We’ve all been there. Perhaps you’re hosting a party and running low on libations. Or friends drop by on the one day you’re out of beer. Maybe you’ve been enjoying some day drinking and want to continue into the evening, but need to restock and are in no shape to drive (or work tomorrow for that matter). Could be you just plain don’t drive, but need to stock the liquor cabinet and don’t want to lug the heavy bottles home on the bus.
Whatever the reason, there are plenty of liquor stores and alcohol delivery services that will bring the booze right to your door. Some require a bit of advance planning, some demand a hefty minimum purchase, and some will bring whatever your heart desires straight to you in an hour or so with a minimal — or in one case no — service charge. Without further ado, here is your handy guide to drinking without driving. You can thank us when you sober up.
Delivery Websites & Apps
These services are definitely the easiest, quickest, and least expensive way to get alcohol delivered. Simply log on via your computer or mobile phone, make your selection, and set a delivery time ranging from ASAP to, say, when you get home from work, or even for a future date. In addition to the cost of the alcohol and tax, you will also pay a delivery fee (except for DrinkFly), and assuming you’re not an asshole, a tip for the person who brings your booze. And lest the minors among you think this will be a great way to get booze, you should know you will have to show a valid I.D. when your goods are delivered.
The popular takeout delivery service recently added liquor options from Surdyk’s and France 44 to their mix — if you live within a seven-mile radius of one of the stores. From the Bite Squad website or app, you search for what you want, pick a delivery time, plug in your credit card information, and you’re set. Surdyk’s charges a $9.99 delivery fee, with a minimum order of $30. The delivery fee for using France 44 is $14.99 with a $50 minimum order. Bite Squad recently announced the elimination of minimum order amounts, and while that's true, it is also a bit misleading, since when you waive the order minimum, you pay a higher delivery fee. So the $9.99 fee to order from Surdyk's will vary up to $18.99 depending on how much you order, while the delivery fee at France 44 will vary from $14.99 to $29.99. Both places tack on a non-negotiable 15 percent tip based on the original order minimum.
Surdyk’s Bite Squad ordering page is divided into beer, spirits, wine, sake, and mixers and accessories; each category is further broken down by type. Products in each subcategory are listed in alphabetical order, so if you are looking for a particular brand, you can find it fairly easily, but there is no search function.
France 44 breaks down the categories into wine, liquor, beer, and mixers. Subcategories are alphabetical, but items within those categories are not, so since there’s no search function, you may have to scroll through a long list to find what you’re looking for.
This fast-growing company started offering liquor delivery to the Twin Cities in May. They partner with Haskell’s Wine & Spirits and deliver to Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, Minnetonka, Edina, St. Louis Park, Wayzata, Richfield, and Mendota Heights. The delivery fee is $5, with a minimum $20 order. You can scroll through the beer, wine, liquor, and extras lists if you need inspiration, but the site offers a convenient search function to easily locate specific items. We tried this site on a Friday night, and our order arrived in less than a half hour, snuggled in a flashy red reusable tote bag bearing the Drizly logo. Nice touch.
On a recent Friday night (OK, the same Friday night, don’t judge), our order of two bottles of wine arrived in about 45 minutes. While the bottles were rather unceremoniously handed over without any type of bag, they did come chilled. Guess it makes sense that if you’re paying a delivery fee to get your wine, you probably will be drinking it post haste. The delivery fee is $5, with a $25 minimum order requirement. Minibar partners with local liquor stores and the deliveries are made by the stores, not by dedicated Minibar personnel. The site offers a handy search function, or you can scroll through the various categories. You'll have to live in the vicinity of downtown Minneapolis to use this service, however.
When you plug in your address, this site pops up a list of participating liquor stores within your delivery zone; you choose the store, then place your order via the store’s website. If you don’t have a favorite, the site provides reviews to help you pick. Deliveries are handled by the liquor stores. There is no delivery fee, and DrinkFly purchases arrive in a spiffy reusable shopping bag (so everyone will know you get your hooch delivered).
While you may not live in an area that lets you choose from all of these options, we did a price comparison on three items (Surly Furious, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, and 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey) from each delivery service except DrinkFly, since your store options and prices vary according to where you live on that one. As you’d expect, while one place might be a few bucks higher on a certain item, their delivery fee might be less than a competitor and vice versa. We left out tax and tip, but did include delivery charges.
Surdyk’s via Bite Squad: Surly, $10.99; Kim Crawford, $17.99; 2 Gingers, $15.99.
Subtotal, $44.97; delivery $9.99; total, $54.96.
France 44 via Bite Squad: Surly, $9.99, Kim Crawford, $13.99, 2 Gingers, $24.99. Subtotal, $48.97; delivery $14.99; total, $63.96.
Drizly: Surly, $9.99; Kim Crawford, $14.99; 2 Gingers, $18.99.
Subtotal, $43.97; delivery, $5; total $48.97.
Minibar: Surly, $9.99; Kim Crawford, $17.99; 2 Gingers, $20.99.
Subtotal $48.97, delivery, $5; total $53.97
Liquor stores that deliver
There are a number of liquor stores that will bring you booze. Some of the stores on the list also partner with the delivery services above and in most cases, it will be quicker and cheaper if you use the app instead of going through the store.
France 44, 4351 France Ave. S., Edina, 612-925-3252
You can place orders through the store's website or via Bite Squad. The delivery fee is the same, but the process is more streamlined if you go through Bite Squad.
Haskell’s, Bloomington, Excelsior, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Plymouth, St. Paul, White Bear Lake, Woodbury, Stillwater, Maple Grove, Chanhassen
While all of the Haskell’s stores offer delivery, the cost and delivery timeframe vary greatly by location, so call the store nearest you for details, or order through Drizly, which partners with Haskell’s.
Hum's Liquors, 2126 Lyndale Ave. S., 612-874-1111
This longtime Wedge neighborhood stalwart will deliver for a $5 fee, with a minimum purchase of $15 if you live between the north edge of Loring Park, Blaisdell Avenue to the east, 50th Street to the south, and west to the edge of Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles. Call to place your order and to get an estimated delivery time. The store’s website doesn’t list products, so you’ll have to know what you want and hope they have it.
Lowry Hill Liquors, 1922 Hennepin Ave., 612-871-2500
This is the best deal in town. They will deliver without a minimum order (within reason – think case of beer vs. a six pack) for a paltry $2.50 delivery charge, plus a tip for your driver. The person I talked to was quite specific about the tip thing. Call to see if you fall within their delivery zone, which includes Loring Park and parts of south Minneapolis.
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 Washington Ave. N., 612-338-5393
If you live within a five-mile radius of this neighborhood spot, they will deliver orders of $50 or more for free. Call for delivery information if you live outside that area.
South Lyndale Liquors, 5300 Lyndale Ave. S., 612-827-5811
A $5 delivery fee and a $25 minimum order will get your booze to your front door. Their delivery area includes parts of Uptown, south Minneapolis, Richfield, and Edina. You can order by phone or online. Their website is user-friendly and includes a search function.
Surdyk’s, 303 E. Hennepin Ave., 612-379-3232
You are better off ordering from Surdyk’s via Bite Squad; to order directly from the store, you’ll need a minimum order of $100 or more, and you’ll pay a $20-$35 delivery fee, depending on how far you are from the store, and you need to give them 48 hours notice. So while it’s great for planning your next cocktail party, not so much for your spur-of-the-moment needs.
Liquor stores you wish delivered but don’t
You’ll have to visit these liquor stores in person to take home the goods. However, even though they don’t officially deliver, many shops said that they make exceptions for longtime or big-spending customers, so if you fall into either of those categories, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Big Top Liquors, St. Paul, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Eagan, Mounds View, and Bloomington
The St. Paul store will deliver to downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis. If you ever find yourself in the AmericInn in Mounds View, the Big Top there will come to your room. Otherwise, you’re out of luck.
Chicago Lake Liquors, 825 E. Lake St., 612-825-4401
G-Will Liquors, Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Cottage Grove, Andover, Lino Lakes, Oak Grove
Hennepin Lake Liquors, 1200 West Lake St., 612-825-4411
Lake Wine & Spirits, 404 West Lake St., 612-354-7194
Liquor Boy, 5620 Cedar Lake Rd., St. Louis Park, 952-512-2200
Solo Vino, 517 Selby Ave., 651-602-9515
Thomas Liquors, 1941 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-699-1860
Delivery inquiries are handled on a case-by-case basis, and are usually reserved for large events.
Total Wine & More, Bloomington, Burnsville, Roseville, Woodbury
Zipps Liquors, 2618 E. Franklin Ave., 612-333-8686