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Old 08-14-2012, 01:43 AM
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So, I have the occasional night out at the bar, but more recently I am interested in learning how to mix my own drinks at home. With this being said, I am looking to gradually stock up and have a little home bar selection. However, the last thing I want to do is overpay. I have done some research recently by browsing the internet, making a few calls and even stopping by a far places. The three types of alcohol I was looking for include Don Julio Reposado, Cointreau, and Grand Marnier. Based on internet searches, it appears there are basically 7 places that were claimed to be the best deal in town and/or won awards in the past few years. Here is the breakdown in order of cheapest to most expensive: 1) Sid's Discount Liquor Big Top: DJ 35.26, C 29.99, and GM 27.84 = 93.09 2) Morelli's: DJ 35.88, C 29.97, GM 27.77 = 93.62 3) Surdyks DJ 41.99, C 29.99, GM 31.99 = 103.97 4) Chicago Lake DJ 40.99, C 34.99, GM 29.99 = 105.97 5) Zipps DJ 44.99, C 31.29, GM 31.29 = 107.57 6) Big Top Liquor St. Paul DJ 41.99, C 34.99, GM 32.99 = 109.97 7) South Lyndale DJ 49.99, C 39.99, GM 30.99 = 120.97. Morelli's accepts cash and check only, but Sid's DOES accept credit cards.

I understand most liquor stores have sales and the cheapest store can be different from week to week. However, I am looking for the place that is safest to call the cheapest liquor store in the metro area on a regular basis. Perhaps some places focus more on beer, others wine, and some on spirits.

Anyways, please list off some places I should check out. Hopefully I receive some good feedback before I perfect my margarita mixing skills and am ready to move on to my next purchase...
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:39 AM
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haven't been there in years but back in the day it was Chi-Lake Liquors, also recall that Big Top Liquors off of Snelling and University was a good place to stock up.
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:23 AM
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Chi-Lake is still pretty cheap, as is the liquor store in Seven Corners, but I wouldn't go there if you are looking for any selection.
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:08 AM
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Thank you for the replies so far. From the 7 I rated based on the three brands I was looking for, Chi-Lake was 4th best and Big Top St Paul was 6th. I will check out the seven corners store sometime soon to see how they rate.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:39 AM
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Big Top in St Paul is the cheapest one I've personally ever been in.
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:53 PM
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Stay away from Surdyks or South Lyndale Liquors if you want good prices. It is amazing how the prices can vary in town from store to store. For instance, if Haskells has a "Sale", what they really mean is that they are selling the booze for the price that most other stores already normally charge.

Anyway, I am a wine drinker, not hard booze...........but, I would say that the Big Top stores have low prices. For wine, Hennepin Lake Liquors has the best prices around ( cash only tho).
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:31 PM
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"The Cellars" in Plymouth -- they routinely sell excellent top shelf whisky for super low prices, $5-10 less than any where else. I mean Highland Park for $35 and Ardbeg 10 for $45 type of deals!

"The Liquor Barrel" in Golden Valley -- one of the cheapest wine stores in the cities, routinely beats Syrduk's by a good margin even when they are "on sale" over there.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:32 AM
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You also might try the municipal stores in Columbia Heights and St. Anthony Village. Those tend to have lower prices than the privately-owned liquor stores and also have really good selections.
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