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Minibar Launches in LA With Plans to Revolutionize the Booze Delivery Game

Forget Chinese food: the app promises to deliver alcohol in an hour or less.

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Food apps are all the rage these days, with more and more mobile services invading the restaurant sector in hopes of latching on to some of the billions to be had there. Table reservation options abound, and more than a few apps exist to help lazy people get great food delivered to their doorstep.

Now there's Minibar, which wants to act like your local Chinese food delivery option, but for booze. It's not unlike Saucey or Drizly, which launched a similar model in LA back in May.

Following its recent near $2 million seed funding round, Minibar has expanded from its New York home base into Los Angeles beginning today, with iOS and Android support that lets boozehounds get their drink on in an hour or less.

The process is simple: launch the app and choose your bottles, from wine to beer to spirits to mixers. Rather than having a stock of such items on hand in a warehouse somewhere (a service that would be akin to, say, Good Eggs), Minibar instead works with local retailers to execute the drink order, picking up from liquor stores or specialty markets and delivering to your doorstep in minutes.

Minibar is already up and running in several U.S. cities, most notably New York, Miami, Chicago and San Francisco, and is hoping to really fill in the booze-soaked details for anyone in L.A. who's been waiting for such an app. Order enough, and the team will even help you throw together an entire party. How's that for service?