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Running low on wine, beer, and spirits? Maybe you’re planning to unwind from the stress of the coronavirus outbreak with a Netflix Party and an adult beverage over the weekend, but you can’t summon the energy to head to the store while wearing a homemade face mask. Or perhaps you’ve attended lots of virtual happy hours over Zoom, and your beverage supplies are dwindling. Alcohol delivery is looking pretty good.

You’re not alone in this decision. Online alcohol sales skyrocketed by 243% over one week in the middle of March in the US, according to research from Nielsen. As quarantines, lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders limit shopping excursions, keep more people indoors, and all but shutter local restaurants and bars, many are turning to other means for keeping their favorite booze in stock.

A number of national delivery services, wine club services and larger regional stores are still delivering alcohol during the pandemic. Some restaurants offering takeout and delivery also offer alcoholic drinks — though some states require you to buy food, too. (It’s considered safe to order food or alcohol from restaurants and stores, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, though you can follow certain precautions to keep yourself and your delivery driver healthy.)

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Alcohol delivery laws vary by state, so not every service is available in every area. Many states, however, have deemed liquor stores an essential service during the pandemic, and are now allowing delivery of such beverages from restaurants and liquor stores where they may not have in the past. 

There are a ton of online liquor delivery services, as well as wine- and beer-of-the-month clubs. Many regional liquor stores also have delivery options. If you’re looking to stock up on some booze without going out to the liquor store, here are a few services to check out. Just remember that the same rules that have always applied to alcohol apply now, more than ever: Only enjoy booze in moderation, and never drink and drive.

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Drizly

Drizly is an online alcohol delivery service that partners with more than 2,200 retailers across North America to send beer, wine, liquor and snacks to your door. It’s available in 26 states and the District of Columbia. 

When you add something to your cart, you’ll have the option to choose which store in your area will fulfil the order, as well as delivery ETAs, minimums and fees. You can often get your order delivered in under an hour (though the site currently warns to expect delays given the increased demand), or schedule a delivery for the future. Add a tip for your driver, and you’re good to go. The site is also encouraging users to select contactless deliveries. 

Total Wine

Total Wine has a wide variety of wine, beer and liquor, and offers same-day alcohol and snack delivery across 12 states, as well as shipping and in-store pickup. If you’ve ever been in one of its stores, you know it has a wide variety to choose from, including craft and domestic beer and spirits. If you are looking for wine, its Winery Direct deals let you mix six bottles to get a discount. Bottles start as low as $3. 

Winc

Winc is a wine-of-the-month club that has customers take a short quiz and offers wine recommendations that will match their palate for a monthly subscription. You can also search the site for whatever you prefer. Selecting four wines will get you free shipping each month, from both Winc’s own wines and bottles from independent wineries. Bottles start at $13 each. Our sister site Chowhound named Winc the best wine subscription for most people, and said that it “provides an overall great value for the wines and user-friendly site.” 

Saucey

Saucey offers 30-minute delivery or two-day shipping of wine, beer and liquor, with no delivery fees or order minimums — the price is all rolled in, so what you see is what you pay (there are shipping fees, however). The catch is that it only operates that on-demand service in certain cities: Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. 

Minibar

Minibar operates in 18 states, promising to deliver wine, beer and liquor to your door in under an hour (though there are currently delays in many areas due to increased demand, the site says). It also offers statewide shipping within three to five days, and an in-store pickup option at your local liquor store. The site stands out for its easy navigation and ability to quickly filter by type of alcohol, then store, country, size, container and price. 

Wine.com

Home delivery is great, but if you’re going out to Walgreens or FedEx anyway, online retailer Wine.com lets you order to pickup at one of those store locations near you. The site boasts that it has the “world’s largest selection of wine,” and you can have it delivered to your home or to one of those local pickup sites. You can also sign up for the StewardShip program — a one-year subscription is $49, and gets you free shipping all year. 

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If you live in a state that allows alcohol delivery from local restaurants, you can likely order drinks through your favorite food delivery app. Just open it up, navigate to the restaurant you want, and see if beer, wine or alcoholic drinks are available. Check out our list of best food delivery services here. 

Instacart

In at least 14 states, you can add wine, beer and liquor to your grocery delivery order from online grocery service Instacart. Orders are fulfilled by grocery stores in your area. Regular delivery fees apply, and you’ll need to show ID. 

Happy ordering! For more, check out our roundup of everything you need to know to stay healthy and entertained while stuck at home, and how to avoid coronavirus when you do have to leave the house. You can also find out about the best meal kit delivery services, the best meat delivery and subscription services, the best coffee subscriptions and gourmet food and drink gifts to send to family and friends.

source: cnet.com

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