WHERE TO BUY ALCOHOL ONLINE IN 2023: TIME TO STOCK UP YOUR HOME BAR
Whether it’s a fine wine to pair with your exquisite dinner, a case of beer for a mate’s BBQ, or a bottle of champagne to celebrate a promotion or some good news, you don't need to walk into a bottle shop to stock up your bar. Your favourite tipple can be delivered right to your doorstep. Shopping online has other advantages too: you can compare prices easily, and look at tasting notes right on the retailer site along with user reviews to decide if something might tickle your palate.
To help you find that next bottle, or two, we’ve pulled together a list of the leading alcohol retailers in Australia that supply a wide range of products to suit any occasion and taste... and also offer home delivery, sometimes free if you've spent over a certain amount.
Langton's is Australia’s leading fine wine marketplace, specialising in wine auctions and wine evaluations. But you don't have to be a connoisseur to take advantage of Langton's expertise. There's a wine store on the website and because the folk over at Langton's operate within a private wine broker association, you know your drop is going to be top quality. You'll get linked to an extended network of winery cellar doors within Australia and around the world – perfect for the connoisseur or someone looking for a very special bottle.
Shipping: standard shipping costs apply
- Huge selection of specialty wines
- Holds regular auctions
- Premium spirits also available
- Selected wines are also available through participating Dan Murphy’s stores
Jimmy Brings is a convenient alcohol delivery service that has been established to keep the party going and the drinks flowing. We’ve all been in the dreaded “we have no more booze” situation, looking at each other to see who will volunteer to venture outside to grab another case (or two). Jimmy fixes this problem by delivering your selected poison of choice straight to your door in 30 minutes. With a large variety of beer, wine and spirits, there is sure to be something for everyone. Jimmy Brings is available in all major cities across Australia.
Shipping: delivery costs are determined by location
- 30-minute deliveries to select metropolitan areas
- Live GPS tracking
- Delivery available 7 days a week
Beer Cartel is known for its expertise on craft beer – its founding philosophy is to put good beer in the hands of consumers, allowing people to enjoy quality craft beer from around the world. The folks over at the Beer Cartel even have a few gift hampers put together if you're looking for something to get your your-beer loving friends this Christmas. If beer is part of your way of life, this store is for you.
Shipping: Australia-wide delivery and Sydney ‘Click and Collect’
- All orders shipped within 1-2 business day
- Flat shipping fee of $9.99 per case in NSW/ACT and $14.99 elsewhere
- Monthly beer subscription service available
- Gift store
BoozeBud is a one-stop-shop for all your boozy needs – with over 5,000 beers, wines and spirits available, you’re guaranteed to find what you’re after. If you're unsure, the experts at BoozeBud will even suggest recommendations if you have an idea of what you like. Another plus is that they have weekly promotions, ranging from pizza deals and giveaways, to amazing discounts on the wide range of alcohol on offer – paired with fast Australia-wide delivery, you’ll be cracking open a cold one for a bargain price in no time.
Shipping: 10% off your first order and free shipping. Standard delivery charges apply thereafter (unless specified in promotion).
- Huge range
- Same-day delivery in Melbourne and Sydney
- Online-only promotions
The Wine Collective is long established with an interesting background, born as a merger between The Wine Society (Australia’s oldest wine club) and Online Liquor Group. The Wine Collective introduces Australians to boutique wineries through wine plans and personalised wine advisor services, plus brings a plethora of international options if you're looking for something different. Combined with exceptional deals available on great drops from around the world, The Wine Collective is the place to visit if you’re a lover of the finer things in life and are after a drop to suit you and your tastebuds.
Shipping: standard delivery times and fees apply
- Large discounts on speciality wines
- Free virtual tasting masterclasses
- Has a selection of thousands of imported wines
- Every wine is handpicked, tasted and rated by wine experts
- Rewards program
A store you’ve probably heard of and seen before, BWS is a convenient standalone liquor outlet owned by Woolworths that carries a wide range of products. With over 1,100 stores across the country, there is a BWS close to almost everyone that can deliver within an hour directly to your door. If you can’t get your goods delivered within an hour because you live too far away, BWS offers a flat fee of $10 on all deliveries so it's well worth the wait. You can even order your next tipple via the Woolworths app, adding bottles to your next grocery delivery. And if you've signed up for Deliveries Unlimited, orders over $50 don't incur any delivery fee.
Shipping: free with Deliveries Unlimited on orders over $50 or flat fee of $10; Click and Collect available
- Weekly specials
- Drinks delivered with live tracking
- Earn points with Woolworths Rewards cards
- Exclusive member offers
Another specialist in craft beer, the folks at Craft Cartel celebrate happy hour each week with a special offer available from 11am Australian East Coast time each Tuesday. If you miss that, there's plenty of other promotions to take advantage of. But it's not just about craft beer though. Craft Cartel even has a great selection of craft wine and spirits to choose from. Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane metro areas get deliveries in 7 working days, while other locations need to wait 10 working days, but given the wide selection, it's well worth the wait. You can also skip the delivery fee by picking up in-store (or from the warehouse) if you live in Sydney.
Shipping: Flat delivery of $9.95 per case
- Subscription service available
- $50 voucher with every membership
- Next-day delivery available in select areas for extra cost
Not just any fine wine specialist, Vintage Cellars also stocks spirits and beer as well so there is something for everyone. With over 80 stores Australia-wide stocking the goods as well as hosting one of Australia’s largest wine clubs, VintageCellars is in a league of its own. There's an 'offers' tab on the site that keeps you updated on the current specials and you could even save on delivery costs if your order is over $150. If your order doesn't qualify for free delivery, you can click and collect if you've got a store located near you.
Shipping: Free delivery on orders over $150
- Earn points on every shop with a Wine Club membership
- Click and collect available
- One of Australia’s oldest wine specialist, established in 1951
The young team at Vinomofo knows exactly what it's doing – you'll find some excellent specialist wines here and a Mofo wine club that you can sign up to. If you refer a friend, both of you will get a $25 voucher to enjoy. And then there are the Black Market deals that can score you some top tipples at throwaway prices. You're not going to know the brand though, as the bottles are all covered up. Put your faith in the Vinomofo team and you know you're getting only the good stuff.
Shipping: Flat $9 per delivery; free for 3 or more cases
- Wine club members get free delivery
- Gift cards available
- Selection of organic and vegan wine
First Choice Liquor is also a large chain that supplies a wide range of alcoholic beverages. However, if you’re specifically after spirits, First Choice Liquor is the place for you – supplying an array of spirits for any occasion including single malt whisky, cognacs, traditional English gins, Mexican tequilas and Russian vodkas. There's even plenty of mixers available to make everything from martinis to mojitos to spice up the party.
Shipping: free standard delivery on orders over $150
- Free Click and Collect in 60 minutes
- Hundreds of specials every week
- Earn flybuys points on each purchase
Another Aussie favourite, Liqourland has been around for a number of years, offering great deals on a wide range of products including red, white, sparkling, spirits, beers and ciders. Owned by the Coles group, you can get your fave drinks delivered with your Coles groceries or opt to click and collect. And if your order is over $150, you earn free standard delivery. Weekly specials can save you some dosh too.
Shipping: Free delivery on wine and spirits orders over $100
- Click and collect available
- No-contact delivery available
- Earn flybuys points with each purchase
This online cellar door stocks some top-notch wines from around Australia. The entire stock available on the Oak Road Estate is hand-picked, and each month a specific wine is showcases as the Wine of the Month. The folk at Oak Road are so confident about their selections that you can get a full refund if you're not happy with your purchase. And guess what? Delivery is free to most Australian states, with the exception of NT and WA.
Shipping: Free Australia-wide, excluding NT and WA
- Delivered in 3-10 working days
- 100% money back guarantee
Another great place to purchase alcohol online – Amazon Australia has built up an impressive range of wine, beer and spirits on its online store. You’ll find top brands and a wide selection of booze for your entertaining needs. If you’re a Prime member, you are eligible for free delivery – another great benefit of Amazon’s membership program.
Shipping: standard shipping fees apply – if you’re a Prime member, you may be eligible for free delivery.
- Wide range available
- Free Prime delivery on eligible products
- Impressive discounts
Last but not least, Dan Murphy’s – the iconic superstore whose size is comparable to a large warehouse, stocking a huge array of alcoholic beverages. With over 220 stores across the nation, this bottle-o hosts the largest selection of liquor in Australia and has over 6,000 different wines – locally sourced, imported, old and rare, Dan Murphy’s caters to all tastes.
Shipping: Free delivery on orders over $300
- Same-day delivery available in some areas
- Click and collect available
- Exclusive membership program with great benefits
- App available on iOS and Android