We've all been missing and craving those tasty and Instagrammable cocktails that we usually have on a Saturday night - and unfortunately we have a little bit longer to wait.
*Updated April 2021*
BUT - do not fear, these bars and restaurants have come up with ingenious pre-made cocktails and kits that will give you that glam Saturday night feeling at home (pjs & slippers are optional, notions are essential). You'll be serving up the most glorious cocktails at your BBQ, even your friends will think you have gone pro.
Fourth Corner is a Dublin 8 fave, and the lads are making sure all our cocktail needs are met this summer. With plenty to choose from, you'll keep going back for more. Take it from the team at Lovin, we definitely recommend their margaritas, and of course their iconic Paul Mezcal Mule. To top it all off, you can have these cocktails delivered right to your door for those after work drinks on a Friday!
Bar 1661 is based off Capel Street has a huge array of batched cocktails. Over lockdown we've fallen in love with Bar 1661's cocktail brand - Craft Cocktails. Not only is the packaging on point and probably the most Instagrammable out there, these cocktails are second to none! Prices start at €12.50 for a 2 person serving, or you can get larger bottles serving up to seven. Available through both contactless collection and delivery - ideal.
One of the first bars in Dublin to pivot their business to the cocktails-at-home strategy, Anti-Social will deliver Dublin-wide. Pop your order in the day before and you could have a Porn Star Martini or a Cosmo in hand, the very next day! Prices start at €26 for a bottle of 4 servings.
Hang Dai is a much loved Asian restaurant based on Camden Street. They announced this weekend that not only can you pick up some really delicious dishes, you will now also be able to pick up some of their signature cocktails to-go too! Cocktail prices start at €12. Count us in for the pork dumplings and a Shanghai Spritz!
If you've never had a Margarita from 777 - like what? No sorry, but where have you been? These guys know their stuff and this is a must-try. The 750ml bottle contains "5 full strength, high-octane" cocktails for €40, that's the type of maths I enjoy. Also, side note: we love to get involved in Margi Mondays - if you know, you know.
Based in Blackrock, Flash Harry's is able to cater to all your cocktails-at-home needs. Not only do they have Porn Star Martinis, Cosmos and Mojitos - they also have frozen alcoholic slushies. Ridiculous and delicious carry on.
Hartley's are coming in hot and making us look like incredible cocktail makers, when in fact we are just very, very good at pouring. Not only do they include the beverage (required element really), Hartley's also give you all the trimmings to make the cocktails look profesh. AND nibbles are also included. Think Pear-tinis, Cosmopolitans and Espresso Martinis - boxes of 4 cocktails are €34.
The Vintage Cocktail Club (VCC)
The VCC is Dublin's worst kept secret (in the best way). Usually transporting us back to the golden age of the 1920s and speakeasies, these cocktails bring us right back to the glamour and good memories we've had in The VCC. The cocktails are made to order and available for collection or delivery. With names like The Dirty Wizard, Hanky Panky and Millionaire - we have high hopes for our next dimly-lit Hinge date in The VCC.
If you're out the Malahide way, you'll already be familiar with Old Street. These cocktails have been carefully created by Old Street's Head Bartender, so they are guaranteed to be top class! You can pick up a box, or single serves in their grocer or grab some mixed boxes online.
Our relationship with Pygmalion's Pyg-Tails has been a long standing love affair. Don't worry, you can still get your favourite cocktails, either delivered to the door or you can do collection if you're nearby! We'd recommend pairing with a delish pizza from little sister Little Pyg.
Drop Dead Twice
The Drop Dead Twice guys know how to make very very tasty cocktails. You can order online for delivery, or if you're around the D8 area - you already know you can swing by these guys and order. The Kinder Espresso Martini is an essential try in our opinion. We'd also recommend getting one of their 'Netflix and Chill' boxes - get nachos, desserts and a litre of your favourite cocktail.
Krewe don't just do incredible Cajun Creole food, they also do seriously tasty cocktails! If you haven't tried them, you need to get on it. You can get single serves or bottles that serve up to 4 people. Grab some dirty fries and wash them down with a Hurricane or maybe you'd fancy a Peach Sour.
We are eagerly anticipating the re-opening of each of these venues for the full experience - but in the meantime, these cocktail kits will definitely tide you over.
Lead Image via Instagram/hangdaichinese and Instagram/krewe_dublin