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July 5, 2019

Where to Dry July in Adelaide

Where to go if you're looking to drop a bunch of money at the bar but not get buzzed.

  • Words: Johnny von Einem
  • Main image: Josh Geelen

There are many reasons to go off alcohol for a month, be it for the betterment of your health, your bank balance, or to raise funds to help provide care for the community of Australians living with cancer, as is the case for participants in Cancer Council SA’s Dry July initiative.


Find more information on Dry July here.

We at CityMag are remaining firmly off the wagon – there’s too much outstanding local beer to report on – but we stand by those strong-willed Adelaideans forgoing grog for the next few weeks.

To help you and your sober social circle survive throughout Dry July, we’ve rounded up a few venues offering considered non-alcoholic cocktails, so you’re not stuck on Sanpellegrino all night.


Maybe Mae’s non-alcoholic list

Maybe Mae has a year-round non-alcoholic cocktail list, and $2 from each drink sold goes to one of four designated charities: Colemans Academy, supporting women in hospitality; Beyond Blue, a mental health initiative; OzHarvest, repurposing food waste; and the Black Dog Institute, also supporting mental health.

Maybe Mae’s co-owner, Ollie Margan walks us through the menu.


Rap Juice
“You could be fooled into thinking you were drinking a mojito, except we replace the white rum with a clarified, acid-adjusted and vanilla-infused apple juice.”

Image: Josh Geelen


Rocky I
“A rounded, floral highball-style drink. Sweet and sour, with a hint of effervescence.”

Image: Josh Geelen


The Colonist
“Our interpretation of a gin and tonic – without either gin or tonic.”

Image: Josh Geelen


2KW’s Dry July specialty list

The team at 2KW has created a non-alcoholic menu for Dry July, and for every drink purchased the bar and restaurant is donating $5 to the Dry July cause (excluding the 0.0 Moritz).

2KW’s venue manager, Simon Adami sells us on the specialty menu below.


Above: Verjuice Bellini
“Coriole Verjuice, peach puree and edible flowers – picture perfect.”

Left: Apple and Mint Mojito
“Local apple juice, lime, sugar and mint – like the Hills in spring.”



Above: Moritz 0.0
“Non-alcoholic beer from Barcelona.”

Left: Hot Toddy
“House-made spiced syrup, honey and cinnamon – warming those winter nights.”



Above: Gin & Tonic
“Seedlip non-alcoholic gin – because we all know we need juniper in our lives.”

Left: Rum & Dry
“House-made spiced syrup of Falernum, cardamom, toasted cinnamon, star anise and cloves.”


Monarto Mocktail
Tumeric shrub, bitters, orange and soda.


8020BK’s non-alcoholic list

8020BK launched earlier this year with a roster of non-alcoholic drinks, after co-owner Pattra Wongkhamchan spent a week in Chang Mai for cocktail research and development. As part of SA Food Month, 8020BK is offering CityMag readers 20% off their bill if you book on a Monday night in July. Just mention CityMag when making your booking.

Co-owner Thanya Thongngam explains the non-alcoholic cocktail menu below.


Red Heaven
“Lychee soda with a pint of lemon juice.”


Ink Coco
“Fresh Young Coconut juice topped with butterfly pea ink.”


Vergin Passion
“Passionfruit soda to refresh your day.”


Cha Yen
“Thai-style milk tea sweetened with condensed milk.”


Above: Cha Ma-now
“Thai-style refreshing lemon iced tea.”

Left: O-Liang
“Thai-style iced black coffee with evaporated milk.”

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