Anyone who has tried out Dry January or Sober October will be more than familiar with the Lucky Saint brand. It’s a hugely prevalent alcohol-free beer and has become the go-to for many who are after the experience of a sudsy pint of beer without the alcohol. Even as more and more non-alcoholic alternatives have hit the market, they’ve managed to corner the market thanks to their refreshing taste and iconic branding. And now the non-alcoholic beer producers have gone the whole hog and opened up their very own pub.
Yup, that’s right. They’re already the “#1 independent alcohol-free beer brand in the UK” (in their own words). And they’re easily one of the most common alcohol-free options in a pub. So, naturally, it was time for a pub of their own. And they’ve kept things simple with their pub name. You know exactly where you are when you’re drinking at ‘The Lucky Saint‘.
The pub opened earlier this year, in Marylebone, taking over the site of the shuttered The Mason’s Arms.
So, why did Lucky Saint open a pub?
The decision started when the brand first started looking to move its offices. They considered the possibility of renting the upper floors of pubs to use as offices. Then they considered actually renting a whole pub and using the upstairs space as an office. And that’s where the idea kicked off. It just made sense – open your own pub!
The team were also taken with the story of a much-loved Marylebone institution, The Mason’s Arms. The pub had sadly laid vacant since before the Covid pandemic, and the public clearly hankered after a pub returning to the spot. They’ve taken over the space, and have now opened what they call “a pub for our times.” They’re serving up the freshest and best-tasting Lucky Saint pours, and plenty of other delicious non-alcoholic options to boot.
Does that mean there’s no alcohol at all?
While The Lucky Saint does stock “the best of all non-alc,” they also want to ensure anyone can enjoy themselves. As such, they’ve got plenty of choice across the spectrum of no, low, and alcoholic drinks. This ethos applies to all of the drinks, with plenty of non-alcoholic (and alcoholic) cocktails and wines in addition to the beer.
They’ve also got a short but sweet menu of pub snacks and small plates on offer to keep hunger at bay. Snack on the likes of Pecorino and Truffle Mixed Nuts, Pork Crackling, and Sourdough Bread from St. John. Or you can tuck into a cheese board, a selection of Islington Saucisson, or Chicken, Leek & Truffle Terrine, among other dishes.
They’re not shying away from being a proper boozer; they’re just offering much more choice across the low-and-no-ABV spectrum. It’s a welcoming place for any type of drinker.