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Note that Dowser is no longer being actively supported. While the majority of the store locations should still be accurate, there are likely errors in store hours (across all store types), and missing locations (particularly grocery stores).

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.


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

Privacy Policy

The only information Dowser collects and uses about you is your location, for the sole purpose of showing you stores near you. It uses the built-in location services that come with Apple iOS.


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Version History

Latest Version: 3.3.2 — September 2019

Minor updates to the info page.

Previous Versions



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