Drinks delivered to your doorstep. What a wonderful concept. Unfortunately (or fortunately) it's become a bit of a necessity in 2020, but we're here to tell 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.
Society Liquor is one classy operation, bringing some of the world's most extravagant spirits direct to your door. Whether it's a bottle of our very own Broken Shed Vodka or whisky straight from the isles of Scotland, there's no shortage of goodies here. In lieu of their Unicorn Tears gin (sold out, of course) you'll find us hitting up a bottle of Phoenix Tears rum. Delivery nationwide.
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. 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 are exactly the kind of friend we need, and believe that wine should be as much fun to buy as it is to drink. This clever company will actually 'test' your tastebuds (virtually, that is), then put together a box of wines matching your results, and your budget. When it's all said and drunk, let them know what you thought and they'll start all over again. Alternatively, you can hop online and buy some of their top picks by the bottle. Delivery nationwide.
Your old faithful, Big Barrel is also online and slinging a stellar range of wines, beers, spirits and RTD's—sure to have you set for your next cheeky weeknight sesh, Friday aperitivo hour and more. They'll get your booze to your door quick-smart within three to five working days, or you can opt to click and collect from your local store. Delivery nationwide.
Invivo & Co
Wine time is on, thanks to the legends at Invivo & Co. These guys stand by the mantra “nothing should stand in the way of a good drink” and we couldn't agree more. 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. Delivery nationwide.
Everyday Wine is the stuff of vino 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 drop for you. We recommend switching things up and grabbing yourself one of their exciting 'orange' varieties (aka skin-fermented whites). 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 in 2020. 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 get their hands on East Imperial's premium tonic waters online, as well as some epic pairing bundles containing, yes, alcohol (look carefully and you may even find 1919's coveted Pineapple Lump-inspired gin). 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 until recently organised 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. Delivery nationwide.
Shake things up this 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 (hellooooo coffee). 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, while supporting the people that make it. Beer With Us works with a number of small breweries who rely heavily on revenue from on-site sales (something that's been a little lacking this year!), 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, an online store serving up top-notch drops from across the country. Bought to us 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.
The Good Wine Co
There's not a bad word to be said about the The Good Wine Co, who offer a great selection of vino (minus the confusing jargon), and equally great prices. They've even put together some food-matching suggestions—now that's what we call service. Delivery nationwide.
Choose from hundreds of great value wines when you visit the virtual mecca that is Wine Central. Not an expert? Don't worry, their website is designed to make finding your dream drop as easy as possible with categories like varietal, style, region and even vegan. And the good news doesn't stop there—you'll also find beers, spirits and added extras like glassware to complete your order. Delivery nationwide.
Black Pineapple Co.
Forget piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, we want espresso martinis while stuck firmly to the couch—how 'bout you? Well thanks to Black Pineapple Co., you can now have just that. Drinks expert Frankie Walker (who has more than 25 years experience in the industry) is the brains behind this one, which brings fresh cocktail boxes—as well as spirit and mixer boxes—right to your door. As such, you can expect tipples that deliver on taste, presentation—and plenty of good times. Unfortunately not all of Black Pineapple's boxes are available nationwide, but guess what—their espresso martini one is! Delivery within Auckland only, except for select products.
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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