Melbourne's Best Takeaway Cocktails for a Cheeky Tipple at Home
Greet the weekend with takeaway cocktails from the best bars in Melbourne.
Right now you can support your favourite bars while also enjoying their delicious creations at home. Many of Melbourne’s best cocktail bars have batched, bottled and canned classic tipples and signature creations to amp up your Friday knockoffs. Whether you’re after a fruity spritz or a belly-warming spiced whiskey, make a pitstop along your walk at these trusty locals for one of Melbourne's best takeaway cocktails.
Byrdi is the brainchild of industry innovators Luke Whearty and Aki Nishikura, known for their hyper-seasonal drinks using native ingredients. The sleek CBD bar is now offering batched and bottled drinks to take home, selling both 100mL serves and half-litres. Expect local twists in cocktails such as paperbark smoked martinis and pepperberry and salted grapefruit gin spritzes. Can’t choose? Order the ‘Byrds of a Feather’ pack which includes the whole selection.
Our pick: The Lamington – a nostalgic sweet hit with sugarcane spirit, cocoa butter, coconut oil and raspberry vermouth.
Corner of La Trobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne
Light a few candles, put on some music and recreate the Romeo Lane experience in your own lounge room. The cocktail aficionados are sealing up serves of their signature drinks to be picked up or delivered to your door – all you have to do is pick the glassware. Go classic with Negronis, Margaritas and perhaps an Old Fashioned, or channel spring with a Daiquiri Pack, which includes three variations in classic, passionfruit and strawberry.
Our pick: The Baby Driver – a luxurious twist on the Espresso Martini made with vodka, coconut, coffee, Amaro Montenegro and Pedro Ximenez
1A Crossley Street, Melbourne
Nothing beats snagging a coveted spot at the standing-room only Bar Americano, but enjoying their exactingly-made cocktails at home is a close second. They’re bottling up Negronis, Americanos and their Brooklyn, which they describe as ‘like a Manhattan but cooler’, for delivery to your door. Alternatively, you could just order a bottle of their house made Amaro Americano, on top of which you simply add tonic and a lemon to recreate the bar’s famous Grupetto highball.
Our pick: Antica Fashionista – an aromatic take on the Old Fashioned with bourbon plus Mediterranean fruits, herbs and spices
20 Presgrave Place, Melbourne
This tiny 16-seat cocktail bar is one of Melbourne’s most acclaimed, so you know you’re in safe hands when you trust Friday night drinks to their team. The finest spirits, fruits and botanicals go into every takeaway tipple, with imaginative creations like the Empire Strikes Bax combining Amaro, Campari, sweet Vermouth and cold drip coffee, or the addictively smooth Banandrama which balances mezcal with verjuice and banana. Order in single serves, half-litre batches or try four for $60 with a Discovery Collection pack.
Our pick: The Sauce – a fresh and aromatic cocktail blending mezcal, elderflower, dry vermouth and fresh lime juice
306 Smith Street, Collingwood
Get your fancy glassware out because the Everleigh is bringing their magic to you. Order their freshly shaken and batched cocktails delivered or make a pitstop at their takeaway window in Fitzroy. Options include spritzed cocktails like the fizzy French 75 and tangy Palomita that are perfect for spring, as well as classic bottled martinis and Manhattans. Never one to skimp on the details, all orders will come with garnishes and their hand-cut Navy Strength ice.
Our pick: The Coffee House – a simple yet hard-hitting cocktail of coffee liqueur and tequila
Level 1/150-156 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Black Pearl has long been renowned as one of Melbourne’s finest cocktail bars, and now they’re offering a selection of their perfectly balanced drinks in bottled and canned form. Try the Tortuga, a luxurious take on the Martinez blending locally-made gin, amaro, curacao and vermouth, or the Merri Negroni, which is imbued with jasmine flavour. Alternatively, you can simply swing Friday to Sunday for a freshly shaken tipple.
Our pick: Hand in Hand – a bright and fresh number with strawberry, vodka, rose vermouth, whey
304 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Spice up takeaway night by pairing your freshly baked Capitano pizza with a few cocktails. The much-hyped neighbourhood Italian restaurant and wine bar has bottled up some fun updates on your favourite classics, from olive oil Martinis to a peanut butter and miso Old Fashioned. They’re even doing bottled limoncello, so you can cap off your meal the way Italians do.
Our pick: Tiramisu Milk Punch – an addictive dessert cocktail made with clarified biscuit milk, cacao rum, coffee and muscat
Friendly neighbourhood bar The Tipsy Cow is offering a range of classic and seasonal cocktails for takeaway. Warm up on chilly nights with an apple cider toddy or mulled wine, or welcome sunny spring with a lemon meringue Martini. Taking a day off drinking? They’ve got you covered too, with fruity mocktails that’ll put a pep in your step. Round out your order with some snacks from the kitchen, with a menu ranging from cheese and charcuterie to tacos and buttermilk fried chicken.
Our pick: Ginger Boss – a spicy number with tequila, green chilli liqueur, ginger syrup and lime topped with ginger beer.
359 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Seddon’s favourite minimal waste cocktail bar is great value-for-money bottled cocktails to get your arvo drinks going. Purchase 330mL batched Espresso Martinis, Margaritas and Whiskey Sours for $35, or bundle three for $95. Meanwhile, Negroni enthusiasts should head straight for the Negroni Session pack which includes four creative variations using different spirits, vermouths and bitters. After something special? Call ahead and the team can whip up a custom cocktail to satisfy your tastes.
Our pick: Pearant Trap – a smooth and fruity mix of gin, rosé, pear liqueur, cranberry and avocado orgeat.
93 Buckley Street, Seddon
New Japanese grill restaurant Robata is currently doing killer ‘at home’ packages full of juicy skewers, fresh sushi and sides. Of course, the experience wouldn’t be complete without a couple of their Japanese-inspired cocktails. Kick off your meal with the Tokyo Slipper, a refreshing combo gin, yuzu and pineapple, and close out with the Japanese Cowboy, a heady blend of whiskey, Umeshu plum wine, cherry and bitters. Each bottle comes with a perfect double serve – all you have to do is pour over ice.
Our pick: Sakura – a sweet and sour cocktail with vodka, sake, sour cranberry and cherry blossom.
2 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
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