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cachaça in the westside?!?!

help please!
i'm looking for a place to buy cachaça for tonight!
i know they have it at bevmo in torrance, but i can't get there before they close.
is there anywhere else more westside convenient (venice, culver, santa monica pref.)?

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  1. i would try Winehouse in West LA (nearer to Santa monica)

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    1. re: NYCnowLA

      THANK YOU!

      ps. guess who's having caipirinhas and celebrating summer early?

      1. re: NYCnowLA

        Yeah, the Winehouse has Ypioca ouro, get that!!

      2. From Beverage Ware House in Culver City

        Spirits : Cachaca Product type: 750ml Bottle Cachaca $34.95 Each 84 pf Brazil

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        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          Beverage Warehouse, off McConnell off Culver, just barely south of Marina del Rey, has a whole aisle section devoted to cachaca. However, one of the manager types insists that no one should spend over $15 on what is essentially a poor man's drink.

          For what it's worth, we like the $20-22 basketed Ypioca over the cheaper silver Ypioca.

          1. re: Cinnamon

            $22 dollars is quite reasonable for any mixer, and real and great caipirinhas can be made with Ypioca Ouro and 51, both available here. Some of the crap available at $15 isn't even brazilian cachaca. The $7 will make a difference, the manager at BW is a burro(pronounced "boo-hoo" in Portuguese).

        2. A lot of liquor stores are becoming hip to the caipirinhas, and carrying cachaca.

          1. Jerry's Liquor in Santa Monica has it, or has usually carried it.

            1. update:
              i went to winehouse on pico and got the cheap ypioca ouro (i didn't see the more expensive one and i was recommended this brand).
              the other stuff that we used:
              blackberries (which weren't very flavorful), lime, habanero, mint, home made ginger syrup.
              basically, those things in any combination were good, however the habanero was a great addition.
              related: washing your hands doesn't mean that all of the habanero heat is off your hands.
              thanks all!

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              1. re: alkylyou

                I was in Brazil last yr and enjoyed many a Capirinha, but heard that the Cachaca you find here in the States, is the lowest level (ie, like the "Winner's Cup" of Cachaca), so I never even looked for it here. My Brazilian friend used to make Capirinha's every once in a while, though he called it "shrimp juice" because on the bottle of Cachaca was a little shrimp. Is this the cheap stuff?

                1. re: mdpilam

                  Like rum, scotch, tequila or almost any spirit, there is a range of quality of cachaca. But for a caipirinha, the brands you see most often used n Brazil (Ypioca and Leblon..or something like that) are available here (and are probably not the finest quality).

                  1. re: mdpilam

                    Yeah, don't get Pitu(shrimp).51 and Ypioca are the ones to get, Brazilian and good for caipirinhas.

                  2. re: alkylyou

                    Oh man that sounds lovely, Alkylyou. (Milk is supposedly the only heat-destroyer for chilies, so maybe that on the hands. Avoid contact lens touching as many days as possible, by the way.)

                  3. We split off some discussion about substituting rum for cachaça to a new topic on the Spirits board. You can find that topic here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/617141

                    1. Just confirmed Star Liquor on Main St. has it too. They had Lebon, Cachariga(sp?), and one other I think. Didn't see 51 or Ypioca.

                      Star Liquors
                      1929 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                      Main St Cafe
                      450 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245