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Alcohol delivery services in Melbourne

For when you need the bar to come to you

By Time Out editors
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Look, we all have those days when even a trip to the shops or the bottle-o is just that little bit too much to handle. Which is why we're thanking the entrepreneurial types who came up with the idea of delivering booze straight to our doorstep.

Food delivery services have hopped on board with the idea, making it that much more convenient to have a glass of vino or a beer with your delivery lunch or dinner. And if you sign up to a subscription service, you won't be caught without something to pour your dinner guests. Just remember to have your ID with you.

Need something to line your stomach? Check out the best restaurants now doing delivery in Melbourne

Alcohol delivery services in Melbourne

sazerac cocktail
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1. Made in the Shade

Made in the Shade are all about the experience of a fine beverage. Founded by husband-and-wife-team Michael and Zara Madrusan, the group not only owns some of our favourite bars in Melbourne (Heartbreaker and The Everleigh are just a couple of the feathers in their cap), it also offers same day delivery on freshly shaken cocktails and international beers. 

Order on the website between 5-11pm daily. $40-$65, free delivery to select suburbs with code 'DELIVERY' at checkout. 

Cocktail at Romeo Lane
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2. Romeo Lane

Bars Cocktail bars Melbourne

You're a lucky human if you live in the inner city. Romeo Lane is delivering its fine cocktails to your door, sealed in individual portions. All you need is ice and a vessel. Order individually, or treat yourself to the Seven Day Weekend pack with ten of your favourite cocktails. That's right, upon checkout, you get to pick.

Order online. Delivering daily. 

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Food at Bar Liberty
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3. Bar Liberty

Bars Wine bars Fitzroy

Bar Liberty is probably considered one of Melbourne's destination wine bars, but now it comes to you. Have the pleasure of its full and diverse, natural-leaning wine list delivered to your door, from Champagne to sake, sherry to spirits. Better yet, cocktails are pre-batched and in the mix. 

Order online. Delivering daily.

Wine and Food Solutions bottle shot
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4. Wine and Food Solutions

Hospitality veterans Liz Carey and Paul Guiney set up a minimal intervention wine distribution company in their spare time. What underachievers. The wines in the portfolio grace the lists of restaurants like Embla, Anchovy and French Saloon, and now you can get them delivered to your doorstep. If you know what is good for you, you'll sign up to the newsletter which blasts out new bottles and specials on a regular basis.

Order online. Delivering daily. 

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Halle Aux Vins
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5. Halle Aux Vins

Another wine distributor is also going direct to you with the recent launch of its retail store is Halle Aux Vin, with its fantastic portfolio of French, Italian and Australian wines. Wines can be delivered nationally on weekdays, and six days a week in the Melbourne metro area. Wine packs are available for specific tastes, but you can also purchase individual bottles.

Order online. Delivering Monday to Saturday in the Melbourne metro area. Get 15 per cent off your first order by using the discount code LOCKDOWN2020.

Pouring cocktails at Black Pearl
Photograph: Graham Denholm

6. Black Pearl

Bars Fitzroy

Melburnians never needed the succession of big international awards to know that the Black Pearl is where you go for a bloody good cocktail – though undoubtedly those accolades benefited the travellers who now flock to the bar as a checklist destination. For the first time in 18 years, it comes to you. The menu changes weekly, but the theme of the drinks will always be escapism. 

Order online. Delivery is free if your order is over $50. Delivery is only available within an 8km radius of the bar. Pick-up is also available. 

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whisky in a cut-glass tumbler.
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7. Whisky & Alement

These guys have established themselves as Melbourne's go-to whisky purveyors since 2010, with an ever-changing menu of over 1000 casked creations. They're making sure you won't go without the 'water of life' under isolation by delivering their products to your door. They're keeping it playful with the introduction of whisky-filled 'juice bags' that hold a neat 30ml dram, giving you the option to sample some special drops at home. 

Order on the website. The 'dram van' does speedy deliveries to select Melbourne CBD suburbs, other orders can be shipped Australia wide. 

Wines at Atlas Vinifera
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8. Atlas Vinifera

Restaurants Bars Richmond

Richmond's favourite little wine bar is now a wine shop. The entire range of wines, from cheapies you drink on a Monday night, to big-ticket numbers from its 'Pool Room' is up for grabs. The crew are personally delivering the wines themselves, so it's almost like getting the in-store experience, at home. 

Order online. Delivering daily. 

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Pouring whisky at The Elysian
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9. The Elysian

Bars Fitzroy

Key to this speciality bar’s success is the immense goodwill banked by owner-bartenders Yao Wong and Kelvin Low among the whisky-loving community. They’ve painstakingly built a 350-strong back bar of rare and independently bottled whiskies. Each bottle has been hand-selected, resulting in an eclectic collection full of one-offs you won’t find elsewhere in the city. Order tasting packs of all the styles of whisky to be delivered to your door.

Order online. Delivering daily. 

Cocktails at Mr West
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10. Mr West

This Footscray favourite doesn't want the people of Melbourne going without a good tipple while we have to stay home. It has rolled out an express delivery service for select suburbs that promises to have you quenching your thirst within the hour. Alternatively, the contactless 'click and collect' service will have you covered. Browse a range of good wines, crafty cans, and cocktail 'bagnums' including a 1.5L bag of Espresso Martini. If you're feeling peckish, they've teamed up with fellow local fave Pie Theif to offer a heat and eat range. 

Order on the website. Daily noon-8pm. 

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The Recreation Hotel
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11. The Recreation Bistro

Restaurants Bistros Fitzroy North

This classic little wine bar and bistro is not only delivering individual bottles to your door, but wine packs that cover all budgets (a mixed dozen, a selection of six French wines, a six-pack of premium Aussie reds) and even food from the bistro menu.

Order online. Delivering daily. Check that you're in the delivery zone and keep an eye out on its Instagram account for food specials. 

Low Key cocktail
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12. Low Key

Bars Northcote

In Low Key's normal life as a bar, cocktails are usually not the main focus. But, in times like these, it is still functioning as an essential neighbourhood service, and although it can't pour beers, it can certainly sell bottled cocktails. Bottled cocktails come in half litres if you're looking for something a little stronger than wine and beer, and care packages include packets of crisps.

Order online

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Pisco sour Pastuso
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13. Sol Y Vino

The folk at San Telmo group are also importers of Argentinean and other European wines. In its direct-to-consumer store, you'll not only find popular varietals popular to Argentina like malbec and torrontes, but vermouth, pisco, sherry and cava.

Order online

 

14. The Craft & Co

Restaurants Collingwood

This multi-purpose venue in Collingwood is equal parts delicatessen, boutique food store, restaurant and bar. The multi-level venue hosts an onsite micro-brewery, distillery, cured meats and cheesemaking rooms and a coffee roaster. The natural by-product of all these activities is booze – gin, wine, beer, you name it. The shop is live online and shipping nationally.

Order online. Delivering daily. Please note the store sells full-bottles and not bottled cocktails.     

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Meatsmith butcher
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15. Meatsmith

Shopping Delis Fitzroy

Andrew McConnell’s specialty butcher and wine store is a one-stop-shop for dinner in a pinch. The chef opened the butcher with ex-Peter Bouchier butcher Troy Wheeler, who has been a business collaborator with McConnell for a number of years (Wheeler teaches McConnell's staff to butcher meats in-house at his restaurants). Throw in some locally produced wine, beers, and even great non-alcoholic bottles next time you put in a meat order.

Order online. Delivery is available through the Fitzroy, Brighton and St Kilda stores and covers a wide range of postcodes.

Food at Vue De Monde
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16. Vue De Monde

Restaurants Melbourne

Gain access to one of Melbourne's most encyclopedic wine lists through the power of online shopping. As well as being able to order pre-made meals from one of Melbourne's best restaurants, you can choose any bottle from its prestigious cellar, painstakingly catalogued on the website. Every wine is listed with accompanying history, production and tasting notes so you know exactly what you're buying. 

Order online. There is same-day delivery if you place your orders before 3pm. Pick-up is also available.

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17. Baxter's Lot

Bars Fitzroy

Named for the fearless Captain Baxter who is responsible for the parcel of land that is what we now know and love as Fitzroy, this bar is known for giving you a really good time. Find a range of beers; cheap and cheerful wines; and cocktails in a jar on its online store for takeaway and delivery. 

Order on the website. Deliveries over $40 are free, happening Thursdays-Sundays within a 5km radius. 

espresso cocktail kit
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18. Cocktail Porter

This 'online cocktail experience service' will send you everything you need to whip up beverages worthy of the coolest cocktail bars in town. Hankering for a fresh Espresso Martini? What about Rasberry Mint Mojitos, or Whisky four ways? They'll sort you out. If you're feeling a little less hands on, the Cocktail Porter can also hook you up with a range of bottled cocktails.  Maybe the Elderflower Gimlet or Salted Honey Old Fashioned will take your fancy? 

You can place orders for one-off deliveries and subscription boxes on the website. Allow three to five business days. Bottled cocktails from $19, cocktail kits from $69.95.

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Three women cheers cans of craft beer, they are smiling and laughing.
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19. Jetty Road Brewery

These craft beer legends don't want you going without during isolation, so they're bringing their canned goods from the brewery to your doorstep. You can quench your thirst with same day delivery on their range of classic core varieties as well as bespoke special varieties, so there's no missing out on quirky brews like Pineapple Fritter and Blueberry Gose.

Order on the website. Delivering daily, noon-8pm Sun-Thu & noon-11pm Fri-Sat. Delivery $5-$15.

 

Young Henrys beer
Photograph: Anna Kucera

20. Deliveroo

Some participating restaurants with Deliveroo are offering alcoholic beverages, although some will request that you purchase food as well as those beers you're ordering.

Order online or through the Deliveroo app. Within delivery hours only. No minimum fee.

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Jimmy Brings home
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21. Jimmy Brings

Shopping Bottle shops

Jimmy Brings is an alcohol delivery service that promises the delivery of beer, wine and spirits within just 30 minutes. What’s more, Jimmy brings only the good stuff from a curated list. We’re talking your favourite beers and fine wines (plus Dom Perignon and Moët for extra special celebrations) and event extras. 

Order through the Jimmy Brings app. Daily 11.30am to 11pm (last orders 10.30pm). Sundays until 10pm (last orders 9.30pm).

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22. Menulog

Menulog's bicycle army could be whizzing past with more than a pad thai on board. Some restaurants are also offering tipples with their nibbles, and there's some local bottle shops are also jumping in on the deliveries.

Order through the Menulog app. Within delivery hours only. Minimum orders vary. 

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23. UberEats

If you’re ordering dinner in, chances are you won’t be too keen on popping out to the bottle-o. Good thing UberEats is now offering an alcohol home delivery service. Customers can now add a bottle of wine or up to six bottles of beer to their order if you order a meal from one of the more than 30 current participating restaurants. The kicker however, is that you can only order beer and wine, and license restrictions mean that you have to order food with your booze.

Order through the UberEats app. Within delivery hours only. No minimum order.

24. Tipple

This liquor delivery service has it all. Tipple promises to deliver wine, a six-pack or a case of beer and cider, or spirits to your door within 60 minutes. The beers feature a nice selection of classics (VB, Coopers, Carlton Draught) and craft numbers (4 Pines, Mountain Goat, Stone and Wood); while you can go from cheap drop to mid-range bottles with the wine range. The service really shines when it comes to cocktails – they stock The Everleigh’s range of classic bottled cocktails and Melbourne Martini’s Espresso Martini in a jar. Prefer to mix your own cocktail? They’ll deliver cocktail packs like the Margarita, Negroni, or Old Fashioned sets with enough mixers and spirits to get you started.

Order through the Tipple app. Daily noon-11pm. Minimum order $30.

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Cocktail at Byrdi
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25. Byrdi

4 out of 5 stars
Bars Cocktail bars Melbourne

If you live within 10km of the CBD, you can now get this bar's forward-thinking mixology bottled and delivered to your door. There are ready mixed cocktails as well as bottles of their seasonal, house-made spirits such as a gin infused with Victorian strawberries and foraged fig leaves. Can't decide between the wattleseed negroni and fennel-pollen sazerac? Get a tasting flight of all their offerings in 100ml or 500ml sizes.

Order online.

26. Bright Brewery

Bars Bright

Since you're unlikely to be heading down the Great Alpine Road anytime soon, Bright Brewery is bringing its craft beer to you. You can order five of their beers – including the grapefruit XPA, maple chocolate porter and Blowhard pale ale – by the growler (1.89 litres), allowing you to pour your own draught beers at home. When you've drunk the last drops, refills are available at a discounted rate.

Order online. Delivery Thursdays and Fridays. Delivery is free within 40km of the CBD.

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at Bellarine Distillery
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27. Bellarine and Geelong wineries

Bars Breweries Drysdale

Many wineries around Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula have been hard hit by the shutdown. In response to the lack of visitors, they're shipping directly to customers, and offering great value deals to boot. There's a full list of wineries offering delivery here, including Basils FarmMt Duneed EstateJack Rabbit Vineyard, Scotchmans Hill and Curlewis Winery. Not a wine drinker? Check out other producers such as The Whiskery, BrewiColo Brewing Co. and Flying Brick Cider. 

Order online.

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