Listen, it’s been a tough few weeks without our favourite alcoholic drinks. While many of us did our best to stock up for the initial 21-day lockdown period, after weeks of extensions those reserves ran dry and we were forced to endure lockdown without a glass of wine, cold brew, or yummy cocktail to take the edge off. Luckily that life of misery is set to come to an end soon after a recent government announcement that the sale of alcohol will once again be permitted from the 1st of June, 2020.
Of course, with social distancing protocols in mind, it’s probably not wise for us all to rush out to the shops on the 1st of June to purchase our favourite tipples. Ordering your fix online is a far safer option and loads of alcohol retailers will be taking pre-orders now for delivery when level 4 lockdown and the ban on alcohol sales lifts come 1 June. Not sure where to shop? Here are our picks for the best places to order wine, beer, and spirits online for South Africa’s level 3 lockdown period.
Trendy Paarl-based wine bar, Wijn, has just launched its online store offering a select range of boutique wines to suit every budget. Ideal for those who love discovering unique wines, Wijn is a wine lover’s dream. If you want to leave your wine choices to the experts, you can sign up for the HomeWijn subscription service. Each month you’ll receive a box filled with 6 new, exciting wines, along with tasting notes for each, as well as a virtual tasting with all the HomeWijn Homies. The subscription includes free delivery and you can cancel at any time.
The online store will also be running an exciting promotion over the next few weeks to help support small, local winemakers. Each week Wijn will focus on a different winemaker and offer a 15% discount for that specific wine so make sure you keep on eye on the Wijn Facebook page for updates. Delivery is nationwide and free for orders over R1,850.
The Beer Merchant
Love craft beer? Spoil yourself with a craft beer delivery from The Beer Merchant. If you don’t want to buy beer by the case, you can order six-packs from different breweries online here and have them all delivered together. The store has a great selection of local craft beers and as well as a small selection of wine and craft spirits.
The much-loved alcohol delivery app did a 180 during lockdown and announced its drivers would be switching out deliveries from your favourite local bottle stores to the delivery of essential goods from Pick n Pay. Bottles embraced a tricky time for its business and turned things around to keep its drivers employed and customers serviced with an innovative move. Come 1 June, Bottles will be back in the alcohol delivery business alongside its new offerings. Download the Bottles app for quick delivery of your favourite booze to your door.
Best Craft Beer
Support the little guy and order your beer from brewer-run online store, Best Craft Beer. This unique online store stocks an impressive range of beer and cider from both large and small independent producers large from around the country. There are some really interesting brews on there, with more being added all the time, so it’s well worth checking out.
Known for its incredible selection of beers, spirits, and wine, Bar Keeper will back in business in Cape Town as of 1st of June. In addition to a delivery service, Bar Keeper will also add a ‘drive-in’ service for customers to collect their orders from the bottle store’s parking lot. Order your goodies online from the Bar Keeper website and choose either delivery or collection when checking out. You can also Whatsapp (082 339 1079) or call the store (021 422 1024) with your order. Orders for collection will be paid by Yoco card machine or Snapscan to minimise contact. For more information check out the Bar Keeper Facebook page.