Dry July has arrived, which will see thousands of Australians give up alcohol to raise money for those affected by cancer, with funds being donated to organisations like Cancer Council, Leukaemia Foundation and the McGrath Foundation.
It’s a great cause, and having a month alcohol-free can do wonders for your health, but the reality of quitting alcohol cold-turkey can be tough, especially with all the excitement about hitting the bar for those post-iso catch-ups.
If Dry July has you more parched than ever and a glass of water isn’t going to make the cut, you’re in luck because Geelong is just bursting with delicious alternatives to alcohol. We’ve tracked down some of the best places to go for a tasty mocktail, which you can sip on while out with your crew without the nasty hangover impending.
You might be surprised at just how much you enjoy an alcohol-free version of your favourite drink.
Wah Wah Gee
Funky, fun and fresh. For the past few years Wah Wah Gee, and more recently Wah Bah, have been one of the best places to go in Geelong enjoy the coastal atmosphere, and a hot spot for friends to enjoy a casual dinner in a stress-free, fun environment!
Perched out on a Cunningham Pier, the Wah family have a tasty list of tasty treats on offer, all for $10.50. Mocktails with a view. Yes please!
Here’s what you can choose from:
-Pineberry Martini – made with pineapple, orange, lime and raspberry
-Lica-Lychee – made with lychee, pineapple, raspberry Kombucha and fresh lime
-Pambucha Fizz – made with raspberry Kombucha, solo, soda and passionfruit
-Ginger Ninja – made with Ginger beer, lemon, sugar, soda, mint, lime and mango
Wah Wah Gee is located at Cunningham Pier, 10 Western Beach Road, Geelong and is open 12pm till late. Book your session via the website or call (03) 5222 6377.
Recess Bar + Eats
Recess is Central Geelong’s only Gluten Free Restaurant offering you a space to run around, have a snack, play with friends and make new ones! While their food is A+, it’s also one of our favourite places to go for a cocktail night all year-round, including July thanks to their tasty mocktails on offer!
There are two options to choose from, both at $14. The Miss Rosie which is made with non-alcoholic London Dry, citrus, rose syrup and grapefruit juice, or the Kindergarten Cosmo, which is made with non-alcoholic Triple Sec, London Dry, citrus, bubblegum and cranberry juice! I don’t know about you, but these sound better than their alcoholic counterparts! Yummo.
Recess is located at 247 Moorabool Street, Geelong. They are open Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm and you can book online here.
Located just steps away from the heart of the Geelong Waterfront, Sailors’ Rest has become a serious hot spot for a night out – especially with their expert bartenders and lengthy cocktail list.
Thankfully we’ve just got word that the clever team are also doing their bit to make your July nights fun and flavoursome and are currently busy concocting a mocktail list. With one of their own actually participating in Dry July, their mocktails are going to be second to none. Until the menu is launched, mocktails can simply be made on request! We hear they do a mean virgin Mojito… you’re welcome.
Sailors Rest is located at 3 Moorabool St, Geelong and the bar is currently operating Friday and Saturday nights. For bookings, call (03) 5224 2241 or visit the website.
Since opening back in 2017, Frankie has become Geelong’s premier cocktail and wine bar, function venue and pan-Asian restaurant. With award-winning staff on hand to make some of Geelong’s (if not Victoria’s) best cocktails, you’re in good hands when it comes to an expertly crafted mocktail.
With 20 cocktails on the list, you’ll be pleased to know that Frankie can create a non-alcoholic version of almost any of them. Standout cocktail concoctions that can be turned into a tasty mocktail include the Clover Club (usually made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Lemon Juice, Raspberry Syrup, Aquafaba), the Cosmo (42 Below Vodka, Lime Juice, Cointreau, Cranberry Juice), Expresso Martini (Vodka, Fresh Expresso, Crème de café, Baileys Irish Crème) and the Bees Knees (Bombay Sapphire Gin, Lemon Juice, Honey Syrup). They’ll just swap out the alcohol and you’ll be knocking them back all night.
They are open Thursday-Monday from 5:30pm. You can find Frankie at at 9-11 Little Malop Street, Geelong. Book your table here.
Sweet Cheeks Cocktail and Desserts Lounge
Opening just last week, Sweet Cheeks has is the new go-to destination for cheeky cocktails, in-house crafted desserts and even pancakes to cure any sweet tooth.
While their cocktails are to die for, they’ve also got two extremely appealing mocktails on the drinks list to make your July nights fun and flavoursome. Choose between the ‘Sunrise’, made with watermelon, hibiscus tea, lime and orange juice, or the ‘Hot and Spicy’, made with orange juice, spiced syrup and lime.
Sweet Cheeks is open 5pm-10pm Wednesday to Sunday and are taking bookings at slots of 5PM, 6:30PM or 8PM, message or call them on 5223 2083 to reserve your spot. Find them at 71 Yarra Street, Geelong.
The Sporting Globe
Located at the top end of Geelong’s inner CBD, The Sporting Globe Bar & Grill is Australia’s most loved sports bar and grill synonymous with great food in a casual bar environment and sporting entertainment. While the food and entertainment are all good and well, it’s their mocktail list that had caught our attention. It’s one of the longer Geelong mocktail lists, and there’s a definite lean towards fresh, fruity and cleaner flavours.
For $8.50, you can indulge in the Pineberry (Pineapple juice over ice with raspberry, lemonade & fresh lime), the Bubblegum Pop (Bubblegum syrup with lemon juice, soda water & fairy floss), Mango No-Mo-Jito (mango with lime, mint & lemon squash), Watermelon Spritz (watermelon, apple, lime & lemonade) and Tropical Punch (tropical syrup & coconut puree with pineapple juice, lime, lemonade & toasted coconut).
The Sporting Globe is located at 175-177 Ryrie St, Geelong.
Don’t feel like going out? That’s cool. You can still find non-alcoholic versions of the things you love for those Friday nights at home with the crew thanks to two local bottleshops.
Bottles and Barrels
These guys have long been a favourite of ours. If not for their coffee and delicious brunch options, then for their carefully curated selection of boutique wine and craft brews. Now they’ve given us one more reason to love them with their non-alcoholic drops for all those participating in Dry July!
They currently stock Sobah non-alcoholic craft beers, non-alcoholic wine (set to arrive this week) and our pick, the non-alcoholic G+T from Geelong-born business Monday Distillery. This G&T is made from carbonated Australian spring water, juniper berry, lemon, lime, rosemary, sea salt, citric acid, stevia quinine and cinchona bark, and is a leader in revolutionising the way people look at having a night out with friends. Yep, it tastes THAT good!
Bottles and Barrels is located at 132 Aberdeen St, Geelong West.
Nardi’s Cellarbrations down in Newcomb (there’s also one in Highton) have you covered if you’re looking for a non-alcoholic alternative to beer. There’s three options to choose from – Carlton Zero, Heineken Zero and Peroni Libera.
You can find them at 4/27-37 Bellarine Highway, Newcomb.
For more information on Dry July, visit the website.