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anewton Aug 3, 2011 01:09 PM

I am going to be in Portland on Thursday/Friday and am wondering if the regulars on this board can recommend a great shop for gins, rums, tequilas, and whiskeys? I am aware of some of the local distilleries but am curious to know if there is a really good store specializing in imported spirits at a fair price? I am looking for places that have a big selection of spirits, not a Costco or Whole Foods type place.

Thanks in advance. Looking forward to eating at Pok Pok for lunch when we get to town.

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3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

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    MyNextMeal Aug 3, 2011 01:19 PM

    I rarely buy liquor but I pass this place all the time:

    http://www.pearlspecialty.com/

    Probably would fit the bill for an interesting selection. The price point (considering the neighborhood) might be a different matter.

    1. AHPDX Aug 3, 2011 02:38 PM

      Oregon has a liquor control commission that regulates all of the prices. Everything is the same price everywhere. Booze is available in liquor stores only. Pearl Specialty does indeed have a nice selection

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        Windy Aug 3, 2011 02:49 PM

        Is that price regulation true for wine or just spirits?

        I was also looking for the best place to buy wine near downtown on our last day. (Flying Southwest, so free checked luggage!)

        1. re: Windy
          AHPDX Aug 3, 2011 02:53 PM

          Price regs on spirits only.

          For wine, downtown I recommend Vinopolis: http://www.vinopoliswineshop.com/

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            Windy Aug 3, 2011 04:32 PM

            Makes sense. Thank AHPDX.

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            ekc Aug 4, 2011 08:27 AM

            If you are looking for a good selection of Oregon wine, I recommend Oregon Wines on Broadway (also downtown and not far from Vinopolis).

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              Windy Aug 4, 2011 08:59 AM

              I remember tasting at Broadway wines some years ago but hadn't thought of them for purchase. Thanks.

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