I can’t be the only one who’s been making an extra cocktail or two during these stressful times.
Whether it’s a “quarantini” cocktail, a beer or something else, a lot of us are likely turning to the little bit of relaxation that a drink can bring as we cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
So what happens if you want a drink but don’t want to leave your house to get it? Especially if you’re part of an at-risk group and want to avoid contact with people who could potentially spread COVID-19?
I have answers.
There are several ways to get alcohol delivered to your doorstep. Some stores deliver. Several Fresno-area breweries are doing delivery to homes. At least one cocktail bar is delivering, too. And if you know which restaurants to look for, a handful include drinks through delivery services like DoorDash.
Sometimes, the fees can get a little steep, so keep an eye out for that. Almost every option involves getting your ID scanned upon delivery.
Now, I feel like to I have to say, turning to the booze too much is not healthy. If you’re wondering how much is too much, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has a handy online checklist on this topic.
But as for enjoying responsibly, here’s how to get alcohol delivered to your door in the Fresno and Clovis area. Plus, a few places are offering pickup options where you don’t have to go into the store.
Modernist, the downtown craft cocktail bar that opened in January, is delivering cocktails on Thursdays and Sundays.
You can get cocktails like Manhattans, the purple house margaritas and drinks ideal for spring weather invented by Modernist’s bartenders. The drinks come in Mason jars and bottles, delivered with ice and garnishes, and prices range from $15 to $85.
The delivery area includes most of Fresno and Clovis. You must order online the day before or before 10 a.m. for same-day delivery. Delivery costs $10 and is free for orders over $70.
Because the state requires to-go cocktails to be sold with food, a mandatory $5 meal will be added to the bill.
The bar also offers curbside pickup on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays.
Also, it’s worth noting that since the state started allowing restaurants to sell to-go cocktails, many restaurants are doing so with their food. But the catch is, in most cases, that you have to pick it up.
Restaurants selling to-go cocktails via curbside pickup include Casa Corona, Cracked Pepper Bistro, Annex Kitchen, the Big Wagon Tri-tip and Chicken Too food truck parked at Pardini’s, and Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar.
A few restaurants are delivering alcohol through meal delivery services.
If you really don’t want to leave the house, you can choose from a huge selection of wine bottles through Grubhub from Vino Grille & Spirits. The restaurant and wine store also sells a handful of cocktails – including a grapefruit margarita – and mimosas.
YardHouse in River Park also sells alcohol through Grubhub, including growlers of beer starting at $15, bottles of wine and a decent selection of individual cocktails.
Mochuelo, the tapas place inside the Hotel Piccadilly, is selling 6-packs of beer — including Dust Bowl’s Taco Truck Lager —with a Mochuelo pint class, cocktails for two in Mason jars and bottles of wine through Grubhub and Doordash.
Also delivering alcohol through Grubhub: Las Espuelas Mexican restaurant, Spicy J’s, Hino Oishi, Pho Le 777, Retro Junction, and Lazy Dog.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is delivering drinks through DoorDash, including its own line of beer. It’s selling 6-packs and beer served in bags or growlers, including 32-, 64- and 128-ounce “fills.”
It also sells wine by the bottle and various types of margaritas in 32-ounce servings.
Several local breweries have started offering delivery since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
Full Circle Brewing Co. offers beer delivery from noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. It delivers to Visalia the same time on Wednesdays.
Minimum purchase is $25 and there’s a $4.99 delivery fee. Order online. The brewery also offers pickup at its downtown Fresno location.
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. offers free delivery for orders of $60 or more. Order online before 11 a.m. for same-day delivery.
Rocky Hill Brewing, based in Exeter, is delivering growlers of beer on Saturdays to Porterville, Three Rivers, Lindsay, Exeter, Visalia, Tulare, Reedley, Kingsburg and Dinuba.
There’s a three-growler minimum. Order online.
Pickup is also available at all these breweries.
Big box stores
Total Wine & More in Fresno was completely closed, but has since reopened for curbside service and delivery when the city started allowing it Monday.
Total Wine offers a same-day delivery service to some parts of Fresno, usually for a fee of $9.99. Order online and pick your delivery time.
Total Wine also offers curbside pickup.
BevMo! in Fresno also has reopened and offers same-day delivery for $9.99.
The BevMo! in Clovis has remained open and also offers delivery.
Both stores have curbside pickup where customers get their bottles from a table at the door. Order online.
The grocery delivery service Instacart delivers spirits, wine, beer and hard seltzers, along with groceries through various stores.
In the Fresno area, the stores that deliver alcohol include Save Mart, El Super, ALDI, Smart & Final, FoodMaxx, Sprouts, FoodsCo, Vons, BevMo!, Total Wine, Sam’s Club, and Costco (and you don’t need a Costco or Sam’s Club membership when using Instacart).
Expect to pay a delivery fee around $3.99, a service fee from $2 to $10, and at least a 5% tip of the total purchase, if not more.
Shipt, a grocery delivery service with a monthly fee between $8.25 and $14, also delivers alcohol through various stores, including Target and Smart & Final.
Delivery is free on orders over $35 ($7 fee for under that threshold) and a $7 alcohol delivery fee can sometimes apply.
Drizly is an alcohol delivery service for beer, wine, and liquor that operates in the Fresno area.
It partners with BevMo! and smaller liquor stores such as U Save Liquor & Market, Bulldog Liquor, Bulldog Liquor #2, and Save On Liquor. You can choose which store to shop or browse from them all.
Drizly usually has a $5 delivery fee and a default tip of 10% that can be adjusted.
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