South African Online Liquor Stores: The Ultimate Guide
Online liquor stores are seeing unprecedented sales volumes. South Africans are ensuring they have a place in the virtual bar queue when alcohol is finally permitted to be sold again on 1 June,
The Long Wait
South Africans have been waiting with bated breath for the Alcohol ban to lift. He finally did on 24 May nearly two whole months later. The nation let out a collective sigh of relief. Also, they quickly took to their mobiles and laptops to ensure they receive their fix.
Thirsty South Africans are turning to the convenience offered by online bottle shops. This is because Brick and Mortar stores expect huge queues, stock shortages and crowds. Memes of people camping outside liquor outlets are lighting up Twitter. Online alcohol sales will allow South Africans to stay home safe… but certainly not sober.
We outline South Africa’s ultimate guide to online liquor stores to help ensure you’re stocked up – Cheers! Psssst, if you’re a little low on funds right now, why not buy now and pay later? No interest, no fees, no catch!
Check out Payflex’s guide to local online liquor stores.
Known as South Africa’s number one choice for mobile bar solutions, Thirst has innovatively pivoted their business in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. They are offering online alcohol delivery for any alcohol of your choice if you’re in Joburg, Cape Town or Durbs and within 20km of their offices.
Dry Dock Liquor, a boutique wine and liquor retailer in Johannesburg’s trendy Parkhurst, has reported exponential growth in their online alcohol offering. A major part of Dry Dock’s focus is on up-and-coming winemakers. They also enjoy selling ‘out of the ordinary’ items you wouldn’t find on a supermarket shelf.
Bottles is an on-demand delivery service specifically catering for online alcohol delivery and other drinks and mixers, promising to deliver items to your door within 20-60 minutes in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban and Bloemfontein (This is expected to be slightly altered due to high volumes). During lockdown the app pivoted their business, partnering with Pick n Pay to deliver groceries.
Getwine.co.za is a South African Wine Portal which allows you to easily buy superb unlabelled and labelled South African wine from top wine farms at reduced prices online and have it delivered to your door.
Wine.co.za is an online bottle shop selling a range of red, white, rose and cap classique South African wines from leading winemakers.
Norman Goodfellows has for the past 44 years been providing its clientele with a range of top wine, spirits, malts, soft drinks, party services and gifts. Their online liquor store strives to offer the same level of service for which they have become synonymous over the years.
CellarDirect enables customers to buy wine directly from selected wineries which is then delivered to your door anywhere in South Africa.
Straight Up Bar Solution
Straight Up Bar Solution, who normally provide mobile bar services, are selling a range of liquor online for home delivery.
Through the Quench app, customers can order beer, wine and spirits and have it delivered to their door within an hour, for a R30 delivery charge — if the customer is located within a 5km radius of a partner liquor store (the rate goes up to R50 for deliveries in a 7km radius, which is the furthest from an outlet a delivery can be made. The startup uses a current network of 42 Ultra liquor stores, Blue Bottles and Spar’s Tops liquor stores to purchase and deliver orders. In Addition, they have registered on Uber Eats.
CyberCellar offers a selection of premium South African wines, beers, craft beer, spirits, coolers and mixers ready to be delivered to your door. Based in Cape Town, Cybercellar.com is able to service customers nationwide. For example, that includes all main city centers, such as Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban, just to name a few. While they started off exclusively selling South African wine, their range has continued to grow. They now stock a comprehensive selection of premium imported beers, whiskeys and brandy.
Yuppiechef, who is known as one of South Africa’s leading online kitchen and homeware retailers, also sells a curated range of wine, craft beer and spirits offers something for everyone.
Solly Kramer’s Parkhurst is one of the most renowned and well known liquor outlets in South Africa, and has been around for over 50 years. They offer a fantastic online range of all liquor products at tremendous value.
Bar Keeper stocks a wide variety of spirits, beer and wine and offers amazing monthly specials and swift delivery to homes and offices in Cape Town.
New Harbour Distillery
New Harbour Distillery specialises in handcrafted spirits that are inspired by Africa’s unique nature. At their state-of-the-art experimental micro-distillery in Cape Town, they continuously adapt to the changing market. Also, the company thrives on doing things in a new way while being on-trend in the global spirits industry. They offer a range of unique vodkas and gins including rooibos, spekboom and muti flavoured gin, and copper vodka.
WhiskyBrother is Johannesburg’s first and only specialty whisky store. 500 different whiskies line their shelves. They have an ever-changing range; from the well-known blending families, to the limited release single casks from independent bottlers.
Jack Black Beer
Focused on distinctive quality and innovation, Jack Black craft beer is made from the best natural ingredients at their state-of-the-art Cape Town craft brewery. In addition, their focus is flavour. Ultimately, their philosophy is to innovate while staying true to traditional, hand-crafted methods.