10 Best Liquor Stores in Los Angeles
|Red Carpet Wine|
Red Carpet is a Glendale wine store with its own tasting room and a fantastic Belgian beer selection. But there's fun to be had in the liquor department as well. A number of rhum agricoles, including Clément Rhum Vieux Agricole and Neisson Rhum Agricole Blanc were the first sign that someone at Red Carpet takes the liquor selection seriously. Other indications included some cool, off-the-beaten-path whiskeys, such as Willett Straight Rye, as well as cocktail staples like Cocchi Americano. 400 E. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale; (800) 339-0609.
6. Lincoln Fine Wine:
B. Rodell Lincoln Fine Wine
Another in the mainly-a-wine-store-but-good-curated-liquor-selection category. Lincoln gets points for having a damn good wine selection, a nice array of ryes and all the cocktail fixins (Luxardo cherries, bitters, etc.). Absinthe, St. Germain and other cocktail staples mean that even though this isn't the biggest selection in town, you could certainly build a modest bar from its shelves. 727 Lincoln Blvd., Venice; (310) 392-7816.
5. Ramirez Liquor & Kegs:
B. Rodell Ramirez Liquor & Kegs
Ramirez is not the place to go to for fancy mixers, whiskeys, rums or vermouths. The mixers selection basically comes down to some dusty bottles of Martini & Rossi. But if you're in the pursuit of tequila, this is your place. Ramirez carries more than 750 tequilas and mezcals. There are super fine anejos. There is tequila in gun-shaped bottles. There are single-barrel tequilas. You can buy Patron "Gran Burdeos" Anejo Tequila for $349.99, which is exactly $100 cheaper than at Wally's (see #4). In fact, all of the super-rare and high-end tequilas at Ramirez are priced well below the retail prices I saw elsewhere. It also has single servings of cream liqueur in sperm-shaped bottles, but that detail didn't factor into the ranking. 736 S. Soto St., Los Angeles; (323) 261-2915.
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