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March 24, 2020
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How to order booze to your door in Adelaide during COVID-19

Bars and clubs across Adelaide have been forced to close, but our city's bartenders, sommeliers and booze producers have still got your back. Here are all the ways to support local business and have alcohol left at your doorstep.

  • Feature image: Andy Nowell

SPECIAL REPORT: COVID-19 ADELAIDE

The social distancing rules that have been introduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have had disastrous effects on Adelaide’s restaurants, bars and clubs – all the places you’d usually go to have a delicious cocktail, glass of wine or butcher of beer poured for you by a friendly face.

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures, and to keep businesses afloat – and as many hospitality workers as possible in jobs – bright minds throughout the late night and alcohol industry have created takeaway and delivery options to make sure you’re not left without a quality knock-off come Friday (or any day) at 5pm.

Browse the A-Z list below and keep your whistle wet while supporting the South Australian community.

If you’d like to add your business to our list – please get in touch.


A-Z listing

 

Photo by Meaghan Coles

ADELAIDE GIN

The folks at Adelaide Gin (a South Australian owned and operated business) are still operating online at the moment, and you all can get gin delivered to you door via the link above. CityMag readers (and everyone else) can enjoy free shipping until Easter with the code: EASTER


 

Alpha Box & “Friends” (see Applewood gin included) is a new concept the winery is rolling out this week to share the love and their expertise in digital marketing and distribution

 

ALPHA BOX & DICE

After spending a full day with the team from Alpha Box & Dice for our current print edition, we are sure this business will never let you down when it comes to an online ordering experience. Smooth visuals and expert user experience is the result of many big brains, and a serious passion for digital resting at the core of this growing, international wine business based out of McLaren Vale.

Alpha Box & Dice are doing big discounts and prosecco-based incentives + delivery is FREE Australia wide – all the time. We heard they guaranteed same-day delivery over the weekend just gone and all staff were “on deck” to make the deliveries. We can also tell you the team is taking every precaution and following the latest advice regarding handling cardboard and best practice for distribution with regards to the COVID-19 virus.


 

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BIG EASY DRINKS

Great news! If you are self-isolating, it turns out you’re not stuck having to sip your way through a sad interpretation of a Negroni made with the basic AF spirits left over in your booze cupboard.

Big Easy, the group that incorporates NOLA, The Stag, and Anchovy Bandit, have produced this brand-new alcohol delivery service, which will deliver curated drinks to your door.

Bar staff will be available via online chat to talk about the drink you’re after, recommend products, and take your order, which will then be transported by one of the team’s FOH staff.

Not only will this support the venue and its staff (tip your driver!), you’ll also be supporting the beer, wine and spirits producers also feeling the effects of the hospitality downturn.

You can browse the Big Easy Drinks offering here.

Same day delivery is guaranteed if ordered before 3pm, and orders are valid up to 5km from the city. There is no delivery fee for orders over $100.


 

Photo: Andy Nowell

BOOZE BROTHERS

Locations
The Mile End – 33 Henley Beach Road
The Unley – 27 Unley Road, Parkside
Colonist – 44 The Parade, Norwood
The Duck – 393 Main Road, Coromandel Valley
Mick O’Shea’s – Main Road, Hackham
Avenues – 114 Payneham Road, Stepney

South Australian and family-owned for more than 30 years, Booze Brothers have all the trendy craft beer, wine and spirits you want – even if they don’t look like they do and good news: Bottle shops can stay OPEN (for now).

Booze Brothers are offering Counter-to-Car drive through service at The Mile End, Unley and Duck Inn. Booze Brothers Supports local wineries, distilleries, breweries and more with a broad range of products not found in other liquor retail stores and they’re 100 per cent South Australian owned.

 

Photo: Andy Nowell


 

DELINQUENTE

We’ve followed Con Greg Grigoriou’s business since he launched – we even connected him with artist Jason Koen (nee Ankles, now Outlaw Loose) before he had the iconic motley crew assembled across his range of bottles and the distinct, avant garde (at that time) Italian varietal grapes crushed inside.

Our pick (and everyone’s) is the Weeping Juan pet nat. Delicious. But everything in this mixed six is excellent, interesting and different from the usual ‘natural’ wine scene.

Delinquente are vegan friendly and organic wines.


 

Image of East End Wine cellars bottle room

EAST END CELLARS

East End Cellars (Bottle Shop only)
25 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide
8232 5300

That bastion of oh-so-social an evening in Rundle Street East, East End Cellars have pulled in their patio furniture and put away the cheese boards and moved to a take away only business model. East End Cellars bottle shop is open for business, but have changed their trading hours: Mon – Sat: 9am ’til 7pm & Sunday: 12pm ’til 7pm for all the best wine and spirits.

Worried about excessive consumption? EEC is one of the few places you can access the hypodermic wine-by-the-glass system: Coravin. This enables you to open your best bottle – without opening it at all. Very cool.

Delivery fees have changed.
~ Free delivery on orders over $100.00 within 5km of Adelaide CBD
~ $15 delivery outside 5km of CBD
~ Free Delivery on all orders over $240.00
One of EEC’s friendly staff will deliver the product to their front door (which keeps them in a job!)


 

ETCETERA, ETC

Drink hope! Flinders Street wine distributor Etcetera, ETC is offering you a “case of hope” – mixed six packs of their favourite small-batch wines, offered at a reduced price.

Each six pack will be delivered for FREE within a 10-kilometre radius of the city, and for a small fee beyond that.

To see what’s on offer, see the Etcetera, ETC website.


FASSNIA FAMILY LIQUOR

Adam Fassina loading a truck for deliveries during COVID-19 crisis

Adam Fassina loading a truck for deliveries during COVID-19

Fassina Liquor is a SA family business that has been around since 1975 with 3 generations of family members working in the business.  Fassina specialise in local SA products, particularly small and medium SA wineries, along with local beers and spirits.

Like everyone the business has had to pivot quickly and got in touch with us to tell you about the courier service they’ve launched for metro Adelaide: (same day service if order is in before Midday)

Email orders and queries to orders@fassina.com.au
$10 flat fee for wine in metro Adelaide. Additional surcharges for beer. Minimum spend $50.
Don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries at 8179 9700


 

Photo by Meaghan Coles

NEVER NEVER

This week the now-McLaren Vale based distillery won Best in Class at the San Francisco World Spirit Awards – the first time an Australian gin company has been able to achieve this. However, Never Never won the award for their Triple Juniper Export Strength, a duty-free only release, in a time when airports are empty.

“It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so tragic,” says Sean Baxter, co-founder of Never Never.

“What we have decided to do is release it to Australia, at Duty Free prices, so Australians can try the world’s best for the best price, delivered straight to their door.”

The win will be announced soon (or already – depending when you read this) via the brand’s social media accounts.


 

SIGNATURE WINES

During these challenging times there is one way Signature Wines says it knows how to help you survive the impact of COVID-19: “WINE.”

“Life is too short to drink bad wine and now is the time to make sure your wine racks are stocked so you can be prepared for anything,” the company says in their email to us.

Signature Wines are offering 30% off + free delivery for all online orders. Just enter the code WINETIME at the checkout.

“We are thinking of everyone as we navigate through these uncertain times. For now, we are business as usual, but this is an evolving and complex time. Please stay safe, level headed and wash your hands.”


 

SON OF DOT

Small-scale small-batch wine distributors and occasional party throwers Son of Dot are now doing delivery!

“During these uncertain and semi-apocalyptic times, what better way to spend isolation then with Commune of Buttons, Scintilla Wines, Wines by Travis Tausend, Frankly This Wine Was Made by Bob, and Limus Wine,” the Dot team say via Facebook – and we couldn’t agree more.

Simply text Son of Dot’s Jon Zagler on 0451 322 533 to place an order, and a SoD representative will deliver your booze straight to your door. They’re not even charging for delivery – bloody lovely!

Connect with Son of Dot on Facebook and Instagram for updates.


 

Growler to go!

SPARKKE AT THE WHITMORE

You may have noticed that the fearless women at SPARKKE have pivoted their entire service to an online, take away and home delivery business model that includes everything from Emma’s fabulous meals, to their fab little bottle shop.

Right now you can jump on board their website  to order home delivery of what the ladies are calling their, “tight, intelligent bottle shop collection; including our new take home Growler.” The Growler is a 1.9L refillable bottle of any beer they’ve got on tap.

You can dial in on 7123 8080 or pop by Whitmore Square to collect and take home with you. When you order from Sparkke directly, you’re keeping their beloved staff employed, and “we thank you in advance for your ongoing support,” says the team.

 


 

23rd STREET DISTILLERY

The Renmark distillery is doing home delivered gin cocktail kits.

The exclusive Twenty Third Street Distillery cocktail kits are available to purchase at the Renmark-based distillery or Twenty Third On Melbourne in North Adelaide. For those stuck in isolation, FREE delivery is also on offer for the entire Riverland region, Adelaide metro region and surrounding suburbs for a limited time only. Customers can place their orders and make payment over the phone or via e-mail.

Jessica (jessica.zimmermann@23rdstreetdistillery.com.au ) 08 8239 2323 (Renmark)

Samantha (samanda.smith@23rdstreetdistillery.com.au) 0405919501 (Adelaide Metro and Surrounds)


 

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