Even if we can’t dine out right now, there are a few bright sides to our current state of eating and drinking, like getting a bottle of rosé or a margarita delivered right to your door. Thanks to an adjustment in liquor laws due to the Covid-19 crisis, Los Angeles-area restaurants can now sell beer, wine, spirits, and pre-made cocktails directly to consumers via takeout and delivery.
With many bottles priced for accessibility, you can find some truly great deals for wines under $25 or some discounts on big splurges. And there’s a lot of creativity from behind the bar for cocktails, whether it’s a Mason jar filled with a martini or getting the recipes and ingredients to DIY it all yourself at home. What better to go with their menus of takeout food or lists of grocery and pantry items? (Be aware: Mason jars, deli containers and the like are considered open containers, and so must be transported out of reach of the driver, if you’re driving them home.)
Here’s our guide to some of LA’s top restaurants selling wine, cocktails, and spirits.
Wine + Cocktails
Get either premade cocktails (martinis, Negronis, and Manhattans, oh my!) or full bottles of spirits, a nice selection of vermouth, and even rosé and orange wine for warmer days. Pick up at the Silver Lake restaurant directly or order for delivery. All info can be found here.
In addition to Jeremy Fox’s prepared food menu, stocked larder and Girl & Dug produce boxes, you can get canned and bottled beer, spiked kombucha, and premade cocktails, like Sky’s the Limit (maraschino, dry vermouth, lavender bitters and Aviation gin). The well-curated wine list is for everyday drinking, with bottles hovering around $30 for things like a funky Malvasia or a California sparkling rosé. Get all the info for pickup and delivery here.
A Thai basil margarita or a smoky bourbon-mezcal cocktail are available to go with any of the extensive food menu Bryant Ng is offering for takeout and delivery at the Santa Monica spot. You’ll also find some fun wines on the short but eclectic list; beer too. Check out the menu here.
Margaritas, Negronis, and other batched cocktails are served in Mason jars for easy pickup; beer, wine, and spirits are all available as well. Along with groceries, produce boxes, and prepared food, the Santa Monica restaurant and lounge has everything you need for extended quarantine, too. The only thing missing is that view at sunset. Find more info here.
The iconic Fairfax spot has bottled some of its best cocktails, including the Mai Tai, lychee martini and a Szechuan margarita. All, along with beer, wine and sake, are available for delivery via the various apps. Get more info here.
The drinks at this wood-fire focused Culver City restaurant have always been one step ahead — maybe three — but they’ve stuck to the reliable with the selections for their current Hatchet Market iteration: wines like Saumur-Champigny from Domaine des Hautes-Troglodytes, beers like Prairie’s Vape Tricks sour, and cocktails like old fashioneds and Negronis. Order here.
The Highland Park spot has a full menu of single-serving house-bottled cocktails that just need a shake, pour, and some ice, in addition to large format concoctions and themed packages for a little mental getaway. For wine, all offered are organic, biodynamic or natural, and there’s a great selection in the $25 and under range. All are available for takeout and delivery.
Batched garden cocktails served in jars are available with the wide array of prepared dishes and pantry items at the Arts District restaurant. Think: beet-infused vodka martinis, tequila with yellow bell pepper and citrus, and mezcal with Buddha’s hand and chamomile. All can be ordered for curbside pickup and delivery, Tuesday through Sunday.
NERANO and BG
In Beverly Hills, get 16 or 32-ounce pre-batched cocktail jars, including mezcal Negronis or Manhattans made with Piggyback rye and walnut bitters, to go with your prepared food or pizza and pasta kits. All wines $399 and under are 50% off. Call (310) 405-0155 for pickup; delivery also available. More information here.
Chefs Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts made the bar available for takeout and delivery in the South Bay, including cocktails like spicy pomegranate margaritas, Moscow mules, barrel-aged old fashioneds, plus beer and wine.
Offerings from this downtown Italian stunner include premade negronis for two, full bottles of spirits, plus plenty of wines under $35, like the ripe and rich Spinelli 2018 Pecorino white. Or go crazy with a “splurge” wine like the staff favorite Praesidium 2015 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ($67). Curbside pickup only for now.
To pair with the Santa Monica restaurant’s Mexican fare, get bottles of pre-batched margaritas and palomas, bottles of wine, and a small selection of beer. It’s all available for delivery and pick-up. Call 310-526-0027 to place an order. More information here.
If you don’t want one of the pre-made cocktails, everything from the gin and yuzu Empress of Bali to riff on a Manhattan with Szechuan peppercorn, you also order bottles of sake and spirits for curbside pickup and delivery. Wines lean heavily toward natural and biodynamic selections. Check out the full menu, including family meal boxes.
Taking on delivery themselves, there’s a good chance one of the owners might be bringing you bottles of wine to go along with the meal kits and kitchen staples ordered from the Los Feliz neighborhood charmer. Order the summer six-pack for surprise picks of everything you want to be drinking as the temps rise — a mix of white, rosé, skin-contact, and sparkling. More details on contactless pickup or delivery and menus here.
This longtime Thai staple in Sherman Oaks has developed one of the most innovative wine programs in the Valley, thanks to chef Justin Pichetrungsi. The current takeout wine list reflects his preference for New California (Habit chenin blanc) and Old World natural (Deplaudes gamay from near Lyon). Call (818) 501-4201 to order.
BAR (BODEGA) AVALON
The wine bar might be closed for sip-in business, but it’s still focused on getting you a great selection of reds, whites and sparkling wines to enjoy at home. The list is mostly $20 and under bottles, which means you can order many at a time. Or at least enough to pair up with the DIY lunch and dinner kits on offer. Get more on delivery and pickup here.
The wines at the sunny Venice spot swing from high-acid whites to lighter bodied reds, almost all organic or biodynamic. Basically anything that goes swimmingly with the seafood-focused meal kits, including some steals like $20 bottles of house wine. Order ahead for same-day pickup.
HELEN’S / JON & VINNY’S
Order online and pick up bottles from Helen’s, the wine shop run by group wine director Helen Johannesen that’s tucked inside Jon & Vinny’s in Brentwood and on Fairfax — or at sister restaurants Kismet Rotisserie and Petit Trois. Delivery is also available (nationwide shipping, too). Check out the selection and details here.
The same wines you’d sip with big salads and wood-oven pizzas are available to go at the Pasadena mainstay. For pickup, call 626-356-4440. For delivery, order via DoorDash. More information here.
In addition to barbecue basics and family-style feasts, you can get beer (most in cans) and wines from a well-curated list. Curbside pickup or free delivery for customers within a five-mile radius of the Culver City restaurant. Get all the details here.
Kris Yenbamroong’s Thai restaurants are still closed for food, but the excellent natural wine list is available for delivery every Saturday. Sign up for the newsletter or watch Instagram for the weekly-changing selections of sparkling wines, rosé, reds and whites, all sold as four-bottle packs, and order order on Fridays. Delivery must be within 10 miles of the West Hollywood, Silver Lake or Venice location.