5 Dallas Liquor Deliveries: Total Wine and Spec’s Instacart, Drizly, Doordash and Favor

I saved as much as 17% of Instacart’s Total Wine over Drizly, but both are great compared to the competitors.

I ordered seven of my favorite 750ml liquor bottles from Instacart’s Total Wine and Drizly to compare prices and apps. Doordash, Favor and Instacart’s Specs are too expensive or don’t have enough menu information to proceed.

Instacart $10 off coupon for me* and you: https://inst.cr/t/VYtDDWySQ
Drizly Promo Code $5 off for me* and you: SYPWK – http://drizly.com/i/SYPWK
*LOL, full disclosure.

Drizly UX
Each variety contains multiple sizes ( + )
Major price padding ( – )

Instacart UX
Sort by price/unit ( + )
Weird filtering ( – )
Each variety size is an individual item ( – )

Instacart Total Wine $101.97* to $123.97
Drizly $122.79* to $139.04


Kentucky Deluxe/Gentleman 750ml
DRIZ $6.49
ICTW $6.29

Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 750ml
DRIZ $22.99
ICTW $17.99

Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey 750ml
DRIZ $15.49
ICTW $11.99

TAAKA Gin 750ml
DRIZ $5.99
Potter’s Dry ICTW $5.49

Bombay Sapphire Gin 750ml
DRIZ $23.99
ICTW $18.99

Malibu 750ml
DRIZ $15.49
ICTW $13.29

Kraken 750ml
DRIZ $17.99
ICTW $15.99

Product Subtotal
DRIZ $108.43
ICTW $90.03

Service Fee*
ICTW $8.50 (Optional)

Delivery Fee
ICTW $5.99
DRIZ $5.00

Tip* (Optional/Variable)
ICTW 15% $13.50
DRIZ 15% $16.25

ICTW $5.95
DRIZ $9.36

Total w/ Tax
ICTW 123.97

*Cutting corners on service fees and tips can make Drizly tips and Instacart’s tips and service fee less. These are optional fields, but I always imagine these amounts go into the prioritization and care of my order. Alcohol is a luxury product, so if you can’t afford suggested gratuity for the delivery or the technology, maybe get off your ass. If you’ve served our country or plan on drinking all this yourself and have a hard time getting to the liquor store, by all means, tip less and ditch the service fee, but most of you should do the right thing.


50 favorites for 2017

No particular order…


Sea Change – Thrice

Lust for life – Lana del Rey

Appointments – Julien Baker

Smoke – Mosa Wild

Swim – Mating Ritual

Boston – Dermot Kennedy

Suit and Jacket – Judah and the Lion

Sign of the times – Harry Styles

Every day’s the weekend – Alex Lahey

Creature Comfort – Arcade Fire

Doubt – Joywave

Don’t take the money – Bleachers

Can’t get it out – Brand new

All we ever knew – The head and the heart

The system only dreams in total darkness – The national

Lay it on me – Vance Joy


Lust for life – Lana del Ray

Content – Joywave

Sleep well beast – The National

Appointments – Julien Baker

Science Fiction – Brand New

Songs about death – Mount Eerie

OKNOTOK – Radiohead 1997

Kintsugi – Death Cab for Cutie 2015

We’re all gonna die – Dawes 2016

Signs of light – The head and the heart 2016

Folk Hop and roll – Judah and the Lion

Honorable Mention

No shape – Perfume genius

What now – Sylvan esso

Young blood – Naked and famous 2010

Rhythm and Blues – The head and the heart

Seasons (Waiting on you) – Future islands

Concerts Attended


Julien Baker

Alex Lahey

Judah and the Lion

David Bazan




Collin Hay

Comedy Attended

Tyson Faifer

Pauly Shore

TJ Miller

Steve Martin/Martin Short

Comedy Specials

Komail Nanjiani

Patton Oswalt

Brian Regan

Tig Notaro

Dave Chapelle

Maria Bamford

Added later

Just my type – Saint motel

Woodstock. The album – Portugal. The man

In cold blood – Alt-J

Waste a moment – Kings of leon

Market globally, sell locally?

I spoke with a friend today about web content and thought leadership. I shared a website with him of someone in his industry that is doing a great job of marketing to consumers using thought leadership in a particular geographic region. Geography and the web seem very different, as we know about the world-wide-web, but what about my region-specific-venture?

I told him to write a blog about it, so I’m practicing what I preach. Content equals thought leadership. Thought leadership equals search engine domination. Here are some links to get you started on your world, as it relates to sales and marketing:

HubSpot’s (actually) free inbound certification course including an amazing exam for proof on your LinkedIn profile!

WordPress’s free SEO-rich blogging platform is free, you can add your domain for $13/yr. plus the cost of the domain. Those can be acquired for $0.88 on namecheap.com.

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Nick Swardson, Lynn Shawcroft and Ken Burns walk into a bar

On the afternoon of April 30, 2006, Johanna and I were in the bar at the Marquette Hotel where we’d been vacationing to attend the Mitch Hedberg tribute at the Orpheum in Minneapolis. Based on the vast knowledge of comedians and hotels we’d amassed from Mitch’s jokes, we assumed the comics were probably staying at the Doubletree — or Quadrupletree — as Mitch called it.

We’d figured out the hotel’s bar was adjacent to a fine dining establishment that had fancy macaroni and cheese the bar would sell during happy hour, so we spent a lot of time there. We’d been there for a while when the bartender noticed he’d forgotten to turn on the big screen, so he asked our feedback on our viewing preference. I encouraged him to pass the sports channels, where he landed on the Ken Burns Civil War documentary. I’ve always loved to make jokes about the sad letters and flute music, so I encouraged the barkeep to turn it up.

We were eating our macaroni when Lynn Shawcroft took a seat at the barstool next to mine. Whoa, this was Mitch’s wife, touring partner and stellar opening act, and I couldn’t think of anything to say. We’d flown from Texas to be there, but all I imagined was that she’d probably enjoy a few minutes to herself before the show started in a few hours. Johanna was nudging me incessantly to say something, but I just basked in the moment, being there with the one person in the world who connected me to Mitch more than anyone.

I watched Ken Burns, I had a beer, and I knew that I was inches away from someone really special. That’s when Nick Swardson appeared behind me wearing a hoodie and jeans, “Do you mind turning on the game, I’d like to check the score?”

“I’m sorry sir, but my guests are involved in this show and it wouldn’t be fair for me to change the channel.”

Nick ordered a drink and went and stood behind me in the hall, watching the game on a wall-mounted flat screen. He was really into the game, and Jo and I spent the rest of our afternoon watching two of stand-up’s most interesting people enjoy some ‘me’ time before the big show. Even though we were clearly the most important people in that bar.

Nick was a perfect gentleman, even though I thought it was absurd that a bar didn’t show a big sports event in favor of The Battle Hymn of the Republic and a lonely letter to my dearest Eloise. But we were there. We still love Ken Burns. And the show was great.

Here’s a strange review: http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?at_code=330678

Already leaving, Jester’s Folly

Some lyrics by Greg from Jester’s Folly

This is what I meant to say: I remember the scent that day, hanging in the air.

I like to watch her drink all the rain. This kind of happy, I could never feel again. 

And so it begins again. My love, sweet rapture, gonna take all my sin. 

Pick a park where we can meet. You make me happy feeling. I don’t wanna make you wait. I’m already leaving. 

You’ve got to remember. If you don’t try this one on: Will you make a movie with me? So I don’t have to lose you. 

Greg was my roommate at UT Arlington in 1998. Our band was called Lachrymethod with members Gary and Jarod. I honestly don’t remember their last names. I think about him from time to time. If you’re connected with both of us, send me a note.