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There's something about a perfectly blended, planned to perfection, precision mixed cocktail that just cannot be recreated in your home kitchen. Trust us, we've tried!
The experts say the best way to stay motivated during lockdown is to give yourself something to look forward to - and plenty of rewards for making it through the week (or the day!). Who are we to argue with an expert? Treat yourself to a delicious, expertly crafted cocktail or vino-to-go as your weekend reward this week.
Here's our tips on where to find cocktails on your daily walk, plus who'll deliver right to your door.
After a lengthy hiatus, The Icon are back with their fresh range of Loverboy cocktails. The colourful creations pack a punch of flavour, and are served ready to pour over ice. Choose your 500mL jar of Negroni, Margarita, Santa Monica Iced Tea, Martini, Koukla or Blue Magic.
How: DM The Icon via Instagram for orders.
Where: Free delivery with orders of two or more, or pick up from The Icon on lower Crown Street.
When: 7 day delivery. Pick up Thurs-Sat between 3pm-8pm.
The combined cocktail genius of Births + Deaths, Howlin' Wolf, The Prince and Dagwood have come together to form one super-mega bottlo, with handpicked favourites from each of the bars. Get your Howlin' Wolf Booze + Juice (cinnamoney appley goodness), Births + Deaths secret cocktails, Espresso Martinis, Lady Assassin, Amaretto Sours and more from one easy place.
How: Order online for delivery, or drop by in-person for takeaway from Dagwood only (the other venues are closed).
Where: Dagwood - 19 Market Street, Wollongong
When: Mon-Thurs 3pm-8:30pm. Fri-Sun 12pm-8:30pm.
Taking an arvo stroll with a mate? Don't forget your sip-and-stroll wine packs from Earlybird cafe! These pretty purse packs from 'A Glass of' bring you Aussie sommelier's favourite independent wines, by the glass. They're resealable, and come with a straw - ready for action.
How: Pop into the cafe to buy - they also stock bottles of wine, beer and artisan cheese.
Where: 88 Kembla Street, Wollongong
When: Mon-Fri, 6am-2pm
Get excited for your next Greek feast - The Living Room is back and now under new management! They've got their priorities straight and have jumped right onto creating some fiery new cocktails. This week, choose from the Hawaiian Bonfire, a sunkissed combo of coconut, tequila and jalapeno, or the Lychee and Lavender Lover.
How: View the menu on their website or Facebook, and order via phone on 0410 923 857.
Where: Free delivery within 10km of Wollongong, or pick up at The Living Room at 195 Keira St, Wollongong.
When: Tues-Sun 5pm-9pm.
Feeling a little spicy? Dare to be different with the Spicy Chilli Margarita at K.malu! It packs a punch, with expertly blended Montenegro, Tequila, Chilli, and Lemon in one fabulous cocktail. Not feeling the hot vibes? Go the sweet and sparkly route with a Hugo Elderflower Spritz or Guava Sour.
How: Order online for $5 delivery or free pick up.
Where: Pick up at 122-124 Keira Street.
When: Wed-Sat, 5pm-10pm.
Your favourite Spanish creations are still being served up for takeaway at Bull & Bear for breakfast and lunch. Their fresh and fruity Sangria is the perfect way to wash away the week and embrace the sunshine.
Sneaky tip - they've now added churros to their menu which happens to go perfectly with Sangria.
How: Order ahead on (02) 4231 4315, and pick up at Bull & Bear.
Where: 2A Victoria Street, Wollongong.
When: 7 days, 8am-3pm
Best behaviour! Sip responsibly, and please stay Covid-safe while you're picking up your orders.