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 for as long as possible, 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.