgeous riverside location (you guessed that from the name, right?) with a tremendous terrace view. This one’s more about sitting down for a decent meal at the end of the working day. Make sure you book ahead on the link below as they’re operating with admirable restraint during these early days of post-lockdown. Order yourself a bottle of 750ml Royal Flush and really settle in for the evening. Oh, and say ‘hi’ to Chef Ashley Tinoco if you see him – he took part in our REAL Chefs project in the early days of the crisis. You can see his recipe here.

Location: Hammersmith, London
Website: samsriverside.co.uk



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There’s plenty more where this came from. It’s set to be another beautiful day on the 14th floor ✨

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As far as rooftop terraces go, it doesn’t get much more spectacular than this 14th floor extravaganza at The Hoxton. Again, it’s a restaurant rather than a bar, but sometimes afterwork drinks deserve a touch of snazz. You’ll want to book ahead, and you’ll want to get a table that offers a full eyeful of that view. Wowzers.

Location: Hoxton, London
Website: seabirdlondon.com

Wild Beer Bar


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Another of our favourite Bristol hangouts, especially if you’re into exploring something weird and wonderful. Wild Beer are known for their artisanal approach to brewing, so there’s plenty on tap for your drinking buddies to try. For the non-drinker, it’s fermentation to the fore: Wild & Free Fermented Sodas, Firefly Botanicals, Big Drop, and of course REAL. A place where the non-drinker can feel truly welcome when heading out for afterwork drinks.

Location: Wapping Wharf, Bristol
Website: www.wildbeerco.com/bars/