Let’s be real: one of the hardest parts of self-isolating has been having to give up Friday night cocktails, or a riverside cider on a Sunday afternoon. But thanks to some new rules designed to ease the economic (and emotional) burden of COVID-19, licensed Brisbane bars are free to serve takeaway wine, beer, spirits and—drumroll please—cocktails. We’ve rounded up the best places to grab yourself a cocktail to go, so check out the list and make sure you’ve got ice in the freezer.
Did someone say tequila? Homemade margaritas just don’t have the same kick as those made by the pros, so we’re thankful to Baja for serving up the goods. Spice up your Saturday by grabbing yourself one of their signature chili margaritas, best paired with a side of their DIY tacos.
Looking for something a little bit...stronger? Cobbler has you covered with their new range of takeaway whisky packs. Only the very best of their extensive range made the cut, and with over 400 whiskies to choose from, you know you’re getting the cream of the crop. It doesn’t stop there: Cobbler is also offering cocktails to go, and word on the street is it pays to buy in bulk. We’re totally prepared for a big night in.
If it's just not a Saturday night without an espresso martini, get your orders in for Rogue Bistro's bottled cocktails, which include a salted caramel espresso martini which comes complete with a honeycomb garnish. Other sips include a bloody Mary (perfect to go with their brunch menu), a blooming good gin and tonic and the spiced rum filled Kickin' In The Carribean, which should really get you into a weekend mood.
While we certainly miss their cool minimalist vibes and designer glassware, it’s a huge relief to know we can still treat ourselves to a Maker cocktail, courtesy of their sister venue. Gauge is serving up bottled Maker cocktails so you can bring the best part of a night out home with you. Place an order on your mobile through the link on their site, and grab dinner while you’re at it. Strawberry and marshmallow espresso martini, anyone?
Death & Taxes
Death & Taxes have well and truly risen to the challenge of keeping Brisbane boozy despite these tough times. They’re serving up their signature cocktails in stylish jars and bottles worthy of a feature on your next Insta story. We’ll take a negroni, an old fashioned and…oh who are we kidding, we’ll take them all.
Self-isolation is no reason to go without a good cocktail. Wash your hands, then wash them again, and head to the Valley’s Les Bubbles—a Parisian steakhouse with all the goods to get you through self-isolation. Pick up themed drinks like a Long Iso Tea, or stick with a simple Mai Tai for some vacay vibes at home.
If you never got the chance to try Milky Lane's insanely decadent cocktails before lockdown, don't despair—you can now get them takeaway. With any food order, grab yourself a Bubblegum Sour, featuring Bacardi, bubblegum syrup, lemon, apple and egg white topped with fairy floss and toasted marshmallows, or a rich Bueno, with Bacardi, Frangelico, vanilla and cream topped with Nutella foam and a Bueno bar.
Margarita nights are back, baby. As well as feasting on their delicious feeds at home, you can now get a few of Same Same's cocktails to match, including their spicy Thai Thai's Margarita with a hit of green chilli and kampot pepper, and the Same Same But Taller, with vodka, peach, passionfruit and lemon. Just shake, add ice and pour.
Looking for something to do with all of your newfound free time? Become a master mixologist thanks to Pure Scot’s cocktail survival kits. They’ve teamed up with the biggest names in Brisbane’s bar scene to bring you everything you need to create your favourite cocktails from the comfort of home. We’re talking collabs with The Gresham, Cobbler and even Death & Taxes. Better yet, these kits get delivered to your door, so there’s no need to break isolation.
Electric Avenue & Canvas
Prohibition-style cocktails can now be enjoyed at home through the collaborative effort of Electric Avenue & Canvas, who are offering up their signature beverages for takeaway. With cocktails like The Quarantine Clean (a dirty martini) and Two’s Company (tequila, liquid smoke, tabasco, passionfruit and orange bitters), your tongue will be dancing for joy as you get happily comfortable in your lounge room.
With a range of tequila based cocktails, as well as signature Aperol and cointreau drinks up for the tasting, Mama Taco will get your salsa-ing through your weekend in no time. If Mama’s Margarita doesn’t sound like your jam, maybe the Carmen Miranda Rosita, with Aperol, passionfruit and grapefruit notes, will tempt your fancy. Simply call up to place your order for delivery or takeaway.
ZA ZA TA
ZA ZA TA might be closed for now, but they’re still providing us with their Mediterranean and Middle Eastern goods, more specifically in the form of bottled cocktails. We recommend the Persian daiquiri, but they also serve up vesper rose martinis and cherry-wood smoked persimmon negronis. Cheers.
Covent Garden is really bringing the goods home with their bottled gin cocktails, perfect for consumption as they are, or for sprucing up with your own mixology skills. With roughly 3 serves per bottle, you can choose from martinis, negronis and G&Ts, perfect for navigating the rough seas of isolation, or for a WFH Friday drink.
Available for takeaway or delivery, and made by a signature mixologist, Umami is here for your specialised cocktail delights, any day of the week. Their cocktails include the Lychee Rose Mojito and an Umami Bubble Tea, best paired with a few takeaway dumplings. Just make sure you keep track of all the empties.
Looking for a meal to pair with your cocktail? Turn iso drinks into a five-star dining experience with a takeaway feast from one of these spots.
Image credit: Les Bubbles