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Aug 25, 2011 02:11 PM

Looking for Scotch

Time to buy my husband his anniversary bottle of Scotch. I change it up every year, so I need a liquor store with a good selection, and knowledgeable staff. Thanks!

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  1. The state store on Fourth Avenue near Safeco Field has the best selection. If you want something special, I suggest Glenlevit Nadurra.

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    1. re: Leper

      We checked this store out last week and it's got a good selection (compared to Vancouver BC). Will definitely stop by again when we visit.

      1. re: Leper

        I'll second Nadurra. That or Lagavulin.

      2. You can see the inventory of all the different stores on the LCB website, fyi. Search for a particular item or category, etc.

        1. There is a brand new 'special store' opening in West Seattle I believe on Sept. 5th, that is going to be the 'demo' store for a new tasting bar (wow!) and a special selection of items not normally found on area stores.

          I am sure you can find info on that at the WSLCB website as well. If you don't have time to wait till then, then as suggested on this thread are the best other options. 4th ave S and the website.

          Best of luck.

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          1. re: gingershelley

            I was just there yesterday, buying my husband's Christmas bottle (shhhh, don't tell!) They had a pretty impressive selection. They told me they'd gotten a few special orders in for the holidays, beyond their usual stock.

          2. Any update if the "new" store in West Seattle (what's the address by the way) or the Fourth Avenue store is better for Scotch, Whiskey or Bourbon?


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            1. re: gourmet wife

              gourmet wife, this thread is three years old, and now with the privatization of liquor sales, everything has changed.

              Your best selection and pricing will be found at one of the "superstores" like Total Wine & More, and you can look over selection and pricing on the Internet before you go to the store:


              1. re: Gizmo56

                Sorry for my ignorance but.............. Does the privatization mean the regular state store no longer carry the same varieties? Specialty or private stores now have better options?

                Other than Total Wine, any other options in downtown Seattle area? I know I should research myself but I have round two of visitors in town and trying to plan the mini trips and my upcoming trip to Europe has been a huge challenge and very overwhelming.


                1. re: gourmet wife

                  There are no more state stores. Most liquor sales in Washington now take place in big retail outlets, like Costco and the major grocery and drug store chains, where the selection is awful. Some of the state stores became private liquor stores, and quite a few of them quickly went out of business, because they could not compete.

                  Perhaps someone else can suggest a decent option in the downtown core. If you can make it across Lake Union, there's a fairly good store right off the freeway in Wallingford called Wine World:


                  1. re: Gizmo56

                    Wine World's selection is great, but I can't abide their prices.

                    I've been going to Total and Bevmo for interesting stuff, Costco for the standards.