After two long months of prohibition under South Africa’s strict lockdown, in June alcohol finally went back on sale and across the nation scores of people queued patiently to stock up on beer, wine and spirits. Under the new alcohol licencing laws bars, cafes and restaurants may also sell alcohol for off-site consumption, although across the board sales hours are limited to 09:00-17:00 Monday to Thursday (this includes delivery!).
Like us you are probably missing hanging out having a drink at your favourite pub or cafe. If you are missing your local and are worried about how they will survive the lockdown, check out Stella Artois' Rally For Your Restaurant voucher campaign and invest in some buy-now enjoy-later vouchers for some pints at the bar.
Here’s a look at where and how you can buy alcohol online in Joburg and get it delivered to your home.
Launched by the team from popuar bars Streetbar Named Desire and Perron, Bottle Drop is a super efficient new drinks delivery service with a very easy to navigate online plaform. Prices are very competitive and the delivery turn around time remarkable (generally next day).
SHOP ONLINE AT: bottledrop.co.za
SHOP ONLINE AT www.drydockliquor.co.za Norman Goodfellows specialises in expert advice and excellent service and stocks a superb range of local and imported brands of just about anything you might have a taste for, with arguably Joburg’s best selection of South African and international wines, spirits and craft beers. The online store shows exactly how much of everything is currently available, and you can also filter the website according to what is ‘in stock’. For items that are not ‘in stock’ you can already order in advance and it will make its way to you as soon as it is available.
Norman Goodfellows can organise delivery to all major cities including Joburg, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, George, Kimberly, Nelspruit, Bloemfontein, Pietemaritzburg and East London.
SHOP ONLINE AT www.ngf.co.za
Thirst Bar ServicesThirst specialises in running pop-up bars for events and during lockdown has been working on a pre-order service for deliveries of the spirits, wines and beers that are usually used at their bars. For those looking for good deals, Thirst’s prices are extremely competitive and delivery for orders over R500 are free.
See the price list and arrange your order here on Facebook.
The Gourmet Grocer at Voodoo Lily
During lockdown Birdhaven's corner cafe Voodoo Lily adapted to the difficult new environment by becoming a gourmet grocery, selling local artisanal products such as sourdough breads, olive oils, homemade pickles and jams, vegan ice-creams and fresh cookies. Now called The Gourmet Grocer at Voodoo Lily, the store has also secured a license to operate as a bottle shop and they will deliver for free within 5km of the shop. Whatsapp +27 83 325 4445 or email Annie@angelfishpr.co.za to place delivery orders.
Cellar Direct is an online wine sales portal that buys directly from South African wine farm cellars ensuring you buy wines at tasting room prices and directly support small winemakers. There are 28 winemakers to choose from, all from the Cape Winelands. Deliveries are made nationwide.
SHOP ONLINE AT cellardirect.co.za
SHOP ONLINE AT: publik.co.za
Solly Kramer's Liquour Store
The huge Solly Kramer's Liquour Store in Parkhurst has an extensive online shop and when we checked recently there was a good supply of beer in stock, available to order in crates of 24 cans. There's also an extensive selection of wine and spirits.
SHOP ONLINE AT sollykramersparkhurst.co.za
Whisky BrotherWhisky Brother at Hyde Park Corner is Joburg’s leading fine whisky specialists. For many whisky lovers there is perhaps nothing that they are looking forward to more when the lockdown starts to ease than a dram of a fine Scottish malt. Whisky Brother's online shop offers hundreds of whiskies, including some pricey rare gems that are worth savouring. Delivery comes at a flat rate of R120 via The Courier Guy.
SHOP ONLINE AT www.whiskybrother.com
Frontier Beer - Best Craft Beer Online
Among the most severely impacted small businesses who depend on alcohol sales are craft brewers. Many sell a large proportion of their stock to restaurants and bars, or even run craft brewery bars themselves where they sell their brews. If you love craft beer, you are no doubt looking for ways to support your local craft brewers in their hour of need.
Best Craft Beer Online, the online shop of the Frontier Beers label, is a South African online shop that does exactly what it suggests. There’s a wide range of beers on offer from brands such as Joburg’s Mad Giant, Agar’s Brewery in Muldersdrift, Jack Black and the uber-cool Little Wolf.
SHOP ONLINE AT: www.frontierbeer.co.za
Cocktails to goFor next level drinks deliveries look to Joburg's top cocktail bars who are now innovating to offer cocktail delivery services. Most bottled cocktails are now available for delivery or in same case you can also drop by the bar and pick it up in person.
Sin + TaxSomewhat ironically for a 'speakeasy bar' with a secret entrance and password, Rosebank's Sin + Tax has, like everywhere else, been closed throughout the lockdown. Happily for one of South Africa's most acclaimed cocktail bars (and Joburg's cocktail lovers), Sin + Tax is now allowed to sell alcohol for off-site consumption and have used their time in lockdown to perfect their bottled cocktails offering (pictured top).
Premixed by Sin+Tax's talented mixologists, their 500ml ready to drink bottled cocktails include the Cape Old Fashioned, Afrogroni, Dry Martini and 'Leaf Litter' which is probably the best G&T you'll ever drink.
CONTACT DETAILS: Place your orders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perron BryanstonBryanston Mexican restaurant Perron is now selling its signature margaritas and mojitos pre-mixed in 500ml bottles and ready to go - all you need to add it ice! Cocktails cost from R130 for a 500ml bottle.
CONTACT DETAILS: You can now order Perron's cocktails on UberEats.
Locally made craft gin
The craft gin industry has also been thrown seriously off-kilter by this crisis, although there are some inspiring stories of South African distilleries who have completely pivoted their services into new markets, becoming specialists in the production of sanitiser, and even in some cases taking things a step further to launch full deep cleaning businesses!
Joburg has some fantastic craft gin distilleries and many of them also have their own online shops where you can order your gins directly. In particular we recommend:
Shop online for a range of remarkable gins in all colours of the rainbow from the unique Mirari range. The colours are fun but the real magic is in the botanicals, such as blue Oriental spiced, damask rose and amber African botanicals. You can collect from the distillery or have your stock delivered at a standard rate of R85.
SHOP ONLINE AT timeanchor.co.za
Based in the Cradle of Humankind, Flowstone’s award-winning 'African bush botanical gins' are made with unique distinctly African botanicals such as marula, wild cucumber and bushwillow seed pods. Order online with delivery at a cost of R50.
SHOP ONLINE AT www.flowstone.co.za
Joburg's newest craft gin distillery opened in 2019 at Victoria Yards, with two unique botanical blends that make use of a variety of locally foraged botanicals, some of them even grown within the Victoria Yards complex. Unfortunately Primal Spirits does not have an online store but you can order bottles by emailing email@example.com or call +27 62 106 4561.