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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in Brunswick is offering a full range of takeaway and home delivered food, drink and groceries. Check out Ted’s site here.
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.
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.
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.
Glebe’s iconic Toxteth hotel is now doing deliveries of food, drink, cigarettes, and yes, even whole kegs. It’s wild.
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We've got your stay home beers covered! Grab all your favourite Moon Dog classic and food delivered straight to your door contact-free, or pick up some takeaways from our contactless drive-thrus! Place your order through our online store for free same day delivery before 3pm! (minimum $40). Call 9428 2307 and Option 1 (Preston) or Option 2 (Abbotsford), or hit the link in our bio! #stayhome
Melbourne craft brewer Moondog is offering home deliveries of food and booze — contact free, of course. Check them out here.
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#Repost @buffalodiningclub ・・・ Going live now we are taking calls on 9332 4052 for our pre cooked meals to be picked up tomorrow between 4-8pm Curb side at Buffalo Dining Club. Thank you all for your continued support Stay safe, eat well Pete & Marcelo #buffalodiningclub #johnnygoesitalian #wontgiveup
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.