I’ve been working to compile a list of refreshing non-alcoholic beverages along The Strip, including grab-n-go, casual dining, and upscale restaurants.
People reach out to me from all walks of life asking about visiting Vegas when they’re not drinking.
Sometimes they’re sober, but sometimes they’re not.
Sometimes they just don’t want to drink if they’re here for business, sometimes they’re on a diet, sometimes they’re sick, sometimes they’re pregnant, and sometimes they just are on a break from drinking.
A note: Vegas is always changing. I’ve tried to be as accurate as possible, but what’s available today may not be around tomorrow–so if you come across other great options please put them in the comments! I am sure at some point I’ll need to run a 2.0 version of this article. 😉
This guide will take you from the North End of The Strip down to the South End–hope you enjoy!
SLS: Fever Tree Ginger Beer on the rocks at Umami Burger
Circus Circus: Manzanita Sol Apple or Horchata at Blue Iguana
The Peppermill: Their fresh squeezed orange juice is perfect with breakfast or one of their classic milkshakes
Fashion Show Mall: A Seasonal Italian Soda like the summer flavor of Blueberry…a classic Italian soda made with blueberry puree and garnished with fresh berries and Watermelon at Grimaldi’s or a Cantaloupe Aqua Fresca at Green Crush or a Matcha Red Bean Slush at Kung Fu Tea
Treasure Island: An Iced Latte at the 24 hour Starbucks
The Palazzo: The Coco Leite (Coconut milk, pineapple, mango), the Watermelon Mojo (Watermelon, lime, guava), the Berry Smash (Muddled blackberry and raspberry, lime, sparkling water) or the Cucumber Refresher (Fresh cucumber juice, agave nectar, sparkling water) at Sushi Samba
Walgreens: Pick up a few to go items like La Croix, Vita Coco Coconut Water, Sanpellegrino Sparkling, or a Starbucks Refresher from their refrigerated section (and stock up to have a few in your room for later!)
The Mirage: A bottle of Dr. Brown’s Soda at the famous Carnegie Deli
The Cromwell: At brunch try the Dolce Vida (fresh orange, peach purée, blood orange syrup, elderflower tonic, club soda) or the Birdie (muddled strawberry & basil, Ceylon Gold Iced Tea, Giada’s Italian basil lemonade) at Giada
Caesars Palace: At Gordon Ramsey you can try any of the multiple refreshers that are offered like the London Breeze (Cranberry, pineapple & orange juices topped with ginger ale), the Cucumber Cooler (Fresh lime juice and cucumber juice topped with orange juice), the Pineapple Express (Fresh lime juice, pineapple juice & ginger beer), the Here Comes The Sun (Blackberry purée, lemon juice, simple syrup, sierra mist & ginger ale) or the Faux-ito (Fresh mint, lime juice, and simply syrup)
The Linq: Nitro Cold Brew Coffee at Hash House A Go-Go or a specialty lemonade at Gordon Ramsay like Peach Ginger Lemonade or Orange Vanilla Lemonade.
The Bellagio: Any of the varied creations at Juice Press like the Hawaiian Ginger Healer (Lemon, Mint, Banana, Cinnamon, Ginger, Pineapple, Maple + Water), the Mint Chip Protein blended smoothie (Homemade Almond Milk, Coconut Meat, Date, Brown Rice Protein, Coconut Nectar, Chia Seed, Vanilla, Cacao, Mint, Proviotic), or the Heaven on Earth smoothie (Homemade Almond Milk, Banana, Date, Raw Almond Butter, Brown Rice Protein, Cacao)
Paris: Enjoy a non-alcohlic beer at Beer Park (they have NA St. Pauli Girl!). You can also stop by Hexx and see Eric at the bar for alcohol free versions of their signature cocktails!
Planet Hollywood: Try a refreshing Frozen Lemonade or Earl Grey Lemonade at Earl of Sandwich.
The Cosmopolitan: At Beauty & Essex they have an entire alcohol free menu section including Mint Lemonade (lemon, mint, club soda), the Ruby Iced Tea (red currant tea, lemon juice, mint), the Garnet Gimlet (strawberry, basil, lemon nectar, fresh lime juice, ginger ale) or the Platinum Peacock (cucumber, granny smith apple, pineapple, mint)
Aria: Herringbone features a number of non-alcoholic options called Garden Rebels like the Morning Workout (Cucumber Juice, Cilantro, Lime, Sprite) the Patio Crusher (Lemon, Strawberry, Watermelon, Ginger Ale) and Umbrella Not Included (Pineapple Juice, Pomegranate Juice, Lime, Orgeat, Ginger Ale)
New York New York Hotel & Casino: The Shake Shack, always has Seasonal Shakes and they also have Abita Root Beer on tap as well as Stumptown Cold Brew
MGM: Crush has a really great nonalcoholic menu offerings that include the Blueberry Lemon Fizz (Blueberries, Agave Nectar, Fresh Lemon Juice, Sparkling Water) and the Cucumber Mule (Muddled Cucumber, Ginger Beer, Fresh Lime Juice)
Tropicana: Red Lotus Asian Kitchen offers FOCO Coconut and Lychee, Thai Iced Tea, and Matcha Green Tea
Mandalay Bay: One of my favorites, Border Grill, features a number of refreshers like the Sparkling White Peach Lemonade, Sparkling Blood Orange Lemonade, or the Sparkling Pomegranate Limeade
As you can see–there are some really fantastic options for anyone who is sober, taking a break from drinking, or unable to drink during the travels to Las Vegas.
4 thoughts on “Sober-Friendly Strip Tips #11: What and Where to Drink When You’re Not Drinking”
Great list! If you need a break from Strip festivities, not far the Boulevard is Gäbi Coffee & Bakery
5808 Spring Mountain RD. STE 104, Las Vegas, NV 89146. Sober friendly and worth the jaunt.
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yes!! great suggestion Lauren! 🙂
Thank you for the tips. On a recent trip w my kiddo I was determined to eat at a couple of places where I wondered if not drinking was going to feel like a bummer. All went well, so I thought I’d mention them here (though the scene at both these spots certainly could be triggering for someone in recovery, which is not my situation).
The Yardbird staff at the Venetian didn’t bat an eye and served up a tasty strawberry fauxjito when I asked for something interesting and not too sweet with no booze. My daughter got a kicky ginger ale that with some lime and mint would have made a great NA mule.
The server at Sake Rok at The Park seemed a little stymied by the same request, but the bar pulled off a fruity, tart concoction nicely. Excellent food too, BTW. I’d go back for the Brussels sprouts alone.
I wouldn’t have known about The Park w/o your write-up on this blog, but it turned out to be one of our favorite spots—relaxed, not crowded, with thoughtful (native!) landscaping, yard games, ample outdoor seating, and plenty of delicious options for casual dining. (Bruxie’s mushroom and sun-dried tomato sandwich was a vegetarian dream. The drink vibe there is very understated, too.) The whole experience was refreshing, even wholesome. Thanks for steering us here!
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this is SUCH AMAZING INFORMATION! Thank you so so much for your comment here! Isn’t it funny how much things can vary from restaurant to restaurant?! I am also so glad that you enjoyed The Park…it’s one of my favorite places too. The fact that there is an outdoor, calm (unless it’s after a concert or game!) and beautiful outdoor space to enjoy on the Strip is just amazing. I am so happy to hear your trip was fun! 🙂 And thank you so much for your thoughtful comments here! ❤
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