“Quick, To The Bar, It’s Stoptober!”

by Molly Dixon

Yes, we know that title sounds a little funny, but it’s only because, on this month, Stoptober will be taking place for many people around us, in order for them to improve their health and relationship with drink and smoking to make a change that could stay for life!

This October, it’s time to move away from alcohol – but with a twist. It’s time to indulge and take advantage of,  the magical wonders of a Mocktail!

Stoptober, created by Public Health England, is celebrated to try and help people around the UK and further, put a stop to smoking and drinking alcohol for the whole month. The aim is that if a person resists the urge to smoke or drink for an entire month, they will feel a massive increase in health benefits, and may even stop for good, helping to achieve a quitters goal.

There’s only one of each of us, so you need to look after yourself. The NHS has a website and quitting plans that are flexible enough and right for everyone, you can find those here.

The Beauty Of A Mocktail

What is the beauty of a mocktail? Some of us may think that because there isn’t any alcohol in a cocktail, there’s absolutely no point in buying one or drinking one! This is where you’re cheating yourselves – and your tastebuds –  of some seriously tasty mixology.

For one, Mocktails come in such different types and flavours, you can get the Nojito, the Virgin Mary, the Mockmosa and more… They’re packed full of delicious juices, sodas and flavours, without one drop of alcohol.

Another great benefit to mocktails is that they’re cheaper than normal cocktails too, so you can try and taste plenty more for your money!

Where To Find A Good Mocktail?

There are hundreds of brilliant and quirky bars dotted around the East Midlands serving some seriously good liquour free drinks, but we can’t fit them all in the list! So, here are our top 7 bars in Nottingham and Leicester serving up alcohol-free cocktails at all times!

Manhattan 34 Stoptober Mocktails

34 Rutland Street

“Here at Manhattan34, our aim is to capture the atmosphere of that time, in every detail of our bar. Our art deco styling gives you an elegant place to unwind. The busy programmes of live music and comedy showcase local creativity. Our exceptional cocktails are made from only the finest ingredients by expert bartenders. All this and more makes Manhattan34 the perfect choice for a great night out.” One of many Mocktails:

Peanut Buddah – £6.00

Peanut Butter, Cream, Sugar Syrup, Sesame Oil and Safflower.

Thaidal Wave – £6.00

Homemade Basil Syrup, Coconut and Citrus served with Lemongrass and Chilli

Earl Grey Fizz – £6.00

Homemade Earl Grey Tea Syrup, Citrus, Lavender and Soda


FireBug Stoptober Mocktails

1 Millstone Lane
LE1 5jN

Opened in the summer of 2004, Firebug has fast become an essential part of Leicester’s night life, as well as a quiet retreat from the city centre shoppers during the day. Our upstairs function room has proved incredibly popular for private parties, intimate club nights, live music and stand-up comedy. Our mocktails include:

The Milkshake – £3.80

Bubbleberry Blast – £3.80

Passionfruit Limeade – £3.80

Suckerpunch – £3.80


Pitcher & Piano Stoptober Mocktails

4 High Pavement 
NG1 1HN 

With fresh food, great cocktails and beer and excellent service, Pitcher & Piano are the perfect destinations for any occasion!

Pretty In Peach – £3.50

White peach purée, nutmeg, sage, apple cider vinegar, orange juice,
lime juice and sugar syrup.

Fruit Tea – £3.50

Camomile tea, elderflower cordial, ginger, mint, strawberries,
orange, lemon and sugar syrup.


The Orange Tree Stoptober Mocktails

99 High Street

We love cocktails and only use premium spirits and ingredients to make sure they’re the best they can be. If cocktails aren’t your thing, why not try one of our delicious Mocktails!

Watermelon Slushie – £3.75

Watermelon juice blended with ice & sugar.

Elderflower Cooler – £3.75

Elderflower cordial shaken with pressed apple juice, cucumber & fresh lime, topped with ginger beer.


Las Iguanas Stoptober Mocktails

Chapel Quarter, 4,



Las Iguanas is an adventure. You’ll discover new tastes, and fall in love with new favourites – and feel the warmth and welcome of South America.

NEW Rio Crush – £3.95

Turtle Bay Stoptober Mocktails

Highcross Shopping Centre

Turtle Bay sits in both Leicester and Nottingham city centres. It has a chilled out Caribbean vibe with funky afrobeats music and delicious food, the bar and restaurant also serve alcohol including cocktails. at night, the bar turns into a lively hub, a place to drink cheaply before a night on the town.

Strawberry & Vanilla Nojito – £4.50

Strawberry and mint, vanilla, lime & apple juices.

Virgin Passion Punch – £4.50

Fresh passionfruit and lemon juices.


Revolucion de Cuba Stoptober Mocktails

26 – 28 Market Street

Blackberry Colada – £5.00 

Blackberry, coconut and vanilla mixed with pineapple and lime. The perfect treat if you’re resisting temptation.


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