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Where to buy Liquor, Spirits, and Booze online, cheaply?

fr1p Aug 17, 2009 10:18 PM

It happens that every liquor store in my neighborhood is devastatingly overpriced. $10 bottle of shiraz? At least $15 where I live. Mid-level scotch that goes for $30 in a Florida liquor store? $50 in my swank Cambridge purveyor's racks.

I'm done, DONE shelling out an extra $20 to $30 each time I go to the liquor store to stock up, it it getting old.

Now, I'm new to MA (and the US, sort of) so I don't know if this is even possible, but:

1. Is it possible to order a wide variety of liquors online somewhere?
2. If so, do you Hounds have any recommendations for places with big inventories / many options, with low, maybe bargain prices and reasonably shipping?

Please tell me there's someplace to turn. I can't deal with the ripoff liquor prices in my neighborhood anymore, and not having a car, I can't reliably trek up to NH.


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  1. hotoynoodle RE: fr1p Aug 18, 2009 05:50 AM

    as far as i know, mass still hasn't untangled the out-of-state shipping law, even though it should have happened ages ago.

    i don't know where you live, but trader joe's has decent wines for under $10 and i have even found some good ones for under $6. (my usual everyday quaffs)

    blanchard's has a huge inventory and good sales for hard stuff.

    1. PaulB RE: fr1p Aug 18, 2009 05:51 AM

      Like many states, MA does not allow the import of beer or wine from other states and you will find this noted on online retailer websites. I have to believe the import of spirits that contain even more evil alcohol is likewise prohibited. This is a tax issue, state doesn't want its residents consuming booze the state made no $$ on. That said, you may find a vendor willing to break (or ignorant of) the rule but most would not even bother.

      I would start by shopping in a different Boston neighborhood! MA beer/wine/booze prices are high across the board but there are values to be had.

      1. CityPork RE: fr1p Aug 18, 2009 06:05 AM

        Bin Ends in Braintree is good pricedr wines. The staff is super helpful and they are always tasting. They can even ship to you.

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          qbdave RE: fr1p Aug 26, 2009 06:42 AM

          New Hampshire is the answer to your challenges. You'll find State Liquor Stores on Rt. 93 & 95 as well as in most towns.
          Smile for the camera....

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