As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, several countries have won praise from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for effectively containing the spread of the virus, and that my friends, is through social distancing and self-isolation. The state of emergency declared by the Victorian government means that it is time to be socially responsible and do your part to flatten the curve and not overburden hospitals and healthcare professionals.
And while it’s more crucial than ever to protect yourself and to be considerate of others, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice glass of red with your spaghetti bolognese, or a cheeky beer while you’re sitting out in the backyard getting your 10 minutes of Vitamin D.
Thankfully, there are some entrepreneurial types amidst the chaos who came up with the idea of delivering booze straight to our doorstep – meaning no unnecessary trips to the supermarket and less chance of coming into contact with this pesky virus!
To save you the trouble, we’ve narrowed down the list of places that provide this magical service.
Bottles and Barrels
Bottles & Barrels have long been a favourite of ours. If not for their coffee and delicious brunch options, then for their carefully curated selection of boutique wine and craft brews. Thankfully, we can still get our regular fix of the latter with their new delivery service. If you’re feeling wine, you have the option of twin packs or six-packs of white wine, red wine, or a mixed selection. By the looks of it, it seems the team are in charge of what wine you get, but their recommendations are always 11/10 so we have no doubt you’ll be getting the best of the best.
If beer is more your style, you’ve got the options of a slab of Stone and Wood Pacific Ale, a slab of Mountain Goat, a slab of Furphy, or you can get a six-pack or slab of mixed craft beer – perfect if you’re feeling adventurous! Other items up for delivery include a cheese platter for two, Seven Seeds coffee beans, and a six-pack of cider!
Boasting free delivery to the Geelong area, any orders placed before 3pm will be delivered that evening, while orders after 3pm will be delivered the next day. All you need to do is place your order online or call the team on 0404 169 806 to organise.
Deliveroo has been providing us usual homebodies with delicious cuisine off the back of a bike for around a few years now, so it’s only fitting that they take on the responsibility of delivering our alcohol too. If you’ve got the app, you may have seen the name ‘Rowdii’ pop up in your list, providing on-demand alcohol delivery in Geelong. Featuring a hue selection of booze, you can order beer (six-packs or 24-packs), cider (10 pack), pre-mix drinks (six-pack and four-packs), select spirits (think gin, bourbon, liqueur, rum, scotch, tequila, vodka – the gangs all here), and of course a range of sparkling, red, and white wines. You want it, it’s likely they’ve got it. You can even finish your order off with some Nobby’s Salted Peanuts. Big yes.
Chas Cole Cellars
Our good friends at Chas Cole have always provided a quality selection of booze and damn fine service, and now they’ve jumped on the delivery train. This service is brand new so it’s still in the process of getting it up and running, but essentially you’ll be able to browse their selection via Instagram stories, and once something’s caught your eye, simply call the team on (03)52233322 to place your order and pay over the phone. If your order is placed prior to 4pm, they’ll even get it to you that same day! And it’s completely contactless. Yes, yes and yes. Minimum order is $50 and delivery must be within a 15km radius of the store.
Local legends and creators of good beer for everyone, Blackman’s Brewery also announced their delivery service, spawned from the interest of keeping the beer brewing (phew!) and their awesome team working. While it started as a service to deliver beer, pizza, and burgers across Torquay, Ocean Grove and Geelong, the team have decided to close the Breweries and Burger Bar as of this Sunday until they can re-open. HOWEVER, they will still be delivering beer throughout the entire isolation duration in all three areas!
You can order either a four pack, 16 can case or a 24 can case, pending on the beer you choose! Our favourites are the Juicy Banger, the Blackman’s Lager, and the Winnie Cider. Simply place your beer order here and let them handle the rest!
Found on Deliveroo, Highton’s favourite bottle-o have you covered for all your alcoholic needs on demand! They offer everything from beers and ciders, to white wine, sparkling wine, rose and even a great selection of fine reds. The time has come where you can have your steak cooking with its matching bottle of red on the way, how good is that?? If you are lucky enough to be in the delivery range, then make sure you hit them up.
Your local Dan’s offers an ‘On Demand’ service for their entire range, letting you choose what you want, and when you want it delivered – in-store hours of course. Whether that be ASAP or in a couple of days, it’s completely up to you. Please note, they are experiencing a delay in processing orders atm.
Joining the crew, UberEats is now offering an alcohol home delivery service, with Liquorland popping up as one of the top options. They’ve got all your usual suspects – Corona, Furphy, Great Northern, VB and Somersby ciders, a huge variety of wines, pre-mixed spirits, spirits, and even a selection of non-alcoholic bevvies. To top it off you can even order a bag of ice if you feel like taking your isolation into the backyard with a hammock and an esky. Simply order through the UberEats app.
BWS on demand
BWS also offers an ‘On Demand’, you can get it scheduled up to 7 days before you’ll be needing. All you need to do is set your store and find your favourite products, checkout and tell them where and when you need your drinks (and if you want them chilled) and then wait! You can also track them with a live driver tracker, so you can see how soon you’ll be able to hold your new baby.
Now, let’s get Naked. Just kidding. Naked Wines are an online wine store, and although they aren’t located in Geelong, they’re still good in helping you kickstart your winter wine stash! You can’t tell me you’ve never gotten a $100 off voucher from them in the mail at one stage of your life. They have a HUGE range to choose from, and with a minimum of six bottles per order, you’ll be set for the night, or the week… whatever you decide. Oh, and while the program works off a subscription basis, go and order your first box, and cancel later if you struggle with commitment. You’re welcome.
Good Pair Days
This one’s a little bit different, but still makes the cut for its delivery service. Good Pair Days is a digital-first, direct-to-consumer monthly wine service! Specialising in product discovery and tailoring, they couple expert curation with tech-based personalisation to pair their customers with the perfect wines for their palates, making them one of the most advanced wine retailer in the market.
The process is relatively easy. First, you take a palate quiz to uncover three wines paired with your personal tastes, and then their team of wine explorers choose only the best value bottles, starting at $15. From here you can either take their suggestions or make your own selections from all of their wines. They will then deliver them to your door (Australia wide), along with tasting cards, food pairings, matching recipes and surprise gift or two. It’s brilliant.
And just like that, we have enough alcohol to get us through this weird, weird time. Stay safe Australia – look after each other.
We encourage those who choose to drink to do so responsibly.
Written by Chloe Cicero