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A bottled cocktail from Oriole, just one of London’s celebrated bars adapting to coronavirus restrictions
Anna Sulan Masing

How to Get London’s Best Cocktails at Home

From elegant bottled cocktails to cases of natural wine, here’s how London’s best bars are delivering

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A bottled cocktail from Oriole, just one of London’s celebrated bars adapting to coronavirus restrictions
| Anna Sulan Masing

Bars are places to be merry in, to smoulder in low-lit rooms, to watch complicated, delicious mouthfuls be made and served in style. How, then, does this work at home, now the only refuge for sophisticated drinking after 10p.m.? With a combination of snacks, entertaining newsletters, how-to Instagram videos, and of course, the drinks. With wine and bottled cocktails, some of London’s best bars are bringing their spirits into Londoners’ homes. Sip on the joys of martinis, orange wine, and fruity punches in the comfort of your pyjamas, kaftan, or autumn coziness attire of choice.

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Provisions

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Holloway Road’s much loved wine-and-cheese bar was one of the first in the area to pivot to pickup and delivery. It’s now operating a busy same-day service from Tuesday to Sunday, with a wide range of French wines from smaller producers available. White wines are plentiful, divided between “lighter” and “rich and oxidative/vin Jaune,” and the selection of reds and ciders is equally impressive. Perhaps most importantly, it’s now shipping all of that booze nationwide.

Little Mercies

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Crouch End’s best bar, which has always punched well above its weight, is delivering its bottled cocktails, wines, and other goods around the country. Prices start at £29 for a 500ml bottle of bespoke cocktail, including a strawberry cake Sazerac and its iteration of the classic penicillin.

Heads + Tails

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This two-for-one cocktails bar in West Hampstead ⁠— airy Heads is above, moody Tails is below ⁠— also offers a cocktail shop boasting nationwide delivery, with classics and their own menu creations on deck. There’s also a neat two bottle gift pack, if in need of a speedy present.

Hacha Bar

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This is a bar that focuses on tequila and mezcal; the Mirror Margarita — named as such due to its crystal clear finish — won Cocktail of the Year at the Class Bar Awards this year, and is now available for delivery (nationwide)! It also offers a luxury agave spirit tasting flight, alongside other iterations of its most famous drink and a tempting smoked citrus mezcal Negroni.

Tayēr + Elementary

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Since opening this bar has won a number of awards, and was placed 52 on the 2019 50 Best Bars list a mere six months after opening; co-owner Monica Berg won “Bartender’s Bartender Award” for the same awards. It is excellent to know that it is offering a series of bottled cocktails, including the Palo Santo gimlet and Nordic Old Fashioned, all priced at £30.

Three Sheets

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At 16 on the 2019 50 Best Bars list this is bar is wonderful and some might say it has the best gin martini in town; luckily for London these martinis are still available for sipping via delivery (£29, serves six). Also on offer is the signature French 75 served in in wine bottle size (£39), and a clever espresso martini that needs a shake to activate. All available via Shop Cuvee.

Oriole Bar

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Nightjar, Swift, and Oriole are three different bars, but they are functioning as one delivery behemoth. The range of bottles is extensive, with the Oriole Cape Verde leaning on pink grapefruit for its refreshing, arch tang and the barrel-aged Zombie from Nightjar packing four rums and some absinthe to delivery a heady, tropical suckerpunch. Delivery is £5, with orders needing to be in by midnight Sunday for Wednesday or midnight Wednesday for delivery on Sunday.

Little Nan's Bar

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Deptford institution Little Nan’s is delivering its neon-twee cocktails across the U.K.. The drinks come in jam jars with leopard-print tops, currently in packs of 18 — enough to see Londoners through lockdown. The smaller cocktails, or rather locktails, are available for local delivery.

Bottle Bar and Shop

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This Catford bar and bottle shop has an impressive online offering, ranging from its own bottled cocktails (the elderflower gin martini is an excellent seasonal choice) to Kernel beers and a large number of thoughtfully chosen, mostly European wines. There’s free delivery UK-wide, but local addresses get 15 percent off.

Diogenes The Dog

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One of south London’s best and most ambitious wine bars, which specialises in vineyards and makers as yet under-explored in the capital, is offering an impressive selection for takeaway, plus online ordering for delivery; it aims to get anything ordered before 7 p.m. delivered the same day locally, with nationwide orders allotting three working days.

Lollipop

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Litre bottles of bellini and mix-and-match crates are the order of the day at this Chelsea bar’s collection and delivery service. The cocktails are smartly bottled and come with garnishes — the espresso martini froths when shaken for a professional result. There’s plenty of wine to choose from too.

Riding Wine Co

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Majoring in Italian, Slovenian, and Australian wines, this quickly adored Ealing shop and bar offers delivery to W5, W7, and W13 postcodes with a minimum spend of £75, with delivery further afield in west London for £100 and over.

Want all (well, most) of these, all at once? Then consider Boire, a delivery service based in Park Royal that stocks Little Mercies, Tayer, Hacha, and more leading bottled cocktail brands, as well as some decent beers, wines, and spirits.

Provisions

Holloway Road’s much loved wine-and-cheese bar was one of the first in the area to pivot to pickup and delivery. It’s now operating a busy same-day service from Tuesday to Sunday, with a wide range of French wines from smaller producers available. White wines are plentiful, divided between “lighter” and “rich and oxidative/vin Jaune,” and the selection of reds and ciders is equally impressive. Perhaps most importantly, it’s now shipping all of that booze nationwide.

Little Mercies

Crouch End’s best bar, which has always punched well above its weight, is delivering its bottled cocktails, wines, and other goods around the country. Prices start at £29 for a 500ml bottle of bespoke cocktail, including a strawberry cake Sazerac and its iteration of the classic penicillin.

Heads + Tails

This two-for-one cocktails bar in West Hampstead ⁠— airy Heads is above, moody Tails is below ⁠— also offers a cocktail shop boasting nationwide delivery, with classics and their own menu creations on deck. There’s also a neat two bottle gift pack, if in need of a speedy present.

Hacha Bar

This is a bar that focuses on tequila and mezcal; the Mirror Margarita — named as such due to its crystal clear finish — won Cocktail of the Year at the Class Bar Awards this year, and is now available for delivery (nationwide)! It also offers a luxury agave spirit tasting flight, alongside other iterations of its most famous drink and a tempting smoked citrus mezcal Negroni.

Tayēr + Elementary

Since opening this bar has won a number of awards, and was placed 52 on the 2019 50 Best Bars list a mere six months after opening; co-owner Monica Berg won “Bartender’s Bartender Award” for the same awards. It is excellent to know that it is offering a series of bottled cocktails, including the Palo Santo gimlet and Nordic Old Fashioned, all priced at £30.

Three Sheets

At 16 on the 2019 50 Best Bars list this is bar is wonderful and some might say it has the best gin martini in town; luckily for London these martinis are still available for sipping via delivery (£29, serves six). Also on offer is the signature French 75 served in in wine bottle size (£39), and a clever espresso martini that needs a shake to activate. All available via Shop Cuvee.

Oriole Bar

Nightjar, Swift, and Oriole are three different bars, but they are functioning as one delivery behemoth. The range of bottles is extensive, with the Oriole Cape Verde leaning on pink grapefruit for its refreshing, arch tang and the barrel-aged Zombie from Nightjar packing four rums and some absinthe to delivery a heady, tropical suckerpunch. Delivery is £5, with orders needing to be in by midnight Sunday for Wednesday or midnight Wednesday for delivery on Sunday.

Little Nan's Bar

Deptford institution Little Nan’s is delivering its neon-twee cocktails across the U.K.. The drinks come in jam jars with leopard-print tops, currently in packs of 18 — enough to see Londoners through lockdown. The smaller cocktails, or rather locktails, are available for local delivery.

Bottle Bar and Shop

This Catford bar and bottle shop has an impressive online offering, ranging from its own bottled cocktails (the elderflower gin martini is an excellent seasonal choice) to Kernel beers and a large number of thoughtfully chosen, mostly European wines. There’s free delivery UK-wide, but local addresses get 15 percent off.

Diogenes The Dog

One of south London’s best and most ambitious wine bars, which specialises in vineyards and makers as yet under-explored in the capital, is offering an impressive selection for takeaway, plus online ordering for delivery; it aims to get anything ordered before 7 p.m. delivered the same day locally, with nationwide orders allotting three working days.

Lollipop

Litre bottles of bellini and mix-and-match crates are the order of the day at this Chelsea bar’s collection and delivery service. The cocktails are smartly bottled and come with garnishes — the espresso martini froths when shaken for a professional result. There’s plenty of wine to choose from too.

Riding Wine Co

Majoring in Italian, Slovenian, and Australian wines, this quickly adored Ealing shop and bar offers delivery to W5, W7, and W13 postcodes with a minimum spend of £75, with delivery further afield in west London for £100 and over.

BOIRE

Want all (well, most) of these, all at once? Then consider Boire, a delivery service based in Park Royal that stocks Little Mercies, Tayer, Hacha, and more leading bottled cocktail brands, as well as some decent beers, wines, and spirits.

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