Sendsips: Your Alcohol Concierge

If you’re into wine and/or spirits, you’ve probably heard of the new bottle shop in town, Sendsips. If you haven’t ventured there yet, you can find it at 621 ½  First Street, down the alley between Bell and Brass and what used to be Pocket Monkey Vintage (relocated to 560 First Street). The charming location feels tucked away, like a well-kept secret.

When you go, you’ll find that Sendsips is much more than your average liquor store.

Its clean and sophisticated ambiance will make you feel as though you’re stepping into a boutique shopping experience. And in some ways, you are. Sendsips has knowledgeable staff that can help you pick out the best beverage for that dinner party or gift for your boss. Gift wrapping and personalization are available, as is free in-town delivery of orders $50+.

Sendsips also carries rare and high-end bottles that you otherwise can’t find without some effort. You can find Blanton’s, Pappy Van Winkle, and Weller bourbons here, as well as Casa Azul and Fortaleza tequilas, and high-end champagnes like Dom Pérignon and Ace of Spades. But you can also find your favorite economy wines and well liquors. The thing is, from the high-end to the budget-friendly, you’re getting the best price around. 

Yes, that’s right.

This shop is a unicorn trifecta of broad selection, convenient location, and competitive price. Boutique experience without the boutique bill. And who, you might ask, is responsible for bringing this unique shop to Benicia? None other than 22-year-old Kv Hayer, a Benicia native, returned post-college to set up shop. Move over Gen-X and Millennials, Gen-Z has entered the picture.

Kv became interested in the spirits industry through various jobs he worked while attending UC Davis. He always knew he wanted to start his own business and so he hit the ground running right after graduation. After a year of preparation, Sendsips was born. His idea for the business consists of three pillars: online sales, brick and mortar sales, and tastings (coming soon). He plans to continue expanding his product offerings, introducing different brands and types of products, like the newly released, gift-worthy cocktail set. Kv stresses that competitive pricing, shipping, and unique selection will remain key focuses for the business as it grows.

So, stop in or shop online at for your next bottle. And for a gift that will impress, why not send a sip?