Drizly, a popular smartphone app in New York City, Brooklyn and Boston, announced today that it will now begin the alcohol delivery service here in Chicago.
Drizly allows users to order beer, wine or liquor, enter discount codes, and tip the driver all from a smartphone. The alcohols is delivered in 20-40 minutes, and the company serves customers in the Loop, South Loop, West Loop, River North, Gold Coast, Streeterville, Wrigleyville, Lakeview, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park and Bucktown.
“Chicagoans are ready for a smarter way to purchase alcohol,” Drizly co-founder and CEO Nick Rellas said in a news release. “Why go to the liquor store when Drizly brings the huge selection and great prices of the local liquor store to you? Let us save you the hassle of finding parking, or lugging heavy bottles home.”
The company has raised $2.3 million through angel and institutional investors and boasts on its website that it is “the Amazon for alcohol” in the cities that it serves.
The alcohol on Drizly is comparable to what you would find at your local liquid store, the company said in the release. And drivers are able to electronically validate Ids to make sure no one under 21 is purchasing alcohol.
The company sent out a welcome Tweet to Chicago today.
Welcome, Chicago! pic.twitter.com/LoTLy0mCIm
— Drizly Chicago (@DrizlyChi) May 15, 2014
And the Twitter response has been positive so far.
— Eric Heneghan (@eheneghan) May 1, 2014