If you're thinking about cancelling your social calendar this Dry July, think again. Just because booze is off the table this month doesn’t mean you have to hibernate at home. Yes, we’re looking at you, pack your matching tracksuit away.
With the rise of mindful drinking, there’s never been a better time to venture out into Melbourne and get among the zero alcohol menus on offer. From 0% brews and vino, through to elegant non-alcoholic tonics and well-crafted mocktails, there’s something for everyone.
It’s safe to say we’re wrapped to hear that Australian Venue Co. have our backs with the launch of their new Zero Proof drinks list. Going down Melbourne-wide, it’s easy to upgrade your sip with their epic new mocktail selection.
The Drink Deets
On the list you can expect 0% beers and the McGuigan Zero vino range. Also up for grabs is the range of Lyre’s zero spirits, the perfect lighter alternative to a classic G&T or highball.
But let’s be honest, we’re really here for the Zero Proof Cocktails. Sporting a lineup of classic flavours, whether you’re into coffee concoctions, fruity numbers or a classic spritz, you’re covered.
Launch into the night with the Amalfi Spritz, featuring Lyre's Italian Spritz and McGuigan Zero Sparkling topped with bitters and soda. Keep on the Italian vibe with the Nogroni, crafted with Lyre's Dry London Spirit, Lyre's Aperitif Rosso and bitters. Alternatively, sweet-tooths should opt for a more fruity tipple with the Berry Tiki, a tasty combo of Lyre's Dry London Spirit, mixed berry, Falernum and lime.
Cap off the evening with an indulgent dessert-style sip. Our eyes are on the Espresso Martino, made with Lyre's Original Coffee Spirit, Lyre's White Cane Spirit, cold drip espresso and vanilla. If caramel is more your vice, try the Smooth Operator slinging Lyre's Dry London Spirit, hazelnut, caramel and apple juice.
Peep The Venues
With 17 bars across Melbourne slinging this drool-worthy cocktail list, consider your next social event sorted. Find your local here or drop into a few of our favourites.
State of Grace on King Street is where it’s at for cosy cocktail bar vibes. Offering up an intimate hidden cellar bar decked out in vintage finds and plush chesterfield sofas, we suggest hitting this one up for your next dry July date night.
For a slice of Melbourne’s history and seriously tasty tucker, head south to O’Connell’s Hotel, the city’s OG gastropub. Boasting fine dining fare like fresh Kingfish crudo and crispy veal schnitzel, O’Connell’s is the place to be for a special occasion this month.
Pull up a chair at The Smith Prahran for a lazy Sunday session, minus the dreaded Monday hangover. The atrium is decked out for winter with a ‘Gram-worthy wisteria garden, so you can sip away in style under the vines.
Head east to Harlow for a Friday night session fuelled with the most mouth-watering bites. Richmond’s newest eatery serves up a blissful beer garden, stunning new rooftop cocktail bar and neon-drenched basement bar.
Whether you have jumped on the mindful drinking bandwagon, you’ve got to be up early the next morning, or you just want to try some new tasty alcohol-free cocktails, Australian Venue Co’s Zero Proof Drinks List has you sorted for cocktails that taste like the real thing, minus the hangover. We’ll cheers to that!
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