6 Best Alcohol, Beer & Wine Delivery Services

Restock your bar cart while sheltering in place.

April  8, 2020
Photo by Ty Mecham

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.

As the COVID-19-induced quarantine wears on and we schedule more at-home date nights and virtual happy hours, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Even in these times of uncertainty, our desire for a refreshing, possibly strong, drink around 5 o’clock remains extremely certain.

But, as we’re learning that staying inside is the kindest, most responsible thing we can do right now, leaving the house in pursuit of wine may feel a little non-essential.

Luckily, from apps to online ordering to calling up your go-to neighborhood wine bar, there are plenty of ways to get alcohol delivered to your door while sheltering in place. Read on to find the best alcohol, beer, and wine delivery services for you.

6 Best Alcohol, Beer & Wine Delivery Services

1. Minibar

Not only does this third-party app connect you to local liquor stores and wine shops offering same-day delivery, it also establishes monthly partnerships with such charitable organizations as the United Way and New York Cares.

Minibar also offers direct shipments from wineries across the country through its Vineyard Select program, which arrive at your door in three to five business days. And newcomers to the app’s email newsletter get $5 (aka a free beer! some fresh oranges!) off their first order.

2. Drizly

Another third-party delivery app, Drizly offers the same conveniences as Minibar: Same-day or scheduled deliveries plus a wide array of wine, beer, spirits, and mixers to choose from.

Drizly is usually able to offer deliveries in less than one hour (though, with the massive uptick in orders across booze delivery apps, delivery estimates may be slightly longer than usual).

3. Total Wine

The big-box liquor store is offering same-day delivery as well as scheduled deliveries within a two-hour window. You can confirm whether the service is available in your area by checking your address online. Don’t forget to peruse Total Wine’s special promotions, deals, and sales before ordering—they’re honored not only in-store but on delivered orders as well.

4. Subscription Services

If you’d like to ensure a steady supply of booze as the quarantine stretches onward, consider subscribing to a service that restocks your bar cart on a predetermined basis: Bitters and Bottles or Crafted Taste for spirit and cocktail lovers; Winc or Firstleaf for wine enthusiasts; and Tavour or Craft Beer Club for beer fanatics.

5. Your Local Wine Bar, Shop, or Winery

As previously reported, your neighborhood wine store may now offer delivery, in addition to curbside pickup, and some wineries (like Martha Stoumen Wines and Las Jaras) are taking direct orders. And, in the same way that you can now order drinks to go from your favorite restaurants and wine bars, you can probably snag a fancy bottle or two—just call them and ask.

6. Grocery Delivery Services

Adding both pantry staples and craft ales into one cart (virtual or not) now feels like a distant—or at least, rare—luxury. Grocery services like FreshDirect, Peapod, and Instacart are experiencing a huge influx of orders and resultantly, delays.

Delivery windows on these platforms are filling up as quickly as they open, to the extent that grocery drop-offs within a week of ordering are difficult (if not impossible) to come by. That said, if you are able to secure a delivery time, there are really no limits to how much you can buy. Here’s me raising a virtual glass to you.

What inventive cocktails have you been enjoying during this time? Share them with us in the comments!

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Sara Coughlin is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. Although she writes about food, health, wellness, lifestyle trends, skin-care, and astrology, she’d much rather talk to you about professional wrestling, rock climbing, and her personal favorite true crime theories. You can find her in her studio apartment doing yoga while a pan of veggies gently burns in the oven.

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