We're all fully aware by now that Amazon is working hard to become our one and only — major discounts on every product under the sun, personal style tips, wedding planning, cheaper Whole Foods. It's like they're aiming to take over our whole lives (oh wait ... they are). And now a $99 yearly Prime membership is coming with another bonus, and this time, it's a boozy one.
Amazon announced it's expanding its two-hour alcohol delivery to Portland, Oregon, the latest of 12 cities where the service is available. Here, users can order beer and wine via Prime Now to be delivered within two hours; for an added $7.99, you can get your fix within an hour. A quick check of the selection here in Manhattan showed that options weren't necessarily cheaper, though — an Aperol Spritz we had our eye on was $1 more on Prime Now than if we grabbed it from the corner store. But hey, time is money.
Speedy alcohol delivery first began in Seattle back in 2015 and has since expanded to: Cincinnati; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York; Phoenix; Portland, Oregon; Richmond, Virginia; San Diego and San Francisco. Whether wine, beer, spirits or all of the above are available for order will depend on the licensing regulations in your market.
If you don't live in these areas or don't have a Prime membership, fear not! There are plenty of other services that offer to bring booze straight to your door. If you already order groceries online, options like Instacart, FreshDirect and the FreshDirect offshoot, FoodKick, all have alcoholic beverages available for delivery.
Other alcohol-specific delivery services abound. MiniBar, for example, lists over 30 delivery locations across Texas, Florida, Colorado and more, in addition to a few major cities also covered by Prime Now. Shipping minimums and fees vary by the retailer you order from.
Swill is available in 15 cities, works with over 200 merchants and has upwards of 15,000 products up for delivery within an hour. While Saucey has a smaller instant delivery area (Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago and Sacramento), it advertises delivery within 30 minutes with no extra fees or order minimums. And hey, Canadians, Drizly expands to your neck of the woods while also serving major U.S. markets.
Basically, what we're saying is, if you're in desperate need of an alcohol run during your Labor Day barbecues this weekend, these services have you covered without needing to leave the house.