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Jul 30, 2012 11:39 AM

Where to buy specialty liquor and bitters near CBD/FQ

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      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?

      1. re: foodie_mtl

        Best prices are routinely found at Dorignac's, a grocery store in Metairie.
        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:

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

    2. 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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      1. re: uptownlibrarian

        Vieux Carre has the best selection in town, IMHO.

        1. re: noradeirdre

          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.

          1. re: uptownlibrarian

            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.

            1. re: noradeirdre

              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.

          2. re: noradeirdre

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

            1. re: noradeirdre

              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 . . . .

              1. re: noradeirdre

                LOVE Vieux Carre! Not only do they have the elusive Sazerac (not in New Orleans, but trying finding it elsewhere--took me two hours to find one online, with a one bottle limit and a $25 shipping fee...AND it took a month to arrive) for the best price I've seen, they have real damiana liqueur...and I love the owners. We're taking 3 bottles home (we're addicted, lol) and we will be ordering exclusively through Vieux Carre.

            2. 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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