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For some, it was sourdough. For others, the pandemic brought cocktail culture to the fore, increasing people’s interest in at-home happy hours and the art of crafting perfect sips. For anyone still mastering their mixing, Bar From Afar is a new speakeasy-style cocktail delivery service guaranteed to give you confidence with locally-sourced, craft cocktails delivered to your door.
Launched in Toronto last week, Bar From Afar originated in Ottawa in 2020 as a pandemic pivot for Greg and Sarah O’Brien. After photos of Greg’s at-home cocktail creations gained popularity online, the duo leapt into entrepreneurship by launching their own cocktail delivery service.
“I took inspiration from my time spent behind the bar at Beckta Dining and Wine to help create our first offering,” says Greg, a hospitality industry vet with more than 15 years of food and beverage experience. “Soon we were selling out two weeks in advance and had over 80 clients on a weekly subscription list.”
With help from Sarah, a banker and financial planner with a passion for food and wine, Bar From Afar has grown, now serving customers in Ottawa and the GTA. “Inspiration for our cocktails is taken from lots of different places,” says Sarah. “We love to play with food and flavours and to put our own twist on classics. A lot of our original cocktails are developed by bouncing ideas back and forth.”
Specializing in unique creations crafted, where possible, from local ingredients and spirits, Bar From Afar offers customizable mixer menus along with kits based on single spirits. Each kit includes four unique drinks and is available in three sizes. "Date Night" includes one of each cocktail, "BFA" has eight drinks, or two of each, and the "Social" comes with 16 cocktails, or four of each recipe, per box. All kits include everything you need to create the perfect speakeasy-style cocktail—from ingredients from local partners, including Burnbrae Farms, Red Bull Canada, and North of 7 Distillery, to fresh, house-made mixers, candies, popcorn, tiny umbrellas and other cute, clever garnishes.
Whether you’re intrigued by the company’s Rose Gold Vodka kit, Spiced Rum kit or prefer to pick-and-choose your favourite tipples, order by noon for next-day delivery in the GTA between Tuesday and Saturday. Kits may also be picked up from the company’s new location at 229 Niagara Street.
A perfect gift, entertaining must-have or personal pick-me-up, each kit from Bar From Afar delivers cocktail-hour inspiration and an experience that's sure to impress.