Best Liquor Store - 2009
The Wine & Cheese Place
Don't be fooled by the fancy name. There's enough booze at the Clayton outpost of local chain the Wine & Cheese Place to stock the green room at a Guns N' Roses reunion tour. While the vast wine selection and cheese counter are the flagship attractions, the liquor aisle is a sight to behold, particularly for those in search of exotic or top-shelf spirits. The W&CP stocks everything from the finest single-malt scotches to five different types of absinthe (including airline-size bottles) to hard-to-find mixers (agave nectar, anyone?) to imported Cuban rum (bottled in the Dominican Republic, of course). Particularly dear to the RFT staffers' livers is the tequila rack. The Place, which earlier this year hosted a release party for 901 Silver, Justin Timberlake's craft tequila brand, also carries hard-to-find brands such as El Tesoro Paradiso, not to mention Patrón in gallon-size decanters, a.k.a. the Axl Rose special.