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Where to buy specialty liquor and bitters near CBD/FQ

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foodie_mtl Jul 30, 2012 11:39 AM

Will be visiting your city for the first time and especially looking forward to the trying out various cocktail bars (as suggested here on on the boards).

However, considering how strict our liquor laws are in Quebec, it is impossible to get Peychaud's Bitters, Bittermans, etc as well as many liquors such as St Germain, Herbsaint, etc. We have access to great wines but in terms of liquor and bitters, we're stuck.

Maybe it's a silly question, and such products are readily available, but would like to know where I can stock up on various bitters and some non-standard liquors near the business district or french quarter. Can you purchase liquor at the pharmacies? Or do you have designated liquor stores? Can bitters be found at grocery stores?

Thank you for your help.

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    Hungry Celeste Jul 30, 2012 11:47 AM

    Welcome to the land of booze, where you can buy alcohol at gas stations, convenience stores, corner stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, drive-through windows, and elementary school fairs.

    Try the new Rouse's Supermarket (a local chain), located at the corner of Baronne & Girod streets in the downtown area. It has a decent selection of liquor & wines, and it will certainly have at least Peychaud's & Angostura bitters. Hell, even WalMart carries Angostura.

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      foodie_mtl Jul 30, 2012 12:11 PM

      Thank you for the quick reply. We can get Angostura here because it has no alcohol content. What we are unable to get are alcohol based bitters such as Peychaud's. So I'm glad to hear we'll be able to find what we're looking for.

      Coming from a place where alcohol prices are regulated (we never have to look for a bargain, because there are none), any suggestions as to where we can find the most reasonably priced liquor?

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        Hungry Celeste Jul 30, 2012 12:18 PM

        Best prices are routinely found at Dorignac's, a grocery store in Metairie. http://dorignacs.com/
        It would require a long cab ride or a car trip, as it is not easily accessible on public transit.

        You could try the small, Magazine St location of Martin's Wine Cellar: http://www.martinwine.com/

        The aforementioned Rouse's has a very small french quarter location, too: 701 Royal St.

    2. uptownlibrarian Jul 30, 2012 12:41 PM

      Vieux Carre Wine and Spirits in the 400 block of Chartres St. carries a variety of liquor as well as Peychauds and Fee Brothers bitters. Prices are a little high but it's convenient.

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        noradeirdre Jul 30, 2012 04:43 PM

        Vieux Carre has the best selection in town, IMHO.

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          uptownlibrarian Jul 30, 2012 07:20 PM

          Best selection of what? I haven't found them to have a particularly good selection of liquor, but the wine is better and the beer is actually quite good for the size of the place.

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            noradeirdre Jul 30, 2012 07:30 PM

            I've found a few hard to find liquors there, that's funny that our perceptions are so different.

            Rouses on Tchoup has a good liquor selection.

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              foodie_mtl Jul 31, 2012 06:53 AM

              Thank you all for your input. We are not really looking for wine or beer. What we are looking for are liquors not typically found up here in Montreal (Pimm's, st germain, absinth, herbsaint, etc).

              I think we'll check our both Rousse's and Vieux Carre.

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            kibbles Jul 31, 2012 06:51 AM

            id give that nod to Dorgniac's over VC. for instance i cant get Van Gogh vodka at VC.

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              zin1953 Jul 31, 2012 07:44 AM

              Vieux Carré definitely gets points for convenience, but I haven't been very impressed with its selection of liquor, wine OR beer -- and I find the prices on the high side. But it *is* in the FQ, and therefore can get away with it. IMHO, Martin's and Rouses are both better . . . .

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            rouxdauphine Jul 31, 2012 07:01 AM

            Stein's Deli on Magazine Street at Jackson carries pretty much the whole Fee Brothers line of bitters. I think they have some Bitterman's as well, just can't say for sure right now.

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              noradeirdre Jul 31, 2012 08:13 PM

              ooh, good call on that.

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