LOCAL NONALCOHOLIC OPTIONS
Find restaurants, breweries, wineries and other spots that provide cool, local nonalcoholic options in the Rochester and Finger Lakes area
These days most places will have some kind of nonalcoholic option, but it might not be very interesting. If you’re in Rochester, New York or the surrounding area and seeking interesting, craft nonalcoholic options, there’s a few places that take their offerings seriously. There are restaurants using zeroproof spirits to craft mocktails, breweries making their own soda, and plenty of other alcohol alternatives.
If you’re looking to go out to eat or grab a drink with a friend and you’re hoping to find something interesting without alcohol, you’ve got options! You don’t have to settle for tap water or a fountain soda. NonROCaholic has been scouring the region and reading every menu to find craft nonalcoholic options at places that are making a serious effort at offering something unique.
Of course, in the last few years more and more places have realized the importance of having a craft nonalcoholic option. There’s certainly more than just what you’ll find listed. This list will expand as options are discovered.
Union Tavern in Seabreeze has a long and interesting history going back to 1819 when the location was home to a farmhouse. In 1856 the current building was erected and eventually became The Reunion Inn, a well known icon in Rochester’s history. In 2019 the building was purchased and re-opened under new management and became […]
When John and Patty Urlaub first created Rohrbach Brewing Company in 1991, they became the first craft brewery in Rochester. Since their humble beginnings in the South Wedge neighborhood, they’ve expanding and earned the love and respect of locals. Their dedication to creating great beer equals their dedication to supporting the local beer scene. They’ve […]
What first began as a popular food truck slinging street tacos is now a multiple-location brick and mortar business serving up some of Rochester’s favorite Mexican fare. This Monroe Ave location was Neno’s first store-front restaurant that they opened in 2018. They’ve since expanded around the Greater Rochester Area and still operate a food truck. […]
As the first kombucha bar to open in Rochester, this little brewer on Railroad Street in the Public Market district quickly won over a lot of locals. Katerina Eddy starting brewing kombucha for herself, then starting serving at small pop-ups and selling bottles. As Rochesterians quickly realized how good her products were, Katboocha launched into […]
Since their founding in 2015, Grist Iron Brewing Co. in Burdett has become somewhat of a destination for the region. With their westward-looking view of Seneca Lake, the sunsets from this patio are just great as the food and beer. Their brews are now found in stores, bars, and restaurants all over New York. People […]
Nine Spot Brewing on Monroe Ave in downtown Rochester opened at the end of 2022, but within months they were already expanding their lineup and earning a solid reputation. Their 5-barrell brewhouse allows them a wide range of opportunities, so their taps feature an everything from a Blumenstatdt Maibock to a Light American Wheat, plus […]
CRISP Rochester is a newer restaurant in the city’s South Wedge neighborhood. Much of the menu is designed to take inspiration from the owners’ hometowns in Texas and Missouri. It has quickly become a favorite in the city for brunch. Particularly noteworthy though is their craft mocktail menu. They have a longer-than-most list of options […]
Other Half Brewing Company was founded in Brooklyn back in 2014. In the decade since they’ve made a huge impact on the brewery scene. They’ve expanded locations into Upstate New York, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. They opened their Finger Lakes location in Bloomfield in 2019 with a lot of local anticipation. Even with countless breweries […]
Locals know that Tom Wahl’s is one of the best places to get a burger. Their whole restaurant is designed with a 1950’s vibe because the original location was a legit drive-in burger joint back then. They’ve done plenty of updating to their Avon location, but their classic burger menu is still as great as […]
The Sand Bar is one of the two restaurants on site at the Lake House in Canandaigua, right at the north of Canandaigua Lake. The luxury boutique hotel is the resulting effort of a colossal remodel of a previous hotel. The Lake House’s Sand Bar restaurant borrows its name and pays homage to a historical […]
If you’re seeking a more curated list of options to stop in the Finger Lakes Region, checkout these nonalcoholic trails.