BYOB? Buy your own wine! Sip on this stellar selection of places and delivery services to get your fine wines
Charles Baudelaire once said that one should always be drunk “with wine, with poetry, or with virtue”. If a velvety glass of pinot noir or sparkly prosecco is your thing, we have the first part of the equation solved for you with our little black book of wine delivery services and best bottle stores and wine bars to take home a great drop. Here’s how to make happy hour happen anytime – even at home.
For those times when you “need a glass and need it now”, BottlesXO is the business: their nifty app offers amazing affordable vinos that we have on heavy rotation, and includes food-pairing suggestions so you won’t have to crack your head figuring out what dinner to order in. Why do we love them so much? They deliver chilled wine to your door in around 30 minutes with no delivery fee. Seriously. We can’t tell you how many times BottlesXO has come to our rescue when we’ve decided to throw an impromptu BBQ, need more booze a dinner party, or have a craving for a steak dinner and need a great red to go with it. Need to stock up for all those Christmas get-togethers? BottlesXO is open until 2am from 22 Dec to 25 Dec (weekend and public holiday), and has some great Christmas gift options including a wine cooler case and limited edition ice bucket.
BottlesXO, online only.
Bottles XO is offering its wine cooler case and limited edition ice bucket FREE* when you use the promo codes COOLER or BUCKET at checkout. (*One per order; minimum spend of $100 to redeem the ice bucket; minimum spend of $120 to redeem the wine cooler case.)
Dubbed the “most epic wine site on the planet” (by themselves, and hey, it’s also their slogan), Vinomofo is a members-only online platform that lets you purchase the best bottles – sourced from the world over – at wallet-friendly prices. We all know the premium stuff and good deals aren’t exactly BFFs, but Vinomofo seems to be doing a good job of getting them acquainted. Check out our Laneway NYE party we’re throwing with Vinomofo and Maggie Joan’s restaurant this year. Vinomofo is treating us to FREE-FLOW sparkling, wine, beer and its genius new invention: WINESCREAM.
Vinomofo, online only.
Organic and biodynamic
This newcomer specialises in organic, biodynamic and natural wines, and we see a lot of deliveries in our future. Founder Quentinino Dellarosa let us in on his personal favourites: “If you’ve yet to try orange wines, Saharay from Porta del Vento would be a great first introduction. Farmed at 600 meters above sea level, the sandy soil gives it a strong minerality, and its prolonged maturation lends to its flavours of almond, apricot and sweet spices on the nose. In the mouth it is dynamic and fresh. A superb Natural wine from Caltagirone, the heart of Sicily, is the Suber from winemaker Gianfranco Daino. Originating from a peculiar terroir of a cork wood forest, Suber presents notes of dried red fruit on the nose, and in the mouth the Suber is full, fruity and well-balanced. It is a very intense wine that you won’t be able to put down! I’d also recommend my Barolo Prapò 2011 for the festive season! It leaves you with an intense aroma of dried fruits and hints of liquorice and red currants – it’s a classic Barolo that hits all the right notes!”
Dellarosa Wine; shop online.
Pop Up Wine
It may be one of the newest kids on the block, but this online store has already amassed a cult following. And it’s not hard to see why – you can take your pick from the 200 award-winning selection from across the world from an affordable $26 per bottle. Throwing in an impromptu get-together? They offer same-day delivery every single day!
Pop Up Wine, online only.
You’re probably already hitting up this popular spot for your vino fix. First opened in Bangkok back in 1998, the ubiquitous retailer and bar follows a vineyard-to-consumer business model and cuts out the middleman, which ultimately benefits your pockets.
Wine Connection, various locations. p. 6235 5466.
Bottles and Bottles
Opened in 2004, Bottles and Bottles have established themselves to be one of the top alcohol distributors in the market with their fine list of old world and new world selections. Stock your cellar with affordable, quality wine like Taylors 80 Acres Cabernet Shiraz Merlot.
Bottles and Bottles, various locations. p. 6348 2847.
1855 The Bottle Shop
Offering over 800 different selections of boozy goodness, 1855 The Bottle Shop – has nine stores conveniently located across Singapore – is a good joint to pop in to for that upcoming dinner party you’re throwing. This all-in-one bottle shop also does corporate gifts, delivery, and bulk orders.
1855 The Bottle Shop, various locations. p. 6820 1855.
Merchants Wine Cellar
Improve your drinking game at this cellar bar that stocks a wide selection of independent Australian and New Zealand labels. No time to swing over? Just visit their store online and have them deliver to your house.
Merchants Wine Cellar, 52 Duxton Road, Singapore 089516, p. 6222 1162.
The Straits Wine Company
Dubbed Southeast Asia’s leading wine importer, retailer, and distributor, The Straits Wine Company stocks a slew of good brands from around the world, including uncommon areas like Japan, India, and Switzerland.
The Straits Wine Company, various locations, p. 6593 6333.
In addition to boasting a huge inventory of alcohol online, Cellarbration has several well-stocked shops around Singapore. The prices here are attractive, and their variety is especially good. In addition to brick and mortar stores, you can order in alcohol for next-day delivery free with purchases over $98.
Cellarbration, various locations.
As if we didn’t love the Bugis-Bras Basah district enough already! Complementing its myriad of eateries, unique fashion finds in Haji Lane, and lively arts and culture scene, the vibrant area now welcomes a new addition – Ginett. This is a chic, casual restaurant and bar situated at 200 Middle Road. While it’s a sit-in restaurant, you’re free to stock up on wine for takeaway as well. Don’t be misled by its fancy-looking quarters; prices at Ginett are super pocket-friendly and go from $30 per bottle. Steal!
Ginett, Hotel G Singapore, 200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980, p. 6809 7989.
Don’t know which one to pick? Let them bring to you exclusive and artisanal selections sourced from small quality producers who are often overlooked or have no means of reaching out to you. Pay a subscription fee according to how many bottles you require and they’ll take over from there. Instant vino!
Winemasons, online only.
Oenophiles, get your late night wine fix at this unpretentious tapas and drinks bar. Alternatively, browse from their impressive selection of international labels and pick up something nice for date night at home.
Wine BOS, #01-09 Stamford Court, 61 Stamford Road, Singapore 178892, p. 6538 7886.
Like its namesake, these guys source from local and overseas suppliers, private collectors’ inventory lists and more (they stock over 1000 labels!), and buy in bulk so that we get the best prices. Great news for us!
Wines Wholesale, online only.
A good drink in Singapore does not need to break the bank! These guys know that the best and keep prices for their bottles at an affordable cost. Next day delivery is the default but in some cases, you can get your vino safe in your arms on the same day. If you pop down the store on a Saturday, they might just pop open some bottles for a tasting!
Underground Wines, 315 Outram Road, #07-04, Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore 169074, p. 6514 3227
Established since 1998, they pride themselves in carrying a splendid portfolio of prestigious brands from all over the world. The store in Valley Point comes with premium built-in cellar and cabinets to ensure that all drinks are stored and delivered to you in perfect conditions. They also ensure services like storage for times when you’ve run out of space at home!
Crystal Wines, 491 River Valley Road, #01-02/03 Valley Point, Singapore, p. 6737 3540
One of the early pioneers of e-commerce in Singapore, these guys are the real deal. The idea for the store was conceived when they realised that physical bottle shores in Singapore have limited shelf space to display all the range of alcohol and spirits available in the marketplace. Taking it online, these guys have a wide selection of premium labels and are a leading brand when it comes to having more choices of booze.
Wines Online, online only.
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