Keeping spirits up


In the UK...

Three Sheets London are offering a delivery service within 3 miles from their location in Dalston or collection from the bar. The French 75 is particularly recommended and makes us wish we lived close by. If you do, please order and enjoy! Three Sheets Bar

Ramsbury Single Estate Spirits launch a Virtual Tip Jar to help raise funds for bars. Purchase drinks vouchers for bars based around the country, from London to Edinburgh, and redeem them once bars reopen. As part of the initiative, Ramsbury Single Estate Spirits will match the voucher amount and donate the sum to the bar as a "virtual tip". Buy your vouchers online at Ramsbury & Friends or get in touch with the brand if you're a bar that wants to be involved in the initiative.

Tayer + Elementary have also launched their new online shop to raise finances, so jump online and grab anything from a pen to an apron to a giftcard.

Industry stalwart Alastair Burgess is raising money to help keep his staff employed at Happiness Forgets and Original Sin, with any amount that donated going directly to the staff. This will then be redeemable against any bill at either bar once they're up and running again. Donate / pre-purchase drinks.

The Sun Tavern on Bethnal Green Road is selling lucky dip t-shirts for 20 pounds to raise funds, featuring either Three Sheets, Panda & Sons or Umbrella Brewing. Grab yours here.

Mr Lyan's bottled cocktails are available for delivery from Master of Malt while Scout is quickly working on a way to provide pick-up and delivery of theirs.

Also in London, The Umbrella Project Delivery Service has launched where you can order cocktails, beers, cider, ginger beer and more. Visit their website here to order.

Budweiser Brewing Group launch a scheme to support pubs around the UK. Buy a voucher for your local, redeem it once pubs reopen, and Budweiser Brewing Group will match the sum and donate it to the business. Head over to Save Pub Life to buy your vouchers.

Good Things Brewing are selling beer direct from their brewery in East Sussex. They are delivering beers in their electric van and have lots of new beers released this week so plenty for all! Find out more and order here.

The Three Legs Brewery, also in East Sussex have launched a home delivery service for their beer and cider, as well as natural wine and even cheese. They are offering free delivery on orders over £25 within 20 miles or £10 delivery with no minimum spend anywhere in the country. Email the team to place your order. The Difford's Guide team can personally vouch for the tastiness of this beer from our local brewery as can be seen here.

Matthew Clark launches LOCAL, a delivery app without expensive set up fees which will allow bars, pubs, restaurants, and drinks merchants to take orders from customers for both delivery and click & collect. Set up an account.

Jack Wearing has set up a discord server (that's gaming chat platform for those who aren't in the know) that acts like an online pub for the hospitality crew in the UK. It's called The Winchester with games nights, streaming movies and the ability to chat with fellow 'visitors' to prevent loneliness in a time where many find themselves stuck at home and jobless.

Gift vouchers & merch:
Many businesses are asking guests past, present and future, to buy gift vouchers now for their next visit as a way to inject immediate cash whilst empty or closed.

Lastly check your favourite bar's Instagram, website or facebook to see if they're selling merchandise. Plenty of bars have great t-shirts, beanies (looking at you FAM) and bartending paraphernalia on sale, whose revenue could help see them through the next few weeks.

Trade support

Established in 1886, The Drinks Trust (formerly The Benevolent) supports people in the UK drinks industry in need of help, therapy services and financial support. Their helpline: 0800 915 4610. To Donate to The Drinks Trust. Drinks Workforce Q&A with HR consultant and drinks industry expert Tracy Jones.

Family-owned Bacardi launches a #RaiseYourSpirits initiative to help bars and bartenders in the UK and Ireland, backed by an initial investment of £1.5 million.
The initiative includes:
• A Virtual Bar, in partnership with Deliveroo Editions, to provide over 120 venues and their bartenders an opportunity to deliver cocktails to local customers. The virtual bar will kick off on 16 April at the Deliveroo Editions kitchens in London and Manchester. Bacardi have focused on supporting small, independent bars that are currently receiving no corporate backing.
• Support by hiring bartenders to host and serve at events, paying for their fees in advance, including commissioning bartenders to create bartending at home videos for consumers.
• Helping fight the spread of COVID-19 with the production of hand sanitisers, with the Bombay Sapphire distillery producing 2,000 litres a week for local doctors, chemists and care homes, while Dewar's also has donated over 650 litres of hand sanitiser to frontline workers.

In partnership with Pernod Ricard UK, WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) will be offering Level 1 Spirits courses for free online to 2000 hospitality professionals affected by the current crisis.

Those working in a licensed hospitality business in the UK are eligible for a wellbeing pack, supplied by Speciality Drinks in partnership with Edrington-Beam Suntory UK. The packs will include food and essential items for those who need it most. Beginning with an initial 1000 packs, due to demand, the teams will be working hard to replenish stocks to relieve some of the pressure those in industry are currently experiencing. Apply for a wellbeing pack.

UK Hospitality offer support, online webinars and a weekly and/or daily newsletter which provides updates and advice on developments concerning the coronavirus.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association are closely monitoring changes in the situation and the effect on the industry at this time. They offer updates and useful information for those in hospitality.

CPL Learning are offering a free online course which highlights preparations to be considered and contingencies that can help deal with coronavirus.

Employees, employers and businesses can find additional advice surrounding COVID-19 on

Businesses can also find support from Crowdfunder who are offering free fundraising and support from Enterprise Nation.