You’re in the mood for a cocktail. The problem is, your bar cart has been empty since the moment you bought it, and you’re not going back to a grocery store for three weeks. But that doesn’t mean you need to start Googling “How to make homemade hooch,” because there are plenty of LA bars and restaurants serving all kinds of cocktails. From batch margaritas and bottled martinis to Mules of every variety, here are our favorite spots where you can order mixed drinks straight to your door.
101 North Eatery & Bar
Westlake’s 101 North is offering a great deal for batch cocktails - $40 for a bottle of liquor, plus all the mix you need to make cocktails with it. There are seven kits in all, including bottles of Redemption bourbon with homemade bitters and simple syrup for Old Fashioneds, or El Jimador tequila with house-made sour mix for margaritas. They’ve also got some more involved ones, like the “Lovely Loon” - vodka, lemon, agave, and blueberries. Wine and beer available, too.
Downtown LA watering hole Barcito has a whole bunch of premade cocktails to go, in servings of either four or eight. Some are as simple as palomas and sangria, others are as complex as fat-washed brandy Old Fashioneds, and make-your-own Aperol spritzes.
Echo Park’s Bar Henry - one of our favorite bars on the Eastside - has got a big lineup of cocktails available in servings for four or five people. Our favorite (and the signature drink here) is the “Flattened Priest,” a tamarind mezcal margarita that even comes with Tajin for the rim. We also like “The Stranger” - it’s their version of a negroni, made with mezcal and jalapeño-infused Campari. They’re all $56, and come premixed.
Sherman Oaks’ Boneyard Bistro has a wide variety of cocktails available in portions for four people for $45 total. Our favorite is the “Sympathy For The Devil” - a smoky, spicy, and sweet drink with habañero-infused mezcal - but if you’re getting things started early in the day, they’ve also got a killer Bloody Mary. They require that you order food with your cocktails, so get some brisket tacos on the side. Delivery and curbside pickup available.
This popular pool bar on the roof of Freehand Hotel Downtown is selling two different batched to-go cocktails for $75 with eight servings in each. There’s the “Wake & Spritz” which comes with Grey Goose vodka, St. Germain, mandarine, eucalyptus bitters, and sparkling wine, as well as the “Melon Punchline.” It’s filled with Bacardi rum, Midori, melon, basil syrup, and Scarborough bitters.
The Burbank Pub
A locals’ bar on Burbank Blvd., Burbank Pub is selling a massive array of to-go cocktails ranging from palomas to zombies to martinis. They’ve also got a gin and tonic set, that includes a bottle of craft gin, four cans of tonic, and some limes for $25. Order from 2-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday and catch their Happy Hour, which gets you $5 well drinks and discounted specialty cocktails.
Carbon Beach Club
Chances are, if you live in Malibu, you’ve downed a few drinks at Malibu Beach Inn’s Carbon Beach Club. And they’re here for you during quarantine, too, with $15 margaritas, negronis, and Boulevardiers, all served curbside.
Koreatown burger and patty melt specialist Cassell’s is another spot offering super-affordable cocktails. For $7, you can get a single serving of negroni, Moscow mule, Old Fashioned, or Gold Rush (bourbon and honey) - or larger batches that serve eight. There’s also a Downtown LA location - both are doing pickup and delivery via apps.
Employees Only, the NYC-transplant bar behind a fortune teller in Weho, is offering delivery and curbside pickup for their excellent cocktails. They involve ingredients like chai vermouth, absinthe bitters, and house-made grenadine. Our go-to is the “Better Margarita,” a super-strong classic margarita with chile verde. Get it for $5 delivery within five miles, or curbside pickup is available, too.
Fancy Free Liquor
A new package store in Burbank, Fancy Free Liquor is offering free next-day delivery for all of LA County on orders over $50. They’ve got cocktail kits including margaritas, Moscow Mules, mojitos, and more - they include a full bottle of liquor, plus mixers and garnishes like freeze-dried lime or candied ginger. Order on their website by midnight for next-day delivery, open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
You probably know Father’s Office for their tremendous beer selection (and The Burger), but the Culver City location has some great cocktails, too. Those classic cocktails (like gin martinis, Old Fashioneds, negronis, and Manhattans) are available for pickup or delivery for $14. Obviously, you’ll want to get a burger while you’re at it.
North Hollywood hotel restaurant The Front Yard has two different batch cocktails available. Both the “Strawberry Fields” - vodka, strawberry, basil, and balsamic honey - and the “Cucumber Press” - gin, lime juice, cucumber, St. Germaine - are $15 each for 12-ounce servings. They’ve also got wines by the bottle. Call (818) 255-7285 for delivery. App delivery is also available.
In addition to offering some pretty great taco and nacho kits, Guerrilla Tacos in the Arts District is offering individual cocktails like margaritas and Micheladas for $13, as well as big batches for $30.
Culver City’s Hatchet Hall (and attached Old Man Bar) are known for their tremendous whiskey cocktails and bottle selections. And right now, they’ve got batch Old Fashioneds (made with excellent Traverse City rye) that serve ten for $75. They’ve also got a bunch of those hard-to-find bottles for sale, from a house-selected Woodford Reserve single barrel bourbon ($45) to E.H. Taylor “Grain Of The Gods” bourbon ($895). Daily pickup is only via their website.
Few cocktails in town have better names than the ones at Hippo, the Italian-ish spot in Highland Park. And they’re as well-made as they are named. “The Snooze Button,” for example, comes with pineapple rum, ginger, citrus, and allspice, and the “Mariachi On The Beach” has a tequila base with passionfruit and Aperol. They’re $14 each, and available for delivery or pick-up. They’ve also got larger formats, including $52 Old Fashioneds for four.
This casual Santa Monica cocktail bar has several to-go cocktail options. That includes $20 canned 4-packs of house cocktails ranging from mimosas to margaritas, various tequila flights, and $60 party packs that come with 12 canned cocktails and beer, plus a pint glass.
Los Feliz neighborhood spot Little Dom’s is a great place for a weeknight drink on the Eastside. They’re offering 16-ounce jars of their martinis, negronis, margaritas, and Penicillins to go, along with a bunch of wine and beer.
Madre, the fantastic Oaxacan spot with locations in Torrance, Culver City, and West Hollywood, has a bunch of their tremendous mezcal cocktails available or in batches. This place is also especially known for their unmatched mezcal selection. And, luckily, they’re offering many of their bottles at heavy discounts during quarantine, like the super-rare Amormata, a bottle made with wild-grown Castilla agave.
Pasadena’s great upscale Mexican spot Maestro has a good selection of mezcal, tequila, and barrel-aged cocktails available for delivery and pickup. They’ve got all the greatest hits from that cocktail menu available to go, including the sweet, aromatic, and boozy “Campfire” (mezcal, chartreuse, luxardo maraschino), and their classic margarita with hibiscus syrup.
All-purpose Arts District spot Manuela has got five different pre-batched cocktails available, ranging from the peaty “Whiskey Pimm’s” (Scotch, house-made Pimm’s, lemon), to the beet-y “Archie” (beet-rested vodka, oro blanco). They start at $28, and serve two or three. Call ahead for curbside pickup, or delivery is available within ten miles.
Santa Monica’s local French/Italian spot Massilia has got a big menu of 16-ounce cocktails, from classics like white or red negronis and Boulevardiers, to originals like “La Fumante” (mezcal and elixir combier) and “La Francaise” (vodka, St. German, passionfruit). They range from $26-$32. They’re also offering a dinner special with two pizzas and any bottle of cocktail for $49. App delivery and curbside pickup are available.
This popular Weho bar always has a great, seasonal menu of craft cocktails. So it makes sense that they’ve got one of the largest selections of to-go options as well - 12, in total. That includes single(ish) servings, tequila flights, and batch cocktails, like the $18 mai tai for two. All are available for delivery via apps, or curbside pickup.
This fantastic Arts District dive bar always has what we need after a long day. And that hasn’t changed during the pandemic, when they’re offering highball kits for $40, $35 margarita kits, mulled wine, and tiki cocktail samplers for $35. Available for pickup and delivery via apps.
Relentless Brewing & Spirits
Eagle Rock’s Relentless Brewing and Spirits is an excellent, affordable bar in a quiet part of town. That last part doesn’t really matter right now, but here’s what does: In addition to a whole bunch of beers, they’ve got to-go cocktails that including gimlets, Old Fashioneds, and margaritas for $13 or under.
If you’re in the South Bay looking for cocktails, Playa Provisions has you covered. This Playa del Rey spot is selling different kinds of canned cocktails for curbside pickup or delivery via apps.
If you’re on the Eastside and need a drink, like, right now, you should probably order from The Semi-Tropic. This coffee shop/restaurant/cocktail bar in Echo Park is serving all their standard cocktails for $11. Delivery is free, usually very fast, and there’s no minimum for it.
Santa Monica pizza spot Stella Barra is offering a bunch of build-your-own cocktail options, and they’re all completely foolproof. They range from simple (a 16-serving Aperol Spritz kit for $65), to even simpler (1-liter of Tito’s, 4 Topo Chicos, and some lemons for $55). Regardless of your pick, you should also add in some $1 chocolate chip cookie dough balls, and eat them as soon as you get them.