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Online Liquor Store

In a city where you can have fresh strawberry milkshake or a pack of cigarettes sent to your doorstep at 4 am, any new delivery service should be seamless and super easy to use.

Unfortunately, Hopscorkenbottle.com, a new online booze delivery service, is neither. Launched recently, these guys stock over a thousand liquour brands and 300 wine labels, but perhaps the biggest disadvantage is their minimum delivery amount. Here’s how it works: they have nine stores – Sion, Bandra , Matunga, Juhu, Andheri, Dharavi, Chembur, Kalachowky, Lower Parel – and if you live nearby, delivery is free. If not, your order should be worth a minimum of Rs 4,000, which is pretty high.

The Good Stuff

Hops Cork En Bottle has a decent variety and owner Udit Sethi claims prices are 5 to 7% less than ordering from a liquour shop. Also, if you live next  to one of their stores, they’ll even come deliver a single pint of beer.

This Scouter who lives in Bandra and swears by Deepak Wines and Janata, used Hops Cork En Bottle and had no complaints. But would we use it again? Not sure.  Considering most people already have a friendly neighbourhood ciderman, we think Hops Cork En Bottle needs to not just expand into new areas, but provide a bunch of introductory offers and incentives to bring the Janata over to their side.

Getting there: Visit http://hopscorkenbottle.com, call 8879700001, Rs 1,700 for a 750 ml bottle of Absolut, free delivery in designated areas (see above).