Houston Mocktail Quest

Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a great night out with your main squeeze or girl friends. Sure, the company you keep may elect in an adult beverage or two {…or 4}, but you don’t have to weep from the sidelines with H2O on the rocks with a twist. Mocktails {cocktails sans alcohol} have made an appearance in quite a few fine Houston establishments. Sure, pregnancy doesn’t forbid one from venturing into a bar, but why submit to such a tease if it’s not necessary? Here’s a list of restaurants I discovered during my great Houston Mocktail Quest – all of which serve-up delicious food AND ‘tails of both the alcohol and non-alcohol variety.


Fourth Ward :: 807 Taft St. Houston, TX 77019


Provisions makes it easy. There’s a special section on their drink menu for drinks of the virgin variety. My favorite was the Rosemary Fizz; refreshing and not too sweet. I mean.. they use TopoChico. How can it be bad?

houston_mocktail_pax_americanaPax Americana

Museum District :: 4319 Montrose Blvd Houston, TX 77006

While Pax doesn’t have an official mocktail menu, it does not mean it cannot be done. I let our server know that I wanted a mocktail and generally enjoy Old Fashioneds and liquors of the amber variety when not with child. The bartender was able to serve-up a delicious mocktail reminiscent of an Old Fashioned. {And, no. It’s not a good Old Fashioned if there’s a Maraschino cherry!}


Montrose :: 2815 S Shepherd Dr Houston, TX 77098


Sanctuari is the bar area within the Triniti restaurant. The bar menu has an extensive “Sunday School” section for drinks without alcohol. Pictured is the Velvet Hammer which lived up to its name being a pretty heavy drink because of the blueberry-vanilla gastrique.

Hearsay Gastro Lounge

Downtown :: 218 Travis St. Houston, TX 77002

This charming downtown destination also does not have a designated mocktail section, but let the bartender/server know of your preferences and they will whip up something delicious!


Midtown :: 318 Gray St Houston, TX 77002


Izakaya is in the same family of restaurants with Kata Robata which means it has a strong foundation of great food. Their menu was still under development at the time of my visit, but their mocktail was not one of amateurs. Ginger beer stirred-up with simple syrup and a special grapefruit juice. Simple yet surprisingly pleasing.

Weights + Measures

Midtown :: 2808 Caroline St Houston, TX 77004


This neat space in Midtown also does not have a mocktail menu, but let the server know of your preferences and they will mix a good mocktail for you. Pair it with one of their pizzas, and it makes for good people watching in this nice space. Pictured is a mystery grapefruit mocktail.

This list definitely isn’t exhaustive but it’s a pretty good start. Where is your preferred spot for mocktails in the Space City?

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Kristine grew up in Houston where she met her husband Richard. The high school sweethearts welcomed their daughter Kara {2014} after naturally overcoming infertility. Sixteen months later, their son Ray {2015} joined their family. She balances the allergy mom life as well as a full-time job at an oil & gas supermajor where she is the queen of PowerPoint. Her Houston roots run deep with her Bachelors degree from the University of Houston and MBA from Rice University. Kristine loves traveling, good food, and experiencing all things H-town with family and friends, especially drinks {bars, breweries, boutique coffee shops!}, museums, and of course, BEYONCÉ. You can follow her adventures on vu hu life, Instagram and Twitter {@vuhulife}.


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