August 3, 2018
Uber Eats and Inabuggy enter alcohol-delivery market in Metro Vancouver

Having booze sent straight to your door just got a little easier in the Lower Mainland, thanks to two new entries in the local alcohol-delivery market.

Meal-courier service Uber Eats has announced that it will now deliver craft beer and wine to imbibers in Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, and New Westminster. The regionally sourced drinks have been hand-picked from local establishments such as Liberty Wine Merchants and Parallel 49 Brewing Company.

Customers may request alcohol alongside their meal orders via the Uber Eats app, and both will be delivered at the same time. The platform, which is owned by ride-hailing giant Uber—a resource that is desperately needed but still unavailable in B.C.—requires its dispatch personnel to confirm the age and sobriety of recipients before the delivery can be completed.   

In addition, Uber Eats has announced that it will expand its service into the rest of Metro Vancouver, as well as Victoria, Esquimalt, and Saanich, in the coming weeks. As part of a summer promotion, the company is offering free delivery on all items—including booze—until the end of August.

“Uber is constantly evolving to ensure that British Columbians have access to the best local tastes and now drinks on demand,” Dan Park, general nanager of Uber Eats Canada, said in a news release.

Meanwhile, Inabuggy—the Toronto-founded grocery-delivery service formerly known as Instabuggy—has launched an alcohol-distribution program, too. The company expanded to Metro Vancouver in December, and will now offer more than 6,000 wine, beer, cider, cooler, and spirit varieties online and through the Inabuggy app.

The products will come from B.C. Liquor Stores, Bottle Jockey, and 1st Avenue Liquor Store, and will reach customers’ doors within an hour of order time or up to three days in advance.

Users may have the alcohol delivered alongside their grocery items, which includes produce, pet products, and household essentials from retail partners like Costco and Safeway. All orders come with a $19.98 picking, packing, and delivery fee.

Uber Eats and Inabuggy will compete with a number of booze-courier platforms already operating in Metro Vancouver, such as Door Dash, Darby's, and Cheers Vancouver.