‘Super healthy’ alcohol-free bar opens in LondonBy Annie Hayes
New alcohol-free bar Redemption encourages Londoners to “spoil yourself without spoiling yourself” with a menu designed by nutritional therapists.
The bar officially opened its doors in Notting Hill yesterday, after a number of successful pop-up stalls across Hackney, Holborn and Portobello.
Redemption offers “a space away from temptation that still feels like a treat”, serving up a number of ‘cocktails’ which include a Cocotini, a coconut water and berry-infused “Martini” shaken over ice with a squeeze of lime; the Apple Mock-jito, made from muddled apple presse, fresh mint and lime, served over ice and topped with soda; and a Tomato Tonic, a healthy take on a Bloody Mary made with fresh tomatoes, sage, garlic, and agave syrup.
The bar also offers a vegan and vegetarian menu to compliment the alcohol-free drinks.
The Redemption website reads: “These days it’s hard to get away from booze – you can’t even go to the cinema without being offered a glass of wine. With Redemption, we are creating a space away from temptation that still feels like a treat.
“We’re challenging the convention that we need alcohol to lubricate every social occasion. But more than that, we’re providing a menu designed by a nutritional therapist which allows you to ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’.
“As well as our delicious alcohol-free cocktails, we serve super-healthy food, including desserts that are good for you – yes! We have lots of vegan, gluten-free and raw food dishes.
“Redemption is a company with a ‘heart of gold’ – we don’t harm or kill animals to create our food; we source things locally and where possible organically; we have a zero waste policy; we aim for a zero or positive environmental footprint.
On the other side of the globe, the first alcohol-free bar in New Zealand was forced to permanently close after just five weeks of trading after “no one showed up”.