San Diego’s Best Mocktails to Enjoy During Dry January

After an indulgent holiday season, Dry January can be a great way to reset and start healthy in the New Year. But if New Year Resolutions aren’t your thing, non-alcoholic cocktail alternatives (mocktails) are on the rise in popularity across the country year-round! Just last month, Yelp released their list of the Top 25 Mocktail Spots in the US and three San Diego mocktail spots found themselves included: Raised by Wolves in University City (No. 5), Kindred in South Park (No. 9), and Mothership in South Park (No. 14).

If you’re looking to curb your cocktail cravings with hand-crafted, zero-proof libations – raise your glasses high and prepare for a celebratory ‘cheers’ as we unveil the top San Diego mocktails to try in 2024!

Blue Wave Bar & Grill (Right here at the hotel!)

San Diego Mocktails in front of the marina at Blue Wave

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Picture this: you’re relaxing poolside, the palm trees are swaying in the coastal breeze, and you hear the gentle lapping of waves from the marina behind you — all while sipping on a refreshing, tropical mocktail. At our very own waterfront restaurant, Blue Wave, we take pride in delivering a year-round escape to paradise through our expertly crafted non-alcoholic libations. Immerse yourself in the tantalizing flavors of our Non-Toxicants, featuring grapefruit soda, vanilla syrup, and fresh mint, among other delectable offerings. Explore the full menu here, and let us be your passport to a blissful, alcohol-free oasis!

Miss B’s Coconut Club (6.8 Miles)

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Transport to a tropical, Carribean paradise at Miss B’s Coconut Club in Mission Beach! This January, choose from two delightful San Diego Mocktails: “The Not Toddy” features lemon, turmeric ginger syrup, honey, and hot water with candied ginger, while “Ed’s No Rum Runner” blends pineapple and orange cordial, lime, kiwi, and blackberry, topped with a pineapple leaf and cherry. Check it all out here. Cheers!


The Local (7.6 Miles)

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Not only does this popular Pacific Beach hotspot offer an array of mocktail specials, but they’ve also partnered with several local fitness instructors and studios to host workout classes throughout the month. Take part in boot camp, barre, or yoga sculpt —  then, treat yourself to their craft NA beverages including “Strawberry Limeade”, “P.O.G. Soda”, “Watermelon Fresca”, and more! View their menu and fitness series schedule here.


Kindred (9.1 Miles)

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Kindred, a vegan hotspot in South Park, is here to help you keep all your New Year’s resolutions with a menu full of healthy and delicious dishes, as well as zero-proof concoctions! Give their “Miracle Cure” a try, crafted with pineapple, lime, coconut, passionfruit, thai basil, lemongrass, and spirulina, or order their “Kiss of Steel”, made with cold brew coffee (or swap with matcha!), oat milk, cinnamon, coconut, and an orange twist. View their full menu for even more San Diego mocktail options here!


Mothership (9.8 Miles)

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Buckle your seatbelt and be prepared to be transported at light speed into a tropical space adventure at the intergalactic South Park speakeasy, Mothership! Enjoy out-of-this-world mocktails including their “Tracking Device” with coconut water, coconut cream, lime, and hibiscus, or sip on their “X-Ray”, featuring white cane non-alcoholic spirit, lime, Szechuan peppercorn, spearmint, and peppermint oil. Check out the menu here — and we’ll see you on the spaceship!


Botanica Art & Cocktail Bar (10.4 Miles)

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Botanica, nestled in North Park, elevates the art of fun drinks to new heights!  Inspired by iconic songs, their mocktail menu is a symphony for the taste buds. Dive into the “Green Sleeves,” a delightful mix of apple vodka, cucumber buddha’s hand cordial, verjus blanc, lime, and soda. Another amazing option is their “Kentucky Rain,” featuring spiritless Kentucky 74, lapasang demerara, and Aztec chocolate bitters. Check out the full lineup here!


Madi (11 Miles)

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Embark on a journey of non-alcoholic luxury at Madi, a Normal Heights go-to brunch spot that exudes retro-chic charm. Experience their “Strawberry Spritz”, a sparkling sensation that transports you right to the heart of Italy, or grab a refreshing “Cucumber Cooler”, a delightful blend crafted with Persian cucumber, elderflower, and lime. View their menu for more options here!


Raised by Wolves (13.7 Miles)

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Pssst… this secret speakeasy tucked away in University City is the perfect Dry January hideaway! The glitzy and glamorous Raised by Wolves always aims to please — which is why their skilled bartenders are prepared to make many of the menu’s selections alcohol-free. Plus, the bottleshop in which you enter is stocked with spirit-free selections to allow you to perfect your very own mocktail at home! View their menu here.


Cutwater Tasting Room (17.7 Miles)

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Make sure to stop by Cutwater Tasting Room this Dry January to discover five new non-alcoholic cocktails throughout the month! Try “The Mediterranean”, “G & Tea”, “Strawberry Fields”, “Tranquility”, and “Golden Hour”. Each dry drink will run you $9, with the option to choose your own spirit for an additional $5. Then, sip and stretch on 1/21 at Movement & Mocktails – an all-level yoga class followed by a complimentary mocktail and light breakfast bites!


Cheers to Dry January! Ready to book your San Diego escape to sip some of these delicious hangover-free libations? Now that you know where to order your drinks, allow Best Western PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina to be your go-to hideaway on Shelter Island. Check out our Special Offers & Packages to start planning your dream getaway today!