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The best London bars delivering cocktails to your door

With the capital on lockdown, some of our best bars are bringing the drinks to you

By Laura Richards
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London’s bars have been among the hardest-hit businesses during London’s lockdown. With social distancing and isolation now being practised all over the city, this pillar of life in the capital has been dealt a heavy blow. But determined to keep their teams employed and to find a new way to keep the drinks a-flowing, lots of London’s best bars are now doing free delivery around the city, bringing tins or bottles of cocktails (and the party) to yours. So you can still get your Negroni, Martini or Old Fashioned fix while staying safe at home. Here’s who's doing what and how to place an order.

The best London bars delivering cocktails

Hacha

Bars and pubs Mezcalerias Dalston

While the Margarita may be one of the easier cocktails to make at home (tequila, triple sec, lime), it’ll be hard to recreate Hacha’s Mirror Margarita – a drink we named the best in London. Lucky for you, then, that this Dalston bar is waiving the delivery fee if you order two or more bottles of the cocktail. Each packs in four serves of the see-through take on the classic. And if limes can fight scurvy, who knows what else they may be good for? 

£35 a bottle, www.hachabar.com

Swift

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Soho

While we can’t imagine two of the cocktails Swift is perhaps most famous for travelling so well – one an Irish Coffee and the other a sorbet-topped Sgroppino – the Soho bar still has plenty of exciting liquids to offer by the bottle while its doors stay shut. The Swift Bottle Shop sells pre-batched wonders that can be simply poured over ice or topped with soda or sparkling wine, from a Whisky Highball to a Solstice Spritz. Bottles vary in size, but either serve five, seven or ten cocktails. Delivery is on Fridays and Tuesdays for orders placed before 5pm the day prior, and bottles can be sent out to anybody in Zones 1, 2 and 3. Oh, and that Irish Coffee? They have a DIY kit for that, too, don’t worry.   

£28 per bottle, www.barswift.com/shop

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Three Sheets

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Dalston

You know what every lockdown needs? A magnum of Negroni. The team behind Three Sheets know exactly what their customers want right now. The Dalston bar is batching up cocktails that are then being sent out far and wide via their sister bar and restaurant Top Cuvee’s brand-new online store, Shop Cuvee (see what they did there?). You can also order their Earth Martini and Old Fashioned, or the ever-popular French 75 – which is served straight from the bottle in their bar, anyway.

Cocktails from £40, www.topcuvee.com

Tayēr + Elementary

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Old Street

Our number one bar in London is ambitious as ever, despite London’s lockdown. Bottled cocktails from Tayēr (the more elevated of the pair in this two-part bar concept) are now available to order from all around the world via the Whisky Exchange. The range of five special drinks includes a Sandalwood Martini that you store in the freezer before serving – and that could probably also double as lockdown cologne (in a good way!). Other cocktails feature their very own range of Muyu liqueurs. It’s seriously refined at-home imbibing.  

From £26.95, www.whiskyexchange.com

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pour old fashioned
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The Sun Tavern

Bars and pubs Pubs Bethnal Green

Bethnal Green’s spirit-focused boozer The Sun Tavern comes from the folks behind Umbrella Brewing, so they were quick to suss out how to distribute good liquor to Londoners staying safe at home. You can currently select from six bottled versions of the classics and have them delivered to your door within three to five working days. Choose from an Old Fashioned, Negroni, Rob Roy, Margarita, Sazerac or a Boulevardier. Can’t decide? Order a ‘Quarantini Kit’, which includes your selection of two bottled cocktails for £30. That’s eight bevvies in the bargain! 

Cocktails from £25, www.thesuntavern.co.uk.

Little Nan's Bar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Deptford

While most bars are focusing on getting their polished drinks to punters, Little Nan’s Bar is channelling its energy into bringing the vibes to homes. Its lockdown party bags contain all the bits and pieces you need to throw a kitsch bash in your own flat, plus a jam jar cocktail to pour over ice and enjoy. Delivery is within a three-mile radius of the Deptford branch and a four-mile radius of the Stockwell branch, on Fridays and Saturdays, 2-8pm. You can also purchase or hire party props with your drinks, if you want to go all out (hint: you totally should).

£27 per party bag, www.littlenans.co.uk

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Lyaness
Lyaness
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Lyaness

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars South Bank

While Lyaness hasn’t personally jumped on the delivery wagon, the bar from Mr Lyan (one of the world’s greatest bartenders) has partnered with Danish distillery Empirical Spirits to bring original bottled cocktails to London homes. The ES x Lyaness cocktail is a Martini-like drink that uses Empirical Spirits’ original creation Onyx as the base (a koji spirit it created especially for Lyaness when it launched) along with cold-infused pineapple and olive-brined Helena, another Empirical Spirits creation. It’s promised to be ‘tropical, savoury and zesty’, which sounds like one hell of a party drink for your next Zoom party.

€45 per bottle, Empirical Spirits webshop

Venue says Lyaness is launching Fancy Tea, a tongue-in-cheek take on a high-end 80s dinner party with a bold Lyan twist & cocktails created by the team

The Jellied Eel
The Jellied Eel
Photograph: David Clack

The Jellied Eel

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Walthamstow

Stick a pie in the oven and generate some at-home aromas before you get on email to The Jellied Eel. In Before Times the cocktail bar would pop up every Friday and Saturday night inside a pie and mash shop in Walthamstow. You can order five of their creations in bottle form if you live in E17, E11, E10 and E5, with deliveries made on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Select from a Ruby Negroni, Walnut Old Fashioned, Maple Manhattan, Tom’s Sazerac, and an Espresso Martini made in collaboration with local coffee brand Perky Blenders.

From £28, @Jelliedeelbar

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Kwant, Mayfair
Kwant, Mayfair
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Kwãnt

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Mayfair

You can be drinking one of this luxe Mayfair bar’s bevvies from your sofa in the new world order. Kwānt is one of a handful of awesome watering holes to work with drink distributor Highball Brands on new delivery service The Drinks Drop. Place an order from anywhere in London before 3pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to guarantee same-day delivery of a £7.50 cocktail in an extra-chilled pouch. The Kwānt You is an exceptional savoury take on the White Negroni, featuring olive-brine and sherry.

£7.50 per cocktail, www.thedrinksdrop.com

Nightjar bottled cocktails
Nightjar bottled cocktails
Photograph: Nightjar

Nightjar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Shoreditch

We recommend you turn the lights down really low and the jazz music up really high when enjoying Nightjar’s cocktails from home. As one of London’s best loved speakeasies, it’s the experience side of things we’ve missed most since the bar closed in March. But it’s bouncing back with its fantastic drinks by the bottle, including a Barrel Aged Zombie containing four different types of rum. Try saying ‘speakeasy’ three times fast after that. Delivery within Zones 1-4 on Tuesdays and Fridays.

From £35, www.nightjar.com

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Tincture
Tincture
Photograph: Jamie Lau

Tincture

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Brick Lane

Poor old Tincture only launched just one month before lockdown. But now the zero-waste bar is taking its sustainable ethos and new bar energy down a new avenue: delivering its very good concoctions by bike. And if you check out the bar’s Instagram account you’ll see its the bar’s founders and bartenders are doing the peddling, too. All drinks are seasonal, so grab a Rhubarbarita or Poddington Martini by getting an order in between midday and 4pm on Wednesdays or Fridays.

120ml cocktail pouches for £10, www.bartincture.co.uk

The Pink Chihuahua

Bars and pubs Mezcalerias Soho

You can make spending all your time in your flat into a fiesta by ordering from Soho’s original Mexican bar The Pink Chihuahua. Its just launched The Pink Chihuahua Bottleshop, with ten cocktails – many involving tequila – from its menu available for delivery in two sizes (either two or six drinks per bottle). And, they’re offering delivery within London within the hour. Usually, outings to this bar are best reserved for late at night, but we won’t tell anyone if you choose to drink yours a bit earlier from home.   

From £15, www.thepinkchihuahua.bigcartel.com

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Photograph: Scout

Scout

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Hackney

Forward-thinking, zero-waste Hackney bar Scout has always been ahead of the curve. Now it’s sending out bottled cocktails to those in need by partnering with a London bistro that has launched its own online shop. It’ll be sending out its takes on the classics – including the Negroni, Manhattan and Vesper – to customers in 200ml and 500ml versions, costing £12 and £18 respectively.  

From £12, www.topcuvee.com

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Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Piccadilly

This cocktail delivery service goes the extra mile by sending ice along with your order. And it’s from the cabin-like watering hole beneath Ollie Dabbous’ swanky Green Park restaurant, so you can also order a Michelin-star feast while you’re at it (well, if you’re lucky enough to be within a seven-mile radius and don’t mind a bit of a splurge). Cocktails serve two and include the Adam and Eve, a clarified milk punch whose giant ice cube we marvelled at when we visited the bar for a review. Here’s hoping it doesn’t melt in transit.

£20 per cocktail, www.hide.co.uk

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Oriole

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Farringdon and Smithfield

The sister bar to Nightjar and Swift also has the lockdown cocktails on lock. Each of its four bottles serves five and can be ordered for delivery on Tuesdays or Fridays. The cocktails are straight off the menu of the subterranean Smithfield night spot and contain the same tropical ingredients. The main points of difference at home are probably the glassware and garnishes; find the weirdest vessel at the back of your cupboard and a cocktail umbrella, and then imagine it’s the real deal. 

£35 per bottle. www.oriolebar.com

Black Rock

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Moorgate

Also on The Drinks Drop (see Kwānt above for details), the Shoreditch whisky haunt is providing a non-whisky cocktail to its London-wide fans (if you want the hard stuff from these guys, sign up to their whisky subscription service, instead – it’s pretty neat). The drink available is called The Huntress and its a sweet blend of Ncnean botanical spirit (like a non-juniper gin), elderflower cordial and sauvignon blanc. One for the white wine fans who have a bad case of Echo Falls fatigue after four weeks in lockdown.

£7.50 per cocktail, www.thedrinksdrop.com

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Little Mercies

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Crouch End and Hornsey

Crouch End locals can still be blessed with brilliant bevvies. Five-star neighbourhood bar Little Mercies is batching up some of its memorable cocktails for locals to enjoy via Lyon’s Seafood and Wine Bar’s delivery and takeaway service. Snap up a pre-made Bellini and Espresso Martini or the bar’s much-loved Chocolate Old Fashioned. Those outside the adorable north London locale can also enjoy a cocktail created by the bar – the Summer Cup can be ordered by Shop Cuvée, it comes with a limited edition print and proceeds are going to The Drinks Trust charity.

From £8, www.lyons-restaurant.com

four sisters bottled cocktails
four sisters bottled cocktails
Photograph: Four Sisters

Four Sisters

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Islington

Punters in Highbury and Islington can still take advantage of having the Four Sisters on the doorstep. The cute cocktail bar has opened up its boozy offerings to Deliveroo. Order from four bottled cocktails on the delivery app, which can simply be poured over ice when they arrive at your home. The range includes a Tea Old Fashioned and a Camomile Gimlet.

£25 per bottle (four serves per bottle), Deliveroo

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Chick ’n’ Sours

Restaurants Chicken Dalston

While it’s the fried chicken most locals to Haggerston are excited to have back in their lives now Chick ‘n’ Sours is delivering again, the venue’s eponymous sour cocktails are really, really great and are now available for delivery for the first time ever. There are four of them to choose from, and each bottle contains two 125ml serves and can be poured straight over ice and enjoyed. You should probably get some chicken wings on the side – trust us.

Cocktails from £15, via Deliveroo

Ladies & Gentlemen

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Kentish Town

Kentish Town’s fun-loving basement bar is bringing the party to you with its £6.50 cocktails – a range of classics or new concoctions like the Quarantini – now available on Deliveroo. Punters within a 2.5 mile radius and willing to get in a round (there’s a minimum order of five cocktails per delivery) can place orders from 4pm each day. The bar is also sending out immune-boosting alcohol-free bevvies for a tenner a pop including the Chakra Buster, so you can namaste at home.

From £6.50, via Deliveroo

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ristretto negroni at duck & waffle, london's best coffee cocktails
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Duck & Waffle

Restaurants Contemporary European Liverpool Street

If you live anywhere near London’s iconic Heron Tower then you’re in for a treat for the tastebuds. Restaurants Sushisamba and Duck & Waffle have teamed up to bring their food and drink to those nearby using Supper delivery service. Bottle conditioned cocktails from Duck & Waffle include a Pina Colada Old Fashioned and a totally on-trend Cherry Blossom Negroni. They come in 70cl bottles, too – if you drink the whole thing you’ll be feeling as dizzy as you would at these sky-high hostelries.

Cocktails from £45 per bottle, www.duckandwaffle.com

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Mac & Wild

Restaurants British Fitzrovia

Modern Scottish restaurant Mac & Wild had been big in the bottled cocktail game long before a thing called the C Word came along. You can order their pre-batched Dundee Sour or Auld Pal Negroni or try one of the newer offerings for these times, like an Espresso Martini or Wild Fizz. Perhaps best enjoyed over brunch with one of the restaurant’s DIY kits. Bottomless brunch at home in your PJs feels like the kind of challenge we can get on board with.

From £25 per bottle, www.macandwild.com

Venue says Try our Venison topside steak, chips & glass of house wine or beer for only £19 pp (available 7 days/week, can't be used with other offers).

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best london bridge bars, nine lives
Photograph: Nine Lives

Nine Lives

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Borough and London Bridge

London Bridge’s tropical hideout is also on the Drinks Drop (see above), where users in most London postcodes can order a pouch of booze for same-day delivery. The bars on this nifty service benefit from all sales. Nine Lives is offering up its Disco Daiquiri, and the best bit about it is that it should arrive already chilled. Find a Martini glass and simply get sipping.

£7.50 per cocktail, www.thedrinksdrop.com

Venue says Head to ninelivesbar.com/shop to check out the Curfew Cocktail Kits, and order your very own slice of Nine Lives!

Bao Cocktail Rescue

Restaurants Taiwanese Soho

There have been moments of lockdown where we’ve felt like we needed rescuing – from boredom, mostly. Bao has felt your need. The restaurant group is branching into cocktail delivery, servicing much of northeast London with The Cocktail Rescue. The drink service will feature Suntory whisky cocktails and a Umeshu Negroni, with each bottled cocktail containing five serves. Orders will be sent out by bicycle on Fridays and Saturdays from Bao’s original Netil Market stall where it all started for London’s street food saviours.

£20 per cocktail, www.riceerror.com

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Laki Kane

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Islington

Also on the Drinks Drop (see above) is Islington’s rum-filled haven Laki Kane, which usually provides the area with its desert island drinks fix. You can now say ‘aloha’ to the Abide, a cocktail filled with rum and mango. If you’ve got a tiki-shaped hole in your life, have it filled by the evening.

£7.50, www.thedrinksdrop.com

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