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Canned cocktail and olives at Continental Deli
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Sydney's best bars offering takeaway and home delivery

Because staying at home shouldn't mean missing out on quality booze

By Matty Hirsch
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On Tuesday, March 24, Liquor & Gaming NSW gave "non-essential" licensed businesses the green light to sell alcohol for takeaway and home delivery. It was a big win for the hospitality industry as a whole, but especially for Sydney's best bars without a takeaway license, all of which seemed destined for temporary closure.

While the new restrictions have proven too challenging or implausible for a considerable number of venues to continue trading, others have bravely forged ahead and made substantial changes to their offering – think pre-batched cocktails, playlists and cook-at-home meals, not to mention glassware and equipment hire. Here are the ones worth checking out in Sydney. And don't forget, your favourite watering hole is probably home to lots of (literally) top-shelf hooch you won't be able to get your hands on anywhere else, so reach out and ask what's on offer.

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Takeaway and home delivery from Sydney's best bars

PS40

Bars Cocktail bars Sydney

Our 2020 Bar of the Year has launched 'PS Sofa', a series of bottled concoctions that have featured on the cocktail list since the doors swung open back in 2016. They're taking orders via Instagram, and co-owner Michael Chiem will personally deliver the goods to you, free of charge.

Maybe Sammy

Bars Cocktail bars The Rocks

The vintage-Vegas-inspired boozer is bottling 90ml and 500ml versions of its boozy riffs on turn-of-the-century and Savoy classics: the gin-based Maybe Sammy, the whisky-spiked Maybe Frank and the Cognac-heavy Maybe Dean. Order via email (cocktails@maybesammy.com) for pick-up at the venue's sister pizzerias in Randwick and Surry Hills, or have one of the handsome staff deliver one right to your door.

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Dear Sainte Éloise

Bars Wine bars Potts Point

Bottles of tip-top natural wine from the intimate Potts Point local are available at retail prices, and the team is also putting together $100 hampers with bread, eggs and fresh produce straight from their suppliers. Order before Thursday afternoon for Friday afternoon pick-up via email at hello@dearsainteeloise.com.

Continental Deli Bar Bistro Newtown

Restaurants Newtown

You can now order a Mar-tinny, Can-hattan, Cosmopolo-tin, an Ameri-can-o or a tinned Negroni from Sydney's unofficial canned cocktail HQ online from the comfort of your couch. Pick-up from the venue and grab some cured meats while you're at it, or have the goods delivered if full-iso mode is switched on.

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Golden Gully

Bars Leichhardt

The much-loved Aussie-centric Leichhardt small bar has gone virtual. 'Virtual Gully' is now where you'll find the well-chosen selection of minimal-intervention wines, local craft beers, bottled cocktails and plant-based snacks and meals. You can even join in on a virtual happy hour or sign up for online cocktail-making courses.

Isabel

Bars Cocktail bars Bondi Beach

This newish modern izakaya on the shores of Bondi is not only serving up gyoza and bowls of ramen (including a vegan version!), but is also offering a handful of cocktail kits as well as extras like hand-cut spheres of ice and garnishes. Check out the menu and call 1 800 411 774 to place an order.

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Big Poppa's

Restaurants Italian Darlinghurst

If you've got a hankering to binge on booze and cheese late into the night like you used to, Big Poppa's is scratching that itch in style. You can order single-dish meal kits, dinners for two, single-serve cocktails, "sicker than your average" six packs of wine and, of course, cheese.

The Poker Room at the Roosevelt
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The Roosevelt

Bars Cocktail bars Potts Point

The Potts Point cocktail bar has you covered for dinner and drinks for both takeaway and home delivery. To eat, there's a selection of comforting mains like beef bourguignon and green-bean casserole for $20 a pop. On the drinks front, you'll find $15 pre-batched Roosevelt Cocktails; classics like Negronis, Margaritas and Manhattans in 700ml format; and if you're wanting the full-blown bar experience, cocktail equipment and bespoke glassware to hire. Call 0423 203 119 to place your order.

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Where's Nick

Bars Wine bars Marrickville

Marrickville's best and only neighbourhood wine bar is now one of its best and only boutique bottle shops. Pop in and browse the bonza selection of natural wine, craft brews, sake and small-batch spirits – and stay tuned for home delivery and web sales.

Prince of York

Bars Cocktail bars Sydney

The CBD party palace is stocked to the high nines with premium booze and the pick-up and takeaway selection is staggering. We're talking cocktails by the litre, wine by the box, wine by the bottle, wine by the magnum, cans and cases of beer and even $10 growler refills.

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Dulcie's Kings Cross

Bars Cocktail bars Potts Point

'Dulcie's to Your Door' is the online initiative being offered by this 1930s-style speakeasy in Kings Cross. Owner and founder Brandon Martignago has put together a list of 14 classic cocktails and wines – all of which are 100% Australian made – for you to pick up or have delivered the 2010 and 2011 post codes. Each drink comes with a few instructions, a bit of history and a coaster so that you can live out the experience at home.

Making cocktails at Earl's Juke Joint
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Earl's Juke Joint

Bars Newtown

King Street's much loved bar behind the butcher shop façade has launched on online bottle shop, featuring pre-batched cocktail classics and some from the in-house list as well as a killer range of craft beers natural wines. Order before 5pm if you want it the same day – and orders over $50 are free of delivery charge. They're also hand-delivered by the friendly team.

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The Oxford Tavern

Bars Petersham

The Petersham pub and smokehouse has gone all out with a balls-to-the-wall selection of booze for sale: mixed four packs of craft beer, tap beers, cocktails for two, slabs, spirits, RTDs and yes, even Picklebacks and jello shots. You'll probably need a mean feed to soak it all up, so the kitchen team is whipping up burgers, parmies and platters of their famous Black Betty Barbecue as well. Order here.

Button Bar

Bars Surry Hills

The folks behind Button Bar – as well as the CBD's Stitch Bar and Terrigal's Pocket Bar – have opened up an online store spruiking canned cocktails and hip flasks filled to the brim with classic and inventive cocktails. Order 330 ml and 500ml cans online

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Archie Rose

Bars Rosebery

Cocktail bars that double as award-winning distilleries seem purpose-built for times like these. The cellar door is open between 10am and 6pm Wednesday through to Sunday (yes, jogging there counts as exercise!) for sales of gin, vodka and whiskey, as well as individual cocktails and limited releases.

Tequila Mockingbird

Restaurants South American Paddington

The Paddington restaurant and bar has 8,000 – yes, 8,000 – bottles of Patrón tequila in the cellar and they need your help getting rid of them. You can order their eponymous cocktail or a heap of others from the list, as well as a few classics for takeaway or delivery, along with a DIY taco kit Tuesday through Sunday from 11.30 until late. 

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Love, Tilly Devine

Bars Darlinghurst

Stop by the pint-sezed Darlo institution for natural wines at retail prices between 3pm and 8pm, Monday to Saturday. You can score a beef or vegetable lasagne big enough for two as well by emailing tilly@lovetillydevine.com. Delivery within a three-kilometre range is available, too.

The interior of a rum distillery and bar
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Brix Distillers

Bars Breweries Surry Hills

You can pick up so-called "essentials" like pasta, rice, couscous and pickles from the Surry Hills distillery, but let's be real – essential here means a bottle of rum. Gift boxes and make-your-own-cocktail kits are also available, and should you wish to remain on the couch you can order via the web for home delivery.

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Ode

Bars Wine bars Bondi

They're selling wines from the front window at this rustic Bondi Road wine bar and restaurant, and they're also offering homestyle meals for two, all for $25 and under. Think soups, housemade pasta and comforting curries.

10 William Street

Restaurants Italian Paddington

Wine lovers should clear their weekend calendars and head to this Paddington favourite on Friday or Saturday between noon and 6pm, when it transforms into a ripper of a bottle shop. Minimal-intervention treasures from far and wide are available at retail prices, along with menu signatures like the unforgettable pretzel with whipped bottarga. Follow the Instagram account to stay in the loop.

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Rosenbaum and Fuller

Bars Bondi Beach

Say g'day to the gang at this cosy, crafty cocktail bar in the beating heart of Bondi and grab a few bottles of wines or spirits along with some bottled cocktails and pre-batched drinks if you're in the 'hood Thursday through Saturday. If not, stay tuned – they're working on a home delivery option.

Bart Jr

Bars Cocktail bars Redfern

The Redfern small bar is open as 'Bart Mart' on Wednesday through Saturay, selling natty wines, make-at-home meals and toasties to take away. The crew is also keeping a mailing list, which will keep you up to date on takeaway and home delivery options and what they're offering in terms of food, wine beers and groceries. Send them a DM on Instagram with your name, email and home address and they will get in touch. 

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Door Knock

Bars Cocktail bars Sydney

Making your way to Door Knock's website is a whole lot easier than finding the hidden underground bar and, thankfully, the selection of cocktails that awaits is tip-top. You'll find many of the venue's intricately constructed creations on there, and all deliveries arrive personalised and beautifully packaged. If you've got a customised idea in mind, they're also accepting requests via email.

Three people are standing in front of the bar at Frankie's Pizza
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Frankie's Pizza by the Slice

Bars Sydney

Check the pinball, pizza and rock'n'roll joint's Instagram for flash sales of clearance stock at rock-bottom prices. Think cases of craft beer for $59. To order, send your address, phone number and selection to pizza@frankiespizzabytheslice.com. Deliveries are made every Tuesday and Friday within 10 kilometres of the CBD.

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Arcadia Liquors

Bars Redfern

Pop by this Redfern local, and you'll find the crew selling a selection of craft tinnies and bottles of easy-drinking wine from the front windows. And because it wouldn't be a complete Arcadia experience without a toastie in hand, they're selling those, too. For operating hours, follow the venue on Instagram.

Wyno x Bodega

Restaurants Spanish Surry Hills

Half of this sliver of a space devoted to fine wines and tapas was already a bottle shop before this whole mess began. Luckily, that's still true and selections from the shelves as well as bottle bundles are available on the website, too.

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The Doss House

Bars Cocktail bars The Rocks

The People's Choice Award winner at the 2020 Time Out Bar Awards has launched 'Doss Delivers' – a pick-up and home delivery service spruiking spirits galore, as well as beers, wines and platters of charcuterie and cheese 

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Wine cellar at Native Drops Bondi
Wine cellar at Native Drops Bondi
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The best Sydney bottle shops offering home delivery

Shopping Bottle shops

Thankfully, there are the bottle shops out there that let you browse their excellent wares from behind the safety of a screen, so you can keep the cellar stocked with just a couple of clicks or have the essentials at the front door for when the going gets rough.

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