Eat & Drink

How To Support Your Favourite Restaurants And Bars During *All This*

We all have a favourite bar or restaurant. The place that’s been there with us through the good times and the bad — the first dates, the last dates, and every moment in between. But now, a lot of our favourite local bars and restaurants are doing it tough.

With the coronavirus crisis expected to drag on for at least the next few months, all of our favourite cafes, restaurants and bars have been reduced to offering takeaway services only, and some have sadly closed their doors altogether. But a lot of places — including some of the Australia’s biggest names in fine dining — have quickly adapted to the new rules, and are offering incredible deals on pick-up and takeaway meals.

At AWOL, we’ve always supported our local hospitality industry, and that’s not going to end any time soon. So we’ve compiled this handy list of local restaurants, bars and cafes that are offering great deals in this very weird time. We should note, there’s no way we could possibly list all of our favourite venues here. We’ve tried to pull together some handy resources, and found some of the best, but if you’ve got a local favourite that you absolutely love, please, head over to our comments on AWOL’s Facebook page and let us know. Every little bit helps.


Local Legends Helping The Community

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In Perth, Bespoke By Barista are offering free meals for students or people in need.They’re also doing takeaway, so give them a hand if you can.

Shuk

If you’re in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, why not give the legends at Shuk a hand? They’re offering to deliver food to anyone in need, at no cost. How good. Check out their website.

Totti’s

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Speaking of Bondi, local favourite Totti’s is now doing pickup! Between 5 and 10pm every night, they’re serving up their iconic dishes — including their incredible bread — and you can pre-order the right wine, beer or cocktail to go with whatever you’re eating. Then pick it all up in one stop from the bottle shop just around the corner. How easy is that? Order here.

And there are a heap more Sydney restaurants doing great things right now, including Arthur, Love Supreme, Dimitri’s Pizza, and Morris, which is doing a set menu every night.

Chin Chin

If you’ve heard all the hype about Chin Chin, but never been able to secure yourself a table, here’s your chance. Chin Chin in Melbourne and Sydney are now both doing pickup. And even better  — they’re offering 50% off for healthcare workers. Just give them a call to get your order in, and check out the menu on the Chin Chin website.

More Melbourne bars and restaurants who are home delivering right now include Saba’s Ethiopian, Earl Canteen, Burn City Smokers, and Slice Pizza in Footscray.

Shift Eatery

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If you’re looking for a vegan feed, Shift Eatery in Sydney’s Surry Hills is now entirely online. Try their delicious pastries, or order some essentials for your pantry.

Lochiel House

If you’re in Sydney’s Blue Mountains and need a few supplies, look no further than Kurrajong’s Lochiel House, which has put together these delightful looking produce boxes.

Theodore’s

Theodore’s in Brunswick is offering a full range of takeaway and home delivered food, drink and groceries. Check out Ted’s site here.

Mongrel

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In Brisbane, Mongrel has shut its doors, but is offering a heap of great meal packs that they’ll deliver to your door, ready to eat in the comfort of your self-isolation. Check out the Mongrel menu here.

If you’re in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, check out Happy Boy or Baja Mexican, or Proof BBQ & Booze in Newmarket. And if you’re on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, SunCoast Cabs is helping out local restaurants by doing home delivery.

Africola

Iconic Adelaide restaurant Africola is now available on Uber Eats, as is the always reliable Pizza E Mozzarella bar. And if you’re in the Northern Territory, check out the Territory Together page for the latest updates.

Brodburger

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And of course, Canberra’s legendary Brodburger is up and running. Check out their menu here.

BentSpoke Brewing Co.

And everyone’s favourite craft brewer, Bentspoke, is delivering food and drink right to your door.

Get Booze Delivered To Your Door

At AWOL, we’ve always encouraged responsible drinking, and right now, the most responsible way to drink is without leaving the house. So we’ve pulled together this list of locals that will now bring booze to your door.

The good folks at Uber Eats are also pulling together a list of ‘local legends’ who are now offering home delivery, or you could check out the Love Local Delivery Facebook page for even more options.

The Toxteth

Glebe’s iconic Toxteth hotel is now doing deliveries of food, drink, cigarettes, and yes, even whole kegs. It’s wild.

MoonDog

Melbourne craft brewer Moondog is offering home deliveries of food and booze —  contact free, of course. Check them out here.

Saving Plates

Head on over to the @SavingPlates Instagram page. They’re doing a great job of pulling together a list of locals that are now offering takeaway.

Local Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has pulled together this exhaustive list of bars, restaurants and cafes that have made the switch to pick-up or takeaway. If you’re in Sydney’s Inner-West, councillor Pauline Lockie has pulled together another list for you.

And as we said at the top of this article, there are just way too many places for us to list here. If we’ve missed your favourite, please head to the AWOL Facebook page and leave a comment. We’ll do our best to keep updating this page as more great tips come in.


Feature image: Totti’s.