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All Hail Bute Street Liquor Store!!

Sam Salmon Jul 20, 2010 09:26 PM

Might not be new to everyone here but it is to me.

The Signature store that formerly was on Alberni appears to have moved/morphed into a great new Bute St location.

Brightly (but not too brightly) lit shiny sparkling and well displayed it's a joy to shop in IMO the categories are better organised than the iconic Cambie St store.

PS-If you think we're overcharged for booze @ Govt stores take a trip through a Liquor Barn some sunny day.

BC Liquor store
1155 Bute St

  1. eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife Aug 17, 2010 01:31 PM

    Are you kiddin' me? Liquor Bar constantly hs AMAZING sales and long weekend specials. Are you sure it's the Liquor Barn chain you are referring to? I'd chose them over the BC stores anyday!

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    1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife
      Sam Salmon Aug 17, 2010 02:56 PM

      Yes Liquor Barn on #3 Rd in Richmond-a clip joint extraordinaire if ever there was one.

      One small example of out and out gouging-Gray Monk Rotberger

      Winery price-$15.99

      LCB price-$15.99

      Liquor Barn #3 Rd Richmond BC price as of late July $20.99!!!

      I think their tacky/flashy flier has put stars in your eyes-look @ the everyday prices-they are extortionate.

      1. re: Sam Salmon
        fmed Aug 17, 2010 07:48 PM

        Gotta agree with Sam on this one. I was surprised at the huge markup there.

    2. Cancuk Aug 13, 2010 05:50 PM

      The selection at the Bute location is significantly worse which makes the fact that you can see it better all the more depressing.

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      1. re: Cancuk
        addy_palmer Aug 14, 2010 06:54 PM

        Point Grey beer and wine is expanding! more awesome beers to be brought in I admit their selection isn't up to par with Brewery Creek's but they are striving towards that and have a lot of obscure awesome gems of beer. !!! all hail Point Grey Beer and Wine

        1. re: addy_palmer
          grayelf Aug 14, 2010 07:30 PM

          I like that store too, and I can walk there which is great for me and the environment :-).

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        mosescurry Aug 13, 2010 02:06 PM

        I was disappointed in it. It's bright and new but the selection of premium booze is noticeably smaller than what they had at Alberni/Thurlow.

        I gather this is a reflection of the LCB's decision to push the mass market stuff even more.

        1. flowbee Aug 5, 2010 07:29 PM

          I've shopped there a couple times and sadly it seems that they're devoting even less space to craft beer than before :( I don't know how they can call it a Signature Store(!!!) because Cambie St. location has way more selection.

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            addy_palmer Jul 27, 2010 12:14 PM

            the Government is overcharging because they set the prices, Liquor barn is just trying to make a profit, it buys its liquor from the BC government, so in order to make money they have to mark it up. Also the best selections of beers and wines in the city are at Liquor Barns, the one on 4th and Vine, Kitsilano Wine Cellar and the equivalent beer store on Broadway and Blenheim. Absolutely annihilate the Government stores on selection, they carry more than just the Bud, Pilsner, Smirnoff and Naked grape.

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            1. re: addy_palmer
              Sam Salmon Jul 27, 2010 05:40 PM

              I apologise for posting something positive about LCB and putting you in a position where you feel you have to defend a clip joint like Liquor Barn.

              1. re: Sam Salmon
                robinsegg Aug 4, 2010 10:52 PM


                I haven't been in Vancouver since May, but isn't the Alberni Street store still open? Bute near Davie seems like a trek from downtown, and the Alberni Street store is still listed on the LDB's web site.

                1. re: robinsegg
                  islandgirl Aug 5, 2010 08:19 AM

                  The Alberni location has moved one block to Alberni & Bute (instead of Thurlow)

                  1. re: islandgirl
                    robinsegg Aug 6, 2010 08:09 AM

                    Thanks for the clarification, Island Girl - I was thinking about the store up by Davie. I'm with Sam - the old store was pretty dark.

                2. re: Sam Salmon
                  vandan Aug 5, 2010 10:27 AM

                  hey Sam i was in there very,very briefly the other day so didn't poke around but am wondering how is it different from the previous incarnation around the corner?

                  1. re: vandan
                    Sam Salmon Aug 5, 2010 03:33 PM


                    Better lighting/clearer displays-I always found the 'old store' too dark.

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