Good news: small bars are now allowed to turn themselves into fancy bottle shops and booze delivery services, according to regulations put in place by the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation Queensland in response to the Covid-19 crisis.
The temporary relaxation means your choices for takeaway and delivery alcohol have never been better, with some of the city’s best small boozers (and restaurants, and even live music venues) joining a clutch of specialist bottle shops in offering unique small-batch wines, limited-edition beer and hard-to-get craft spirits.
Here are some of the best places to get takeaway and delivery alcohol in Brisbane.
On top of its impressive core range of wines, City Winery is flipping Isolation Packs of its most popular drops, mini-wine blending experiences, DIY mulled wine packs, cheese and wine pairings, and in-home wine tasting kits. Pick-up and same-day delivery begin every day at 12pm. Woodfired food, picnic packs and soft drinks are also available. For more info, see here.
Cru Bar & Cellar
Cru Bar & Cellar has made it easy to access its staggering collection of new-world and European wines with free contactless same-day delivery for local orders of more than $100 (otherwise, it’s a $10 delivery fee) and a drive-through pick-up service at the James Street Market. For same-day delivery, orders must be made before 11am. Delivery times are between 11am and 5pm. You can arrange an order via Cru’s socials, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (07) 3252 1744.
This popular Valley haunt continues to sell its impressive collection of small-producer Australian wine for both pick-up and delivery. There are white, red and mixed cases on offer. You can also sign up for a wine subscription that's delivered every one or two months for $10, with Chester calling a week ahead to check in on your preferences. For more info, see here and Mr Chester's Bopple page here.
If you can’t host music gigs, sell booze. That’s the approach of the iconic Tivoli in the Valley, which is peddling a surprisingly broad range of craft beer, wine, and boutique spirits, liqueurs and aperitifs. Pick-up and contactless delivery to inner suburbs are both available. You can order online here.
This Woolloongabba bolthole is shifting a long list of craft beer and wine, but also some relatively singular spirits usually reserved for its bar and cocktail lists. Canvas stocks gins such as Mountain Distilling, Never Never and Rivo, and bourbons such as Pappy Van Winkle’s 12-year-old and Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Revival. There’s also a bunch of imaginative bottled cocktails on offer. Both pick-up and delivery are available. See here for more details.
Restaurant Dan Arnold
Dan and Amelie Arnold are moving some of their classy French-Australian restaurant’s vino every Saturday morning as part of an épicerie (grocery store) pop-up. The list rotates a bit but think a Euro-leaning selection that will always include at least a couple of champagnes — just keep in mind that you’ll need to buy some food while you’re there. There’s also a sommelier-selected wine match available for RDA’s weekly seven-course at-home degustation menu.
Craft Wine Store
Tony and Tanya Harper’s classy Red Hill and Coorparoo booze shops are moving their enormous ranges of small-producer wines, boutique spirits and craft beer via free delivery to the Brisbane metro area for orders of $100 or more. Monday to Saturday, you can order and pay by 11am for same-day delivery, or by 4pm for next-day delivery. There’s also Craft’s new Friends With Benefits Wine Club, where the shop collaborates with local hospitality luminaries (Ben Chiu from Ben’s Burgers, say, or Maui Manu from Little Valley) to throw together specially curated cases of wine — these can be ordered for next-day delivery.
Woolloongabba Italian restaurant 1889 Enoteca has launched a wine delivery service. Called Vino a Casa, it'll deliver to your door a case of 12 Italian wines chosen by the restaurant’s sommeliers. 1889 Enoteca was recently named one of the world's best Italian restaurants on account of its enormous wine list, which leans hard into natural and biodynamic drops produced in Italy by smaller artisanal producers. In short, these are legit boxes of plonk. Details on how to order can be found via Enoteca’s Instagram.
Grape Therapy and Proud Henry
These sister bars and bottle shops are shifting wine, beers and spirits online via delivery, with three-hour delivery available for $25 if you live within 10 kilometres of Grape Therapy’s CBD store. Proud Henry’s long list of gins is available for order, as are both venues’ whisky and gin flight packages, which typically include three or four different drops with tasting notes. Find out more here.
Brewdog Dogtap in Murarrie is running both delivery and a contactless drive-through service (and sail-through service, via the jetty out front). It offers a full takeaway range of beer, including one-off releases and sour beers from the brewery’s Overworks facility, as well as a classy round-up of wine and food from an elevated pub-grub menu. Customers need to download the Brewdog Hop Drop app (available via Google Play and the Apple App Store) to make their order — for more info, see the Brewdog website.
Cameron and Jordan Votan are currently operating their Fortitude Valley wine bar as a fancy bottle shop. On offer is a wide selection of European small-producer drops. This is a pick-up only affair unless you’re adding a bottle to an online food order from the brothers’ sister operations, Happy Boy or Kid Curry.
Conceived by Cuttings Wine Co’s David Bone and Liquidity Marketing’s Amelia Taylor as a way to shift Brisbane restaurants’ idle wine collections, Sofa Sommeliers tasks vino experts from across the city to curate home-delivered boxes of plonk. The first to get involved are Maeve’s Eleanor Cappa, Alto’s Simon Hill, Billykart’s Ben Roberts and The Old Seven’s Matt Lucas. You can peruse the collections here, with all orders then delivered to your door within 48 hours.
Ben Williamson and the Same Same crew’s much anticipated woodfired restaurant has opened as a pop-up bakery and wine shop. On offer is a collection of wine originally intended for the restaurant’s in-house list that leans heavily into small-producer organic and biodynamic drops (there are also baked goods for sale, if you arrive early enough).
Nick Pinn’s Malt Traders is hardly new to the takeaway and delivery booze game, but this CBD and South Bank bottle shop is worth checking out for its enormous range of craft beer, spirits and wine. Take a look online here.
You currently can’t cram into this brilliant Fish Lane hideaway, but Maker’s Ed Quatermass has collaborated with sister venue Gauge on the Gauge X Maker pop-up. Note: you need to order food here, with Gauge prepping a menu that rotates daily, but there’s a nice range of bottled cocktails on offer, along with a neat wine list, four-packs of beer and wine packs put together by Pete Rogers from Naked Bunch. You can order via Bopple.
Like Maker, you’ll need to order food if you want to buy booze from Gerard’s, but the James Street restaurant is currently arranged like a bottle shop for punters to grab something when they pick up their takeaway meals. The selection includes a long list of sparkling, white, red and beer, and bottled cocktails prepared by Gerard’s Bar. Take a look online here.