New Guidelines Allow Online Alcohol Services to Operate in Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C., — Drizly, the smartphone app for fast, convenient alcohol delivery, had its business model pronounced legal today by the District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).

As a result of the advisory opinion from the ABRA, Drizly will begin operations throughout Washington D.C. in the coming days.

“Responsible, legal operations has been our top priority since day one, as evidenced by our determination to win explicit approval from alcohol regulators across the country, and the development of our proprietary forensic ID verification technology,” said Nick Rellas, Drizly co-founder and CEO. “We are thrilled to announce D.C. as our sixth market, and will be making a follow up announcement in the coming days with more details as we officially begin service.”

The full advisory opinion from the ABRA can be found online here.


Drizly is a mobile lifestyle app that is the most convenient way for smartphone users to get beer, wine and liquor delivered. Consumers of legal drinking age simply download the app to their smartphone and with a few taps of the finger, the consumer’s favorite beer, wine or liquor is on its way, in just 20-40 minutes. Delivery drivers then authenticate and validate IDs using proprietary Drizly technology upon delivery. Backed by a world-class group of angel and institutional investors, the company has raised $4.8 million to become the premier alcohol delivery service in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City (Manhattan and Brooklyn), the Hamptons and other cities across the United States. For more information, please visit


  1. Download Drizly to your iPhone or Android phone.
  2. Sign up and add your favorite beer, wine and liquor to your cart.
  3. Check out, enter discount codes, pay (same prices as in the store) and tip your driver, all right from the Drizly app.
  4. In less than one hour, you’ll have your alcohol.