Quick liquor: Alcohol delivery service Drizly launches in Seattle – GeekWire

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Our first Drizly order arrived ice cold and in under an hour.

The Uber for alcohol has arrived in Seattle.

Drizly is now operating in the Emerald City, offering a service that delivers beer, liquor and wine to your house within 40 minutes of ordering.

drizly1211We tested out Drizly on Friday afternoon, and the process was pretty smooth. The app, available on iOS and Android, asks for your delivery location and matches you with the closest liquor store. Drizly partners with local, independent wine and spirit shops, who deliver the alcohol with their own employees.

The app has several filters — brand, country, etc. — allowing you to easily search for specific types of alcohol. We picked out five items:

  • Bitburger Pilsner 4 Cans — $5.99
  • Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen 4 Cans — $5.99
  • Jinro Chamisil Soju — $5.05
  • Pacifico Clara 6 Bottles — $8.49
  • Sprite 2L — $2.49

Drizly does not mark up prices, so you pay what you would in the liquor store. Delivery fees vary from retailer-to-retailer — as does the minimum order amount, which was $20 for us this time — but most charge $5. We actually didn’t have to pay for the transportation fees this time around.

Just after submitting my order — you can pay with credit card or PayPal — I realized that I had set my delivery location as my home, instead of the office. Thankfully, Drizly had contact information for the liquor store, so I called and explained the problem. The employee asked for the new address and said he could still get me my booze.

drizly323The app sent a text message about 20 minutes later, notifying me that my order was on the way. I could also track the driver through the app.

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