I don’t know about you, but between social distancing, distance learning, and work, I could sure go for a happy hour date. Since we’re still practicing social distancing in Orlando, I thought it would be a fun idea to grab some cocktails from one of our local bars, the Sunroom, and have an at-home happy hour date with my husband earlier this week. Several other Orlando cocktail bars, breweries, wineries, and even some of your favorite restaurants have started offering wine, beer, and cocktails to go as well, and this has become a great way for us to still support our favorite local bars in The City Beautiful!
Craft Cocktail Bars
One of my favorite craft cocktail bars is now offering cocktails to go! The drink menu changes weekly, offering a selection of batched cocktails that can be picked up curbside or delivered. I saw a number of tasty-sounding drinks like Lion’s Tail – a spin on a whiskey sour with Bourbon, Allspice Dram, Fresh Lime Juice, and bitters. Drink prices are $25 for 375ml bottle (about 4.5 cocktails) or $45 for 750ml bottle (about 9 cocktails). Their new hours are Wednesday- Friday 1-4pm & 6-7pm. Sat 1-5pm, and you can text Billy at 217-418-7731 to place your order.
NOTE: cocktails with citrus are best consumed in 1-3 days.
From batch cocktails to that awesome ice they use in their drinks, all you need are fancy cups to feel like you’re back in their trendy space. Don’t forget to pick up an awesome shirt tote bag for your essentials, designed by local graphic designer/illustrator Sean Walsh of Secret Society Goods. There are 4 to choose from at $10 each (I highly recommend the Daiquiri) but you can also indulge in Campaign Killer, Spicy Boy and Verde Bad Times. For a non-alcoholic home happy hour, keep an eye on Sunroom’s Instagram page for mocktail availability. You can pick up your cocktails, ice, and merch between 2-9pm daily.
The popular Sanford craft cocktail bar has transitioned to offering 5 batched cocktails for your home enjoyment. The menu changes weekly and can be found on their Instagram page, and drinks range in price from $16 – $24 and serve between 2 and 3 people. To place an order, send a direct message on Instagram or email BittersandBrass@gmail.com. In addition to batch cocktails, they are selling t-shirts and mugs and glassware from their neighbors Suffering Bastard Tiki Bar. Their hours of operation are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3-7pm.
The Imperial has been closed since March 16, but they announced via social media that they would be having a Grab & Go bottle sale Thursday, April 23 from 3-7pm. You’ll be able to purchase from their selection of wine, beer, and fortified wines at discounted prices. There will even be Nitro Sangria for $20 (32oz). Place your order at their walk-up counter and enjoy at home! If you’re not able to make it there Thursday, keep an eye on their social media pages for the next bottle sale.
The folks over at Grape & The Grain have a multitude of wine and beer to complete your at-home happy hour. You have two ways to obtain your beverages: either pick up your selections in person Tuesdays from 4-9pm, or you can take advantage of their daily delivery times of 1-8pm. Wine lovers will rejoice to learn all bottles of wine are 20% off, and beer fans will also get 50% off all canned beer. Their most recent takeout menu is available here but check their Facebook page often for updates. Free delivery is also available within 5 miles of the following zip codes: 32803, 32806, and 32812.
Quantum Leap Winery has a wide selection of wines and ciders all at 20% off. You can pick up your favorite bottle of wine curbside Tuesday through Saturday from 12-7pm. To place a curbside order, call the winery at 407-730-3082 and place your order for pickup. Be sure to call again when you arrive and have your ID handy, as they will need to verify you are 21+, and your order will be brought to your car. Free delivery is also available if you live in the following zip codes: 32701, 32714, 32716, 32751, 32789, 32801, 32803, 32804, 32806, 32807, 32808, 32809, 32810, 32811, 32812, 32814, 32819, 32822, and 32835. Additionally, Tijuana Flats locations will now be carrying bottles of Quantum Leap Wine that you can pick up along with your food order.
Have a growler that looks lonely from not using it in a while? Whippoorwill will fill your growler and you can also grab some of their package goods for a happy hour treat. Grab your happy hour supplies from Whippoorwill Monday and Tuesday 7 am – 3 pm and Wednesday – Sunday from 7 am – 9 pm.
Orlando Brewing is filling growlers as well. You can also purchase other beers and drinks from them Monday – Thursday from 3-8 pm and Friday through Sunday from 1-8 pm. The best way to grab your happy hour drinks is to call in your order for pick up so you can pay over the phone. That way their bartenders can have everything ready for you when you arrive. You can place your phone order at (407) 872-1117.
Passing through the Milk District? Sideward Brewing Co. accepts call ahead orders for food, beer, & cider to go. If you live in the area, you can also get out of the house and take a stroll to their establishment as they accept walk-up orders too. If you call ahead, you can take advantage of their Sideward Meal Deal for $13. You’ll get a sandwich, a bag of chips, a toy, and a drink with this deal. Oh, and if you’re planning a social distancing party for a couple of friends, you can order a whole keg! Current hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 12-8 pm and Sunday from 12-6 pm. Call 407-866-2195 to place your pickup order. For pricing and keg availability, email email@example.com.
Restaurants Offering Batch Cocktails
Black Rooster is not only offering you ways to enjoy your favorite brews at home, they’re also helping you spread the love to your friends! For $20 you can send a Margarita-gram to your friend, complete with a quart of Black Rooster Margarita (serves 4 8oz margaritas), fresh-cut limes, and instructions. Orders are accepted Friday-Wednesday and deliveries will take place Thursday afternoon. To place an order, call 407-808-2572 or send them a direct message through Instagram. In addition, they just started selling beer growlers for $16 which you can add to your takeout order! What better accompaniment to those carne asada tacos and guac? Note: orders must be placed for people 21 or older and ID’s will be checked upon delivery.
Though Dexter’s New Standard had recently opened their doors when social distancing guidelines were put in place, that didn’t stop them from pivoting to a new menu featuring a number of bottled cocktails. Choices include a tasty-sounding Citrus Watermelon Margarita and the New Standard Mule, with prices ranging between $35 – $65 for a liter size, and $20 – $25 for 750ml. You can find their full menu here. Order times go as follows: order by 1pm Monday for Wednesday pickup or delivery, or order by 1pm Wednesday for Friday pickup or delivery. To place an order, call 407-316-2278.
Another way Dexter’s is leveling up your at-home date is with their new Virtual Wine Dinners in partnership with Tim’s Wine Market, with the next one being May 8th. Here’s how it works: RSVP to Tim’s Wine Market by calling 407-895-9463 by May 6, then pick up your dinner contents between 4-6pm on May 8th at Dexter’s New Standard. Finally, you will be able to access the “virtual” wine dinner by tuning in to a livestream starting at 7pm! Cost is $135/couple and includes 3 courses plus dessert along with 2 bottles of wine.
As if you needed another reason to add Prato to your local take-out list, they’re now also offering their craft cocktails to go! Six of their popular cocktails are available for takeout or curbside pickup, including the Italian Citrus, Old Fashioned and Aperol Spritz. Prices range between $22 – $25 for 16oz. Need another reason? All bottles of wine are 50% off. I’m not kidding. Order yourself some Prato meatballs, a widowmaker pizza, and some adult beverages and it will be just like you’re back on Park Avenue! You can find their full curbside menu here. To place your order, 407-262-0050.
The Ravenous Pig is helping locals quarantine by launching their General Store which features craft cocktails, beers and snacks that you can pick up curbside. Right now they are running a buy 2 get one free deal on 32oz growlers. Be sure to keep an eye on their social media pages as they are frequently posting about specials like the BOGO Daiquiris from a few days ago!
Luke’s Kitchen and Bar offers a full curbside menu that includes snacks, entrees, a family-style menu, and an a-la-carte protein menu that you can cook at home! While they offer packs of beer and 50% off wine bottles, you’ll be upset with yourself if you don’t get one of their six craft cocktails. This list of great drinks includes a classic margarita, an old fashioned, and a seasonal fruit collins for all of the gin lovers. Place your orders by calling 407-674-2400 Sunday – Thursday from 3-8:30 pm and Friday and Saturday from 3-9:30 pm.
Fiddler’s Green in Winter Park is offering 25% off all beverage take out orders during social distancing. You can pick up all of your favorites for a great happy hour at home, including draft or bottled beers, wines, whiskeys, and cocktails. Make sure to grab some appetizers to pair well with your drink of choice. To place your order, call 407-645-2050
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Feature image credit: Arlene Laboy
Arlene Laboy is the Managing Editor of Orlando Date Night Guide as well as a professional food and brand photographer. A wife and a mother, Arlene shares her love for adventuring around Florida through her Instagram account, @arlenemlaboy. Find out more about Arlene here.