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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

Matty Hirsch
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Matty Hirsch
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Last yar, 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. These laws remain in force, though as of July 1 alcohol can't be delivered after midnight, and drivers are responsible for checking both the age and sobriety of people who purchase it.

Many Sydney bars have 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

  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Sydney
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Our 2020 Bar of the Year has launched 'Snap Pack Boxes', a series of bottled concoctions that have featured on the cocktail list since the doors swung open back in 2016. They're taking orders online and will deliver.

  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • The Rocks
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The vintage-Vegas-inspired boozer is bottling 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. Check out the bar's Instagram page and use code LOCKDOWN20 to get 20 per cent off your bottled cocktails, which will be delivered straight to your door. 

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  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Potts Point
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Bottles of tip-top natural wine from the intimate Potts Point local are available at retail prices, and the team is offering food like burgers with truffles and lamb ragu. Order via email at hello@dearsainteeloise.com.

  • Restaurants
  • Newtown
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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 and sourdough while you're at it, or have the goods delivered if full-iso mode is switched on.

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  • Bars
  • Leichhardt
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The much-loved Aussie-centric Leichhardt small bar is offering beer, wine and snacks (potato scallops, anyone?) for takeaway. BYO vessel and the lovely staff will make you a cocktail to put in it.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Darlinghurst
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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. Pop in for a bottle or six, and make sure you get some incredible cheese to go with it.

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  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Marrickville
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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.

  • 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 per cent Australian made – for you to pick up or have delivered the 2010 and 2011 postcodes. Each drink comes with a few instructions, a bit of history and a coaster so that you can live out the experience at home.

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  • Bars
  • Petersham
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The Petersham pub and smokehouse has created and canned a Lockdown Cocktail for pick up and delivery. Pop in to see what other delicious bevs you can bring home with you.

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  • 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

  • Bars
  • Rosebery
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Cocktail bars that double as award-winning distilleries seem purpose-built for times like these. The cellar door is open between 10am and 6pm every single day  (yes, jogging there counts as exercise!) for sales of gin, vodka and whisky, as well as individual cocktails and limited releases.

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  • 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 delicious Mexican snacks like ceviche and tacos.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Redfern
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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. Check the venue's Instagram to find out more. 

  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Surry Hills
  • price 2 of 4

Half of this sliver of a space devoted to fine wines and tapas was already a bottle shop before this whole mess began. The team are now selling their fabulous wines through Humble Bakery, which is right around the corner. Pick up a finger bun and fresh pasta from Bastardo while you're at it.

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