6 Australian Cocktail Bars Now Delivering Drinks to Your Front Door 

Relax at home with a cocktail from one of your favourite bars
Relax at home with a cocktail from one of your favourite bars | © Akvals / Alamy Stock Photo
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4 September 2020

While Australia has had to self-isolate during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, many of its bars and restaurants have been forced to closed their doors. Yet with challenge comes ingenuity, and many industry players have got creative in how to serve their customers. You can now get first-class cocktails and cocktail kits directly to your door – here are Culture Trip’s picks. Cheers!

Merivale at Home

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Australian hospitality heavyweight Merivale has launched its new Merivale at Home service, serving both food and drinks for a perfect night in. Its online bottle shop claims to have “the best bartenders in the world” mixing up aperitif and cocktail kits, including the margarita box, Aperol spritz box, Fred’s old fashioned and Bert’s martini. Get it delivered with either fresh produce boxes or cook-at-home meals prepared by its Sydney-based restaurants, including Mr Wong, Fred’s and Totti’s.

Bar Americano

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Melbourne’s Bar Americano is an ode to the “golden age of drinking” in America and serves nothing but cocktails. Over the years, it has won multiple national awards, including best cocktail bar, best cocktail menu and best bartender, so you know you’re getting an excellent drink. In 200ml and 500ml bottles, take your pick from the Americano cocktail, Brooklyn cocktail, negroni cocktail or its special edition Pilar Panache. Click to order and let the bar do the rest.

Gauge x Maker

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Brisbane bar Maker has teamed up with its sister venue Gauge to deliver cocktails and food to your door. The impressive menu includes a bergamot and yuzu gin sour, pineapple and cinnamon mai tai, chocolate and caramelised banana old fashioned, smokey old fashioned and negroni. Each bottle is enough for two servings, and you can pair your cocktails with an order of potato and thyme focaccia, green olives or smoked eggplant with rocket pesto and basil.

Three Wolves

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Cocktails are a Three Wolves specialty
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Does a plum negroni or a cedar-smoked, cinnamon-spiced old fashioned take your fancy? Cairns bar Three Wolves has got you covered with an assortment of its much-loved cocktail menu now available through its new cocktail delivery service. The world-class cocktail bar has teamed up with its counterparts Flamingos Tiki Bar and Wolf Lane Distillery to produce and bottle cocktails, so all you have to do is click for delivery, turn on some music, then kick back while they do all the work.

Blue Kahunas

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This tropical rum bar has opened its virtual doors and is delivering colourful cocktails to the people of Newcastle in New South Wales. The beach-town bar will make and bottle up tiki-inspired options such as the rum-based OFTD mai tai, the zombie, the coco espresso mixed with vodka, or the missionary’s arousal, made with gin. Ke aloha.

Cocktail Porter

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Cocktail Porter has some of the world’s best bartenders mixing up cocktails for delivery across Australia. Some favourites are the blood orange negroni, gin martini and the salted-honey old fashioned. You’ll find options for cocktail kits, bottled cocktails and equipment in its extensive online store. There’s even an option to send a gift-wrapped kit to a friend for a special occasion while social distancing. Send one to yourself too, then jump on a video call and enjoy that cocktail together.

These recommendations were updated on September 4, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.