Whether taking a break during Dry January or are avoiding alcohol completely, Knoxville serves up fun mocktails at restaurants around the city. There's even a zero-proof bar. Read our article below for where to go to get non-alcoholic cocktails in Knoxville.
Enjoy Knoxville’s sober nightlife at The Boocherie, Knoxville’s premier sober bar. Here, you’ll find an eclectic atmosphere and delicious, zero-proof drinks. Try one of the mertails on the menu – an organic, herbaceous concoction with zero alcohol, locally made in small batches. Kombucha in half pints, pints, flights and growlers can be enjoyed as well as a variety of snacks.
Book a reservation for the plush restaurant, Vida, located in the Historic Holston on Gay Street in Knoxville. Pan-Latin flavors and textures with an Asian flare are incorporated in each dish. And, there are a couple nonalcoholic cocktails you can sip throughout the evening. The cocktail, A Die is Cast is a zero-proof mocktail featuring blood orange juice, coconut, simply syrup and lime. The Limonada Suiza offers a wonderful, refreshing taste with hand-crushed lemons, limes and cane sugar with flavors you can add including black cherry, passionfruit, lychee and banana.
If you’re looking for a tropical oasis, look no further than Tern Club serving up jerk chicken, Cuban sandwiches and Banh Mi as well as a variety of cocktails, including mocktails. Order The Pluto to instantly transport you to a tropical state of mind with passionfruit, orgeat, lemon, pineapple and ginger. It’s a tart and fruity sip. For a crisp mocktail, order the cardamom lemonade, a sparkling beverage with cardamom and lemon.
Enjoy long conversations over amazing drinks at Brother Wolf, an Italian Aperitivo bar that celebrates classic cocktails like the Negroni, spritzes and more. The bar has a relaxed luxurious feel to it, where you can grab a seat and catch up with your friends. Order the Faux|groni, a non-alcoholic take on their famous Negroni offerings. Instead of the buzz, it’s made with Seedlip spice, Pellegrino Sanbitter, Versin non-alcoholic vermouth and orange oil. It’s the perfect, sophisticated drink to sip in between telling stories.
Public House is a local watering hole that has curated a menu of delicious drinks. Hungry? You’ll find amazing cheese boards, a variety of hot dogs (including Smart Veggie Dogs), popcorn, pretzels and chips. Sample several of the mocktails on the menu which include Thai-er Less – coconut Thai basil, jasmine and lime topped with soda water or Bird in the Hand which includes Seasonal Shrub, lime, orange bitters and ginger beer. If you order the Public House Soda, first choose a syrup or juice live lavender, grapefruit or pineapple and then mix it with soda water for a refreshing concoction.
Lace up for bowling with friends or family, enjoy live music, delicious food and mocktails at Maple Hall. Eleven lanes of bowling are available as well as a full bar, HD TV’s from every angle, an upstairs cocktail lounge and a patio. Have a fun night without the hangover with their non-alcoholic cocktails including The Approach – pomegranate juice, mint simple syrup, sparkling soda and pressed lemon, Mood Ring Lite made with Butterfly pea syrup, pressed lemon and sparkling soda or The Lebowski made with eye-opening Three Bears cold brew coffee, oat milk and vanilla syrup.
High-quality, local food is on the brunch, lunch and dinner menu at Café 4, conveniently located on Market Square. The urban restaurant serves classic Southern flavors such as fried green tomatoes, lobster mac-and-cheese, Tennessee cheesesteak, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles and braised short ribs with white cheddar grits and sauteed collard greens. Sip one of the mocktails like the fruity lemonade that comes in flavors like prickly pear, raspberry, peach, mango and strawberry. The Fauxmosa is a bubbly, zero-proof mimosa that blends real fruit juice, California grapes, adaptogens and botanical flavors like pineapple, cranberry, orange or grapefruit.
Savor Latin-inspired cuisine made with in-house ingredients and mocktails that pair perfectly in the bright, lively bohemian-style atmosphere of Babalu. Share a variety of tapas with your friends that include flautas, grilled prawns, mussels, fresh ceviche and stuffed red peppers as well as main dishes like mole con pollo, paella, mushroom poblano risotto as well as a variety of salads and sandwiches. You’ll want to try the cucumber-mint refresher that includes Topo Chico, fresh lime, mint and cucumber. Or, go for something sweeter; the Cherry-vanilla Coca-Cola is Mexican Coca-Cola mixed with house-made vanilla syrup and Luxardo cherry. Babalu also has Wolffer non-alcoholic sparkling rose and Freixenet non-alcoholic sparkling wine.
If you love arcade games, you have to visit Token Game Tavern in West Knoxville. Token Game Tavern has arcade games, video game consoles, board games, comic books, Dungeons & Dragons and a food and drink menu that is out of this world. Their popping sodas, refreshers and slushies are all non-alcoholic. Try the strawberry cream soda which has freshly sliced strawberries, strawberry Boba and topped with whipped cream. Joker Goes Surfing is a color-changing concoction with Sprite, citrus, coconut and a candy lime. Ocean Breeze is a tropical flavored soda with tropical bursting Boba. Enjoy street tacos, flatbreads, slider dogs and ciabatta pizza bites while you game.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in West Town Crossings in Knoxville is a steakhouse known for its relaxed atmosphere, made-from-scratch dishes full of bold flavors. Enjoy Happy Hour at the Firebar or on the patio. The creative mixology includes mocktails like the spiritless sangria which has Red Bull Red Edition, white sangria mix and fresh fruit as well as the Stars and Stripes – Alex’s Fresh Lemonade, blue curacao and cranberry juice. In fact, $1.25 of each Alex’s Fresh Lemonade purchase goes to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to fight childhood cancer.
Be sure to visit these restaurants and bars in Knoxville for a non-alcoholic fun day or night out in the city.