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Best L.A. area liquor prices?

wutzizname Feb 9, 2008 04:16 PM

I know where to go for good deals on wine, but most of those same places seem to have rather high prices on liquor/spirits. Are there any retailers in L.A. who can actually beat BevMo's prices? Or is that the only cost-saving option?

  1. ipsedixit Oct 22, 2008 10:34 PM

    Actually, I just remembered that Hawaii Supermarket in SGV carries a good selection of liquor, all at very good prices, esp. if you want Remy Martin ...

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      hughman Oct 22, 2008 10:08 PM

      In Weho John and Petes on La Cienega has good prices and they deliver as well. Great people too.

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        vinosnob Oct 22, 2008 09:42 AM

        Beverage Warehouse

        Beverage Warehouse
        4935 McConnell Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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          jimmyodonnell Oct 23, 2008 09:00 PM

          I second Beverage Warehouse for liquor, good selection, good prices, very good service, not such a great location but I have found it to be worth a trip if you're stocking or restocking . . . and a much greater selection than Costco.

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          Jack Flash Feb 10, 2008 03:39 PM

          In the Pasadena area, check out Mission Liquors, located on Washington, just west of Allen. As a general rule, their prices are at or below BevMo's ClubBev prices. In particular, they have a HUGE selection of tequila.

          They also have some good prices on wine, and they'll do a 10% discount when you buy a case. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful.


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            wutzizname Feb 10, 2008 05:15 PM

            Excellent. And extraordinary selection of Tequilas. Thanks Jack Flash!

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              MariaFeliz Oct 23, 2008 07:46 AM

              Mostly tequila at this place and you get a discount 10% by the case for most brands. VERY large selection. Some unusual brands and bottles as well. Ramirez Liquor in ELA:

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              loganfilm Feb 10, 2008 08:28 AM

              Excellent wine prices can be had at Wine Expo in Santa Monica on Santa Monica Blvd. They always have great deals and it's run by great guys that really know their wine. Nothing pretentious about it, which I really like.

              1. la vida dulce Feb 9, 2008 11:24 PM

                Super A supermarket. Not a huge selection of wines, but if you are in a hurry and need a quick host/hostess gift, they specialize in those pre-packed liqueur and spirits sets. Either with signature glassware, or other commemorative stuff. The Montebello store has the best selection and the prices can't be beat. Besides, Costco closes too early.

                Super A Foods
                2924 W Beverly Blvd, Montebello, CA

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                  malibu1 Feb 10, 2008 08:03 AM

                  I buy all my wine at Trader Joe's.

                2. ozbuc Feb 9, 2008 07:54 PM

                  If in the Long Beach area Vin de Pays at 252 Elm in downtown has beaucoup wines for under $15 and a fair selection of beers as well.

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                    PhilLevel Feb 9, 2008 07:14 PM

                    Maybe Costco or Smart & Final?

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                      loganfilm Feb 10, 2008 07:17 AM

                      Costco has decent prices, but Smart and Final does not. Very consistently over-prices if you look. Also, they have stopped providing boxes for wine, so it's very hard to buy more than a couple bottles there. Very stupid move. Of course, I had to find that out with an entire cart full of wine that I gave up on because I couldn't get it to the car. The idiots there wanted to put each bottle in a separate plastic bag. I just walked out shaking my head and laughing at how silly that was.

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                      Griller141 Feb 9, 2008 05:16 PM

                      There's a place on Glendale Boulevard at Maple with a name so perfect that I had to go in: "Hammered". Truly astonishing prices - fifths of Gin and Vodka for $3. If you want deals this is the place. On the other hand if you want GOOD liquor, try Topline - great wine prices and also good liquor prices.

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                        wutzizname Feb 9, 2008 11:01 PM

                        Gotta admit, it is good liquor that I'm looking for, particularly tequila, and maybe scotch too. Topline is my favorite wine shop. Selection is great and prices can't be beat. But the savings don't extend to the spirits, I'm afraid. BevMo seems to have them beat there.

                        There are several places online who offer better prices than BevMo, but once you factor in the cost of shipping (and inconvenience) it's a wash. But...if I could find one of those places nearby, where I could drive and pick it up for less, I'd be a happy camper.

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                          pinotzin Oct 21, 2008 08:39 PM

                          Topline has the best prices overall although you may find better prices at Costco or Trader Joe's on rare occasions. However, that only applies to high production wines. Topline sources some hard to find gems at hard to beat prices. All things considered, my favorite wine shop but I buy from all over the place (i.e., direct from wineries, Wing Hop Fung, Costco, Cost Plus, TJs, Winehouse, Wally's) depending on what I'm looking for and the price.

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                            Griller141 Oct 22, 2008 08:38 PM

                            I also buy from most of the big places in LA Co., but also from several OC places (esp Wine Exchange) and online. Topline and the similar LA Wine Company in the Marina simply cannot be beat for price. The beauty of Topline is their humility. They simply get the best buys they can find on top rated wines from the Advocate, Spectator and other third parties. There is little of the usual visitation of their taste on your pocketbook. To me this is the ideal place.

                      2. Joe Blowe Feb 9, 2008 04:20 PM


                        A place I lovingly refer to as The Bunker (when you see it you'll know why), and is also known as Malt Disney. Excellent selection of whisk(e)ys, outstanding prices, and surly service until they get to know ya!

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                          sku Feb 9, 2008 10:29 PM

                          Heartily agree with Wine and Liquor Depot. Amazing selection and great prices, a rare combination.

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                            Golem Oct 24, 2008 01:48 PM

                            I agree, they do have the best prices and selection of all liquor, compared to anything, including Costco. I can't think of any reason to go anywhere else, except maybe for wine. They also have an excellent selection of Kosher liquor, too.

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