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Enoch
12-08-2010, 07:35
My wife and I are going to be visiting some friends in Frankfort for a couple of days after Christmas. (She worked there in 2009.) Need advise on liquor stores with the best inventory and selection in the Lexington, Frankfort, Louisville area. Not for dusty hunting but want to pick up some stuff that I can't get in SC. Thanks,

doubleblank
12-08-2010, 08:05
Pretty easy. Thoroughbred in Lexington and Liquor Barn in L'ville are good starting points. Large stores with good beer and wine selections too.

BrianBradford
12-08-2010, 08:16
You mean that they sell liquor and beer in the same place down there!!! How cool! Here in PA, you have to travel to 2 different places to get your liquor/wine & beer.

callmeox
12-08-2010, 08:19
You mean that they sell liquor and beer in the same place down there!!! How cool! Here in PA, you have to travel to 2 different places to get your liquor/wine & beer.

Not only are they on the same place, you can buy all 3 at a drive up window without leaving your car!

Ooooooooooohhhh!

BrianBradford
12-08-2010, 09:54
Not only are they on the same place, you can buy all 3 at a drive up window without leaving your car!

Ooooooooooohhhh!

Now your just messin' with me! A drive through liquor/wine/beer store?
:bowdown:

Stupid PA.

callmeox
12-08-2010, 11:31
The first time I set foot in a Binny's, I felt like Randall in the movie Clerks when he went to Big Choice Video. Another customer in the store at the same time exclaimed "this place is like Disneyland for drunks."

For lifetime control staters like us, retail sales in other states are a real eye opener to what we are missing out on.

RickF
12-08-2010, 11:55
Pretty easy. Thoroughbred in Lexington and Liquor Barn in L'ville are good starting points. Large stores with good beer and wine selections too.
There are also Liquor Barns in Lexington if you need to limit yourself to one trip. Many drug stores in Lexington and Louisville also sell Bourbon.

OscarV
12-08-2010, 12:22
Now your just messin' with me! A drive through liquor/wine/beer store?
:bowdown:

Stupid PA.



No really, the Throughbred Shop in Lexington has a drive up window.

BrianBradford
12-08-2010, 12:39
Im going to start putting my resume into places down in KY! That sounds like a place where I should be.

Enoch
12-08-2010, 13:16
You mean that they sell liquor and beer in the same place down there!!! How cool! Here in PA, you have to travel to 2 different places to get your liquor/wine & beer.
In SC you can sell beer and wine together and you can sell wine and liquor together but not beer and liquor.

IronHead
12-08-2010, 13:48
There are all kinds of drive through liquor stores here in Louisville. None of these places have one but if you're here I suggest stopping by Evergreen Liquors, Liquor Barn, Party Mart, Beverage Warehouse or Westport Whiskey and Wine.

Also, if you come down through ohio not far off I-71 just at the KY-Ohio border there is Cork-n-Bottle and The Party Source.

pepcycle
12-08-2010, 13:49
You can still buy a bottle of soda, a half pint and a cup with ice at the drive-up window.

Now that doesn't mean you can have an open container, but it seems to foster that thinking.
:rolleyes:

When they threatened to change the laws about drive up at liquor stores, a guy on TV was quoted as saying something like, "Next thing you know, you won't be able to take your buddies in the back of your pickup", not knowing that most of the country already frowns on that.

tmckenzie
12-08-2010, 13:55
The last time I was in Alabama you could also get a bottle of anything and they would throw in a cup, ice and soda or water. And for that matter most of the places you can get fish bait, your nails done, and your hair. Wow! Talk about one stop.

camduncan
12-08-2010, 16:27
You mean that they sell liquor and beer in the same place down there!!! How cool! Here in PA, you have to travel to 2 different places to get your liquor/wine & beer.

In Australia, every liquor retailer sells beer, wine and spirits under one roof... unless they're a specialty store (which is rare)
And most towns and suburbs have at least one local tavern that has a retail store and drive thru attached.

sdchap00
12-08-2010, 16:43
The Red Dot in Frankfort has a pretty good selection, though not as good as the others. (It is the first place I ever found Weller 12yo--and one of their locations has several bottles as of a couple days ago.) There are several LB locations in Lexington too. I'd second the Thoroughbred recommendation for Lexington also, though their selection has been a little spottier lately. All of these places, unfortunately, seem to have slightly different selections, so you might have to hit up several spots. What exactly will you be looking for? I'm actually in Lexington and travel to Frankfort frequently and, as a result, have a pretty good knowledge of what's in those spots.

cowdery
12-09-2010, 14:01
Kentucky has literal drive-through liquor stores, not just drive-up windows. You actually drive into the store. Ohio has them too, but just for beer and wine.

Sadly, Louisville bars no longer have drive-up windows like they did in the '60s.

sailor22
12-09-2010, 18:41
Locally we have a well stocked liquor store selling beer wine liquor and a large door into their bar that has all their stock available for sampling.

Louisiana or Mississippi - i forget which - has drive thru martini bars and drive up martini windows. Not sure why they are so fixated on the martini thing.

smokinjoe
12-09-2010, 19:28
In SC you can sell beer and wine together and you can sell wine and liquor together but not beer and liquor.

Yeah. In SC package stores, beer and liquor are in the same building, but there are two different front doors. One door going to wine and beer. One door going to liquor. So, you go into door #1 to buy your beer. Then, you exit the building, and re-enter the liquor side of the building through door #2, to buy your liquor. No cutting across!

Hey, at least, when your wife asks where you're going, you can say with a somewhat clean conscience, that you're going to get your exercise. :)

cowdery
12-09-2010, 20:04
There are walk-up bars in New Orleans, at least there were, at least during Carnival.

And I remember a nice swim-up bar in Jamaica.

BSS
12-10-2010, 14:31
There are a ton of drive-thur liquor(sell everything including ice cold Colt 45's for the road) stores in Kentucky. I guess since I've seen them all my life it doesn't seem like a big deal.

The Liquor Barns in Lexington are good. I think they have like 5 of them now, check their website. Two of them are rather large, one is decent size, and the other two are smaller stores they bought not too long ago but still have a really good selection. Red Dot on the west side of Frankfort has a nice bourbon selection.

BrianBradford
12-10-2010, 17:44
OK, I just mapquested it. Do you think 6 hours and 37 minutes drive is acceptable for a bourbon run?

Josh
12-10-2010, 18:44
OK, I just mapquested it. Do you think 6 hours and 37 minutes drive is acceptable for a bourbon run?

It always is for me!:grin:

MissinER101
12-12-2010, 19:54
Enoch (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/member.php?u=5814)-

The wife and I should be in Frankfort around the same time; I am going to try and set up a Hardhat tour with Fred as our guide, looking like the 29th or 30th (if the creeks don't rise and it's raining here now mucking up flight scheduals)

Send me a PM if your schedual puts you in the area at the same time, perhaps we could meet up for a tour or at least toss a couple.

bvscfanatic
12-13-2010, 17:47
Since you're coming up from South Carolina, it would seem to me that the Liquor Barn in Lexington would be more convenient than a trip to Louisville. Their Lexington store on Man-O-War (just off I-75, exit #108) is my personal favorite. It's a pretty big place, and hard to miss.

I know of four stores that they have here in Lexington now. Hamburg (as the Man-O-War & I-75 area is known) is the largest. The Richmond Road store is only a couple of miles from it. Richmond Rd is only about two miles from me, but I go the extra two miles to shop the Hamburg store usually.

BSS
12-14-2010, 14:41
The five Liqour Barn stores in Lexington are located at the following:

Man O War at Hamburg just off I-75(newest and big)

Harrodsburg Road just off New Circle(big store)

Richmond Road between New Circle and Man O War(Medium)

The old Shoppers Village Liquor on New Circle and Broadway on the Northside(Smaller store)

The old Shoppers Village Liquor at the by the intersection of Euclid and Tates Creek Road(Very close to UK's campus)(Smaller store)

The Hamburg store is the quickest store to access for those on I-75. The Harrodsburg Road store is the closest Liquor Barn in Lex for those coming from almost all distilleries.

nblair
12-14-2010, 17:05
I live less than a mile from the Springhurst Liquor Barn in Louisville and have been to several others as well (including the one off Man o' War in Lex). I can confidently say that The Party Source in Newport/Bellevue, KY is leaps and bounds better than any Liquor Barn I've ever been in.

They have everything a Liquor Barn has, plus special bottlings of AAA10, OWA, Buffalo Trace Experimentals, Four Roses Barrel Strength, and several different Willetts, etc. If I was coming to Kentucky to stock up, I would make them priority #1. Just my $.02.

squire
12-16-2010, 21:08
I have found drive through liquor stores in several states during my travels but my favorite is Louisiana where they will sell mixed drinks in open containers as well as the package goods. Life has it's own pace in the Pelican State.

unclebunk
12-17-2010, 06:19
I have found drive through liquor stores in several states during my travels but my favorite is Louisiana where they will sell mixed drinks in open containers as well as the package goods. Life has it's own pace in the Pelican State.

Man, that's unbelievable to me. I've never even heard of such a thing. Honestly, I'd be afraid to run out to the store for a gallon of milk on a Saturday night knowing that so many people down there have such a casual attitude about drinking and driving.

BrianBradford
12-17-2010, 07:03
It might be because I still havn't experienced alot of whats out there, but I would never want to go through the drive through portion. I think its exciting to walk in and browse and see whats new.

BrianBradford
12-17-2010, 07:07
If I was coming to Kentucky to stock up, I would make them priority #1. Just my $.02.

Thats great advice! After driving 6 1/2 hours 1 way to browse a liquor store, then drive 6 1/2 hours back all in 1 day, I want to make sure I go to a DAMN fine store.