As we head into the colder months, we should all know by now that we’re most likely headed back into a second quarantine. So, as COVID-19 continues to keep most of us social distancing and self-isolating, the world inside our apartments continues to expand. We’ve spent so much more time at home than we otherwise would in the past few months which lead us to discover new hobbies, work from home, talk to loved ones and binge all the TV we can. For real, we can’t even count on our hands the number of streaming services we’ve signed up for since March. Take our money.
While you’re enjoying all of these activities and taking your daily dosage of news, a drink or two might be helpful. Whether it’s an Old Fashioned to unwind from the workday or a frosty cold one to rewatch The Haunting of Bly Manor — alcohol and quarantine are a match made in heaven. Just drink responsibly, please.
Since venturing to the grocery store is an activity we’re all trying to limit, delivery services are becoming much more coveted. If you haven’t delved into the world of alcohol delivery as of yet, you might be wondering — is that even possible? Is it even legal? The answer is, in many states, yes it is, and it’s glorious.
How does alcohol delivery work exactly? Well, you order online and then present your ID upon delivery for scanning so they can ensure you are, in fact, 21 or older. There are also more traditional ground shipping options and subscription services.
The following alcohol delivery services are up and running in most major cities during the quarantine and should definitely be used to make whipping up trendy cocktails or enjoying some vino even easier. Take advantage of our increasingly convenient world and sit on your tush while your booze comes to you.
Best On-Demand Alchohol Delivery Services
When it comes to alcohol delivery, Drizly’s got it down. They are without a doubt our favorite on-demand alcohol delivery service. Not only are they fast, 60 minutes or less for most orders, but they’ve also got one of the largest online selections of on-demand booze. They have all the group favorites and liquor staples you’re used to seeing, but they’ve also got local picks from each area they’re in — including local breweries, tasting rooms and distilleries.
Check out Drizly for an easy, dependable service that most likely has exactly what you’re looking for.
BEST FOR SPEEDY DELIVERY
Saucey is another alcohol delivery app that works on-demand in many major U.S. cities and offers two-day ground shipping in California and New York. The one differentiating factor? Speed. Saucey delivers in as little as 30 minutes so your pregame won’t be delayed if someone forgot the tequila. They’ve got the classic crowd favorites, local picks depending on your location and even seasonal liquors for celebrating special times of the year.
Find out if you’ve got Saucey in your neighborhood and learn more here.
BEST FOR BIG ORDERS
Swill offers a wide variety of wine and spirits available for delivery in an hour or less. They don’t mark up prices on their site or app and offer the option of creating an account so you can save your favorites and order round two faster. They also have a commercial section on their site that deals exclusively with larger deliveries for office happy hours, stocking the kitchen and events. They’ll work directly with your office on the type of booze you need and offer easy ordering and invoicing.
Check them out for your home order or larger work event here.
BEST FOR BIG CITIES
That’s right, Doordash, the app you know and love for food delivery, also delivers alcohol. Check out the “alcohol near me” section and discover which places around you will also bag up and ship out their booze straight to you. Make sure you’ve got your ID ready when they show up at your door and be ready to enjoy your happy hour without ever leaving the apartment.
BEST FOR REPEAT ORDERS
Another fan favorite for food delivery that also happens to deliver booze! Postmates your local liquor store or restaurant for your go-to cocktail and get it delivered quickly right to your door. If this is your usual app for food delivery, rest assured knowing you don’t need to download another app and can just use this one for your next online happy hour as well. The app also saves your purchase history so you can repeat order your favorite brew or bottle again and again.
Ground Shipping Delivery
BEST FOR GIVING BACK WHILE DRINKING
Minibar is another option for alcohol delivery straight to your door. They don’t offer same-day delivery, but they’ve got a wide selection of beer, wine and liquor to choose from. They also offer cocktail recipes and the ability to book a bartender for your next event on their website. They’ve also got a Drink & Do Good program where they partner with a different charity each month and support organizations helping people in need.
Check out their selection and see if they’re available in your area on their website here.
BEST FOR THE WINE LOVER
This California vineyard will ship bottles of wine right to your door and will even curate a selection for you if you’re feeling indecisive. They’ve got a wide variety of reds, whites and roses to choose from and even offer subscription and wine club services so you’ll never run out of your favorites. All of their picks are expertly-done and thoughtfully sourced from farmers and growers who are mindful and sustainable in their production practices.
Check out their available wines and make a purchase on their site here.
Ordering wine in bulk sounds like a hell of a lot of money, right? Wrong. Splash Wines makes ordering bulk wine both easy and affordable, with curated cases holding 15 different bottles of wine starting at just $95. Yes, you read that right. Just $95. Most will think that a low price will mean crappy wine, but bottles from Splash are some of the best you can buy on the market. Whether you love red, white, rose or all of the above, Splash has a case for you.
All of their curated and build-your-own wine box options are available for further investigation directly on Splash Wines’ site. We promise, there are no gimmicks here!
In terms of ground delivery, Wine.com has the largest selection of wines we’ve ever seen. Heading onto their website essentially feels the same way it would when venturing into the largest wine store you’ve ever visited. They have just about every wine you can imagine from each and every region you can imagine, like Italy, France, Napa and even more unusual territories like Macedonia, Slovenia, Israel and Mexico. Pick up your favs or discover some new treats to be delivered straight to your door in just a couple of days. They even have spirits!
Head over to Wine.com and see what we’re talking about.
BEST FOR THE NATURAL WINE LOVER
This ultra-chic LA wine shop is known for being an addition to the beloved Italian restaurant Jon & Vinny’s and now they ship their delicious natural wines nationwide. You can also order online by 6 pm for same-day pickup at one of their locations in Los Angeles. If you love natural wine or have never tried natural wine before, consider placing an order from them for your next wine shipment. They focus on naturally-driven and organic labels from small production vineyards that use fewer sulfates and other chemical interventions in the winemaking process.
You’ll feel good during and after consuming this purchase from Helen’s Wines and can also enjoy the fact that you’re helping support the little guys in the wine world as you tip it back.
A whopping 92% of wines received in Firstleaf shipments are award-winning, making this wine club one of the most prestigious we’ve seen so far. Our own assistant editor Taylor Galla is a huge fan of the service herself, saying “the price is so worth it to not drink bad wine.” Each bottle given once a month is hand-selected to your taste. Before shipment, you get the option to either augment or change out bottles you might have no interest in and replace with ones you do. It’s a super fun and unique way to try new wines you otherwise wouldn’t pick out for yourself.
Start your membership today by clicking here.
BEST FOR SINGLE GLASSES
For a name like Usual Wines, these wines are pretty unusual. These beaker-bottled beauties come in rose, brut and red, and they’re currently our newest wine obsession. Featuring one large glass of wine per bottle, these babies offer a unique shape and size unlike your traditional wine bottle and are outrageously delicious. Whether you leave them at home on your bar cart or take them on the go for a socially-distanced picnic, these are a great way to treat friends to a tasty, fun sipper.
All three flavors from Usual Wines are available right on their site — check them out here!
BEST FOR APERITIFS
Haus Aperitifs offers a beautifully-designed and naturally-curated line of aperitif liquors that look as good as they taste in your collection. We’ve written about their refreshing spirits before, and they’re great with other alcohol and perfect for sipping casually on their own. They’ve got all-natural ingredients and lighter alcohol content so you can enjoy them any day of the week without worrying about what you’ll feel like the next day. They’ve got a few great flavors including Citrus Flower, Bitter Clove and Ginger Yuzu and offer a membership service so you’ll never run out.
Learn more and check out their beautiful website here.
BEST FOR TOP-SHELF LIQUOR
If you’ve got more obscure tastes that you can’t seem to find anywhere else, check out Reserve Bar. When ordering liquor online, this is our go-to store. They’ve got all the latest releases and lesser-known brands to spice up your bar cart and serve as secret ingredients in your famous cocktail mixes. They’ve got rare finds like absinthe, top-shelf Irish whiskey, and some spirits you’ll be so mystified with you’ll have to buy them just to see what the deal is. You can also find a vast array of your favorites and group them all into one easy order.