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Local Mocktails: Sip Smart in St. Charles, IL

Did you know: even without alcohol, you can still experience the craftsmanship of delicious libations in St. Charles? If you're looking to cut back on your drinks this year, you won't be short on options for mocktails and non-alcoholic beer at the local bars and restaurants that call this town home. These drinks are jam-packed with creativity and flavor, all with their own unique flare. Who knows? You may just find your new favorite beverage.


Even if you're taking a step back from alcohol, El Puente makes it easy to keep the fiesta going! This second-generation business is a St. Charles favorite for their delicious Mexican cuisine, not to mention their World Class Margaritas! However, instead of reaching for an alcoholic Margarita, we're going to reach for a non-alcoholic mixer instead. Not only can you try their non-alcoholic Margarita, but At El Puente, you can order all their wonderful drinks with the option to have it without alcohol, like their Pina Colada or Daiquiri.

Photos Courtesy of The Graceful Ordinary

An award-winning kitchen with views of the spectacular Fox River AND a variety of mocktail options? Sign us up! The Graceful Ordinary crafts exquisite dishes, created from multiple American regional styles, and you can enjoy that food accompanied by a flavorful spirit-free beverage, like the Golden Gal shown above! If you're looking for a special, spirit-free night out, it's hard to beat spending time at this renowned establishment.

Photos Courtesy of The Lewis

Experience the unique vibe of The Lewis - a premier cocktail, wine and whisky lounge with a vibe that will transport you to the 1970's. The Lewis is known for their spectacular cocktails, and they are also known for their spectacular mocktails, as well. With options like "The Lief Garrett" made with, Peach, Honey, Lime, Soda, and a Lime Wheel, or their "The Osmonds" made with Blood Orange, House Sour Mix, Lemonade, Soda, and a Lemon Wheel, you won't be short on non-alcoholic options to savor.

Photos Courtesy of The Whiskey Bend

In honor of this year's Dry January, The Whiskey Bend has rolled out some brand-new mocktails! Sip on their "Strawberry Fizz" made with Strawberry, Orange, Egg White, Cream, and topped with soda, or their "Very Berry Lime-Aid" crafted with Raspberry, Blackberry, Strawberry, Lime, Egg White and topped with Sprite. Whichever route you choose to go with for both your beverage choice and food choice, you can never go wrong when you're dining at The Whiskey Bend.

What's Your Favorite Winter Activity in St. Charles?

  • Taking a Nature Walk

  • Sledding

  • Ice Skating

  • Snow Shoeing

Photo #1 Courtesy of Trend + Relic

Everybody knows that Trend + Relic has some incredible home décor pieces, whether it be furniture, decorations, or something else. However, while you're doing a little shopping to add some life to your living space, you can also pick up a variety of different non-alcoholic spirits, bitters, and more mixology products. This is the perfect alternative if you're looking to have a mocktail during a night in from the comfort of your own home.

Non-Alcoholic Beer

Just because you're not indulging in alcohol, doesn't mean you can't enjoy the taste of a cold beer! At Pollyanna Brewing & Distilling, you can witness frequent live music performance from some very talented local artists, while sipping on a non-alcohol beer! Their hop-water is a terrific alternative, and contains no alcohol, calories or carbs! You can also try Go Brewing's "Suspended in a Sunbeam Pilsner" at Pollyanna, as well!

Photos Courtesy of Riverlands Brewing

Just west of downtown, you can find another brewery that is pouring some great, non-alcohol beer alternatives, too! At Riverlands Brewing, you can also grab a pour of Go Brewing's "Suspended in a Sunbeam Pilsner", and you can also try "Burn It Down" IPA, and "Sunshine State Tropical" IPA, from Go Brewing as well. Riverland Brewing also frequents food trucks, live music, and activities like "Putts n Pints"! So, grab a pint of a non-alcohol beverage and a bite to eat, and enjoy all of what Riverlands has to offer.

St. Charles Restaurant Week is right around the corner! From Monday, February 5th - Friday, February 9th, 45+ participating restaurants will be offering 20% off your bill of $25 or more (excluding tax, gratuity, alcohol, and preexisting conditions). This is the perfect time to try that restaurant that you've been eyeing, or a chance to revisit an old favorite. Click here to learn more.


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