Bars & Pubs

The Best Alcohol Delivery Services In Melbourne

By Bridget O'Donohue
2nd Apr 2021

Yes, the bottle shops are still open, but you can have booze delivered straight to your door without all the hassle. Whether you need the ingredients for a cocktail or want to hand over your tipple choice to the experts, we’ve got the best alcohol delivery options for you. 

ALCOHOL DIRECT FROM THE SOURCE

  • Make room in your fridge or on the shelf for Bagnum—a collab between local legends Built To Spill and Urban List. Think easy-to-pour bagged wine that is every bit classic as it is boujee. Each Bagnum holds a whopping 1.5L of juicy Aussie wine from Sparrow & Vine with three wine varietals on offer: a Bagnum Sangiovese Rosé, a citrusy Semillon Bagnum (white) and a Nero D’Avola Bagnum (red).

    Packing a heap of green cred too, Bagnums are packaged in an eco-friendly and fast-chilling AstraPouch—which has an 80 per cent lower carbon footprint than its typical glass iteration. It even has a smart nozzle that activates just by the tap of your finger (read: no leaks) and makes sure your Bagnum stays fresher for longer—sans cork contamination and potential oxidation. The limited-run Bagnum range can be purchased through Built To Spill at $44 a pop and delivered straight to your door. Order yours here.

  • Richmond distillery Brogan’s Way has their full range of gins available to order online and are currently offering free shipping across Melbourne. Check out their website for classic and creative cocktail recipes to complete your happy hour.  

  • This one's primed for date night. Richmond's refined cocktail bar, Ugly Duckling, is offering up their signature cocktails to sink into at home. Pair it up with a charcuterie selection and premium cheeses and it'll almost feel like you're there. Order online for delivery or pick-up.
     
  • Although the Stomping Ground venues will be closed for the foreseeable future, their online shop is still fully stocked. Keep it varied with the Isolation Hydration, a mixed 12 pack of their favourite beers, or grab a slab of your favourite core range or limited-edition special. They’re offering free delivery to Melbourne metro areas on orders over $75. 

  • The colourful world of Moon Dog Brewing is available direct to your place. Their inventive ales and everchanging experiments pop up on their site ready to slide into the cart. Get your fill of their sours, seltzers and more. What's good about Moon Dog is that you can mix it up with variety packs and even beer subscriptions; get a fresh stack of tins every month. 

  • Footscray craft brewery Hop Nation is working to #keeplocalalive with their range of beers available online. We recommend investing in the Communitinnies, a mixed 12 pack of locally brewed cans. They’re offering free shipping in Melbourne metro areas when you spend over $50. 

  • Nothing quite hits like an espresso martini. Mr Black coffee roasters have just swung in with their perfectly blended martini. Coming in an extremely convenient 200ml can; all you have to do is give it a shake and you’ll be right on your way. Available in four packs they’re perfect for a picnic and the ultra-aesthetic graphic cans even provide something for the mantlepiece. Order up some here
  • Help a winery recover from the 2019/20 bushfires and get your small-batch wine delivered directly from the Adelaide Hills. The team at Vinterloper are some of the best and most adventurous winemakers in the game and they ship to Melbourne from just $10. If you want to make your relationship permanent, they also offer subscriptions.

Alcohol Clubs & Subscriptions

  • Naked Wines is less of a wine club and more of an investment opportunity. Just sign up for a monthly fee and the returns are access to independent, exclusive Aussie wines. For $40 a month you’ll become a Naked Angel, a membership that gives you credit to purchase wines off the website with big discounts, plus a free bottle of wine each month. You can choose your wines or let them pick for you, with free next day delivery to Melbourne metro areas. 

  • Beer Cartel has a range of beer available to help you get through isolation. They are currently selling Quarantinnies beer packs which are limited to just 48. It features amazing brews from around Australia, with cans from Two Birds, The Grifter, Hawkers, and many more. Buy a pack here.

  • Good Pair Days is all about making sure they pick the wines that suit your palate (like the Hogwarts sorting hat but for grown-ups). When you sign up they’ll ask questions about your personal tastes and come up with recommendations from their team of sommeliers. From there you’ll get three (or more) wines delivered each month, with the option to increase or pause the subscription if needed. 

  • Joining the Craft Cartel beer club is the equivalent of asking for whatever the bartender’s drinking. Your beer pack comes in either eight or 16 and is delivered monthly, giving you access to craft and independent beers from around the country. This subscription is completely preselected which takes all the stress out of working out what to drink, so you can just focus on enjoying the beer. 

  • For something a bit more left of field, Gin Society is offering a bi-monthly subscription for lovers of all things botanicals. You’ll receive a carefully chosen small-batch gin delivered to your door every two months, along with their Gin Journal complete with tasting notes, reviews and recipes. They’re currently shouting your delivery and a little extra gift with each bottle. 

Alcohol Delivery Services 

  • Budgie Smuggler is a custom cocktail service from the team at Budgie Bar. There are a stack of varieties to choose from which all have completely customisable labels; perfect if you're looking to gift someone in lockdown, and even better if you feel like sending yourself some positive affirmations + alcohol. 

  • If you’re looking for a good drop, Bahama Gold has recently set up shop online.  Specialising predominantly in natural wines, you’ll find a range of sparkling, reds, whites, orange, fizz and rosé as well as one-litre growlers of everyday wine perfect for the mid-week. Operating out of the Old Palm Liquor, the Brunswick East haunt is offering free delivery within the hour if you’re within 5km of the shop. 

  • Cocktail specialists, The Everleigh have kickstarted their mixologist-led pre-bottled range. The Everleigh Bottling Co. has a vast range of top-tier cocktails from your staple negronis and old fashions, to your seasonal tipples like palomitas and even non-alcoholic numbers. Order up over here

  • Tipple delivers to 120 suburbs across Melbourne, each day from midday to 11pm. Just download the app, choose your booze and select a delivery time and they’ll bring it straight to your doorstep. They’ve got over 800 drinks to choose from so the hardest part will be picking your poison. 

  • Hello Drinks has you covered in the spirits caper. Hello Drinks sells beer, wine, spirits, and mixers, and also have a range of cocktail recipes on site to make the most out of the loot you just bought.

  • Blackhearts & Sparrows is still open for business in-store, but they also offer delivery across Melbourne. There’s no need to get dressed for access to their amazing selection, with all the info on drinkability and body for help in choosing the right drop. 

  • Vino connoisseurs, City Wine Shop is delivering to homes within a 10km radius of the shop. If you're lucky enough to reside within that zone you're able to select from a range of expertly curated wines, ranging from Australian vintages to imported drops from Italy, France, Germany and Spain. 

  • Lockdown drinks can be as classy as you choose. Check out Cocktail Porter for bar-worthy bottled cocktails delivered right to your doorstep. There's also an epic range of cocktail kits if you fancy a bit of DIY—we recommend the Whisky 4 Ways box for the ultimate at-home house party.

  • If you can’t get out of the house but your fave bottle shop doesn’t deliver, Deliveroo and UberEats have got your back. Just log on to the app, select your bottle-o of choice and you’ll be cracking a cold one in no time. 

Check out which Melbourne restaurants are offering delivery on our live article.

Image credit: Everleigh Bottling Co.

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