Drizly, a New Drink Delivery App, Arrives in Baltimore

by Jennifer Waldera on Feb 23, 2015 in Liquor

We don’t know about you, but we’re big fans of Sweatpants Sunday, and the advent of Drizly, the new drink delivery app, has the potential to make it even easier for us to be a little lazy on our day of rest.

We heard about this newest delivery service to descend on Charm City when it started up in early February. Curious to see if it lives up to the hype, we saw our empty Bota Box as an opportunity to take the service for a spin. 

Getting started on Drizly is fast and easy with a quick age verification and entry of address. After that, the only thing keeping you from swilling cerveza is how long it takes you to peruse the hefty inventory. Drizly essentially connects users with a local liquor store (employees within the store deliver the booze to your doorstep), so the online inventory matches that of the specific store that is closest to your address. Ours was Canton Crossing Wine and Spirits. Others in the area that have paired with the app are Dulaney Liquors and Wine Underground.
 
Looking for something specific? Use the search function to find it quickly. Want to peruse your options? You can certainly scan all 315 beers, 625 liquors and hundreds of bottles of wine, or narrow options by type, brand or country of origin.
 
Since we frequent Canton Crossing Wine and Spirits, we could tell that not only does the online inventory match the options on Drizly, the prices do too. We ordered the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout 4 pack ($9.99), Casal Garcia Vinho Verde ($9.99) and that replacement Bota Box of Malbec we needed ($19.99). We wanted to slip in a bottle of the Balvenie 21 Year Old Portwood but didn’t have the spare $224 laying around. Maybe next time. It’s nice to know it’s an option, right?
 
After quickly entering credit card information to pay the total (which included tax, a pre-filled tip for the driver that can be modified and the $5 delivery charge) we were, allegedly, within 40 minutes of receiving our order.
 
Sure enough, in about 20 minutes, delivery driver, Rasheed, hopped out of his vehicle with our bags of booze. Not only was he speedy, but he also followed our directions in the “delivery notes” to call when he arrived so we could meet him outside. We realized, though, that we didn’t need to leave that note - the app features a live map (like Uber and Lyft) that shows the progress of your vino, liquor and beer en route.
 
Rasheed says wine and Fireball are probably some of the most popular items being ordered for delivery. However, users can order anything from Bud Lime Mango-Ritas ($5.99) or 30 cans of Coors ($23.99) to Joseph Phelps red blend, Insignia ($219.99) or a bottle of Booker’s Bourbon ($62.99). Crafting cocktails? Get your Angostura bitters (and a handful of other unique varieties of bitters), ginger beer, mixers, vermouth and even ice with your order in the “Extras” section.
 
The icing on the cake (or the Luxardo cherry in the cocktail) is the gift delivery option. Need to thank someone, say you’re sorry or just surprise a friend? Choose the option to send your choices as a gift and even determine the timeframe (within 24 hours was the availability when we checked it out) in which you want your potable present delivered.
 
We like big reds and bourbon. Hint, hint.

Excited by this? Keep your eye out for upcoming Baltimore based start up Brewber
, another app for drinks delivery.

Photo via Drizly


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