Dowser iPhone Screens

Dowser for iPhone shows you where you can buy booze in Ontario (LCBO, The Beer Store, Grocery Stores) and Quebec (SAQ). One app for two provinces. Oh, and it's free.

  • LCBO (+LCBO Agencies in rural areas)
  • Beer Store
  • Grocery Stores
  • Craft Beer Brewers (some locations in Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa)
  • SAQ (+SAQ Agencies in rural areas)
  • Fast: Built-in database provides speedy results
  • Up-to-Date Opening Hours: Store details for LCBOs, Beer Stores, and SAQs are automatically updated, without the need for an app update
  • Filter by Store: Control which kinds of stores to search for
  • See what stores are open at the tap of a button
  • Store Details: Complete store hours, phone number, address
  • Closing Time Alerts: Use the “Last Call” option to set notifications and never miss a closing time again
  • Holiday Hours: Dowser does its best to provide accurate holiday hours

Dowser is not associated with the LCBO, The Beer Store, the SAQ, or any Ontario grocery stores or craft beer brewers.


Dowser initially came to life in the fall of 2013, as an internal company project when I was working at Plank. It would not have technically been possible, or have a slick aesthetic (in my opinion!), without contributions from Patrick McFern and GW Brazier, respectively. And their work was made possible by Plank owner Warren Wilansky, who gave the green light for project hours. While it's now strictly a personal project, Patrick continues to update and maintain the data the app relies on, so an extra thanks for that.

Dowser uses for its LCBO data.


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What? Readings? About an app? Well, just one. An origin story and cautionary tale, called “The Woman Who Bought Dowser”.

Version History

Latest Version: 3.3 — June 2018

What's better than knowing the location of over 200 grocery stores in Ontario where you can buy beer and/or wine? Knowing the location of over 300! Plus some tiny interface tweaks and minor bug squashing.

Previous Versions



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