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.
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.
Upgrade your night in with a nightcap from Nightjar - try saying that three times after a few drinks. This Prohibition-themed haunt is sending a limited menu of libations around the UK. Expect first-class tipples made using weird and wonderful ingredients, including orange blossom smoke and avocado leaf.
With sharing cocktails, single sips and libations for two on offer, Lyaness has got you and your bubble of all sizes sorted for drinks. On the menu, you'll find strawberry aperitivos, martini and tequila beetle boulevardiers and vegan honey old fashioneds for the plant-based imbibers amongst you, along with burgers if you fancy a bite to eat.
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 mouthwatering nosh. Rally the house together and decide between a range of beers and wines, whisky, gin and tequila concoctions, as well as stone-baked pizzas.
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.
Raising the game on cocktail deliveries around London, Oriole is shaking up an array of unusual tipples. Don't believe us? Try a gin and jasmine syrup cocktail with olive and rosemary tonic or, better yet, a rum mix infused with snake fruit puree and Ayurvedic tea and you'll see what we mean.
The glamorous Dirty Martini are adding some style to our evenings in with their fabulous cocktail deliveries. Pick between numerous flavours of their signature tipples, including blood orange and vanilla, passion fruit and lychee and rose, and you'll receive a DIY bundle with enough for six serves.
An eccentric bar nestled in Deptford Market Yard, Little Nan's is offering its weird and wonderful sips for collection and delivery around the country. Choose between one of their party sets, 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 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.
Elegant aperitifs? They're up for grabs at Soho's award-winning Swift. Packaged within stylish pouches and bottles, sips such as Bajan rums and house negronis can be yours for £15. There's also a medley of vodka martinis, Jamaican rum and Irish whisky, cognac and orange bitter libations.
Heavyweights 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 enjoy a selection of drinks and goodies with one of their hampers.
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.
Get your cocktail fix while in lockdown with Eve's cocktail delivery service. Simply place your order and they'll bring the 500ml pre-mixed drinks to your door, with signature tipples including the No X in Espresso, Pandan Old Fashioned and the Lemon BonBon. It's sure to help take your Zoom quizzing to the next level...
Steak aficionados Hawksmoor are also dipping their toes into the cocktail pool - or should we say diving head-first - with their delivery kits. They are offering imbibers across London a choice of bottled classics and specially-crafted canned concoctions, including a tequila, jalapeno and pineapple soda Back Burner.
Heads + Tails is the sleek cocktail bar based in the heart of West Hampstead. Pivoting their services to become lockdown-friendly, they are now offering a selection of bottled libations. With nationwide delivery and 10 signature sips to choose from it’s the perfect way to perk up a night in, or celebrate a special occasion at home.
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 spirits, beers, wines and kits up for grabs on their online shop.
A sleek Dalston cocktail bar, Three Sheets has taken COVID-19 in its stride. Switching over to a delivery system, Londoners can get their hands on these charmingly packaged drinks. Check out the site for a menu of both classic and unusual pick-me-ups, available in 500ml bottles, magnums or hefty two-litre pouches.
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 hemp, unused banana, pineapple weed and fermented rhubarb.
Nine Lives is seriously setting the scene for a luxurious night of drinking at home. Get yourself one of their curfew cocktail kits and you'll get yourself a bottle of pre-mixed drink alongside garnish, bamboo straws, incense sticks, a playlist and gourmet popcorn all delivered to your door.
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.
Why stick to traditional tipples when you can opt for something a little different? Little Mercies are putting their twist on all the classics with offerings such as pink lotus martinis, Snickers old fashioneds, strawberry cake sazeracs and grapefruit sours. For those of you that can't decide, they're also selling bundles of booze.
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 deli snacks and salami goodies so you can get your fruity fix and weekly shop all at one.
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.
Looking to keep the party going? Check out how to make your own DIY pub, here.