I love happy hour. Who wouldn’t want to kick back with friends after a long day at work? But sometimes you want the social fun without the actual alcohol. If someone in your cohort is sober, pregnant, or avoiding alcohol for any reason, it’s nice to hit up a place with more interesting non-alcoholic beverages than just Topo Chico.
A good mocktail isn’t just a fancy soda, but a complex beverage in its own right. It should have the proper blend of ingredients to keep from being overbearingly sweet. Done properly, it can be a refreshing treat you enjoy cheers-ing with, while your friends imbibe. Not every bar caters to non-drinkers, but Austin has a number of reliable options to turn to for a drink when you don’t feel like drinking.
This hip east side spot, built in a former laundromat, is known for its great brunch, dinner, and birthday cake ice cream sandwiches. However, in addition to Launderette’s lovely cocktail menu, it also offers a couple of delicious mocktails.