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Oct 25, 2011 03:00 PM

Good place to buy scotch in the east bay ?

I'm looking for a place along the lines of Beltramos or K&L in the east bay. Somewhere with a good selection of unusual single malts and a knowledgeable staff. Preferably towards Hayward/Oakland area.

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  1. Wrong direction but Ledger's fits the bill otherwise. FYI, they're sponsoring a tasting at Club Anton tomorrow night.

    Ledger's Liquors
    1399 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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    1. re: Pius Avocado III

      Agreed that Ledger's is likely your best bet. The staff is quite knowledgeable and helpful. Unfortunately I don't know of anything in Oakland.

    2. Good selection Bevmo. Knowledgeable staff at Bevmo, perhaps but bring your googling device.
      For a really unusual gift see Kermit Lynch.

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      1. re: wolfe

        There's no hard liquor at Kermit Lynch. = K&L.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Are they not 2 different places? K&Lwines has liquor, Kermit&Lynch does not

            1. re: budnball

              yes. that's what Robert was saying.

                1. re: budnball

                  his post could have used a bit of editing for clarity ;-)

                  1. re: drewskiSF

                    He was just explaining it for me. I misread the link I posted which had been split off from a Kermit Lynch thread and you all know how easily I get confused.

          2. re: wolfe

            Bevmo is the last place I go to buy booze!

            1. re: Mission

              So, where DO you buy your liquor if you're so quick to dismiss BevMo? Sure, it's a box store, but it offers a decent to incredible selection, depending on what you're looking for, with fantastic prices. Sure, you won't get someone who curated the whiskey selections with whom you can have a decent conversation and get a good recommendation, but if you know what you want and you know they have it, what's so bad about it?

              1. re: Spenbald

                2nd. especially when they have their 5 cent sale. basically half off.

          3. Although I am not that much of a drinking man, I would think Ledger's would be your best bet. Never shopped for Scotch there, but they have a good selection of Flor de Cana rum.

            1. Despite the name, Wine on Piedmont has a selection of mostly unusual and high-end liquor.


              1. You might check out Costco. Not sure about the knowledgeable stuff on scotch but the prices can be very good. If you can search the internet, you can get a good deal on some stuff...$10 bucks off a decent bottles, that sort of stuff. 18yr Macallan for $60.

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                1. re: ML8000

                  Do not buy the house brand bourbon. For $40 it's stuff that is undrinkable. Other than two sips, I poured the rest down the drain. Some people on the internet like it. For the first few second in the mouth it's OK, but a little after swallowing the mouth develops this sour metallic taste which is very unpleasant and you'll want to never ever taste again.