Dante gets into the canned cocktail delivery game
Hit Greenwich Village cocktail bar Dante is now canning its cocktails for nationwide delivery in a new partnership with canned cocktail brand F!ve Drinks Co. The new canned cocktail business kicks off service today with three drinks to start: a summery elderflower and gin spritz, a bold Americano 2.0, and a classic gin and tonic. A four-pack of the canned cocktails sets you back $13.99, cheaper than some craft beers in the city and in-line with other upscale canned cocktails on the market right now.
The pivot to canned cocktail delivery isn’t completely unexpected for the hit New York City bar. Dante was among the first bars in the city to get into the takeout and delivery cocktail game, serving its drinks in branded coffee and plastic to-go cups as quickly as two days after the indoor dining shutdown in March. Plus, the new business comes on the heels of a recent expansion to the West Village, where Dante opened an off-shoot bar that’s been in the works for more than a year.
Restaurateurs Linden Pride and Nathalie Hudson purchased the original Greenwich Village location of Dante after it shuttered in 2015. With help from a destination-worthy Negroni — and robust public relations team — the duo transformed the 100-year-old institution into a stylish cocktail bar, which has since been named the best bar in the world by the World’s 50 Best Bars.
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