Where to Get Alcohol Delivery and Takeout in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Curbside beer, wine delivery, and fancy cocktail kits.
The DC area’s bars and restaurants have long been known for their long lines, national acclaim, celebrity chefs, and hard to come-by reservations. That was until the coronavirus pandemic, which forced many to shut their doors as the public followed government orders to practice social distancing.
“The legislation was a lifeline for everyone,” says Greg Algie, co-owner of Calico, Tiger Fork, and Fainting Goat. All three are serving cocktails in pouches that resemble juice boxes. “ That has allowed places that are more bar-focused are able to compete in the world of to-go and helped everyone stay afloat during this dire situation.”
Luckily, DC, Maryland, and Virgina all changed their liquor laws to allow bars and restaurants to serve alcohol for delivery or pickup orders, softening the blow for an industry whose profit margins depend on booze. These options have also made quarantine life at home a little bit easier for consumers who can get everything from cocktail kits to adult juice boxes to-go, while supporting their local bar, brewery, or wine shop along the way.
The modern Cantonese restaurant has kept up its cocktails game by offering seven cocktails packaged in juice boxes. The single-serve cocktail options include the Bird Market -- made with gin, alpine liquor and citrus. There’s also discounted beer, sake, and half-priced wine. Teetotalers will find milky teas and a yuzu-based mocktail. And check out sister restaurants Calico and U Street’s the Fainting Goat, which also sell adult juice boxes, beer, and wine.
How to order: Call to order adult beverages or order online; non-alcoholic drinks can also be ordered through Caviar.
The woman-owned distillery sells bottles of whiskey, bourbon, brandy and its signature Civic Vodka on its website. Each order comes with hand sanitizer made at the distillery.
How to order: Get curbside pick-up or same-day delivery in DC on the website
The Oaxacan restaurant offers bottled margaritas, brunch favorites mimosas and palomas, and bottled cocktails from their spring cocktail menu. The latter includes the rum-based Zombie and the Rhubarb Gin Sour.
How to order: Order pickup on the website or pickup or delivery through Caviar
One of DC’s premier cocktail bars provides half a dozen pre-made cocktails and everything you need to enjoy them at home. Grab bottles of your favorite spirits and bitters or grab a DIY home cocktail kit to make martinis, Manhattans, margaritas, daiquiris, and Moscow Mules. The martini kit comes with gin, vermouth, garnishes, and orange bitters. Two zero-proof beverages complete the menu.
How to order: Order online for pick-up or delivery
Milk & Honey in Smith Commons
The soul food restaurant from Nobu alum Sammy Davis is offering everything from adult Kool-Aid to bottles of tequila, gin, and rum to pair with Buffalo tater tots, cheese hash browns, and shrimp and grits at its H Street location.
How to order: Order online for pick-up
The restaurant and live music venue is selling drink kits that let you make a Moscow Mule, mimosa or bloody Mary at home. The menu also features sangria, cocktails and a respectable selection of beer and wine. Drink up while enjoying its virtual live music streamed from its Facebook page.
How to order: Order carryout or delivery through Caviar or call 202.787.1000
Specializing in Swiss-American fare, Stable has added house-made liqueurs to its carryout and delivery menu. They include R-Amaro, amaro with Swiss Ricola, limoncello, Swiss cherry liqueur Atlas Roteli and Rhubarbcello. The cocktail standouts include wellness concoctions like the Immune Booster and the Mountain Xanax with chamomile-infused gin. designed to boost immunity and help destress. The beer-and-wine menu features Swiss lagers, pale ales, chardonnay, and merlot.
How to order: Order online for pickup or delivery or by calling 202.733.4604
The urban winery is selling wine bundles and individual bottles of red, white, orange and rosé varietals. Purchase its four-pack wine bundle to sip during its virtual wine tastings, streamed via its Facebook Live page.
How to order: Purchase wines on its website
Truxton Circle and Brightwood Park
The cidery and restaurant offers an extensive selection of apple wines -- including house-made varieties like the Passover-made District Kosher and the Cidre Blanc, blended with Virginia and Pennsylvania apples. And, starting May 22, the cider maker will let shoppers buy a DIY cider kit that comes with fermenting equipment and apples.
How to order: Order on the website for delivery (in DC and to 44 states) or by calling 202. 986.3795 for contact-free pickup at both locations
Taj Mahal beer, cocktails, and a thoughtful wine list accompany the vindaloo curry, vegetable samosas, and other Indian and Pakistani dishes on the pickup and delivery menu. The namesake cocktail features white rum, apricot liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, and orange bitters -- topped with champagne.
How to order: Call 202-506-1504 or order online
The fast-casual restaurant has given traditional drinks an Indian twist with its masala G&T, tamarind margarita, and spiked mango lassi. Available in 16 oz jars or 1 liter growlers, the cocktails use locally made New Columbia Distillers’ Green Hat Gin and Cotton & Reed rum.
How to order: Order online for pickup
The central bar inside Latin American market La Cosecha continues to deliver toasts, beer, wine and eight cocktails filled with Latin American flavors like cacique and yerba mate. Smoothies and chicha morada -- a corn-based beverage of Peruvian origin -- provide non-alcoholic refreshment.
How to order: Order pickup and delivery on Uber Eats and pickup only on Toast
The nationally acclaimed pan-Latin restaurant offers tequila, mezcal, and Cachaca-laced cocktails to-go with the camarones al ajillo and mini arepas. Lunchtime diners can hit the pop-up spot Soleado, which features Peruvian chicken burgers, elevated sparkling beverages. and assorted South American and Japanese beers.
How to order: Order online for pickup or delivery
There’s no shortage of beverage options at the waterfront steak and seafood restaurant. Choose from martini- or Cosmo-filled cocktail pouches, more than 60 bottles of liquor and 150 bottles of sparkling, rosé, red and white wines.
How to order: Pickup and delivery are available through ToastTakeOut and Caviar
Northern VirginiaAslin Beer Company
Herndon and Alexandria
Aslin Beer Company continues to sell its hearty stouts, fruity sours, and New England-style IPAs that have earned the brewery a loyal following. Get beer to-go in the Herndon location and beer and food to-go in Alexandria.
How to order: Order online, call 703.717.9071 for pick-up at both locations, or get it delivered in neighboring Northern Virginia counties with a minimum $75 order
Classic Italian specialties and seafood dishes are on the menu at the Old Town Alexandria institution. Pair them with the restaurant’s extensive selection of Italian and Californian wines, which are 25% off. There’s also nearly two-dozen beers and nearly a dozen cocktails including four that are barrel aged.
How to order: Call 703.836.8404 for curbside pickup
The neighborhood restaurant is serving wine, aperitifs, and cocktails via carryout while food and its entire beer list is available for delivery.
How to order: Call 703-676-3550 for orders with alcohol
Winery at Bull Run
Wine lovers can order curbside pick-up and delivery of the award-winning red and white varietals at the working farm vineyard.
How to order: Call 703.815.2233 to place an order; deliveries are free for orders $50 or more within a 15-mile radius
Wine lovers will find 30 standout selections of red, white, and sparkling wine varieties -- ranging from $17 to $54 -- to pair with their salads, whole chicken, short ribs, and veggie sides. Order Sunday brunch favorites with a pint or quart of Bloody Mary mix or a bottle of prosecco.
How to order: Order online for pickup or delivery within a five-mile radius
Ariake Japanese Restaurant
Fairfax and Reston
The NoVa restaurant offers more than a dozen sake and Japanese beers that pair with its menu of tempura, sushi, and sashimi.
How to order: Call 703-391-9006 to order delivery and to-go orders at both locations
Nepenthe’s food and beverage options make it a must-stop destination for anyone who wants curbside pick-up. Choose from a dozen beers -- including hazy IPAs and juicy sours -- half a dozen wines, and nine bottled cocktails. The brewery also sells bottled kombucha and yerba mate from locally owned Wild Kombucha.
How to order: Order online for food and drinks
Fans of the newly opened gin haven in the Old Goucher neighborhood of Baltimore can pick up batched cocktails that come in bottles, pouches, and even a bear-shaped honey bottle. Check out the bar’s Instagram to get the latest offerings, which also include beer, wine, and spirits.
How to order: Call 667-309-7167 to order and pick up inside the bar.
Cocktail kits are the latest addition to Bluebird’s booze inventory. Debuting each Friday, the kits let fans of the literary-themed cocktail bar recreate the bar experience at home. The signature Bluebird cocktail comes with garnishes, snacks two glasses, ice spheres, bar snacks for two, votive candles, recipe cards and even their playlist. The bar also offers eight pre-made cocktails in small, medium and large servings for curbside pickup. The selections include the Bluebird Old Fashioned and the Daedalian, a bitter margarita with Suze. Don’t neglect the food, which includes lentil hummus and lamb meatballs.
How to order: Call 410.274.3746 to place an order and text when you arrive or order online.
The central bar in the food hall R. House recently reopened so fans can enjoy canned beer, wine and cocktails to go. There’s also a handful of merchandise. The beer selections include many local favorites from Peabody Heights Brewery, Diamondback Beer, and Key Brewing.
How to order: Order on the website for pickup
The converted warehouse contains several food and drink vendors, which are selling their products to-go. Pick up Union Craft Brewing’s signature Duckpin and Anthem ales, Baltimore Spirits Company’s Shot Tower Gin and red, white, and rosé wines from the Wine Collective.
How to order: Order online via ToastTab.
Denizens Brewing Company
Silver Spring and Riverdale Park
The Denizens Beermobile is delivering its IPAs, stouts and lagers and half a dozen batched cocktails to area fans.
How to order: Order online for a delivery order if you live near the Silver Spring or Riverdale Park locations (min. $30 order) for a flat $5 fee. Or call 301.557.9818 to get carry out from the Silver Spring location.
Tenth Ward Distilling
If you’re in need of something a little stronger (and who isn’t these days?), Frederick-based Tenth Ward Distilling is offering curbside pick-up of its spirits, to-go cocktails, ingredients like bitters and grenadine, and even glassware. Order up a mule kit, which comes with either gin or corn whiskey, ginger beer, lime, and a branded rocks glass.
How to order: Order online for pick-up
Guinness Open Gate Brewery
Guinness’ only U.S. brewery is offering contactless pickup for nearly two dozen experimental beers made on site and donating all proceeds to the Maryland Food Bank. The Guinness Blonde, Over the Moon Milk Stout, and Crosslands Clover Honey Ale are among the selections.
How to order: Order online
Alma Cocina Latina
The Canton restaurant has added some of its most popular cocktails to its to-go menu that you can pair with its Venezuelan arepas. Choose from the rum-and-grapefruit laced Papa Hemmingway, the sotol-and-lime Cielo Verde, and the gin-and-elderflower Picaflor. They’re also selling Cane Collective cocktail mixers that guests can stir with their favorite spirit.
How to order: Order by phone or through their website
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