Jan 12, 2024 - Food and Drink

Salt Lake City bars to help you stick to Dry January

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Dry January can be tough to maintain, especially as freezing temperatures keep most people indoors.

Yes, but: Limiting alcohol consumption can have several health benefits, per the CDC. Plus, it feels great to wake up without a hangover on a Saturday morning.

If you enjoy the ritual of meeting with your friends for drinks, here are three Salt Lake City bars with mocktails on the menu:

Lake Effect

This downtown cocktail bar features zero-proof versions of a piña colada, Old Fashioned and Strawberry Fields, plus a selection of non-alcoholic beers.

Our pick: "Garden Party," made with non-alcoholic gin, cucumber, habanero honey, pineapple and lime ($12)

The intrigue: The bar features live music every day of the week.

BackDoor

Five fruity, alcohol-free libations are on the menu at the cozy speakeasy behind Laziz Kitchen's downtown location.

Our pick: "Medicine Ball," mixed with rosemary, lemon and mango elixir ($8)

Tip: The hummus is among the best in town.

Laurel Brasserie & Bar

The upscale bar inside The Grand America Hotel offers five zero-proof cocktails, including a hibiscus tea-infused libation called "Eastside."

Our pick: "Tamarind Ginger Spritz," concocted with tamarind ginger confit, lime and sparkling water ($7)

The intrigue: Most of the bar menu's items — fried oyster mushrooms and arancini — are under $13.

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