10 vegan cocktail bars and brasseries in the United States

What’s not vegan in a bar? While these establishments may seem like a safe space for omnivores and vegans, the latter are often limited by what’s on the menu. Not all alcohol is vegan (more on that here). Beyond that, some cocktails call for animal-derived ingredients such as egg whites, cream, and honey. Then there is the food. It’s always a good idea to eat something with an alcoholic drink, especially if you enjoy more than one, and while some bars do exceptional food, very few of them are vegan per se. We’re used to vegan restaurants, bakeries and scoop shops – it’s time for the era of vegan bars. We’ve spotted the best vegan lounges, pubs, and wine bars across the United States so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a pet-free libation.

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1Modern times

From San Diego to Orange County, California, this fully vegan brewery and coffee supplier has four locations to its name. Customers can reliably find five house beers year-round, on tap and canned, plus a handful of seasonal IPAs. Non-drinkers can grab a home-roasted coffee or a bag of beans to go. Alternatively, skip the beers and head straight for the food menu – it’s so good. Each location varies slightly, but consider Asada fries, kimchi croquettes and steakhouse-style Brussels sprouts. It’s an eclectic mix of perfectly executed bar staples and pleasantly surprising global cuisine.

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2Mothership

Residents and the foodie media have been eagerly anticipating the launch of this establishment where outer space meets tiki bar. The opening has been pushed back months – as it is in the time of COVID – and the Greater San Diego area is buzzing as this offshoot of Kindred prepares to open. The drink and food menus are inspired by the tiki-themed pop-ups hosted by its sister restaurant (Kindred), though the decor and ambiance speaks of another world inspired by galaxies. The owners keep a close eye on what guests can expect to be served, but we can comfortably assume there will be some great rum-based cocktails and a small plate menu steeped in culinary experimentation.

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3Vegetable pub

With two locations in Cambridge and Fenway, this Boston-based brewery offers a vegan version of Sam Adams’ iconic fare. The menu is pure pub food, from fully loaded fries to super stacked burgers. The kitchen also has a sweet side, producing swirling dairy-free sodas, root beer floats, and vanilla Frappés (Boston speaks for the milkshakes). Pair the meal with a craft beer, and even your omnivorous friends will be happy to join you.

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4The beer factory

“Eat plants. Drink beer. Be happy.” What a life this Austin, Texas brewery has dreamed up for its customers. The beer factory, everyone can put aside the stress of everyday life and simply enjoy great food and good company. Covering brunch and dinner options, the menu is a mix of Southern-inspired pub fare and global favorites with pan-Asian touches like Hill Country “Chicken” and Gravy to Korean Broccoli and Kimchi Grilled Cheese. As for drinks, the kitchen has a wide selection of over 40 draft beers, a wine list, and creatively named cocktails (yes, even the When Doves Cry cocktail is vegan).

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5Brewery Pedal Haus

Cornhole pro? Check Pedal house next time you’re in Arizona. The vegan brewery has four locations across the state, including Pheonix and Tempe. The beer selection is based on location, but each offers something for every beer connoisseur, from stouts to ales. For non-beer drinkers, there’s even hard seltzer water. Cold glass in hand, check out the dedicated vegan menu for everything from Bavarian soft pretzels served with “haus mustard” to larger entrees like green chili burgers and rustic garden pizzas.

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6Pig spirit infusion

The spirit of the pig claiming fame is establishing the first vegan brewery in the United States, and it’s not on either coast. Located in Machesney Park, IL, this 10-year-old spot specializes in animal-free German lagers and ales, though you can also find other types of draft beer. The brasserie is family-friendly — with a kids’ menu — and offers an impressive selection of vegan dishes ranging from appetizers and salads to burgers and bowls.

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This vegan tapas and wine bar is one of the best vegetable restaurants in New York. Each small plate is made with whole foods instead of the standard Impossible or Beyond options, and it’s a fantastic display of how gorgeous vegetables can taste. The bao buns (any variety) as well as the truffle macaroni and cheese and chocolate fondue are not to be missed. Pair your meal with one of the botanically inspired cocktails or simply enjoy a glass of wine or draft beer.

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8punch

For a Caribbean menu and carefully crafted cocktails, Manhattanites head to punch. The all-vegan restaurant and cocktail bar is state-of-the-art and chic, offering a holistic experience that demands your full attention. Leave your stressors at the door as you indulge in a signature cocktail and roasted plantain lasagna.

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9 Charlie was a sinner

For small plates and strong cocktails in a cool, subdued atmosphere from another decade, you have to visit Charlie was a sinner. The cocktail selection (and zero-proof) is experimental and extensive, but not to be outdone by world cuisine. From potato gnocchi to meatballs to Tamal Manchamentel, the chefs present an impressive range here. Reservations are strongly recommended.

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An offshoot of DC Vegan — the capital’s first plant-based caterer and deli — Botanical Bar mixes Italian cocktails and non-alcoholic mocktails with the DC crowd. Sip a prosecco spritzer on a sweltering DC summer evening or sip a homemade Strawberry Limoncello or Negroni while perusing the menu. Bites are made courtesy of the upstairs deli and include everything from King Trumpet calamari to chocolate chip cannolis. Whether you’re just there to drink or just hungry after a long day at work, this vegan lounge has something for everyone.

For more on vegan beer, wine and cocktails, read:
The best vegan wine and cheese pairings
A Vegan Guide to Napa and California’s Wine Country
Vegan drink ideas designed by chefs for everyone

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