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Nov 25, 2009 11:39 AM

A Place To Buy a Bottle of Wine in MSP airport? (on Thanksgiving Day?!)

Is there a place to buy a bottle of wine in the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport, and that might be open around noon tomorrow (Thanksgiving Day)?

Thank you for any heads up!

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  1. There is only one duty-free shop in the airport (World Passage/Duty Free, on the main mall). I don't recall any alcohol being offered for sale there, though.

    Here's the online guide to shopping at MSP. Looks promising, but doesn't seem to have what you seek.

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    1. re: KTFoley

      And usually, those DF shops only have hard-liquor, no wine.


      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        I've been told you have to have an outbound international ticket to shop at that duty free store. I don't know if that's the case, but I wouldn't count on being able to buy anything there, let alone wine.

        I hate to be a downer, annalise, but I think you may need to bring a bottle of wine with you from wherever you are traveling.


        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          >> I hate to be a downer, annalise, but I think you may need to bring a bottle of wine with you from wherever you are traveling.

          And, of course, you can only bring that with you in your checked luggage. If you aren't checking luggage, you're out of luck.

          Maybe there are liquor stores and/or supermarkets in the area of your final destination, that are open on Thanksgiving. Many of them are.

          1. re: nsxtasy

            I'm pretty sure liquor stores aren't open on Thanksgiving in MN. This is one of those "No Sundays or Holidays" kinds of states. No wine available at grocery stores.


          2. re: The Dairy Queen

            No, you can shop there, but you'll have to pay sales tax. I don't know if they carry wine.

            1. re: Jordan

              Duh, of course. I don't know what I was thinking. I've never seen wine there, although, I think they might have champagne.


      2. I'm not sure what would be open, but when i flew out of that airport I did sort of marvel at the extent of the shops and restaurants there. Perhaps apropos of being the home of the Mall of America, the airport itself is a pretty nice mall. For me, it is the second nicest airport I've been in (the first being Singapore).

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        1. re: gusanita

          I wonder if one of the restaurants would sell you a bottle of wine without opening it ? Would be pricey but if that is your only option, it may work......

          1. re: TonyO

            They'd have to licensed for on/off sale which is a tough get in Minnesota.

            1. re: TonyO

              Maybe if she's staying at a fancy downtown hotel, the concierge might be able to quietly arrange something like this, snagging a bottle of wine from the restaurant stock. For a price, of course.

              There aren't a ton of restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day, but nearly all connected to a hotel will be.


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                I came late to this thread, but I'll post for others in the future. It never hurts to ask the stewardess on a flight. It's cheap airline wine but if that's what you want, they might part with it for a price. I've done it before.