You may have heard of it or even participated in it. "Dry January” is the annual month-long period when people decide to refrain from drinking any sort of alcohol. Some see it as a challenge but with the right friends and support, anyone can do it.
To make it even easier, there are several local spots in town that offer non-alcoholic beverages while serving beer, cocktails, and wine for the folks you're hanging out with — folks that aren't partaking in Dry January.
Also, Martha Stewart has some tips to keep you busy this January:
Here are a few that we gathered (some have their very own beverages while others are serving out-of-state NA options). This isn't every spot in town but it oughta help you out throughout your Dry January journey.
Plus, it's a great way to keep supporting these local businesses during dry times.
While Borderlands Brewing Company hasn't brewed a non-alcoholic beer, the taproom at 119 E. Toole Ave. has a couple of Athletic Brewing Company's beers on tap. Everything from that specific brewery is NA so if you see it anywhere else in town, grab a can and drink it worry-free.
For more information, visit borderlandsbrewing.com.
Over on the northwest side of town, Caps & Corks has an incredible beer selection, a nifty wine variety, and then even some NA drinks to enjoy in their cozy environment. They've got lemonade and tea and a Presta nitro cold brew coffee.
For more information, visit capsandcorksaz.com.
A beer and a movie is a wonderful combination but so is an ice-cold non-alcoholic beverage and a mouthful of movie theater-style popcorn. Go on, make a mess with that popcorn, too. Casa Film Bar has an entire fridge full of NA beverages to enjoy while your friends are pounding beers. You'll likely find Lagunitas Hop Water, various teas, and sometimes a few Tepache flavors.
Also, Casa Marana, located at 8225 N. Courtney Page Way #191, has similar options if you're on the northwest side of town.
For more information, visit casafilmbar.com.
In between finger snaps and foot taps, enjoy a non-alcoholic cocktail while you're at it. The Century Room has a very special "temperance" menu you need to check out.
For more information, visit hotelcongress.com.
For a classy night in downtown Tucson, stop by The Coronet because they've got at least four NA cocktails to wet your whistle.
For more information, visit coronettucson.com.
If you’ve yet to try kava, the roots are ground into a pulp and added to cold water. This then results in a thick brew. Over time, it’s been compared to the social equivalent of having glasses of wine in France.
Also, in the earlier months of 2023, keep an eye out for the Kava Bar's second location at 63 E. Pennington St. The new downtown spot is currently in the works under a new name, The Kava Den.
For more information, visit tucsonkavabar.com.
Bring your dog along if you need some support throughout January (they need alcohol to have a good time). MotoSonora usually has at least one craft soda on tap and they've got Tepache in the fridge. Hey, make it a double whammy and go meat-free throughout January because Substance Diner (parked out in front of MotoSonora) makes it super easy to do so.
For more information, visit motosonora.com.
Pueblo Vida Brewing Company went all out and made its very own NA beverage — the Vida Spritz.
"We have found it is nice to have a beverage that is hop-forward and bubbly that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere," Pueblo Vida Brewing shared on Instagram. "This is one of the brews we keep available year-round for you. It is brewed with the same ingredients as our usual beers, with malt, yeast, and hops."
For more information, follow Pueblo Vida Brewing on Instagram.
The cocktail lounge near Falora and Bisbee Breakfast Club on Broadway has a few "softails" to hold you over throughout January.
For more information, visit barsidecar.com.
When visiting Tucson Hop Shop, a drink isn't required to have a great time. You've got the patio (with heaters during colder temperatures), the bar area, the upstairs area above that where you can feel like a scholar as you read a book in the corner, or the newest area, which has a lounge area with couches on the first level and then an upstairs fancy seating area with a balcony.
Oh, and they offer non-alcoholic drinks in one of the fridges so pop your head in an have a great time.
For more information, visit tucsonhopshop.com.
Some other options that offer some great options are Flora's Market Run, which serves NA canned cocktails and specialty drinks, and then Pearly Baker Fermentables has a few NA options to take home. Also, breweries like Crooked Tooth Brewing Company and craft beer taprooms like Arizona Beer House have plenty of flavors and options that don't contain alcohol (like Tepache and Lagunitas Hop Water).
Again, this is just to name a few in Tucson. There are plenty of great spots in town that offer non-alcoholic beverages when the majority of their revenue comes from drinks consisting of alcohol. So, if you've got the chance, show these local businesses some support throughout the month of January.
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