This is in honour of all those nights, post-9 p.m., when most stores that sell alcohol are closed (unless you live in Quebec, then whatever, we’re jealous of you). Your friends rue your poor planning and lack of in-house booze, and contemplate different plans to secure alcohol. Should you make your own? Raid your neighbour’s liquor cabinet?
Never fear — you won’t have to come up with some substandard substitute anymore, at least if you live in Ontario. A new alcohol-delivery app, cleverly called Thirstie, is now available in Toronto and Ottawa, to roll out across 27 cities before the end of January.
Initially, Thirstie is available on Android phones, while an iPhone version will be rolled out later this week. The app doesn’t break any new ground, technology-wise; it works like most other delivery apps, where users simply scroll through a selection of products — in this case, alcohol — and then place the order on their phone and await delivery. Simple. The app even has cocktail recipes for your perusal.
In a rather innovative idea, Thirstie relies on partners (those stalwart, licensed alcohol delivery companies that have been around for years) to bring booze to your home. At the time of this writing, the delivery fee is approximately $10 per order and hours of operation vary, depending on what city you’re in.
We know what you’re thinking: what about teenagers trying to get their hands on some alcohol? Thirstie has some roadblocks in place. The app will have age verification measures requiring a user to input a birth date before ordering. Customers will also be carded at the door by the deliveryperson and charged a restocking fee if they’re found to be underage, said Thirstie CEO Devaraj Southworth.
“We do everything possible to let the user know this is something we take extremely seriously, but at the end of the day it’s still the responsibility of the (delivery) company,” he insists.
For us adults, it’s like a liquor store in your back pocket. Enjoy responsibly, folks!