London’s bars have been among the hardest-hit businesses by the Covid-19 outbreak. With social distancing and isolation now being practised all over the city and talk of a lockdown to come, 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 coolest and most interesting places to drink are now doing free delivery around the city, bringing tins or bottles (and the party) to yours. Here’s who's doing what and how to place an order. Chin-chin, London.
The best London bars delivering right now
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
Adding a whole new meaning to a ‘lock-in’, Walthamstow’s Signature Brewery has launched Pub in a Box. Ideal for flatmates cooped up together, this delivery will include beer glasses and mats, snacks, curated playlists and a pub quiz – not to mention those all-important tinnies (eight, 16 or 24 per order). It’s also supporting musicians who might be out of work, offering them positions as couriers for this very precious cargo.
From £25. www.signaturebrew.co.uk
Deptford’s awesome indie brewery has now launched a home-delivery service to save south-east hopheads in self-isolation. Residents in Deptford, Brockley, Greenwich, Lewisham, New Cross and Peckham can order in by the crateload, and mix and match from the core beer range. That includes their sessionable IPA Rafiki and Czech-style pilsner Whistle, each costing just over £2 a can.
£49.20 per case. Text 07309 905702.
While your local supermarket will doubtless have some deals on crisis wine, you’d be doing your bit by avoiding those and ordering from east London winery Renegade. The Bethnal Green winemaker is offering free delivery to all online customers if they snap up a bottle of vino – including English rosé. There’s no minimum order, and you can also support this small business by buying merch – great for showing off on video calls, if not on the street.
From £24 per bottle, www.renegadelondonwine.com.
You can get your Punk IPA fix at a knockdown rate if you choose to use the newly launched BrewDog Drive Thru service. Download the Hop Drop app (Android and iOS) to find your nearest bar and browse the usual range of bottles, cans and growlers. Then drive by or come to the entrance on foot, where you’ll find a contact-free package left at the door for you. To coincide with the launch, BrewDog is offering 30 percent off all purchases, and 50 percent off for NHS staff. Total brew-gooders.
Download the BrewDog Hop Drop app.
Forward-thinking, zero-waste Hackney bar Scout has always been ahead of the curve and now it’s launching a bike delivery service for your at-home needs. It’ll be sending out its takes on the classics – including the Negroni, Manhattan and Vesper – to customers in 200ml and 500ml versions. And once it’s reached its pre-batching peak, original cocktails from its collection will be added to the order-in bill. Great beers too.
From £18 per bottle. www.scout.bar
Brewed up by the people behind the Discount Suit Company, the newly made-over Sun Tavern (a pub since 1851) focuses on nearly 40 brands of Irish spirits: whiskey and the (formerly illegal) home-distilled potion called poitín (pronounced poe-CHEEN). It’s just launched a delivery service: you can currently place pre-orders for delivery on Friday of three bottled cocktails, boxes of ginger beer and sparkling cider and beer. Same-day delivery is free within a three-mile radius of E2, and they’ll throw in a free bag of ice for all cocktail orders.
From £25, www.thesuntavern.co.uk.