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 in these strange self-isolation times, Sydney has plenty of options to top you up.
Whether you enjoy craft beer, natural wine or gin, we've dug up the very best booze delivery and subscriptions on offer in Sydney.
These regular deliveries and one-off drop-offs will encourage you to experiment and expand your know-how by curating a selection of delicious drinks and—best part—sending them direct to your doorstep.
Here are a few of our favourite booze subscriptions and delivery services.
Did you know that one of Sydney’s most talked about natural vino hubs has a subscription service? For $150 a month, you can have a selection of six bottles delivered to your door on the first Friday of every month. The kicker? Rootstock co-founder, wine judge, writer and all-round vino extraordinaire Mike Bennie handpicks the pack so your natural wine dreams will definitely come true.
And because let's face it, we'll definitely need more wine in these trying house-bound times, P&V has an online store where you can shop their full range of tasty wine, which can then be shipped direct to your door. Spend over $100 and order before 12pm Monday - Friday and P&V will deliver your booze the very next day. Suss it all out here.
The fact that DRNKS does a same-day wine drop-off has to be the silver lining in 2020.
We've been big-time fans of all things DRNKS since they started peddling natural, sustainable, biodynamic and organic wines via the Internet back in 2014. These days, DRNKS does have a brick-and-mortar outpost in Redfern at The Goerge Hotel, but you can still peruse their OG digital bottlo for a tasty library of seriously good wines sourced from family-owned labels and is made with limited to no additives.
DRNKS delivers all over Australia. Same-day delivery is available if you order before 2pm Monday - Saturday and if you live within 15km of the Sydney CBD. The cutoff is extended to 6pm if you live in the Inner West or the East. More details and available suburbs are here.
To see us through the coronavirus life, the legends at Yulli's Brews have intro'd "Doomsday Deliveries". If you live within 10 minutes of their Alexandria brewery, Yulli's will happily home deliver cans of their epic beers and tasty cider as well as items from their 100% vegan menu. Dial-up a single, six pack or carton of cans from each one of Yulli's now-iconic brews by phoning the team on 02 9519 0161. Yulli's released the full menu on their Instagram, which you can see here.
The Borough Box
Sometimes there truly is a silver lining to a crisis. In this case, it's the fact that an ex-Noma sommelier (yes, Noma—the coveted René Redzepi restaurant) has launched a brand new wine subscription for Sydney. James Audas, who also worked as the somm at Silvereye, typically sold natural wine wholesale to restaurants alongside business partner Tom Sheer (former Love Tilly Divine and Oscillate Wildly sommelier). With COVID-19 in full swing, Audas and Sheer have launched The Borough Box. It involves a finely curated selection of six hard-to-find natural, organic and biodynamic wines from Australia and all around the world, delivered to your door on the first Monday of the month. Suss it out here.
Prince Of York's Party @ Home Pack
Prince of York is home to one of Sydney's coolest basement discos. It's a place to party, but in the midst of a totally weird pandemic where we're all forced to stay indoors, the team has developed a way to bring all party vibes to your door. Enter the Party @ Home pack. Prince of York has buddied up with their mates at Shorty’s Liquor and Moonshine Music to provide booze, tunes and eats in one go. Check it out here.
If you've visited the likes of Fred's, Bert's or Totti's—you'll know Sydney's hospitality juggernaut Merivale and its master sommeliers are good (like very good) at wine. If staying in or hosting dinner at home is more your vibe this week, you'll want to check out The Bottle.Shop, a curated selection of wine pieced together by Merivale's sommeliers. A shopfront has existed at The Ivy complex for a few years, but in 2019 The Bottle.Shop dropped a digital shop packed with recommendations and subscription boxes to suit a huge range of tastes and budgets.
Wines here are tagged up with tasting notes, fun facts, food pairings (cured meat, BBQ, pizza) and helpful hints (drink with good company). Sommeliers Franck Moreau MS and Adrian Filiuta MS have really done the hard work for you—shop by occasions like "Weeknight Wine", "Party Starters", "Picnic Wine" and "Au Naturale" for all the natural wine fans out there. Subscriptions include boxes of 3, 6 or 12 covering great picks that won't break the bank, something a little special and a splurge box for the best of the bunch. Check it out here.
You know what goes really well with wine? Cheese. And charcuterie. Here to save the day on all three fronts is Handpicked Wines. Their full-range of delicious wines is available to order online (that's everything from Chardonnay to Bordeaux, rosé, Nebbiolo and prosecco), as well as a big range of cheeses in 100 - 200g sizes and cured meats like sopressa Vincentina and smoked wagyu beef. There's even a selection of caviar and condiments if you're really keen to amp up your at-home cheese board game. In response to COVID-19, Handpicked have also broadened their delivery area to take in a 25km radius around their Chippendale cellar door. Check it out here.
Two In Hand Wines
If ease of choice, speedy delivery and quality Australian wine is what you're after, Two In Hand Wines are solving all three problems at once. This simplified delivery service takes out the hit-and-miss factor, by selecting either one or two great failsafe drops for you. Order before 12pm to enjoy same-day delivery in Sydney Metro, and if you're sending a gift, Two In Hand can add in a personalised message. Packs come with tasting notes and food pairings too. Check it out here.
Loose Ends specialises in organic and bio-dynamic wines produced in family-owned vineyards around the world—but with a lot of love for Oz, of course. Like many wine subscription services, you can select a red, white or mixed (including orange and rosé varieties) pack depending on your preference.
While many services do six or a dozen bottles in a box, Loose Ends offers from six to 24 ($150-$600). The list of wines included in each box goes up on the Loose Ends Instagram at the start of each month, if you’re curious. Check it out here.
Gin Society is a membership program which not only includes a bi-monthly delivery of gin, but also cocktail recipes, articles and content, event invitations, and a luxe gift for first-time subscribers, which includes a crystal glass, cocktail spoon, jigger and strainer. Membership costs $95, paid every two months coinciding with the delivery of a premium bottle of gin from a small batch distillery.
Don’t expect Hendrix or Bombay Sapphire to be sent your way, you’re going to be sent artisanal creations like Rivo foraged gin from Lake Como (wow) and Sheep Whey Gin made from Tasmanian native botanicals. Check it out.
What Gin Society is to gin, Whisky Loot is to whiskey. In short, it’s all about education. For $59 a month or quarter, depending on your preference, you receive three 60ml tasting bottles of premium whiskey, tasting notes and a journal to start your notes. You can pick from a few types or regions, for instance, there’s the American Box or the Traditionalist Box, to name two. Each box is then themed, for example, "Classic Summer Whiskies" or "Intro to Bourbon Casks". Sign up here.
If you’re into beer, you might have already heard of Beer Cartel. Operating since 2009, it claims to be Australia’s longest-running craft beer subscription service, which—when put next to their reviews—suggests this is a crew who knows their shit and isn’t about fads.
Beer Cartel offers local and international craft beers with packs catered to “starters” ($35 x six), “enthusiasts” ($60 x 12) and ‘crowd pleasers’ ($110 x 24). Shipping is extra but there’s also an option to click and collect if you happen to be near the Cartel’s Artarmon store. Check it out here.
Ok, so technically these guys are based in Adelaide—but we're making an exception because great wine comes from Adelaide, and they're bringing the good vibes and the creativity with an extra special "Coronavino Care Package". Intrigued? Of course you are. Basically, it's a carefully and playfully selected mixed dozen delivered to your door, with 20% off and free shipping to sweeten the deal. Each bottle is chosen by Unico’s knowledgeable winemakers, so you could wind up with an all-time favourite like the Jade & Jasper Fiano, or something new and exciting like the recently released Pipe Dream Nero d’Avola, or Panda Panda Fiano. Check it out here.
And, because digital happy hours are the new normal, Unico Zelo is also hosting Facebook Live happy hours every night at 5.30pm (Sydney time). Tune in with all your curly wine questions or just jump in with general industry banter to enjoy a face-to-face conversation via the magic of social media.
Good Pair Days
Built for the Netflix generation, Good Pair Days is all about discovering tasty, affordable wine from the comfort of your own lounge room. Through powerful (read: fun) personalisation tech (yes, it's a quiz), you'll be delivered new wines you're guaranteed to love, minus all the weird wine jargon. The packaging and tasting notes are super cute (and sustainable), so why not have a try here.
Hungry? Here's our rolling list of restaurants now offering takeaway (it's epic).
And if you've got a new booze delivery service helping Sydney sip their way through COVID-19, get in touch with us.
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