What’s better than hearing a knock on your door and being greeted by a bottle of whiskey? Not much, right? Well, with the latest boom in alcohol delivery apps, that’s exactly what’s happening. Alcohol delivery isn’t a new concept. Liquor stores, especially those in close proximity to college campuses, have been doing it for years. However, ordering through a phone app is new. Everything from liquor, beer and wine to mixers, cups and ice are being delivered to casual patrons and dedicated partiers everyday. Unfortunately, they’re only available in major cities so far. Use one of these five apps when your party runs out of alcohol or when the weather outside just isn’t cooperating. Think of these apps as the taxis—or Uber—for alcohol.
Delivers to: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York City, Providence, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington D.C., and Worcester.
Delivery time: 20 to 40 minutes
Delivery Fee: Free in New York, $5 everywhere else
Minimum order: $20 to $30 (depends on retail store)
App cost: Free Drizly was launched in 2013 by two Boston College graduates who started the company after realizing that the long-arm of technology still couldn’t get a six-pack delivered. Drizly has plans to expand in the U.S., so rest assured: It’ll soon be available to more than just city slickers in the biggest metropolises.
Delivers to: New York, including Brooklyn, Hamptons, Manhattan & Queens Delivery time: Under an hour, under two hours in the Hamptons Delivery Fee: Free
Minimum order: $25 in NYC, $100 in the Hamptons
Gratuity: Not included
App cost: Free The Minibar Delivery app delivers only wine and liquor, but it conveniently allows you to filter your choices by setting a price range, selecting brands, and sorting them by price or alphabetically. Minibar Delivery is offered in only select areas of New York and its environs. But the company is expanding its reach at quite the clip. If Minibar is not yet in your area, you can sign up to be notified when it is.
Delivers to: Los Angeles Delivery time: 20 to 40 minutes Delivery Fee: Included in bottle price Gratuity: Included in bottle price Minimum order: NA App cost: Free Saucey’s prices reflect the total delivery fee, tax, and tip. So what you see is what you get. Some perks: For Memorial Day Weekend and hopefully future holidays, the company included packages like the Speakeasy, which included ingredients to make Old Fashioneds, Manhattans and Martinis as well as Scotch and cognac. A complimentary bartender was also included to hang out and pour drinks for an hour. Pinch yourself: Yes, this is real. Also, a percentage of sales are donated to Charity Water to provide clean drinking water around the world to the people who need it most.
Delivers to: Chicago Delivery time: Under an hour Delivery Fee: $4 to $6 (depends on liquor store) Gratuity: Not included Minimum order: $15 to $25 (depends on retail store) App cost: Free According to Crain's Chicago Business, Drinkfly was launched in March 2014 by two brothers, Alex and Will Cullen, whose father is the owner of three Irish pubs. When Will opened a pizza shop and began delivering through the popular app GrubHub, the brothers got the idea for delivering alcohol. This app includes the “Another Round” feature, which allows users to select their “usual order” for quick buying.
Delivers to: Ann Arbor (University of Michigan surrounding area), Orlando (University of Central Florida surrounding area) and Washington D.C. Delivery time: Under an hour Delivery Fee: $3.87 or less Gratuity: Not included Minimum order: $20 to $40 (depends on retail store) App cost: Free The name Klink comes from the act of bumping glasses with your friends. As Klink, (which was formerly named Drink Drivers) puts it, “We named this company after the sound of coming together.” It currently caters to Washington D.C. and the areas surrounding the University of Central Florida and the University of Michigan. No wonder kegs are an option!
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