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WFH happy hour: Where to get ready-to-drink cocktails delivered in Singapore

You don't need a fully stocked bar – or a dashing bartender – at home. These bars and bottled cocktail businesses offer tipples to be enjoyed in your pyjamas.

WFH happy hour: Where to get ready-to-drink cocktails delivered in Singapore

Ready-to-drink cocktails (Photo: Phin Wong)

Bars and entertainment outlets in Singapore are now closed for good reason, with circuit breaker measures in place to keep everyone home and curb the spread of COVID-19.

But that doesn't mean you can't still safely partake in a little cocktail hour with your friends over video chat – even if you don’t have a fully stocked bar and a dashing bartender at home.

A number of bars have quickly switched gears and are now bottling or vacuum-packing their cocktails so that customers can still enjoy their favourite tipples at home.

Colin Chia, owner of Nutmeg & Clove at Ann Siang Hill, told CNA Lifestyle that they are not doing this to just make money because it isn’t quite enough to recover their other losses. "We just want to be there for our customers during these trying times," he said.

Andrew Yap, founder of The Old Man Singapore, agreed, saying these bottled versions of their cocktails give their guests “the opportunity to drink in the comfort of their home”, keeping in mind “safety for themselves and their family”.

So, the next time you’re hankering for a drink with the boys or a girls’ night with your friends over Zoom, why not order yourself a pre-mixed cocktail bottle or five? That's one way of supporting local businesses while catching up with people you miss at the same time.

We’ve gathered a list of bars and bottled cocktail businesses in Singapore that offer tipples you can enjoy in the comfort of your pyjamas pants. Cheers!

Additional reporting by Grace Ma.

Kiki’s Reserve

(Photo: Kiki's Reserve)

Kiki’s Reserve is the brainchild of local craft beer HopHeads and The Oyster Bank. On top of your classic cocktails, they’re also serving up refreshing flavours such as Osmanthus Yuzu Gin and Raspberry Lavender Gin and you can order by… sliding into their DM on Instagram.

A 120ml bottle is priced at S$25, and a 480ml bottle is S$100. Order via direct message on Instagram: @kikisreserve 

Native 

Native is bringing its signature use of Southeast Asian ingredients to our homes. Featuring their four signature cocktails: Foragers’ Garden, Hibiscus, Pineapple Arrack and The Peranankan, which comes with a side of Nonya kueh kueh for a complete experience. Isn’t that thoughtful?

Promotional prices start at S$68 for one bottle. Order via direct message on Instagram: @nativebarsg

Sunday Punch 

When it comes to bottled cocktails, these people are pioneers in Singapore. Since 2014, Sunday Punch has been working with local bartenders and experts in the bar scene to come up with small batches of bottled cocktails. Their latest variant, Summer Thyme, is a collaboration with cupcake shop Plain Vanilla that uses a combination of raspberries, thyme, vodka and vermouth – a perfect way to cool things down.

Bottles come in 250ml or 500ml, priced at S$40 and S$68, respectively. Order via their website: www.drinksundaypunch.com

Fung Kee Hotdogs 

We’ve heard of a hotdog-and-beer combination, but hotdog-and-Negroni is a rarer occurrence. This Scandinavian-style hotdog shop at Duxton offers bottled Negronis for take-away or delivery.

A bottled Negroni is priced at S$14. Order via Deliveroo.

The Old Man Singapore 

You don’t need to have read a Hemingway book in order to enjoy a Hemingway-inspired cocktail (although we highly recommend you eventually do read one). The Sun Also Rises cocktail is a capra fat-washed applejack, curry leaf-infused gin with sweet vermouth, sous-vided pandan leaves and lime kafir. Oh and it’s very green.

The Old Man Singapore is also showing their support for a local limo transport service called The Collective Group by using them to deliver the cocktails. Customers can pay the drivers directly when the delivery is made.

Prices start at S$17 for one bottle. Order via their website: theoldmansg.com/takeaway-menus

Nutmeg & Clove

(Photo: Nutmeg and Clove)

You can always trust Nutmeg & Clove to take us back in time with their flavours. They’re known to create cocktails with the different eras of Singapore in mind, by using familiar local ingredients. Their Roses & Lychees cocktail has Hendricks gin, roses, lychees and clarified milk. Sounds like a fancy Bandung? Yes, we’ll have some of that.

Prices start at S$38 and bottles come in 250ml, 350ml or 500ml. Order via direct message on Instagram: @nutmegandclove 

Employees Only Singapore

If you’re craving a classic cocktail, Employees Only Singapore has five of their classic cocktails bottled up for deliveries: Old Fashioned, Negroni, Martini, EO Manhattan and Cold Brew Martini. Or should we say ‘Quarantinis’?

They are priced at S$80 for one 350ml bottle, S$220 for three or S$350 for five. Order via their website: employeesonlysg.com 

Manhattan 

We’re surely going to miss their boozy brunches but fret not, you can still enjoy the booze at home. They have Chocolate Negronis, their signature Manhattan and a range of barrel-aged Negronis – all available at Dolcetto, Level 1 of Regent Singapore.

One 300ml bottle is priced at S$118 and one 100ml of barrel-aged cocktail is S$24. Retails at Dolcetto, Level 1 of Regent Singapore.

Jigger and Pony

Just because you’re having your cocktails at home, that doesn’t mean they don’t need to look pretty. Every Jigger and Pony takeaway cocktail comes with different garnishes so you can add the finishing touches to your drinks (for that Instagram-worthy moment, of course).

Each package serves two and is priced at S$30. Order via their website: jiggerandpony.com

Tippling Club

Tippling Club is here to lift our spirits with a newly launched food and beverage takeaway menu. There is the option of sticking to your classic tipples or if you’re feeling adventurous, try their Bahn Mi Sazerac which has bourbon, maple, bitters and shio koi.

Bottles come in 180ml or 500ml, priced at S$38 and S$95, respectively. Order via their website: tipplingclub.com

Potato Head Folk 

While you satisfy your burger craving with the good stuff from the folks at Potato Head, how about accompanying it with a cocktail? They’re serving up tropical flavours such as Coconut Negroni, Golden Summer Mango Daiquiri and a Royal Gin and Pineapple Juice. Now we just need to close our eyes and imagine we’re sipping these at a beach… in Bali. Ahh. Soon. One day, soon.

Prices start at S$19 for each cocktail. Order via Deliveroo.

Shin Gi Tai 

As the guys at Shin Gi Tai put it, "Don’t share COVID, share the love!” Their cocktails are made on the spot when the orders come in so it tastes like what you would get at the bar. This means you can even request for a bespoke cocktail, which is what the bar is known for. So, what are you craving today?

Bottles comes in 300ml or 500ml, priced at S$80 and S$130, respectively. Order via their online form.

Compendium

Compendium might not serve your usual bottled cocktails but they do have some really interesting flavoured gin that you can easily have with a splash of tonic water. They are known to play with local flavours such as Kopi-O and Teh-O Rum. During this time, they will also be launching DIY cocktail kits so you can come up with your own creations at home. The first set is for their Rojak gin and Chendol gin. This could very well become a new hobby.

Prices start at S$68 per bottle. Order via their website: www.rachelletherabbit.com

Papi’s Tacos 

Imagine a jug of ice cold margarita delivered straight to your door step – at 2am. Papi Taco’s delivers 24 hours and islandwide so your after-hours margarita cravings can now be satisfied without having to squeeze limes in your jammies.

Prices start at S$60 for 1L of margarita pre-mix. Order via their website: https://www.papis-tacos.com/papis-tacos

Atlas

From ready-to-serve cocktails to expertly assembled gin and whisky sets complete with bartending tools in the bar’s signature rose gold tint, Atlas has got you covered for a chill evening at home. Just light a scented candle and get into the mood.

To order, email info [at] atlasbar.sg () or send a WhatsApp text to 9739 5591 from 12pm to 9pm. Free delivery for orders of over S$100.

Copper

Be spoiled for choice with Copper’s 135 different mini tasting bottles of whisky and various spirits from Scotland’s oldest independent bottler Cadenhead. Tasting sets of three or four bottles in themes such as Simply Speyside, Brandy Bonanza and The Peat Freak are also on offer.

Order from whiskystore.com.sg. Free delivery for orders over S$300.

Hopstation

Beers are sold by the bottle or buckets of five and you can get a range of craft gems from Australia, Belgium, UK, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore. There’s also a selection of ciders and wines, and soon, food items including pastas, mains and small plates such as crispy squid and gochujang chicken wings.

To order, call 8717 2301 or send a message to facebook.com/wearehopstation from 11am to 9.30pm. Available on Foodpanda and Deliveroo from mid-April.

Junior 

This “pocket” bar is offering a selection of bottled cocktails and DIY food kits from past great hits, launching with five agave cocktails from their very first concept Norma in 2017. All cocktails arrive pre-mixed, properly diluted and chilled in 700ml bottles (roughly five to nine regular servings), with the addition of garnishes, ice and premium mixers where suitable.

To order, call or send a message to 8121 1462. Free delivery for orders above S$130 with same-day delivery for orders received before 3pm.

LeVeL33

The world’s highest urban microbrewery is retailing its popular in-house brewed Blond Lager, India Pale Ale and premium Brut Beer in sizes ranging from 330ml cans and bottles to 1.5l bottles, with bulk discounts on orders of 24 and above. 

To order, send a WhatsApp text to 8511 4613 from 12pm to 8pm. Free delivery for minimum orders of S$80 or if you’re within a 500m radius.

Rabbit Carrot Gun

The casual neighbourhood restaurant has a range of pre-packaged cocktails such as Mango & Pepper Gin Fizz and 30-Day Barrel Aged Negroni as well as Espresso and Rumpresso Martinis that need a shaker and ice.

Rabbit Carrot Gun's Craft Cocktail Selection. (Photo: Rabbit Carrot Gun)

Order from Deliveroo.

Revamp Kitchen & Bar

Celebrate WFH happy hour with unique cocktails by Boo Jing Heng, winner of Diageo World Class 2016 Singapore. No.1 is a concoction of gin, vermouth, Campari and Cointreau, while No.2 swaps out the gin for whisky in the same combination. 

To order, email info.drinkeasy [at] gmail.com () or send a message on Facebook or Instagram (@drinkeasy.sg). Free delivery with a minimum order of 10 bottles.

So France

Besides artisanal produce such as artisanal cheese and pates, and ready-to-eat soups and dishes, the French bistro’s grocery store Epicerie stocks fine wines and spirits that are bottled in 200ml and 100ml Flaconwit tubes respectively. This method allows them to be sold by the glass with the same quality and long-life guarantee as the original bottle. 

Order from so-france.sg or call 6909 6449. Free delivery with minimum order of S$150.

Jekyll and Hyde

(Photo: Jekyll and Hyde)

Jekyll and Hyde introduces a different cocktail menu every week, but one drink that always remains is their famous alcoholic tau huay cocktail Mr Bean’, that has vodka, kaya, franngelico and tau huay.

Prices start at S$23. Order via this form.

Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall

Warm up your rainy afternoons with a cup of Milo... with bourbon. Now you can snuggle up on your sofa with Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall's Milo Old Fashioned, but do make sure you don’t serve the wrong cup to the family.

Bottles come in 300ml and 500ml, and prices start at S$48 and S$78, respectively. Order via their website: https://www.ahsamcolddrinkstall.com/reservations

Origin Bar

Sherry, sherry baby! Shangri-La’s Origin Bar has recently introduced five bottled cocktails and one of them is their Cherry & Sherry, which we were told that one of the ingredients is Vitamin C. That means it’s considered a healthy drink, right?

Prices start at S$40 for one 300ml bottle. Order via their website: bit.ly/shangrilatakeaway

Source: CNA/sr

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