Coronavirus: Irish off-licences that offer collection and delivery during the Covid-19 shutdown

John Wilson's guide to independent wine merchants and the services they now provide

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Is the coronavirus crisis creating a boom time for wine, beer and spirit retailers? Some of them say it’s as if Christmas has come early, with huge demand for home delivery and call-and-collect services. We’ve compiled a list of what each off-licence we know about is offering during the Covid-19 shutdown; you can read it below.

It includes mail-order specialists, but bear in mind that most retailers will also deliver nationwide, and many have good websites for browsing. Craft beer lovers should also remember that many small breweries offer an online service.

Bear in mind, too, that the off-licences on our list may need to alter some of the details of their services as time goes on. “It’s all moving so quickly,” says Michael Kane of Curious Wines, an online specialist. “We are not taking anything for granted, but online this has been our busiest month in 12 years of trading. It is December levels plus.”

We have a great community, and I want to support that. Besides, dining with a glass of wine at the end of the day is one of the few adult positives left to us

It’s not great for everyone, though. One importer tells me that, while retailers in residential areas seem to be doing well, those in our empty city centres are much quieter than usual.

It’s a distinction that wine merchants such as Kane appreciate. “We are lucky that we have three distinct businesses: retail, online and restaurants,” he says. “It is desperate to see what is happening to our restaurant customers.”

What trends has Gerard Maguire of 64 Wine, in Glasthule in south Co Dublin, seen? “There is a change in business but not a huge increase. There is a massive loyalty in the village of Glasthule, and a great energy,” he says. “We have a great community, and I want to support that. Besides, dining with a glass of wine at the end of the day is one of the few adult positives left to us.”

Damian Sherlock of La Touche Wines, in Greystones in Co Wicklow, says a new business model seems to be emerging. “In the long term this could actually be a positive for small wine shops. The local support is there from the community, and customers appreciate the service we offer. They are still looking for value, and we are doing lots of offers. Deliveries have increased hugely, even into Dublin, and that may continue into the future, long after coronavirus has gone.”

The following details refer to the services on offer during the coronavirus outbreak.

National and online specialists

O’BRIENS
Dublin, Carlow, Cork, Galway, Kildare, Limerick, Louth, Meath, Waterford, Westmeath, Wicklow, obrienswine.ie
Opening hours Noon-8pm Monday-Saturday (except Bray Vevay noon-6pm and Sandymount noon-7pm); 12.30pm-8pm Sunday (except Sandymount 12.30pm-7pm); Dalkey, Maple Centre (Navan Road) and Malahide stores temporarily closed
Payment method Card only
Discounts More than 100 wines on promotion each month 
Order methods Online via O’Briens website; check with your local store for email and phone orders
Call and collect Check with your local store
Delivery Free on orders in excess of €100 via the O’Briens website

CABOT AND CO
098-37000, cabotandco.comsales@cabotandco.com
Opening hours Order via the website or by email 24 hours a day, or by telephone; full wine list available to browse and download
Payment method Bank transfer or cheque
Discounts Yes, depending on order
Minimum order 12 bottles
Call and collect No
Delivery Free on orders over €250

JNWINE
1890-667799 or 048-44830091, jnwine.comshop@jnwine.com
Opening hours Order on the website or by email at any time; or leave a voicemail and, JNWine says, it will respond within 24 hours
Payment method Credit cards (not American Express)
Discounts 10 per cent off 12 bottles or more
Delivery Free within seven working days

SIYPS
089-7040836, siyps.com, info@siyps.com
Opening hours Order on the website or by email 24 hours a day; orders also taken by telephone
Payment method Credit card or by manual invoice
Discounts See website
Call and collect By appointment. Siyps is based near Blanchardstown, in west Dublin
Delivery Special offer of free nationwide delivery on all orders; normally €8 (or free over €120)

STATION TO STATION WINE
085-1020477, stationtostationwine.ie, sales@stationtostationwine.ie
Opening hours Order online 24 hours a day
Payment method Credit card
Discounts Free delivery on all packs
Online ordering via website Yes
Call and collect No
Delivery Free Dublin deliveries on all packs; delivery is contactless

WINE ONLINE
Santry Hall Industrial Estate, Dublin 9, 01-8867732 during office hours, call Will on 087-7629963 after hours, wineonline.ie, sales@wineonline.ie
Opening hours Order on the website or by email 24 hours a day; order by telephone as above
Payment method Secure online payment with all major credit cards or PayPal
Discounts Savings on six- and 12-bottle mixed cases and multiple gift offers
Call and collect Available Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm. Contact-free
Delivery €7.50 nationwide; free with orders over €175

Dublin city and county

64 WINE
64 Glasthule Road, Glasthule, Dún Laoghaire, A96 TH22, 01-2805664, 64wine.ie, orders@64wine.com
Opening hours 11am-4pm Monday-Saturday
Discounts Case discount on collection 
Order methods On 64wine.ie, by email and by phone
Call and collect Yes
Delivery Free local delivery

BLACKROCK CELLAR
23 Rock Hill, Blackrock, A94 F1H7, 01-2783844, blackrockcellar.com, info.blackrockcellar@gmail.com
Opening hours 10.30am-6pm Monday-Saturday
Payment method Credit and debit card only; payment over the phone
Discounts 10 per cent off six or more bottles
Order methods By phone and email (as above); by Deliveroo (extra charges apply)
Call and collect Yes
Delivery Free on orders in excess of €100

CELTIC WHISKEY SHOP & WINES ON THE GREEN
27-28 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, 01-6759744, celticwhiskeyshop.com, ally@celticwhiskey.com
Opening hours 10.30am-6.30pm Monday-Saturday; 12.30pm-6pm Sunday
Payment method Credit and debit cards instore; credit and debit cards, PayPal or bank transfer for online and telephone orders
Order methods Via website, email and telephone
Call and collect Yes
Delivery €7.95 nationwide

CLONTARF WINES
48 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, 01-8533088 or 086-7778922 , clontarfwines.ie, info@clontarfwines.ie
Opening hours Tuesday 4-8pm, Wednesday-Saturday 12.30-8pm, Sunday 12.30-3.30pm
Payment methods Card or contactless only.
Discounts Baker’s dozen: one free bottle with any 12 purchased for store collection or local delivery
Online ordering via website Yes
Orders taken by phone/email Yes
Call and collect Yes
Delivery Free delivery in Dublin 3 and 5; free nationwide delivery for 12 bottles or more

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THE CORKSCREW
Shop closed but warehouse open for collections: Unit 12 KCR Industrial Estate, Kimmage, Dublin 12, 01-4991743/087-1329100, thecorkscrew.ie, sales@thecorkscrew.ie
Opening hours Online 24/7; Warehouse Monday-Friday 10.30am- 5.30pm
Payment method Credit card; vouchers are also accepted over the phone
Discounts Email offers go out three times a week
Order methods Via the website, by phone or by emailing Paul or Tomasz at sales@thecorkscrew.ie
Call and collect Yes (from the warehouse)
Delivery Free delivery to all 32 counties in Ireland for all orders in excess of €75

DRINKSTORE
87 Manor Street, Dublin 7, 01-6719760, drinkstore.ie
Opening hours 12.30pm-7pm daily
Delivery Free nationwide for orders in excess of €100
Call and collect Yes

D-SIX WINE, BEER & SPIRITS
Harolds Cross Road, Dublin 6W, 01-4978935, peggykellys.ie/offlicence
Opening hours Monday-Wednesday 5pm-9pm; Thursday-Sunday 2pm-9pm
Payment method By card if possible
Discounts A free bottle of wine with every 12 purchased
Order methods Order by phone for collection and delivery. For collection they will put the order in the car boot if requested
Delivery Free delivery for six bottles of wine or more to local and south Dublin

GIBNEY’S OFF-LICENCE
New Street, Malahide, 01-8450606 ext 1 or 01-8450863 ext 1
Opening hours Monday-Saturday 10.30am-10pm; Sunday 12.30pm-10pm
Discounts Multiple wine, beer and spirit offers, plus a 10 per cent discount on six or more bottles (excluding existing offers)
Order methods Local deliveries can be ordered by phone
Call and collect Yes

GRAPEVINE
26 Castle Street, Dalkey, 01-2353054, onthegrapevine.ie, sales@onthegrapevine.ie
Opening hours Thursday-Saturday 2-6pm, takeaway only, strict social distancing
Payment method Cash; bank transfer; card
Discounts An extra bottle with a case of 12
Order methods Via the website, phone, text, email
Call and collect Yes
Delivery Free local delivery for six bottles or more

JUS DE VINE
Portmarnock town centre, Strand Road, Portmarnock, 01-8461192,jusdvine.ie, info@jusdevine.ie
Opening hours Monday-Saturday 10.30am-7pm; Sunday 12.30pm-7pm
Payment method All methods accepted
Discounts 5 per cent on six bottles of wine, 10 per cent on 12 bottles except on specials
Order methods Via phone or email
Call and collect Yes. Zero contact collection – your order is dropped to your boot outside the shop
Delivery By arrangement

LISTONS FOOD STORE
26 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, 01-4054779, listonsfoodstore.ie (website excludes wine list), hello@listonsfoodstore.ie
Opening hours 11.30am-5pm, Monday-Saturday
Payment method Credit cards
Discounts 10 per cent on mixed cases
Order methods By phone or email
Call and collect Yes

MARTIN’S OFF-LICENCE
11 Marino Mart, Fairview, Dublin 3, 01-8332952, martinsofflicence.ie, martinsofflicence@gmail.com
Opening hours Noon-8pm daily
Payment method By card or cash in-store; by card over the phone, or online via the website
Discounts Online: 5 per cent off the same six, 10 per cent off a mixed 12, or 15 per cent off the same 12; in-store: 5 per cent off any six, 10 per cent off any 12
Order methods Via the website, phone or email
Call and collect Yes
Delivery €5 for local deliveries – with Four Star Pizza Marino carrying them out; €7.50 for anywhere in the rest of Ireland; free for anyone self-isolating

MITCHELL & SON
Glasthule village, Co Dublin; CHQ, IFSC, Dublin 1; Avoca stores in Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow, and Dunboyne, Co Meath; mitchellandson.com; 01-2302301, glasthule@mitchellandson.com; 01-6125540, chq@mitchellandson.com; 085-8019230, avoca@mitchellandson.com; 086-8128484, dunboyne@mitchellandson.com
Opening hours Glasthule and CHQ: Monday-Saturday 10.30am-6pm; Avoca: Monday-Saturday 10.30am-6pm, Sunday 12.30pm-6pm
Payment method Contactless as well as cash if necessary
Discounts Many offers of up to 20 per cent off are available on the website; 10 per cent off on six bottles – terms and conditions apply
Order methods Via website, phone or email
Call and collect Yes, and they will put orders into car boots
Delivery Local and nationwide at €6.95 for deliveries of less than €100, otherwise free. Deliveries are made by the company’s own van or courier and drivers adhere to strict health protocols

MOLLOY’S
Francis Street, Clonsilla, Clondalkin, Tallaght, Ballyogan Road, Finglas, Ballyfermot, 01-8227144, molloys.ie, enquiries@molloygroup.ie
Opening hours Monday-Friday 12pm-8pm; Sunday 12.30pm-8pm
Payment method Cash and credit cards are accepted in-store
Discounts Buy 12 bottles, get one free, plus many more offers online
Order methods Via website, phone or email
Call and collect Yes
Delivery Delivery across all of Ireland, free for orders in excess of €100, otherwise with a €7.95 charge

SEARSONS WINE MERCHANTS
10a Monkstown Crescent, Monkstown, 01-2800405, searsons.com, shop@searsons.com, Twitter @SearsonsWines, Instagram searsonswine
Opening hours Monday-Wednesday noon-7pm; Thursday-Friday 2pm-8pm; Saturday noon-7pm; Sunday 12.30pm-6pm
Payment method Card/tap preferred but cash payment taken in-store
Discounts 10 per cent on a case of 12, 5 per cent on six
Order methods Via website, phone or email
Call and collect Yes
Delivery Free nationwide delivery on orders in excess of €90

SWEENEY’S D3
117 Philipsburgh Avenue, Fairview, D03 XV04, 01-8372857, sweeneysd3.ie, info@sweeneysd3.ie
Opening hours 12.30pm-8pm Monday-Sunday
Payment method Contactless up to €5; Revolut; card
Discounts 10 per cent discount on wine, beer, coffee and food for anyone in the health service or who has lost their job as a consequence of Covid-19
Order methods Via the website, phone or email
Call and collect Yes
Delivery Same-day, free, zero-contact delivery for all vulnerable groups and self-isolators. Free same-day delivery for local orders in excess of €50; free delivery within three-five days for orders in excess of €100 from the rest of the country

TERROIRS
Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, 01-6671311, terroirs.ie, info@terroirs.ie
Opening hours Tuesday-Friday 10.30am-6pm; Saturday 10.30am-7pm; closed Sunday and Monday
Payment method Credit card; cash; bank transfer
Discounts Offers available online and in the shop; 10 per cent discount for 12 bottles (wines not on offer)
Order methods Via website, phone, or email
Call and collect Yes. Zero-contact collection at the shop and/or zero-contact delivery to car boots
Delivery Free delivery to Dublin 4 and Dublin 6; free delivery for orders in excess of €150

WHELEHAN’S WINES
Loughlinstown, Co Dublin, 01-9011144, whelehanswines.ie, sales@whelehanswines.ie
Opening hours Zero-contact drive-through Wednesday-Saturday 2pm-6pm
Payment method Credit cards only
Discounts Normal store discounts apply
Order methods Via the website, phone or email
Delivery Delivery nationwide when ordered in sixes; free delivery on six bottles of wine within 5km

THE WINEHOUSE
13 Main Street, Howth, Co Dublin, 01-8324356, thewinehouse.ie
Opening hours Tuesday-Saturday noon-6pm
Payment methods By card or cash in store; by card online
Discounts 10 per cent off any 12 bottles
Order methods Via the website or phone
Call and collect Yes
Delivery Free local delivery for orders over €90; €6.95 for local delivery of smaller orders

Cork

1601 KINSALE
Pearse Street, Kinsale, Co Cork, 021-4772529, the1601kinsale.com, the1601kinsale@gmail.com
Opening hours Monday-Saturday 10.30am-10pm; Sunday 12.30pm-10pm
Payment method Cash; credit card
Discounts Case discount is available
Call and collect Yes
Delivery Free local delivery

BUBBLE BROTHERS
Unit 4C The English Market, Grand Parade, Cork, T12 E7FP, 021-4254641, bubblebrothers.ie
Opening hours Monday-Saturday 10.30am-6pm
Click/call and collect Yes
Unit 8 Little Island Business Park, Cork, T45 WP22, 021-4316000, bubblebrothers.ie
Opening hours Monday-Friday 10am-6pm
Click/call and collect Yes
Delivery Free delivery nationwide with orders of €50 or more

CURIOUS WINES
Tramore Commercial Park, Tramore Road, Cork, T12 X893, 021-4320233, curiouswines.ie, curious@curiouswines.ie
Opening hours Monday-Saturday 10.30am-6pm
Payment method Credit card; cash
Discounts 20 per cent off produce from Spain, Argentina, and Portugal; other selected specials
Order methods Via the website, phone or email
Call and collect Yes
Delivery Free delivery to all 32 counties for orders in excess of €100

JJ O’DRISCOLL SUPERSTORE
Ballinlough, Cork, 021-4292194, jjodriscoll.ie, catering@jjodriscoll.ie
Opening hours 6am-8pm daily
Payment method Credit card; cash
Discounts Buy 12 bottles of wine, pay for 11
Order methods Via the website or phone
Call and collect Yes
Delivery €9 per case; free for orders in excess of €150

Galway

THOMAS WOODBERRYS
3 Middle Street Mews, Middle Street, Galway, H91-C2V4, 091-533706, woodberrys.ie, info@woodberrys.ie
Opening hours 11am-4pm Monday-Saturday
Payment method Credit and debit cards
Discounts Pick and mix cases at €75, €90, and €120 with free local delivery included
Order methods Via the website, phone or email
Call and collect Yes
Delivery Delivers nationwide

Kildare

ELY WINE STORE
Maynooth, 01-5043709, elywinebar.com, elymaynooth@elywinebar.com
Opening hours Check online or call for opening hours – currently Thursday-Saturday 12pm-4pm but subject to change
Payment method All payment methods accepted
Discounts 15 per cent off on all in-store wines
Order methods Via the website, phone or email
Call and collect Yes
Delivery The charge for local delivery is €7.50, but deliveries of more than six bottles are free; the nationwide delivery charge is €18

Kilkenny

LE CAVEAU
Market Yard, Kilkenny city, lecaveau.ie, orders@lecaveau.ie
Order methods Via the website or by email
Discounts Case offers available on the website
Delivery Free for orders in excess of 12 bottles

Louth

MACGUINNESS WINES
Williamson’s Mall, Dundalk , Co Louth, A91 F25X, 086-8582565, dundalkwines.com, macgwines@gmail.com
Opening hours Wednesday-Saturday from 11.30am (closing times are under review)
Payment method Credit card; cash
Discounts Mix-and-match offers from €10 per bottle
Order methods Via the website, phone or email (ordering by phone is recommended)
Call and collect Yes
Delivery Free local deliveries for orders of six bottles or more

QUINTESSENTIAL WINES
9 Dublin Road, Drogheda, A92 D684, 041-9830960/087-2745204 text or WhatsApp, sales@quintessentialwines.ie, Facebook, Instagram @quintessential_wine, Twitter @Quintwineshop
Opening hours Tuesday-Friday 2pm-7pm; Saturday 12pm-7pm; other time slots are available by appointment (which is available to all, but especially elderly customers or frontline workers, who wish to shop in isolation)
Payment method By cash or credit card instore; EFT is possible for telephone orders for delivery or collection
Discounts 10 per cent off six bottles or more; a list of weekly self-isolation specials will be posted on its social channels
Order methods By phone, email, WhatsApp or over its social channels
Call and collect Yes, and is zero contact
Delivery Free local delivery (Louth/east Meath) and free nationwide delivery for orders in excess of €100

Tipperary

RED NOSE WINE
Regal Centre, Davis Road, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, 052-6182939, rednosewine.com, info@rednosewine.com, updates on Facebook or on Instagram at @rednosewine
Opening hours Thursday-Saturday 10.30am-6pm for this weekend, but from Monday, March 30th, call or email in an order, the store will call back after seeing what is available (as stock is depleting), before you then pay over the phone
Payment method Prepay by credit card over the phone (the website cannot take payments)
Call and collect Yes, at an agreed time – will drop your order to the car boot
Delivery Will deliver locally in some cases (eg for HSE staff, frontline workers, those in self-isolation, older people)

Waterford

ARDKEEN QUALITY FOOD STORE
Dunmore Road, Waterford, X91 HP9W, 051-874620, ardkeen.com, qualityfood@ardkeen.com
Opening hours Monday-Saturday 8am-9pm; Sunday and bank holidays 9am-6pm
Delivery Order on website; delivery nationwide and throughout the UK.

WORLDWIDE WINES
Cove Centre, Dunmore Road, Waterford, 051-878798, wordwidewines.ie
Opening hours Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-4pm
Order methods Via the website, phone or email
Delivery Free same-day delivery for prepaid orders within 15km

Westmeath

WINES DIRECT
Lough Sheever Corporate Park, Mullingar, N91 V658, 1890-579579, winesdirect.ie, sales@winesdirect.ie
Opening hours 11am-7pm weekdays (this might change in the coming week to closing at 6pm); 11am-6pm on Saturday; closed on Sunday and on bank holidays
Payment method Card encouraged
Discounts 10 per cent discount on 12 bottles or more in-store; discounts on selected cases online
Order methods Via the website, phone or email
Call and collect Yes, through a drive-through service
Delivery Free delivery nationwide for the duration of the coronavirus outbreak

Wexford

GREEN ACRES
Selskar, 086-8129229, greenacres.ie, donal@greenacres.ie
Opening hours Monday-Saturday noon-1pm
Payment method Credit card
Discounts 10 per cent off a mixed case of 12 bottles – email your order to Donal (see above) to avail of the discount
Order methods Via the website, phone or email
Call and collect Yes
Delivery Free delivery for orders in excess of €100; will deliver nationwide by courier

Wicklow

LA TOUCHE WINES
Greystones, 01-2873826, latouchewines4u.ie, info@latouchewines4u.ie
Opening hours Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-6pm; Sunday and Monday 12.30pm-6pm
Payment methods Cash or card accepted; pay over the phone for delivery
Discounts 10 per cent off six bottles or more, excluding special offers
Delivery Free delivery on purchases of six bottles or more

O’CONNOR’S NEXT DOOR OFF-LICENCE
Abbey Street, Wicklow town, 0404-68441
Opening hours Daily 4-9pm
Payment methods Cash and credit card
Discounts Monthly specials
Order methods By phone
Call and collect Yes
Delivery €3-€8

WICKLOW WINE CO
7 Main Street, Wicklow town, A27 VN23, 0404-66767, wicklowwineco.ie, shop@wicklowwineco.ie
Opening hours 10.30am-7pm Monday-Saturday; 10.30am-8pm Friday
Payment methods Cash; card; bank transfer if needed
Discounts Many discounts available in-store; the usual baker’s dozen, plus a loyalty scheme
Order methods Via the website, phone or email
Call and collect Yes
Delivery Local deliveries are free and many others are too

If you are an independent off-licence or wine merchant, and would like to be included in this list, please email your full details, following the format above, to wilsononwine@gmail.com

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