New Orleans is known for its decadent food, craft cocktails, and wild celebrations, but we also have plenty of healthy options to get your body ready for the fun. Make your resolution to detox at the start of the year. Or if healthy living is part of your regimen year-round, you can still have a good time in New Orleans. Almost any bartender can create a drink without booze, but many drink menus already feature specialty mocktails. Check out our alternative drink options below.
Go out with your friends to Bar Tonique - No reason to have FOMO. They have a page on their menu full of “mocktails.” The non-alcoholic drinks are just as fun and flavorful as their alcoholic specials.
SoBou, just south of Bourbon, has a “hold the booze” section on their cocktail menu. Choose from various home-made syrups to create your perfect soda such as cherry jalapeño, pink peppercorn, or seasonal orgeat. Sister restaurant Commander’s Palace also offers a nice selection of mocktails.
Copper Vine may be a wine pub, but fear not; mocktails are included in their offerings. With whimsical names like “Apricot Afterthought” and “Once Upon a Lime,” you’ll feel as if these mocktails were created just for you.
Birdy’s Behind the Bower is a favorite for brunch, but skip the coffee and cocktails for a refreshing mocktail with refreshing notes of citrus.
Compère Lapin, a James Beard award-winning restaurant, has gained buzz regarding their fine selection of craft dry cocktails. Or enjoy a mocktail at Kingfish - which is known for their upscale bar, but their craft mocktails are just as good as the strong stuff. Enjoy a delicious meal while sipping on the bartender’s alcohol-free creations. For a low ABV option, order a Pimm's Cup.
Low ABV Drinks
You can easily enjoy a cocktail without overdoing it; several places around the city offer low ABV beverages. The Elysian Bar offers "Aperitivo Hour" every afternoon with specials on spritzes and vermouth and tonic drinks. Bar Marilou values apéritif culture as well. Cure, James Beard award-winner for outstanding bar program, understands the importance of low ABV drinks. They offer several low proof libations.
Sofia's "Make Your Own Spritzer" menu has become extremely popular. Choose from house-infused cellos and have it mixed with water and Prosecco. They have a great selection of small plates and vegetable dishes to accompany the cocktails. Avo and Gianna are other Italian restaurants with wonderful spritzes and aperitif-based cocktails as well.
Sip Some NOLA-Made Kombucha
Breweries don’t have to involve alcohol. Sip on some fermented sweet tea at New Orleans’ own kombucha brewery in Mid-City, Big Easy Bucha. This increasingly popular drink not only tastes good, but is packed with health benefits. It’s good for your liver! You can find Big Easy Bucha in various grocery stores and cafes throughout New Orleans.
Similar to kombucha are shrubs, and we’ve got those too. Elizabeth Street Cafe offers shrubs on their drinks menu. Enjoy a bubbly beverage made from fruit fermented in vinegar to create a sweet sip.
Grab a Juice on the Go
In a hurry? Swing by one of the locations of Raw Republic or Satsuma for a healthy juice already made for you. Both spots use organic ingredients to create a variety of juices and smoothies. Tip: the retail space above Raw specializes is completely dedicated to wellness and sells everything from CBD oils to organic beauty products, supplements and more. Swing by the Daily Beet for more fun juice and smoothie options.
Sweat It Out
If exercise is an important part of your day, worry not! There are plenty of drop-in exercise classes offered in the city to keep you on track. Traveling with a group? Check out Footprints to Fitness and Move Ya Brass. Both specialize in customizable fitness programs where anyone can join in. Otherwise, take a stroll in Audubon Park or City Park or ride bikes along the Lafitte Greenway.
For more restaurants and activities for healthy living, see our full healthy living section. Some of our favorite vegan and vegetarian spots include Carmo, Bearcat Cafe, Max Well, and True Food Kitchen. A trip to New Orleans doesn't have to be overindulgent! Explore the outdoors, try something tasty and get to know the bartenders at various local hotspots.