Food & Drink

Liquor Delivery Services for the Holidays

Let the good times roll up to your apartment

liquor deliveries!

You’ve improvised through many a holiday hosting snafu (Domino’s always makes for an excellent appetizer), but two words still send you reeling: alcohol shortage. Keep glasses full with home deliveries from these local purveyors.

Social Wines
Areas serviced: Throughout Boston (and quickly; we’ve received orders in well under an hour).
Cost: Free delivery for members of the store’s Social Club (sign up in store). Minimum order is $75 for South Boston, $100 for other neighborhoods.
Holiday sched: Available until 5 p.m. on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Suggested bottle: “A fantastic celebratory wine is the Tissot Cremant du Jura, an organically produced French sparkling wine for just $25.” — Chris Schutte, co-owner

The Urban Grape (South End and Chestnut Hill)
Areas serviced: Chestnut Hill, Newton, Brookline, Kenmore Square, South End, Back Bay, and Beacon Hill.
Cost: Free for orders over $150.
Holiday sched: Christmas Eve, until 7 p.m. at both locations. New Year’s Eve, South End, until 10 p.m.; Chestnut Hill, until 9 p.m.
Suggested bottle: “The 2009 Ehlers Estate ‘120/80’ cabernet sauvignon magnum ($100) is one of our favorite yummy drinking red wines in magnum size, so you can be a baller when you’re pouring it.” — Hadley Douglas, co-owner

Drizly iPhone App
Areas serviced: The new app developed by three BC grads guarantees delivery in 30 to 60 minutes to most of greater Boston (including Wellesley, Weston, Winchester, Woburn, and Arlington).
Cost: Free for DailyCandy readers; enter code “dailycandy” at checkout.
Holiday sched: As long as there’s an open liquor store in the area, they’ll source and deliver. Hair of the dog deliveries also available New Year’s Day. 
Suggested bottle: “The Señorio de P. Peciña 2001 Reserva Rioja (typically less than $35) is special-occasion quality at an approachable price. It’s like getting a cashmere sweater on deep markdown.” — Dan Devoe, drinks expert

Bauer Wine & Spirits
Areas serviced: Most of greater Boston (including Somerville, Newton, Quincy, and East Boston).
Cost: Free with minimum order ($35-$50); $15 otherwise.
Holiday sched: Until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve; submit orders two to three days in advance.
Suggested bottle: “For a great, real champagne, try Paul Goerg blanc de blancs ($45) or rosé brut ($55). For something in a lower price range, we love Juve y Camps pinot noir rosé cava for $18.” — Jeff Holden, marketing director

Here’s to never leaving the house.

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