Instacart adding alcohol delivery in Austin and Houston

Instacart has already established itself as a retail delivery service bringing groceries and other items to customers’ doors, but it’s branching out to include something a little boozier.

The service has teamed up with Spec’s Wine, Spirits, and Finer Foods to offer same-day delivery of beer, wine and spirits as well in parts of South Austin and downtown Houston. As this mystatesman.com article notes, Instacart’s offering alcohol delivery in a limited number of zip codes at first, with plans to expand into other parts of Austin: 78735, 78739, 78745, 78748 and 78749.

Photo by Brian K. Diggs, American-Statesman. Spec's is teaming up with Instacart to offer alcohol delivery straight to customers' doors.

Photo by Brian K. Diggs, American-Statesman. Spec’s is teaming up with Instacart to offer alcohol delivery straight to customers’ doors.

“Beer, wine, and liquor are all natural extensions of the grocery shopping experience, so we’re very excited to welcome Spec’s into the Instacart marketplace,” Vishwa Chandra, vice president of retail accounts for Instacart, said in a written statement. “We’ve received a lot of interest from our customers in Texas, so we’re thrilled to have Spec’s on board to give our customers fast and easy access to goods they want.”

Delivery fees for alcohol will remain the same as they are for other items, Instacart said — $3.99 for two-hour delivery and $5.99 for one-hour delivery for orders over $35, with a minimum order size of $10. Or you can purchase Instacart’s annual $99 membership.

Spec’s, originally a Houston business, has 12 locations in the Austin area. If you purchase items from Spec’s for delivery, you might notice their prices “may vary from in-store prices,” according to the Mystatesman story.

Instacart isn’t the first to bring alcoholic drinks straight to your door. Delivery services focusing specifically on booze, such as BrewDrop, Drizly and Thirstie, have launched here in the past couple years, and Sourced Craft Cocktails now even delivers the ingredients and the recipes you’ll need to make a good stiff cocktail.


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