Stop everything, Seattle: Amazon will bring liquor to you in an hour

Amazon liquor delivery

An Amazon package is prepared for shipment by a United Parcel Service driver in Palo Alto on Oct. 18, 2010.

(Paul Sakuma / Associated Press)

The next time you’re out of liquor at a party or can’t bear to get up from the couch to go buy beer, and you’re in certain parts of Seattle, Amazon wants to help.

The online retailer has added alcohol to a growing number of items its Prime Now members can order for one-hour delivery, but only in the company’s hometown of Seattle. 

Here’s how it works: If you pay $99 a year to be an Amazon Prime member (which includes free two-day shipping, video streaming, etc.), then you can download the Prime Now app for Android and iPhone. The app includes a number of items for delivery, including beer, wine and liquor, milk, ice cream and toilet paper. Because you never know when you’re going to need an emergency ice cream sundae and a bottle of wine. Plus, if your big-screen TV breaks during an important game, you can have one of those delivered in an hour or less too.




9:52 a.m.: An earlier version of this article stated that Amazon prime costs $99 a month. It costs $99 a year.


If you use the app for two-hour delivery, the service is free. Want that bottle of tequila at your door in an hour or less? It will cost you an extra $7.99. In a nod to the limits of convenience, you can also only use this magical service from 8 a.m. to midnight. 


The alcohol delivery service is available in a number of select Seattle ZIP Codes, but the company said it is expanding rapidly to more areas.

Prime Now, without alcohol delivery, is available in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Indianapolis; Miami and New York. All the same rates apply.

If you’re in Los Angeles and need a bottle of gin now, there’s an app for that, it’s just not Prime Now: SauceyThirstie and Drizly all deliver to select areas in less than an hour. 

Oh, is it time for a cocktail? Follow me on Twitter @Jenn_Harris_ 


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