Drinks delivered to your doorstep. What a wonderful concept. Unfortunately (or fortunately) it's become a bit of a necessity amid the COVID-19 crisis, but we're here to tell if you if your bar cart is running dry New Zealand has plenty of options to top you up.
So make some space in that fridge and/or alcohol cabinet of yours, we've dug up the very best booze delivery services around the grounds.
You're probably more used to visiting Glengarry in store, but did you know that they also stock a huge range of drinks online? Whether you're after a rare craft beer, an award-winning vino or a punchy premix (Pals and Part Time Rangers, we see you), rest assured there's a bevvy with your name on it. Plus, they even have a collection of cocktail recipes available should you wish to brush up on your mixology skills. Delivery nationwide.
For craft beer lovers, services like Beer Jerk are a legit Godsend right now. Their website is a treasure trove of rare and interesting brews—many you're unlikely to find at your local bottle shop—including those from Omnipollo, New New New and Dugges with individual cans, six-packs, mixed cases and even a subscription all part of their offerings (yes, you read that right: a subscription service for CRAFT BEER). Should you opt for a sub, you'll be treated to a box of surprise brews which you can work your way through each Thursday, while talking about it with other like-minded drinkers via the online Beer Jerk club. That's enough beer—and beer banter—to see you through the lockdown and out the other side. Delivery nationwide.
WineFriend is just the kind of friend we need at the moment, and runs with the idea that buying wine should be as much fun as it is to drink. This clever company will actually test your tastebuds (online, of course), then put together a box of wines that match these results—as well as your budget—which are then delivered to your door. Once finished, let them know what you thought of their selection and they'll take this info, and start the process all over again. Due to the current situation, you can also hop online and buy some of their top picks by the bottle. Delivery nationwide.
Your old faithful Big Barrel is also online, serving up everything you need and delivering nationwide. They're slinging a range of wines, beers, spirits and RTD's—sure to have you set for your next virtual hang or Friday night aperitivo session. They'll get your booze to your door quick-smart withing three to five working days, or you can opt to click and collect from your local store. Delivery nationwide.
How about some boozy buch to brighten the long days ahead? Nelson's Kombucha Bros. have combined their fave kombucha blends with triple-distilled spirits like gin, creating the mash-up we didn't know we needed: alcoholic kombucha. This is a huge trend overseas and one we're glad to see Kiwis finally tapping into (especially, we have to say, at a time like this). Available by the glass or can—though some items may be running low due to hot demand—with shipping free for orders over $40. Delivery nationwide.
Foley Wine Club
Foley Wines certainly know their vino; acting as custodians for some of the country's most well-known wineries and wine brands including Martinborough Vineyard, Grove Mill, Vavasour, Mt Difficulty and Te Kairanga, as well as the iconic Lighthouse Gin label. Check out their online 'wine club' and get some of these goodies delivered straight to your door, with free shipping available for a limited time (sounds like a win-win to us). Delivery nationwide.
You might know The Market as your go-to for all things fashion, lifestyle and homewares, but they're also serving up the booze in this time of need. They'll have you sorted with a range of wines from bubbles to red, beer aplenty from your favourite brands and a slew of spirits and liqueurs like gin, mezcal and aperitifs. Grab out your cocktail kit and hit buy now. Delivery nationwide.
Invivo & Co
Wine time is on, thanks to the legends at Invivo & Co. These guys stand by the mantra “nothing should get in the way of a good drink” and we couldn't agree more (especially at a time like this). One of New Zealand's leading wine producers, they have a slew of accolades to their name—including the title of world's best sauvignon blanc—and have collaborated on wines with superstars like Sarah Jessica Parker and Graham Norton (who, BTW, they've also created a gin with). Cut a long story short, these guys make a damn good drop. See for yourself and get some today, via their contactless courier service. Delivery nationwide.
Everyday Wine is the stuff of quarantine dreams, offering a huge selection of organic natural wines including those from France, Spain, Australia and of course New Zealand. From fresh whites to rich reds and everything in between, they have the perfect lockdown drop for you. Our top pick has to be anything from Garage Project's Fairy Bread range—just the thing for brightening a particularly long day. Free delivery, nationwide.
What better way to shake away those lockdown blues than with a DIY cocktail sesh? The crew at Cocktail Merchant have you covered, with all the equipment—and of course all the booze—to whip up quality cocktails in your own kitchen. They even sell recipe books, should you need a bit of inspo. Delivery nationwide.
Kings Liquor have been creating their own spirits, liqueurs and other products for more than 30 years—including the country's first commercially viable alternative to Baileys—and are continuing to bring you their tasty tipples throughout the lockdown. We particulary like the sound of their cranberry and raspberry gin; as well as their 'orangecello' (a tasty twist on limoncello). Delivery nationwide.
Discerning drinkers will be pleased to know that they can still get their hands on East Imperial's premium tonic waters throughout the lockdown, as well as some epic pairing bundles containing, yes, alcohol. In fact, these guys are going one better and bringing us '14 Days Of Cocktails In Isolation'—a recipe a day for the next two weeks over on their Insta, using some of their most coveted products. Delivery nationwide.
The Beer Library
Don't be fooled by the name, The Beer Library are serving you not only a slew of excellent brews, but also wine, spirits, cider and more. They offer a great selection of vintage and cellared beer for those in the know, as well as vegan-friendly brews and even a range exclusive to their shop. Delivery nationwide.
Don't expect to find your average drop over at Cult Wine, who organise their vinos into catergories like Smashable (“these wines go down easy... too easy”) and MindFuck Alert (“wines that challenge the very notion of what wine can and should be”). See what all the fuss is about and grab yourself one of their mixed packs or other offerings. Free shipping for orders over $50. Delivery nationwide.
Red + White Cellar
Order a case of wine from Red + White Cellar, and you'll be supporting not just one local business, but two. These guys are a fave amongst the hospitality set, stocking vino from more than 60 NZ and international brands, and are sharing the love this lockdown with the one-and-only Coco's Cantina. Use the order code 'SOSCOCOS' at the checkout, and they'll give the beloved Auckland eatery 20% of the sale price. Now that's what we call a win-win. Delivery nationwide.
Shake things up this lockdown with a special delivery from Cocktail Collective. They offer carefully curated cocktail kits that contain “everything you need—in the just the right quantities—and nothing you don't” including spirits, liqueurs, juices, syrups and garnishes, to create delicious, bar-style drinks at home. Personally, we'd love to get our hands on one of their Espresso Martini boxes (seeing as we can't get a proper coffee, surely this is the next best thing?). Delivery nationwide.
Beer With Us
The premise for this one is simple— putting quality craft beer into the hands of those who love it most, whilst supporting the peeps that make it. Beer With Us works with a number of small breweries that rely heavily on revenue from on-site sales (something that's not really happening right now!), including Liberty Brewing, Isthmus, Rocky Knob, Brewdog, Sparks and Juicehead. So go on, crack a can and show your support. Delivery nationwide.
Fill your glass at Winetree, a new online store serving up top-notch drops from across the country. Bought to you by Lemongrass Productions, the company behind hugely popular events like Taste of Auckland and Winetopia (which was sadly cancelled this year due to COVID-19), you know you're in for some seriously good vino when you order from these guys. So why the name, Winetree? Well, this business is all about supporting a stronger and healthier planet so that folks like us can enjoy outstanding wine in the years to come, so they're committing to planting one native tree for every two cases/12 bottles of wine sold. Delivery nationwide.
Let the good times roll with Drinks Trolley. This website has a bunch of well-known booze brands up for grabs, including Asahi, Peroni, Carlsberg, Fickle Mistress, Somersby and Long White Vodka to name a few. So pick your poison, and let drinks o'clock (their term, not ours) commence. Delivery within Auckland only.
Love Local Colab
Award-winning winery, The Hunting Lodge is teaming up with a couple of close mates to bring us the Love Local Colab. Enjoy your pick of vino from Babich Wines, Kumeu River Winery, Soljans Estate Winery, Westbrook Winery, Coopers Creek Vineyard and of course The Hunting Lodge themselves, as well as beer from Liberty Brewing and Hallertau, and kombucha from Mama's Brew Shop. Delivery within Auckland only.
Support your favourite drops with this handy list of vineyards that will deliver to your doorstep, nationwide.
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