Minibar allows users to purchase a large selection of beer, wine, cider, and hard liquor through local vendors. (Screenshot of minibardelivery.com)
In today’s hyper-linked age, one can order anything—literally anything— off the Internet and safely expect it to arrive on their doorstep posthaste.
With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that some enterprising company would start delivering that most indelible of commodities: alcohol. Enter MINIBAR, a New York based start up which recently expanded into Los Angeles.
Minibar allows users to purchase a large selection of beer, wine, cider, and hard liquor through local vendors, using their website (www.minibardelivery.com), or their mobile app (available for iOS and Android), as a convenient digital go-between. After paying for their selection, customers are supposed to receive their order within an hour.
Claims are all well and good, but does the service actually work the way its meant to? In short, the answer is yes. I made an account on the slick, user-friendly Minibar site, entered my location, and quickly found myself browsing through a comprehensive list of available firewater. After settling on a few growlers of imported German beer and a fifth of mid-range whiskey, I plugged in my credit card info and took the plunge.
A mere thirty minutes later, a knock sounded at my door, and I opened it to find a grinning man holding a large paper grocery bag full of sweet, sweet booze. I told him this was my first time using Minibar, and he replied that his liquor store’s delivery business had been positively booming since they inked a deal with the site. If that’s any indication, this site’s future in Los Angeles is looking rather bright already.
Overall, Minibar is a useful, well-designed tool which successfully follows through on its promise. I was told I could shop for a wide variety of alcohol from the convenience of my home, and receive said goods in a punctual manner. And, happily, that is precisely the way it went down.
Good on ya, Minibar!