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St Louis specialty liquor store

wujon Sep 24, 2007 09:07 PM

I'm looking for a specialty liquor store in St Louis (the closer to the Clayton area the better) with lots of imported stuff. Specifically, I want to buy some Turkish Raki, but Arak will do if I can't find that. Let me know, thanks.

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  1. TwoPointers RE: wujon Sep 24, 2007 09:16 PM

    Not in Clayton, but you really can't go wrong with Luka's Liquors out in Ballwin. It's not too far from Clayton Road, though :> It's a really awesome place and I bet if they don't have what you are looking for (and I would think they would) they would be able to get it for you.

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      atomic42 RE: wujon Sep 24, 2007 09:54 PM


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        sheriffblalock RE: atomic42 Sep 25, 2007 05:44 AM

        Concur on the Wine and Cheese Place on Forsyth. They definitely have a smaller selection than Lukas, but that's a great store.

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        Doug RE: wujon Sep 25, 2007 06:45 AM

        Randall's Wine and Liquor, right off of I-44 at Jefferson, looks vast from the outside. I have not been inside, but it looks promising for unusual liquor.

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          marymac RE: wujon Sep 25, 2007 07:00 AM

          Try Starrs on Big Bend in Richmond Heights. If they don't carry it, they might be able to order some for you.

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            bonwich RE: wujon Sep 25, 2007 10:13 AM

            Again not close, but Kaya's across from South County Center has all kinds of unusual stuff, catering in some part to the area's emigrants from the former Yugoslavia.

            In addition to the other recommendations, in Clayton I'd call Jon at Parker's Table and see if he has it or can get it. And Wild Oats has some unusual hootch as well.

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              wujon RE: wujon Sep 25, 2007 11:36 AM

              Thanks for all of your help. I made some calls to these places, you might be interested to know that neither Raki or Arak are stocked anywhere, although they have other aniseed liquors like pastis.

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                bonwich RE: wujon Sep 25, 2007 01:29 PM

                You might also want to call Aya Sofia restaurant on Chippewa and find out if they have it or know where to get it.

                Edited to add: The Royale on South Kingshighway has Arak Razzouk, as does Aya Sofia. A quick-and-dirty search leads me to believe that none of the licensed distributors in Missouri distribute real raki.

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