Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Alcohol delivery service Drizly expands to St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, your wait for on-demand booze is over.

Drizly, a Web-based alcohol delivery service, expanded its reach Tuesday into Pinellas County after rolling out in Tampa late last year.

It works like this: You pick out beer, wine and liquor on Drizly's app or website, and a driver from ABC Fine Wine & Spirits shows up within an hour to scan your ID and hand off your selections. Prices aren't marked up from the liquor store, the company says, but there's a $20 minimum and a $5 delivery fee.

In Pinellas County, the service will cover St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Kenneth City and parts of Pinellas Park. Orders will be filled by an ABC store in St. Petersburg.

Drizly spokeswoman Kerin Horgan wouldn't say how many orders have been placed in Tampa Bay since its November launch, but she said the average order in the area cost $67 and was delivered in 38 minutes, in line with national trends.

So what's Tampa Bay drinking? Lots of wine and liquor, apparently.

Wine accounted for 37 percent of sales in Tampa, liquor was 26 percent and beer was just 19 percent, Horgan said. The remainder went to extras like soda water and limes. Nationally, beer has been more popular (31 percent), and liquor less common (19 percent).

Drizly, founded in 2012, now operates in 19 markets. Tampa Bay is the company's only location in Florida, and one of just a handful in the Southeast.

Contact Thad Moore at [email protected] or (813) 226-3434. Follow @thadmoore.

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