Online searches for beer and cocktail delivery soar in Scotland - here's who's offering drinks deliveries

Google searches for drinks delivery has increased hugely in Scotland over the last few months.

Published 27th May 2020
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

As the lockdown in Scotland continues, with only slight easing on the horizon, online searches for drinks - such as beer and cocktails - delivery has increased.

With many of us inside for most of the day and with pubs and restaurants shut now for weeks, enjoying a drink at home has become the norm.

Many companies are now offering beer and drinks delivery and the demand is certainly there - as many people look to restrict their trips to big supermarkets. Plus a desire to shop local is key in these time.

Event Supplies, a party tableware supplier, have delved into some of the google searches around 'beer delivery', 'cocktail delivery' and 'booze delivery' and split it into main city data, with Glasgow and Edinburgh both topping the list.

Glasgow searches rose the most between March and April - a whopping 53 per cent increase.

Both Edinburgh and Glasgow searches increases more than 2000 per cent year on year, a huge 400 per cent more than any other major UK city.

Cocktail delivery’ searches have shot up 5685.71 per cent between just February and April this year.

Takeaway beer is up 2100 per cent between February and April.

Elsewhere in the UK, Sheffield, Newcastle and Leeds followed on from Edinburgh and Glasgow's lead, with increases in online searches for drinks delivery up by over 1000 per cent from April 2019.

Who is offering drinks delivery?

The lockdown in Scotland is set to ease from 28 May, but bars and restaurants (especially those without outdoor space) will have a long wait to reopen, which is why many have turned to online sales and local deliveries.

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Freshly poured pints are available from bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh, whereas online beer sales can be made from a huge range of breweries.

Wine, cocktails and spirits are also all available for delivery - with more info available here.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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