Apps & Software

On-demand alcohol delivery app Thirstie launches in Toronto and Ottawa

Have you ever looked out the window during a cold Canadian winter day to see an additional foot of snow covering your recently shovelled driveway? Or plummeting temperatures make it awful to go to the corner store?

But you really need beer.

New York-based Thirstie wants to solve this problem by bringing the company’s alcohol-on-demand app to Toronto and Ottawa. Thirstie operates in a way that’s very similar to other food-as-a-service apps like JustEat for example. With Thirstie, users scroll through a selection of wine, spirits and beer, and place the order on their phone; that order is then directly delivered to the customer’s address.

Thirstie says it has forged agreements with a number of delivery partners – many are reportedly alcohol delivery companies that have operated in Canada for years – to handle the footwork side of the company’s business model. What makes Thirstie unique is the fact that purchases can be made directly through the service’s mobile app or on its website, a feature few alcohol delivery platforms support. Individual deliveries through Thirstie cost $9.

The company stocks thousands of varieties of beer, wine and liquor, and from our brief survey has a great collection of whiskey.

Thirstie will reportedly launch in Canada on Android first but an updated version of the iPhone app is on the way. The company says it plans to launch a more extensive rollout across 27 Ontario cities by the end of January. Thirstie’s Android app and desktop platform is currently live and operational.

Canadian grocery store chain Longo’s Grocery Gateway delivery service has offered a small selection of wine/spirits for order and delivery via its website for a few years now.

Thirstie is currently available on the Google Play Store.

[via]The Canadian Press[/via]

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