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Alcohol-Delivery Apps For Safe And Saucy Summer Entertaining

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Angelenos have long envied New Yorkers for their ample, all-hours delivery services. It seems that you really can get anything in the Big Apple at any given moment. And while our hope for later last calls has been squashed, there's hope yet in terms of booze delivery.

California is one of 18 states where the delivery of beer, wine and liquor is allowed with no restrictions. (Even in good ol' New York there's a limit to how much you can order.) Several new alcohol delivery apps have launched this summer to take advantage of our party-loving ways, and are helping keep the party going strong.

Here are some that we're digging:

Saucey: L.A.-based Saucey has a team of drivers and 70 liquor store partners to make sure that you get your booze in good time, and with a smile. And just like with Lyft or Uber, everything is taken care of on via the app, including a tip. The only thing you'll need for the physical delivery is an ID, which is checked upon delivery with a scanner on your driver's iPhone. For holiday weekends, they even offer packages that include your own home bartender. It's not as cheap as having your buddy make jungle juice at $400-800 (depending on the package), but it sure beats hiring a catering company. They also donate a percentage of each sale to Charity Water, meaning you're helping those who actually really need something to drink. You can find out more info on the app here.

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Drizly: Not only does Drizly get your bottles to the door quickly, but they do so in style. An absolutely adorable delivery dude showed up to our door with a reusable tote stocked with Aperol, Bar Keep fennel bitters, and a nice (and affordable!) bottle of Sauvy blanc within 20 minutes. We couldn't have been happier. These guys definitely have the best selection when it comes to craft spirits and items for cocktail nerds, including various types of mixers, sodas, and small batch spirits. It's also available on Android, which means everyone can get in on the fun. Well, everyone currently living in Silverlake, Venice, Westwood, Beverly Hills, Miracle Mile, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica, Culver City and Koreatown, that is. The app just launched, and they'll be rolling out in the other neighborhoods throughout L.A. in the weeks to come. They use a similar ID scanner to Saucey to make sure you're of age, so don't get any wild ideas. Tip is already included in the price, too. You can find out more info on the app here.

Instacart: Instacart's crowdsourced driver model is similar to that of Lyft, where shoppers pick up and deliver grocery orders providing their own transportation. They offer grocery shopping, and also deliver wine, craft beer, and booze from stores such as Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, Ralphs, and Costco. Bristol Farms seemed to have the most interesting portfolio of items, including Barbancourt rum from Haiti, rhum agricole, Dolin vermouth, and a variety of sherries. A cool feature is that you can request items that aren't in the online marketplace and attach a photo so that your shopper can pick it up for you. And if you're planning a party, you can get paper goods from Costco without the membership. There is a $3.99 delivery fee for orders of $35 or more, but it's $7.99 if it's below that amount. There's also a rush delivery available for $14.99. Tips are totally at the customer's discretion. You can find out more info on the app here, and check out this link for a $10 credit on your first order of $35 or more.

Other Notable Services To Keep An Eye Out For:

Pink Dot: Though it's technically not an app, Pink Dot is old faithful when it comes to door-to-door bottle delivery services. They have 25 full-time employees at your disposal, driving around their eye-catching pink VW Bugs as they also deliver hot foods and groceries. But their bestsellers are liquor, cigarettes and condoms, according to its owner Sol Yamini. You can find out more info on their services here.

Thirstie and Ultra: We couldn't test these two apps because they don't yet service our area (Hancock Park/Mid-City L.A.). But the folks at Thirstie say they're currently available in Hancock Park as well as Downtown, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, West Hollywood, Laurel Canyon, Beverly Hills, and Sunset Plaza, however, so perhaps it's just growing pains. You can find out more info on Thirstie as they roll out here, and for Ultra, here.