The Best Alcohol Delivery Services to Stay Well-Stocked This Spring

Getting booze delivered used to be a headache (even with your neighborhood liquor store owner on speed dial). But thanks to some newish app-based alcohol delivery services, having beer, wine, and liquor show up at your front door is easier than ever. No, direct-to-consumer startups don’t always actually fix the problems they set out to, but in the case of alcohol delivery services they actually work pretty well. The best ones come with easy to navigate interfaces that make finding exactly what you want and ordering for immediate delivery from a store in your area as simple as getting some food through Seamless or DoorDash. 

Even if you’ve tried alcohol delivery apps before the pandemic and had a sub-par experience, it’s worth giving it another go. A bunch of these brands have spent the past year working out the kinks of their delivery processes, and for the most part they’ve improved a lot. If you’re still trying to limit physical trips to stores, alcohol delivery services will ensure your bar cart never runneth dry. Just make sure you tip your delivery drivers well! And, it should be said, if you have a local beer, wine, or liquor store you love, it’s worth calling them to see what their delivery process is like. Ordering direct will almost always be cheaper for you, and does more to support local business. Plus, you can’t beat the expertise and guidance the good folks at a wine shop down the street provide. 

The Best Place to Buy Beer, Wine, and Spirits Online: Drizly

Drizly promises to deliver beer, wine, or spirits in their 101 markets in as little as an hour after you order it. In our experience ordering in Brooklyn and Manhattan, it usually takes a bit longer than that, but much more important than speed is the company’s enormous selection. With everything from hard-to-find bottom-shelf liquors to oddball craft beers, Drizly is a good place to get anything alcoholic, as well as artisanal mixers. But you’ll find their very best prices and selection are in beer, specifically the large-distribution kind of beers you’d find at well-stocked grocery stores.

What we’re buying:

New Belgium “Fat Tire” amber ale (12-pack)

This amber ale from New Belgium is filled with malty goodness, perfect for any season.

The Best Craft Beer Delivery Service: Craftshack

Craftshack’s selection is a bit more limited and a bit more expensive than Drizly’s, except when it comes to craft beers from the West Coast. If your favorite brewery just so happens to be based in California, you’re in luck. As with Drizly, even though you can get wine and spirits from Craftshack, you’d likely get better prices and a wider selection from a different service.

What we’re buying:

21st Amendment Brewery variety 12-pack

San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery has great offerings across the board. This sample pack gives you the opportunity to try a bunch of them.

The Best Liquor Delivery Service: Saucey

Saucey looks a lot like Drizly and Craftshack, but it offers free delivery to fewer places than both of those services. Still, it’s a good spot to check if you live in a major metropolitan area, especially if you’re ordering hard liquor.

What we’re buying:

Bulleit bourbon (750 mL bottle)

Great for any cocktail, and more than serviceable on the rocks or neat.

The Best Wine Club: Parcelle

If you don’t need anything right at this very second, consider joining a wine club. Most wine clubs will send you a bottle or two at a regular cadence until you decide to cancel your subscription. The best ones are managed by sommeliers with direct relationships to wine producers themselves. They get you both excellent wine while also helping you develop your own understanding of what makes wine good, and then, what types of wine you like. Since it launched towards the end of last year, Parcelle has proven a superlative wine subscription. Each month gets you a themed shipment with three wines, plus descriptions and pairing information for each one. It’s a bit pricey—you pay about $30 per bottle—but each wine individually tends to be a bit more expensive than that, and otherwise hard to find. You can see a full list of wine subscriptions that we’ve tried and like, which includes some budget and upgrade options, right here

Parcelle Wine Drop subscription (3 bottles)

The only wine subscription that will please wine novices and oenophiles alike.

A Different Kind of Wine Club To Consider: Winc and Firstleaf

The best wine clubs feel like actually clubs, allowing you access to a latent font of knowledge and special releases in the wine world. But there are a lot of wine clubs that don’t take this approach. Instead, they use artificial intelligence to try to unlock the latent preferences in your own head. Before you order, most have you take a quiz to determine what you might like. (How do you take your coffee? What’s your favorite kind of perfume?) Then they’ll match you with bottles that you might like. As you get shipments and rate the wine, the hope is that the company’s recommendations will get better and better. And if there are any misses will the algorithms work their magic, the companies usually refund the price of the offending bottle.

Winc wine subscription (4 bottles)

Firstleaf Wine club introduction (6 bottles)

Among the many companies that do this, the two most reliable and well-known are Winc and Firstleaf. Both offer a very similar quiz experience, though Winc’s is a little bit more straightforward, and both are currently running deals for new members. It’s simple to sign up and cancel either, if you think you’ll need to do so once you’re able to go to bars more frequently again.

The Best Place to Buy a Large Quantity of Wine and Spirits Online, If You Live in NY: Astor Wines and Spirits

If you live in New York City, you’ve likely been to the sprawling warehouse that is Astor Wines and Spirits. It’s a great place to buy liquor of all stripes, but there’s a reason the name has wine in it first. Its wine selection is unmatched. The thing that’s best about Astor Wines is that its site makes it easy to find exactly what you want, even if you don’t know exactly what that is. Rest assured, any one of the company’s “staff picks” are absolute bangers. However, there are some stipulations. Astor wines only offers same-day delivery to residents below 125th Street in Manhattan. But they offer ground shipping all over the country. In Brooklyn or Manhattan, that shipping is free if your order is more than $150. In the rest of New York state, free shipping applies if your order is more than $199.

What we’re buying:

Bacchus “Ginger’s Cuvée” pinot noir (750 mL bottle)

This delectable red from Bacchus isn’t so heavy that one sip will have you longing for a nap, nor so light that you’ll be inclined to inhale it like water.

$13

Astor Wine and Spirits

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The Best Place to Buy Low-Alcohol Spirits Online: Haus

Haus‘s low-alcohol apertifs are a new favorite among members of the GQ staff. They have all the complex flavors of more traditional spirits, with about half the alcohol. Either one pairs beautifully with whiskey or gin, but they are equally delicious on their own with ice or seltzer.

What we’re buying:

Haus starter kit (2 bottles)

The company’s sample pack includes two smaller bottles of the company’s classic flavors, a deck of cards, and a tote. It’s the perfect way to give the spirits a try.

The Best Place to Buy Nonalcoholic Spirits Online: Seedlip

If you’ve been trying to cut down on your alcohol intake, being cooped up inside without much to do can complicate things. Here’s where the distilled, nonalcoholic beverages from Seedlip come in. Somehow, they manage to taste just as interesting and delicious as some apertifs, but with none of the alcohol.

What we’re buying:

Seedlip “Grove 42” (24 oz bottle)

The Grove 42 tastes delicious with seltzer and a squeeze of lemon.

The Easiest Way to Order Alcohol From a Local Liquor Store: DoorDash

DoorDash is a delivery service for restaurants, but the platform also features same-day booze delivery from local liquor stores. If you’re looking for a way to support those stores, consider using the service. Remember to tip well!

The Best Alcohol Delivery That Promises to Arrive in an Hour or Less: Swill

Liquor, beer, and wine delivery is also easy (and fast) with Swill. Swill, which is headquartered in New York, promises delivery in one hour or less. Like the other alcohol delivery services on this list, it has a wide offering of spirits. You can even get ice, limes, tonic, or juice to help you whip up your cocktail of choice. It’s also worth mentioning that Swill stocks a lot of top-shelf stuff from small-batch gin and tequila to 30-year Macallan Highland Single Malt Scotch.

The Best Alcohol Delivery App That’s Probably Already on Your Phone: Postmates

What was once our go-to for takeout has now also become a go-to for alcohol. With Postmates, you can get your favorite drinks delivered from your favorite local spots, whether you live in Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, Washington D.C, Phoenix, or any other major metropolitan area. Postmates has everything you could possibly want: beer, wine, cognac, brandy, tequila, rum, gin, whiskey, vodka, you name it. You can even grab drink mixers, wine openers, and solo cups on Postmates.

Another Good Way to Order From Your Local Liquor Store: Minibar

Like Drizly, Minibar allows you to access the stock of your local stores. The prices on both platforms are the same, but we found the selection on Minibar to be slightly more limited. And it’s a little bit harder to search for exactly what you want on the website and mobile app. Still, it’s a good place to check if you’re having trouble finding what you want elsewhere.

The Best Way to Get Some Beer Delivered with Your Grocery Delivery: Amazon and Whole Foods Market

You’re already shopping at Amazon for your work-from-home essentials and pretty much everything else. Might as well add a six-pack of beer to your cart while you’re at it. Unfortunately, you won’t find any wine or spirits in the store’s catalog.

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