Washington DC

Where to Get Alcohol Delivery and Takeout in DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Curbside beer, wine delivery, and fancy cocktail kits.

Stable DC
Stable DC
Stable DC

The DC area’s bars and restaurants have long been known for their long lines, national acclaim, celebrity chefs, and hard to come-by reservations. That was until the coronavirus pandemic, which forced many to shut their doors as the public followed government orders to practice social distancing.

“The legislation was a lifeline for everyone,” says Greg Algie, co-owner of Calico, Tiger Fork, and Fainting Goat. All three are serving cocktails in pouches that resemble juice boxes. ” That has allowed places that are more bar-focused are able to compete in the world of to-go and helped everyone stay afloat during this dire situation.”
 
Luckily, DC, Maryland, and Virgina all changed their liquor laws to allow bars and restaurants to serve alcohol for delivery or pickup orders, softening the blow for an industry whose profit margins depend on booze. These options have also made quarantine life at home a little bit easier for consumers who can get everything from cocktail kits to adult juice boxes to-go, while supporting their local bar, brewery, or wine shop along the way.

DC

Tiger Fork 
Shaw 
The modern Cantonese restaurant has kept up its cocktails game by offering seven cocktails packaged in juice boxes. The single-serve cocktail options include the Bird Market — made with gin, alpine liquor and citrus. There’s also discounted beer, sake, and half-priced wine. Teetotalers will find milky teas and a yuzu-based mocktail. And check out sister restaurants Calico and U Street’s the Fainting Goat, which also sell adult juice boxes, beer, and wine.  
How to order: Call to order adult beverages or order online; non-alcoholic drinks can also be ordered through Caviar.Republic Restoratives
Ivy City 
The woman-owned distillery sells bottles of whiskey, bourbon, brandy and its signature Civic Vodka on its website. Each order comes with hand sanitizer made at the distillery.  
How to order: Get curbside pick-up or same-day delivery in DC on the website

Espita
Espita
Espita

Espita
Shaw
The Oaxacan restaurant offers bottled margaritas, brunch favorites mimosas and palomas, and bottled cocktails from their spring cocktail menu. The latter includes the rum-based Zombie and the Rhubarb Gin Sour. 
How to order: Order pickup on the website or pickup or delivery through CaviarColumbia Room
Shaw
One of DC’s premier cocktail bars provides half a dozen pre-made cocktails and everything you need to enjoy them at home. Grab bottles of your favorite spirits and bitters or grab a DIY home cocktail kit to make martinis, Manhattans, margaritas, daiquiris, and Moscow Mules. The martini kit comes with gin, vermouth, garnishes, and orange bitters. Two zero-proof beverages complete the menu. 
How to order: Order online for pick-up or delivery 

Milk & Honey in Smith Commons
H Street
The soul food restaurant from Nobu alum Sammy Davis is offering everything from adult Kool-Aid to bottles of tequila, gin, and rum to pair with Buffalo tater tots, cheese hash browns, and shrimp and grits at its H Street location. 
How to order: Order online for pick-upThe Hamilton
Downtown/Penn Quarter
The restaurant and live music venue is selling drink kits that let you make a Moscow Mule, mimosa or bloody Mary at home. The menu also features sangria, cocktails and a respectable selection of beer and wine. Drink up while enjoying its virtual live music streamed from its Facebook page.  
How to order: Order carryout or delivery through Caviar or call 202.787.1000

Stable DC
Stable DC
Stable DC

Stable
H Street
Specializing in Swiss-American fare, Stable has added house-made liqueurs to its carryout and delivery menu. They include R-Amaro, amaro with Swiss Ricola, limoncello, Swiss cherry liqueur Atlas Roteli and Rhubarbcello. The cocktail standouts include wellness concoctions like the Immune Booster and the Mountain Xanax with chamomile-infused gin. designed to boost immunity and help destress. The beer-and-wine menu features Swiss lagers, pale ales, chardonnay, and merlot.
How to order: Order online for pickup or delivery or by calling 202.733.4604

District Winery
Navy Yard
The urban winery is selling wine bundles and individual bottles of red, white, orange and rosé varietals. Purchase its four-pack wine bundle to sip during its virtual wine tastings, streamed via its Facebook Live page
How to order: Purchase wines on its websiteANXO
Truxton Circle and Brightwood Park 
The cidery and restaurant offers an extensive selection of apple wines — including house-made varieties like the Passover-made District Kosher and the Cidre Blanc, blended with Virginia and Pennsylvania apples. And, starting May 22, the cider maker will let shoppers buy a DIY cider kit that comes with fermenting equipment and apples. 
How to order: Order on the website for delivery (in DC and to 44 states) or by calling 202. 986.3795 for contact-free pickup at both locations

Cusbah
H Street
Taj Mahal beer, cocktails, and a thoughtful wine list accompany the vindaloo curry, vegetable samosas, and other Indian and Pakistani dishes on the pickup and delivery menu. The namesake cocktail features white rum, apricot liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, and orange bitters — topped with champagne. 
How to order: Call 202-506-1504 or order online 

Rasa
Rasa
Rasa

Rasa
Navy Yard 
The fast-casual restaurant has given traditional drinks an Indian twist with its masala G&T, tamarind margarita, and spiked mango lassi. Available in 16 oz jars or 1 liter growlers, the cocktails use locally made New Columbia Distillers’ Green Hat Gin and Cotton & Reed rum
How to order: Order online for pickupSerenata
Union Market
The central bar inside Latin American market La Cosecha continues to deliver toasts, beer, wine and eight cocktails filled with Latin American flavors like cacique and yerba mate. Smoothies and chicha morada — a corn-based beverage of Peruvian origin — provide non-alcoholic refreshment. 
How to order: Order pickup and delivery on Uber Eats and pickup only on Toast 

Seven Reasons
Columbia Heights
The nationally acclaimed pan-Latin restaurant offers tequila, mezcal, and Cachaca-laced cocktails to-go with the camarones al ajillo and mini arepas. Lunchtime diners can hit the pop-up spot Soleado, which features Peruvian chicken burgers, elevated sparkling beverages. and assorted South American and Japanese beers. 
How to order: Order online for pickup or deliveryThe Grill
The Wharf
There’s no shortage of beverage options at the waterfront steak and seafood restaurant. Choose from martini- or Cosmo-filled cocktail pouches, more than 60 bottles of liquor and 150 bottles of sparkling, rosé, red and white wines. 
How to order: Pickup and delivery are available through ToastTakeOut and Caviar 

Northern Virginia

Aslin Beer Company
Herndon and Alexandria
Aslin Beer Company continues to sell its hearty stouts, fruity sours, and New England-style IPAs that have earned the brewery a loyal following. Get beer to-go in the Herndon location and beer and food to-go in Alexandria. 
How to order: Order online, call 703.717.9071 for pick-up at both locations, or get it delivered in neighboring Northern Virginia counties with a minimum $75 orderLandini Brothers
Alexandria
Classic Italian specialties and seafood dishes are on the menu at the Old Town Alexandria institution. Pair them with the restaurant’s extensive selection of Italian and Californian wines, which are 25% off. There’s also nearly two-dozen beers and nearly a dozen cocktails including four that are barrel aged. 
How to order: Call 703.836.8404 for curbside pickup

B Side
B Side
B Side

B Side 
Fairfax
The neighborhood restaurant is serving wine, aperitifs, and cocktails via carryout while food and its entire beer list is available for delivery.  
How to order: Call 703-676-3550 for orders with alcoholWinery at Bull Run 
Centreville
Wine lovers can order curbside pick-up and delivery of the award-winning red and white varietals at the working farm vineyard. 
How to order: Call 703.815.2233 to place an order; deliveries are free for orders $50 or more within a 15-mile radius

Trummer’s Restaurant
Clifton 
Wine lovers will find 30 standout selections of red, white, and sparkling wine varieties — ranging from $17 to $54 — to pair with their salads, whole chicken, short ribs, and veggie sides. Order Sunday brunch favorites with a pint or quart of Bloody Mary mix or a bottle of prosecco. 
How to order: Order online for pickup or delivery within a five-mile radius

Ariake Japanese Restaurant
Fairfax and Reston
The NoVa restaurant offers more than a dozen sake and Japanese beers that pair with its menu of tempura, sushi, and sashimi. 
How to order: Call 703-391-9006 to order delivery and to-go orders at both locations

Maryland

Nepenthe Brewing
Baltimore
Nepenthe’s food and beverage options make it a must-stop destination for anyone who wants curbside pick-up. Choose from a dozen beers — including hazy IPAs and juicy sours — half a dozen wines, and nine bottled cocktails. The brewery also sells bottled kombucha and yerba mate from locally owned Wild Kombucha.
How to order: Order online for food and drinksDutch Courage
Baltimore
Fans of the newly opened gin haven in the Old Goucher neighborhood of Baltimore can pick up batched cocktails that come in bottles, pouches, and even a bear-shaped honey bottle. Check out the bar’s Instagram to get the latest offerings, which also include beer, wine, and spirits. 
How to order: Call 667-309-7167 to order and pick up inside the bar.

The Bluebird Cocktail Room & Pub
The Bluebird Cocktail Room & Pub
The Bluebird Cocktail Room & Pub

The Bluebird
Baltimore
Cocktail kits are the latest addition to Bluebird’s booze inventory. Debuting each Friday, the kits let fans of the literary-themed cocktail bar recreate the bar experience at home. The signature Bluebird cocktail comes with garnishes, snacks two glasses, ice spheres, bar snacks for two, votive candles, recipe cards and even their playlist. The bar also offers eight pre-made cocktails in small, medium and large servings for curbside pickup. The selections include the Bluebird Old Fashioned and the Daedalian, a bitter margarita with Suze. Don’t neglect the food, which includes lentil hummus and lamb meatballs. 
How to order: Call 410.274.3746 to place an order and text when you arrive or order onlineR. Bar
Baltimore
The central bar in the food hall R. House recently reopened so fans can enjoy canned beer, wine and cocktails to go. There’s also a handful of merchandise. The beer selections include many local favorites from Peabody Heights Brewery, Diamondback Beer, and Key Brewing
How to order: Order on the website for pickup 

Union Collective
Baltimore 
The converted warehouse contains several food and drink vendors, which are selling their products to-go. Pick up Union Craft Brewing‘s signature Duckpin and Anthem ales, Baltimore Spirits Company‘s Shot Tower Gin and red, white, and rosé wines from the Wine Collective
How to order: Order online via ToastTab.

Denizens Brewing Co
Denizens Brewing Co
Denizens Brewing Co

Denizens Brewing Company
Silver Spring and Riverdale Park 
The Denizens Beermobile is delivering its IPAs, stouts and lagers and half a dozen batched cocktails to area fans.
How to order: Order online for a delivery order if you live near the Silver Spring or Riverdale Park locations (min. $30 order) for a flat $5 fee. Or call 301.557.9818 to get carry out from the Silver Spring location.  

Tenth Ward Distilling
Frederick
If you’re in need of something a little stronger (and who isn’t these days?), Frederick-based Tenth Ward Distilling is offering curbside pick-up of its spirits, to-go cocktails, ingredients like bitters and grenadine, and even glassware. Order up a mule kit, which comes with either gin or corn whiskey, ginger beer, lime, and a branded rocks glass.
How to order: Order online for pick-upGuinness Open Gate Brewery
Halethorpe
Guinness’ only U.S. brewery is offering contactless pickup for nearly two dozen experimental beers made on site and donating all proceeds to the Maryland Food Bank. The Guinness Blonde, Over the Moon Milk Stout, and Crosslands Clover Honey Ale are among the selections. 
How to order: Order online 

Alma Cocina Latina
Baltimore
The Canton restaurant has added some of its most popular cocktails to its to-go menu that you can pair with its Venezuelan arepas. Choose from the rum-and-grapefruit laced Papa Hemmingway, the sotol-and-lime Cielo Verde, and the gin-and-elderflower Picaflor. They’re also selling Cane Collective cocktail mixers that guests can stir with their favorite spirit.  
How to order: Order by phone or through their websiteSign up here for our daily DC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.

Julekha Dash is a Maryland writer who covers food, travel, and design with bylines in USA Today, American Way, Architectural Digest, Eater, Fodor’s, and others.

Washington DC

15 Totally Free Things to Do in DC

A full itinerary, completely free of charge.

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

Washington DC is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, and for those of us who call the District home, it’s easy to see why. With dozens of world-class museums, murals that transform streets into galleries, and sites brimming with history, DC offers a full agenda-completely free of charge. Whether you want to try a new farmer’s market, explore a new hike, or polish off your roller skating or canoeing skills, here are some of our favourite free things to do in the District.

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Flickr/gawnesco
Flickr/gawnesco

Hike, bike, or stroll along the C&O Canal

The historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is one of the most accessible nature escapes from the District. Thanks to a multi-year restoration project, the first mile of the canal is an idyllic walk that’s easy to access in Georgetown. Stick to a short stroll there, or grab a bike or lace up your hiking shoes for a longer adventure along the 184.5-mile canal.

Jump on the pickleball craze

Pickleball is working its way up the ladder past kickball and softball as one of America’s favourite games. Jump on the craze and practice your paddling at one of the District’s pickleball courts in Takoma Park, the Palisades, and more. Plus, Washington DC Pickleball invites guests to drop in to beginner sessions to try their hand at the sport before signing up for a $30 annual membership.

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Flickr/mcfeelion
Flickr/mcfeelion

Bike the Mount Vernon Trail

DC is incredibly bike-friendly, and luckily that applies to the land immediately outside of the city as well. Start in the city and bike along the Mount Vernon Trail, a scenic route that hugs the water and cuts through the woods. It’s about a 10-mile trip from DC to Mount Vernon, but you can cut the trip slightly short and end at the Old Town Alexandria waterfront-just make sure to factor in time for ice cream before pedalling home.

Explore a sculpture park

While not located in the District proper, Glenstone, an expansive sculpture park in Maryland, is worth the 45-minute drive. Tickets to the park are free (just be sure to reserve several weeks in advance), and the 300-acre space offers stunning art, architecture, and open land. In addition to its indoor gallery spaces, you can spend hours walking on paths that wind through sculptures, meadows, and forests.

Flickr/Geoff Livingston
Flickr/Geoff Livingston
Flickr/Geoff Livingston

See the monuments at night

When the sun goes down-and the summer humidity somewhat dissipates-head to the National Mall for the rare chance to see the monuments without busloads of tourists. Moonlight will give you a different perspective as you traverse the marble steps of the Lincoln Memorial or gaze up at the Washington Monument set aglow with lights.

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

Museum hop the day away

One of DC’s greatest strengths is its world-class Smithsonian museums that are open to the public free of charge. There is no shortage of options, from the intimate Renwick Gallery, to the sprawling National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonians offer something for everyone. Pro tip: Some of the museums are open late in the evenings, making for an ideal date night.

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muralsdc
muralsdc

Explore the city’s murals

Washington is home to hundreds of murals that are becoming as much a part of the city’s landscape as the monuments on the National Mall. Take a self-guided tour of these colourful creations no matter which neighbourhood you happen to be in. MuralsDC, the organization behind 150 of the District’s public artworks, is a great resource for mapping out a route to explore the city’s street art.

Hotel Washington
Hotel Washington
Hotel Washington

Take in a birds-eye view of the city

Washington looks pretty stunning from up high, and there are few spots within the city that make for phenomenal vantage points. Rooftop bars and restaurants offer epic views for the price of a drink or two, but there’s no more iconic sight than seeing the city from the top of the Washington Monument, which is completely free. Book a ticket ahead of time and ride an elevator all the way to the top of the monument and step out on the 500-foot observation deck.

Flickr/Nicolas Raymond
Flickr/Nicolas Raymond
Flickr/Nicolas Raymond

Wander through a garden

DC is home to some of the most beautiful urban gardens in the country, and many of them are open to the public for free. There is nothing like an afternoon spent strolling through, or picnicking, at the expansive 446-acre United States Arboretum or wandering through the Botanic Garden on the edge of the Mall. For something a bit smaller, explore the grounds at Tudor Place or Dumbarton Oaks (free in the winter), both of which are in Georgetown.

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Flickr/ehpien
Flickr/ehpien

Hike the Billy Goat Trail

You can catch one of the District’s most popular hiking trails, the Billy Goat Trail, from the C&O canal. The full trail is 4.7 miles and ranges from easy to strenuous, so hike a section in and back or make the full loop for the variety.

Pay your respect at Arlington National Cemetery

Just across the Potomac from DC, Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 veterans. The cemetery is an expanse of 639 hallowed acres and the ANC Explorer allows visitors to locate graves, notable sites, and take self-guided walking tours to spots including the tomb of the Unknown Soldier as well as the final resting place of President John F. Kennedy.

Lace up your roller skates

When was the last time you went roller skating? Chances are it’s been too long. So get back into this nostalgic activity at the Anacostia Park roller skating pavilion. You can rent skates for free, just show proof of a government-issued ID, and the skating pavilion is open from 9 to 5 every day.

Help clean up the Anacostia River

We all know there’s a lot of work to be done to keep our waterways clean. Do your part, and have some fun, by participating in the city’s Green Boat initiative. On select weekends, DCers can join a two-hour guided paddle along the Anacostia River to collect trash and monitor the river’s progress.

Eastern Market
Eastern Market
Eastern Market

Stroll your local farmer’s market

DC’s close proximity to the farms of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and beyond mean that the city’s farmers’ markets always have something to offer. Check out the year-round markets like Eastern Market in Capitol Hill and the Sunday market in Dupont Circle or head to seasonal markets like the pop-up in front of the White House that draws vendors like Cucina al Volo and Call Your Mother Deli.

The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress

Play tourist all around the city

It’s easy to forget that all those traditionally touristy activities can be fun for locals too. If you haven’t been on a tour of the White House, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, or the Capitol, this is your sign. All are free with advanced reservations. Plus, tucked in the northern quadrant of NW, the Washington National Cathedral is free and open to all. Tour the cathedral’s impressive architecture, 215 stained glass windows, 112 Gothically-inspired gargoyles, and enormous pipe organ. See if you can spot the sculpture of Darth Vader.

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Madeline Weinfield is a Thrillist contributor.

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