I feel like I can speak for everyone when I say it's been a bloody long week and I need a drink. A strong one at that. Fortunately, bars all over London seem to have clocked on to the city-wide urge for a 5 o’clock tipple. Mixologists have been stepping up their game to lift spirits - both physically and metaphorically - with a range of unconventional libations and party packages to be enjoyed at home. We’ve had a little dig through and picked out our top bars delivering cocktails right to your door to tide you over until you can enjoy the sweet taste of freedom.
A heavyweight on the cocktail scene, Callooh Callay are serving up award-winning sips to houses within 4 miles of their Shoreditch base every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Thirsty hermits can choose from a number of signature and classic 750 ml bottles, including old fashioneds and negronis, or opt for two smaller spirit and mixers for £5.
Get your gladrags on and make your kitchen into a classy cocktail haunt with a little help from Scout. The cool Hackney spot, ranked within The World’s 50 Best Bars, is renowned for shaking up sustainable and innovative concoctions, created with seasonal produce - think fermented mushrooms, distilled rosehip and bee pollen. It's currently working on a delivery service so watch this space.
Specialists in all things Scottish, Mac & Wild’s kilt-loving ethos extends into their cocktail menu, making for some truly unique creations. Bag yourself a bottle of Bonnie Spritz, Auld Pal Negroni or, for the real Bravehearts amongst you, try out their Forth Bridge made with Irn Bru liqueur and vodka. Looking for something a little more potent? Bizarre as it sounds, give their smoked salmon-infused gin a go and you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.
Lost & Found aren’t about to leave you high and dry. The Balham bar has got you covered with a number of cocktails, beers and wines, as well as five alcohol-inspired Isolation Packs. Rally the house together and decide between combos ranging from 6 beers and crisps to a DIY Aperol spritz pack, including a bag of ice, and make an evening of it.
Add some much-needed humour with a Quarantini Kit from The Sun Tavern. Oh yeah, they went there. Complete with two bottles of either old fashioned, negroni, Rob Roy or boulevardier, the cocktail care package has got all the makings for a romantic date night in. Not your kind of thing? They’ve also got a tonne of beers, spirits, wines and more up for grabs on their online shop.
Horseradish and wasabi vodka, passionfruit daiquiris and lychee martinis are just some of the handmade infusions being delivered by Bottle Bar And Shop. Get a date in the diary for a virtual catch-up with the gang, pick your poison of choice and prepare for a boozy evening in your bedroom - after all, staying in really is the new going out.
Take a trip to sunnier shores with Hacha’s tequila tipples. If you’re looking for a summery nip, their award-winning Mirror Margarita is a no-brainer, available as a mezcal alternative for those after a smokier taste. Takeaway agave flights are also on offer to really get the house party started.
A sleek Dalston cocktail bar, Three Sheets has taken COVID-19 in its stride. Switching over to a delivery system, Londoners in the surrounding 3 miles can get their hands on these charmingly packaged drinks on the same day if ordered before 2pm. Check out the site for a menu of both classic and unusual pick-me-ups.
Usually a neighbourhood bar and restaurant, Top Cuvée's new bike courier service means local postcodes can now get their paws on an after-work sup - desperate times and all. Offering up a selection of snifters, including a Palo Santo Gimlet made in collaboration with the Tayēr + Elementary, the Highbury venue is also stocking fresh produce, dry goods and toiletries, so you can get your fruity fix and weekly shop all at one.
Spend your evening sipping on some of London’s finest cocktails whilst in ultimate comfort, aka your pyjamas (goals), with MAP Lab’s creations. Having tested spirits and recipes from around the world, these guys are connoisseurs in bottled beverages. Try out some of their extensive selection, including the fittingly appropriate Netflicks Original; combining gin, Amaro di Angostura, maraschino and orange bitters.
A pre-lockdown favourite for their Prohibition-style immersive events, Moonshine Saloon are going above and beyond to smuggle liquor straight to your door. Along with a range of potent swigs and homemade Mason jar liqueurs to choose from - we're talking bitter rose, roasted apple and toffee nut - Cassidy's Pharmacy will also treat you to a number of secret video messages from characters throughout the bootlegging trip.
Trade in your G&Ts and tinnies for something a little more experimental, courtesy of Lollipop. The brains behind cocktail experiences ABQ London and The Bletchley have concocted 6 alcohol-laden sips, including a red wine, brandy and triple sec sangria, for you to enjoy at home. Added bonus: bottles are accompanied by their own garnishes to add that final, bar-quality flourish.
Whether you're settling into your local park, reclining in your garden or fancy the idea of a living room picnic, this hamper from Punchy comes jam-packed with all the cocktails, punches and snacks you could possibly need. Catch some rays and graze on an enviable selection of light bites from independent creators while sipping on rum and vodka mixes, as well as a vast array of fruity punches from the quirky booze brand.
Originally designed with bars in mind, Tails are on a mission to make premium cocktails available to all. Their signature libations are delivered in litre bottles, and merely need to be shaken hard and poured over ice for the perfect serve. Choose between the creamy espresso martini, or tangy pornstar, with free shipping on orders over £30.
An eccentric bar nestled in Deptford Market Yard, Little Nan's is offering its weird and wonderful sips for collection and delivery - that is, if you're within 3/4 miles of its South London or Stockwell bases. Choose between a teapot cocktail, sweet-flavoured candy vodka shots or one of their potent concoctions and expect a boozy treat complete with kitsch decorations, a mystery gift and pic n mix.
A dark kitchen operating out of Kentish Town, PartyLab is the North London spot that's serving up food and cocktails. Pair tacos, octopus and arancini with drinks in the form of classic negronis, punchy cosmopolitans and bloody marys served out of kitch soup cans.
Jim and Tonic's selection of flavoured gins are distilled in a sustainable way here in the UK. Usually served at Mercato Metropolitano and Mayfair, you can now enjoy these premium gins in the comfort of your own home - with handy gift boxes that also include a selection of artisanal tonics.
Looking to keep the party going? Check out how to make your own DIY pub, here.