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Nov 25, 2009 04:36 AM

Best price in Boston on Fernet-Branca?

I'd like to thank the local bartender community for putting Fernet-Branca on the map in Boston (first by being avid consumers, second by being an example to other drinkers). With its much greater popularity in recent years, I no longer have to carry around a list of a small handful of places that serve it: it's available at a lot more bars in town, not just Italian caffes and high-end Italian restaurants.

Meanwhile, or as a result, it has gotten much more expensive at retail. I no longer have to special-order it at my local liquor store, which now keeps it in stock, but charges $34 for a 750ml. Partly that's what the market will bear, partly the new liquor tax, but does anyone carry it for under $30 these days?

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  1. Over the summer I stumbled upon it at the liquor store near Roxbury Crossing for $25 however I think this was an anomaly. Usually anything around the $34 you quote I consider to be a good deal.

    1. Thought I might have seen it for $20-something at Kappy's by Whole Foods in Alewife over the weekend. But I only glanced quickly...

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      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        If you are into amari, I've had the best luck with variety at Atlas in Newton.. I've gotten 3-4 types - Montenegro, s. Maria al Monte, and Amaro Nonino in the past.... but they still are tricky to find..

        1. re: grant.cook

          If you're an amaro freak like I am, be sure to check out Cirace's in the North End, too. Great selection there.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            I am also an amaro freak and they have an equally great selection at the Wild duck on Salem St. I just picked up a bottle of Fernet last night for $28.99. They also have Amaro Santa Maria Al Monte which is excellent as well as the usual suspects.

            1. re: phatchris

              Wild Duck? The place with all the "Yankees Suck!" t-shirts out front? Wow! Never would have thought to step in there! Must check it out: thanks for the tip!


              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Wild Duck has been completely redone and has a great wine selection. I'm not much of a beer drinker but the selection looks good. Kevin and Kelly from the Wine Bottega are involved. They opened a second, smaller place..Bottle?? on Commercial across from Battery Wharf.

                I've been buying Fernet and similar at Cirace's too. Bina carries it for $34

                1. re: 9lives

                  The beer selection borders on being insane for a place with so little room to stock.

          2. re: grant.cook

            Atlas in Medford had it yesterday at $27.49

        2. And not sure where you live, but there's a place in Norwood on Rt 1 - Bon Caldo - that has like 10-11 varieties available.. the owner like to carry a broad stock..

          1. I usually buy it at The Wine & Cheese Cask in Somerville. $29.99 there last time I checked.

            1. Not much help in Boston, but at Table and Vine in West Springfield, they had it for $28.99.

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              1. re: nsenada

                Outside of Boston here also, but I saw it at Yankee Spirits, in Sturbridge, for $24.99 last night.