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timd
02-12-2011, 10:59
Howdy,

Just relocated back to Dallas (North Dallas/McKinney area) after being away for 20 years! Coming down from Michigan, so yes - I brought this weather with me...

Anyhow, looking for some good tips on stores I should scope out - I enjoy Scotch as well as Bourbon, specialty bottlings, and most importantly great prices on good stuff. Found R1 for $22 at the Goody Goody In Anna/Melissa the other night along with a great price on a cool bottle of Scotch.

Unusual, rare, and specialty bottlings are of interest - but mostly just stores that get Van Winkle, BTAC and the other "standard" type stuff at fair prices.

Appreciate any tips or leads - would like to stick around N. Dallas, but as any good Whisk(e)y lover knows - I'll drive far and wide for good stuff at good prices!

Thanks in advance! and Gig 'Em (yes, I'm an Aggie...)

doubleblank
02-12-2011, 11:29
The Goody Goody store on Greenville Ave in Dallas wouldn't be too far and usually gets the stuff you're looking for (it's one of the larger stores they have). Unfortunately, the bottles were released awhile back. There's a Sigels up in the Addison area that's worth going to.

Randy

wadewood
02-12-2011, 12:15
Welcome back to Texas; what took you so long? I figured it out in just 9 years. The Texas TABC website has a page that lets you see all stores with current permits - http://www.tabc.state.tx.us/publicinquiry/Roster.aspx. Might be helpful if you want to do some dusty hunting.

We also have a Houston bourbon get together scheduled for May 7th at my house. If you are interested in coming down, shoot me a PM for details.

FYI- Randy & I are also both Aggies.

Wade

timd
02-12-2011, 13:18
Welcome back to Texas; what took you so long? I figured it out in just 9 years. The Texas TABC website has a page that lets you see all stores with current permits - http://www.tabc.state.tx.us/publicinquiry/Roster.aspx. Might be helpful if you want to do some dusty hunting.

We also have a Houston bourbon get together scheduled for May 7th at my house. If you are interested in coming down, shoot me a PM for details.

FYI- Randy & I are also both Aggies.

Wade

Glad to be home! And to so easily find other Aggies!

My wife is from Houston, so we'll be down there often to visit her side of the family - I love the Specs downtown. It's one of the finest liquor stores in all my travels from LA to Chicago to NY to Kentucky (The Party Source). On par with Binny's even - minus the 'hand picked' selection.

Thanks for that link - very helpful.

I've got more than my fair share of BTAC this year - I had great resources and contacts up in MI, just looking for the kinds of places that get that stuff so I can be sure to start sucking up ASAP - I like to make friends with my liquor store people, and pick a handful of shops to frequent and favor.

I've been to Sigels in Addison - waaaaay overpriced. The Goody Goody there was rock solid in pricing, and better selection - but that was last June, so could have changed.

Going to hit the Colony stores today - see how they look. Only a 20 minute drive.

Thanks for the response guys - and for the bourbon tasting invite! I may just have to schedule another visit with the in-laws (bourbon would make it worth it!):lol:

MarkEdwards
02-12-2011, 17:09
FYI- Randy & I are also both Aggies.


My dad was a Dallas police officer, and was telling his lieutenant the latest Aggie joke he had heard. Said lieutenant's face kept getting redder and redder. When my dad finished up the joke, the lieutenant muttered, in a very irritated voice, "My son goes to A&M !"

I think my dad said he hotfooted it out of there.

I also agree with the Goody Goody recommendation. They have lots of good stuff.

jcg9779
02-12-2011, 20:34
Thanks in advance! and Gig 'Em (yes, I'm an Aggie...)

Sic 'em, Bears!

I remember Centennial Wine & Spirits in the Colony having decent prices, but I haven't lived in Dallas since January of 2009, so that may have changed. I agree that the Addison stores are overpriced - I guess that's what happens when they are beside a dry county!

timd
02-12-2011, 21:11
I also agree with the Goody Goody recommendation. They have lots of good stuff.

Any other suggestions, Mark? The Goody Goody in The Colony had Weller 12 yr - a "new to me" treat - we didn't have that up in Michigan! And it was relatively cheap, too. Skipped the Centennial, because the wife & kids were getting itchy.

MarkEdwards
02-13-2011, 04:25
Any other suggestions, Mark? The Goody Goody in The Colony had Weller 12 yr - a "new to me" treat - we didn't have that up in Michigan! And it was relatively cheap, too. Skipped the Centennial, because the wife & kids were getting itchy.

Unfortunately, I don't get to Dallas very often, but there are loads of liquor stores in Dallas. If you find one liquor store, there will be 20 more on the same street.

timd
02-13-2011, 16:22
Thanks, Mark! Takes some getting used to this "wet/dry area" thing they have in Dallas. No place else I've lived in had it, and I haven't lived in Dallas since I was old enough to legally partake - all the other Texas cities (and elsewhere I've lived) are fully wet...

Pretty dang backwards for the 5th largest metro area in America!

I'll enjoy exploring...

Any social gatherings/clubs here in DFW for Whisk(e)y I should look into?

MarkEdwards
02-14-2011, 04:39
Any social gatherings/clubs here in DFW for Whisk(e)y I should look into?

Check out the Goody Goody website. They have a calendar of tastings for various things, including bourbon. In fact, Majestic and Centennial may have something similar.

I don't know of any bourbon socials to speak of - I'd love to hear about any myself. :grin:

StraightNoChaser
02-14-2011, 16:38
Monticello Liquors in Dallas touts themselves as having DFW's largest inventory of small batch, single barrel and hard to find bourbons so that's one place to start. They do indeed carry quite the selection!

In my experience, however, markup is a huge problem in the DFW area. If you need a spot to pick up inexpensive mass release bourbons, then Beverage Depot on NW Highway and 35 is your best bet. Cheapest prices in all of Dallas for spirits, they just don't stock many hard to find or rare expressions.

timd
03-29-2011, 16:23
Monticello Liquors in Dallas touts themselves as having DFW's largest inventory of small batch, single barrel and hard to find bourbons so that's one place to start. They do indeed carry quite the selection!

In my experience, however, markup is a huge problem in the DFW area. If you need a spot to pick up inexpensive mass release bourbons, then Beverage Depot on NW Highway and 35 is your best bet. Cheapest prices in all of Dallas for spirits, they just don't stock many hard to find or rare expressions.
Much thanks for the tips. I'm making the rounds and finding what's what... slowly. Having to drive 20+ minutes (at best) to the nearest liquor store is, to say the least, quite odd... but I'm dealing with it.

I'll check out Majestic - sounds right up my alley.

Where do you hit, StraightNoChaser? Being in Plano, we're basically neighbors... what places do you frequent?

bourbonNOOG
03-31-2011, 06:24
Not trying to thread jack, but mine is along the same lines so I thought I would add to this thread instead of starting a new one.

I'll be in Dallas May 4-13 for a big show. Staying 3-4 blocks from the Dallas convention center at the Springhills Suites. Any suggestions from locals on where to go to get a good pour? Or, places I can walk to, ride the dart to, etc. to get some stuff I can't get in TN? I'll have to ship it back following the close of the show but it's easy enough to do. I'll just throw it in the cab of one of our trucks or something.

I won't have a car so... yah, I'm a bit limited on transportation.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

cheers.

jcg9779
03-31-2011, 09:23
Adam, I know you're looking for stores, but there are a few bars that are on McKinney (just on the other side of Woodall Rogers Fwy from where you'll be staying).

Here's a small list of places on McKinney (from South to North):

Idle Rich Pub is usually pretty fun - has a decent whisky selection (not too much bourbon though, unless there is more that is not listed).
http://www.idlerichpub.com/whiskey.html

Uptown Bar & Grill
http://www.uptownbarandgrill.com/Beverages.html

McKinney Ave. Tavern (The MAT) and Frankie's Sports Bar are fun places to watch a game or two.

My favorite bar is The Loon (in the strip shopping center on the southwest corner of Lemmon and McKinney). Strongest drinks in Dallas and very underrated bar food.

The Social House - haven't been here in a couple of years, but I remember them having a large liquor selection (I can't remember what whiskey they had)
http://www.thesocialhousedallas.com/

There are also some great restaurants - Primo's, Taco Diner, Hook Line & Sinker (my personal favorite - awesome fried catfish baskets).

I hope you have fun in Dallas...I love Atlanta, and this is home, but I do miss Dallas too!

bourbonNOOG
03-31-2011, 10:43
Adam, I know you're looking for stores, but there are a few bars that are on McKinney (just on the other side of Woodall Rogers Fwy from where you'll be staying).

Here's a small list of places on McKinney (from South to North):

Idle Rich Pub is usually pretty fun - has a decent whisky selection (not too much bourbon though, unless there is more that is not listed).
http://www.idlerichpub.com/whiskey.html

Uptown Bar & Grill
http://www.uptownbarandgrill.com/Beverages.html

McKinney Ave. Tavern (The MAT) and Frankie's Sports Bar are fun places to watch a game or two.

My favorite bar is The Loon (in the strip shopping center on the southwest corner of Lemmon and McKinney). Strongest drinks in Dallas and very underrated bar food.

The Social House - haven't been here in a couple of years, but I remember them having a large liquor selection (I can't remember what whiskey they had)
http://www.thesocialhousedallas.com/

There are also some great restaurants - Primo's, Taco Diner, Hook Line & Sinker (my personal favorite - awesome fried catfish baskets).

I hope you have fun in Dallas...I love Atlanta, and this is home, but I do miss Dallas too!

Thanks for all the suggestions Jack. I did a site visit about 3 months ago and actually hit Taco Diner, which was delicious and had a couple of pours at the Idle Rich Pub one night. I'll definitely have to check out The Loon.

Keep the suggestions coming. I'm compiling a list.

timd
03-31-2011, 10:58
By all means keep 'em coming - helps me out too!

Bars, pubs, eateries, and stores - whatever you know that is "good" and we should look into, put it down.

FYI: I called RDNC and they've got a ton of Pappy Van Winkle hitting North Texas on April 22 (to their warehouse, will hit stores a few days later). Everything from ORVW to Pappy 20 and all points in between - with dozens of bottles for each expression. They said they were getting 12 cases of 12 bottles for Lot B, so I'm on the look out for the places that get Pappy stuff!

I love my Rye, but I'm also loving the wheat, too! Bourbon/Rye/Scotch - it's all good!

jcg9779
03-31-2011, 12:09
By all means keep 'em coming - helps me out too!

Bars, pubs, eateries, and stores - whatever you know that is "good" and we should look into, put it down.

FYI: I called RDNC and they've got a ton of Pappy Van Winkle hitting North Texas on April 22 (to their warehouse, will hit stores a few days later). Everything from ORVW to Pappy 20 and all points in between - with dozens of bottles for each expression. They said they were getting 12 cases of 12 bottles for Lot B, so I'm on the look out for the places that get Pappy stuff!

I love my Rye, but I'm also loving the wheat, too! Bourbon/Rye/Scotch - it's all good!

I'm not talking to you, Tim...not after your Lady Aggies beat my Lady Bears the other night! :hot: haha

jcg9779
03-31-2011, 12:17
Thanks for all the suggestions Jack. I did a site visit about 3 months ago and actually hit Taco Diner, which was delicious and had a couple of pours at the Idle Rich Pub one night. I'll definitely have to check out The Loon.

Keep the suggestions coming. I'm compiling a list.

The Loon is just a straight forward bar, nothing special. Liquor is obviously the choice drink here (no draft beer...only cans are available). It has a pool table or two, no windows, and some flatscreen TVs to watch whatever sporting event might be on that night. There was always at least one stop in The Loon whenever my friends and I ended up in Uptown Dallas. It's a place where you can wear shorts and a tshirt or a business suit after work. This comfort level and being surrounded by friends are what makes it fun!

timd
03-31-2011, 12:29
I'm not talking to you, Tim...not after your Lady Aggies beat my Lady Bears the other night! :hot: haha
The Lady Aggies are lookin' good, aren't they? But hey your Bears managed to kick some longhorn butt in Football this year - that's braggin' rights for a quarter century (at least...)

Back to more Dallas booze finding...

jcg9779
03-31-2011, 12:41
The Lady Aggies are lookin' good, aren't they? But hey your Bears managed to kick some longhorn butt in Football this year - that's braggin' rights for a quarter century (at least...)

Back to more Dallas booze finding...

Haha...hopefully not a quarter century! We had been hanging on to that 1997 win a little too long though...

StraightNoChaser
04-04-2011, 00:22
Not trying to thread jack, but mine is along the same lines so I thought I would add to this thread instead of starting a new one.

I'll be in Dallas May 4-13 for a big show. Staying 3-4 blocks from the Dallas convention center at the Springhills Suites. Any suggestions from locals on where to go to get a good pour? Or, places I can walk to, ride the dart to, etc. to get some stuff I can't get in TN? I'll have to ship it back following the close of the show but it's easy enough to do. I'll just throw it in the cab of one of our trucks or something.

I won't have a car so... yah, I'm a bit limited on transportation.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

cheers.Trinity Hall in Mockingbird Station has an excellent selection of scotch and a decent bourbon menu. It's also right on the DART rail line so you can easily hop a ride up there from downtown. Throw me a PM when you're around and we can get a pour together

p.s. here is their whiskey menu http://trinityhall.tv/PDFs/Whiskey.pdf

StraightNoChaser
04-04-2011, 00:24
Much thanks for the tips. I'm making the rounds and finding what's what... slowly. Having to drive 20+ minutes (at best) to the nearest liquor store is, to say the least, quite odd... but I'm dealing with it.

I'll check out Majestic - sounds right up my alley.

Where do you hit, StraightNoChaser? Being in Plano, we're basically neighbors... what places do you frequent?
True Spirits in Carrollton is one of my favorite stores. I also love Centennial and Sigel's in Addison. Goody Goody is nice as far as pricing goes.

roostercogburn
04-04-2011, 09:46
For anyone headed north of the city, Buckeye (part of the Goody Goody chain) has very reasonable prices, and it's the last stop before the liquor-less stretch of north Texas. Along TX-380 check out the Vineyard, which is attached to a Shell station. Small, newer store with limited selection but its limited patronage seems to leave a few choice bottles on the shelves (or under the counter).

I apologize if this is hijacking a great thread, but do any of you in the Dallas area know where to get some Forester BiB? It seems like this would be more readily available, but my usual stops have yielded nothing.

bourbonNOOG
04-04-2011, 11:21
The selection there looks decent. I'll be in dallas for a week and a half. I'd love to grab a drink if you're close. Like I said above, won't have a car, but I have ridden the dart and can try to navigate myself to Trinity Hall. My mouth is already watering thinking about that weller 12.

Maybe we can trade some contact info closer to my visit and meet for a pour. I'll keep you posted.


Trinity Hall in Mockingbird Station has an excellent selection of scotch and a decent bourbon menu. It's also right on the DART rail line so you can easily hop a ride up there from downtown. Throw me a PM when you're around and we can get a pour together

p.s. here is their whiskey menu http://trinityhall.tv/PDFs/Whiskey.pdf

StraightNoChaser
04-04-2011, 11:46
For sure, give me a shout!

-Winston

Young Blacksmith
09-24-2011, 16:44
I'm headed into Arlington next week, and the week of Oct 10th.

Any suggestions for stuff like EH Taylor, other higher end current production bourbons? Possibly an Old Forester Birthday or Prohibition Release?

I'll be around Six Flags/360, on both 30 (hotel) and 20 (training).

Thanks!

MarkEdwards
09-24-2011, 19:36
I'm headed into Arlington next week, and the week of Oct 10th.

Any suggestions for stuff like EH Taylor, other higher end current production bourbons? Possibly an Old Forester Birthday or Prohibition Release?

I'll be around Six Flags/360, on both 30 (hotel) and 20 (training).

Thanks!

Cool. I live in Arlington. We have a lot of big box stores around here, mostly Majestic and Centennial. There are also a lot of independents on Eastchase Parkway. Probably the best bet for variety is the Goody Goody at I20 and Hulen.

StraightNoChaser
09-24-2011, 20:55
YB, I have seen most of the bottles you're looking for in the Dallas area. Check your PMs

theDon
09-24-2011, 21:32
I'm headed into Arlington next week, and the week of Oct 10th.

Any suggestions for stuff like EH Taylor, other higher end current production bourbons? Possibly an Old Forester Birthday or Prohibition Release?

I'll be around Six Flags/360, on both 30 (hotel) and 20 (training).

Thanks!

Spirits downtown Dallas has OF B-Day 2009 and Prohibition. Ask for Devin he's the owner. Also big news for Spriits, they just bought their first barrel. It's Buffalo Trace and it should be in soon. In my opinion they have the best selection at wharehouse prices in DFW.

StraightNoChaser
09-26-2011, 09:50
Seems like a lot of people are getting in on the barrel program bandwagons around here. Fossil Creek has their own KCSB, as does Sigel's. Soon True Spirits in Carrollton will have their own barrel of BT.

timd
09-26-2011, 16:52
Seems like a lot of people are getting in on the barrel program bandwagons around here. Fossil Creek has their own KCSB, as does Sigel's. Soon True Spirits in Carrollton will have their own barrel of BT.
Don't forget the Whiskey Cake's Eagle Rare (best I've had of that brand) and all the Twin Peaks (like a Hooters - just think on the name for a second) has their own BT bottling (same guy who picked for Whiskey Cake) that is as good as Binny's has ever had... really good stuff.

I wish more of these retailers would do SB's...

We'll have a Specs here soon - undisclosed location so far (they won't tell me and I haven't looked too hard), but they say it will open before Christmas! Specs in Dallas - that's going to be HUGE!

Young Blacksmith
09-26-2011, 17:09
Goody Goody has an ETL selection, have not tried it, but have seen it at the local branch/version of Goody Goody, Harley's Cut Rate.

StraightNoChaser
09-27-2011, 11:44
I've had the Goody ETL. It's pretty decent stuff.

Enoch
09-27-2011, 12:32
Don't forget the Whiskey Cake's Eagle Rare (best I've had of that brand) and all the Twin Peaks (like a Hooters - just think on the name for a second) ...

There was a strip club here in Columbia with that name.

StraightNoChaser
09-27-2011, 16:05
I believe Twin Peaks is owned by a member or two of Pantera

Young Blacksmith
09-27-2011, 17:57
Plans changed, and I came back home yesterday morning. I'll be back that way October 10th, so no big disappointment.

I did see Fat Dog / Centennial? has Booker's on sale this week. I may grab a bottle if I'm really in the mood.

StraightNoChaser
09-27-2011, 19:54
Plans changed, and I came back home yesterday morning. I'll be back that way October 10th, so no big disappointment.

I did see Fat Dog / Centennial? has Booker's on sale this week. I may grab a bottle if I'm really in the mood.
No sale price at Centennial will EVER beat the everyday prices at Spirits or Beverage Depot. Trust me on this.

theDon
09-29-2011, 10:27
Don't forget the Whiskey Cake's Eagle Rare (best I've had of that brand) and all the Twin Peaks (like a Hooters - just think on the name for a second) has their own BT bottling (same guy who picked for Whiskey Cake) that is as good as Binny's has ever had... really good stuff.

I wish more of these retailers would do SB's...

We'll have a Specs here soon - undisclosed location so far (they won't tell me and I haven't looked too hard), but they say it will open before Christmas! Specs in Dallas - that's going to be HUGE!

The only way a Spec's would be worth it here is if it were as big as the flagship store downtown Houston, with the deli and specialty foods. Spec's stores have just as jacked up price's as the overpriced Centennials and Goodys we are plagued with here already. No thank you!

StraightNoChaser
09-29-2011, 13:13
I've always thought Spec's had decent prices... better than Centennial/Majestic and Sigel's, but not as cheap as Goody or some of the independent stores in town.

jcg9779
09-29-2011, 14:31
The only way a Spec's would be worth it here is if it were as big as the flagship store downtown Houston, with the deli and specialty foods. Spec's stores have just as jacked up price's as the overpriced Centennials and Goodys we are plagued with here already. No thank you!

I do like that Spec's flagship store. I used to stop in there quite a bit when work would take me to Houston. I do agree that something like that would do well in Dallas. Sigel's in Addision has a small section that does something similar, but not nearly on the scale of the flagship Spec's (from what I remember).

timd
10-03-2011, 09:10
From my experience - and I'm in Houston about once a month - Specs is as good as Goody Goody (on average) and their sales can even beat Bev Depot. You have to have your Specs key card and pay in cash (or debit card) to get the best prices, but I've usually walked out of their with much better prices on things - and a better selection - than I can find here in Dallas.

I'm hearing the Specs will be in the old Toys R Us on Central near Walnut (not sure that's exact - don't know where that store is). It will be a the full deal - deli, food, market, etc. along with the booze. They are wanting to make a name for themselves out of the gate and attract all the SoTX expats who miss them.

Regardless, Specs will blow doors of Centennial, Sigels, etc. pricing on their worst day.

theDon
10-03-2011, 11:28
From my experience - and I'm in Houston about once a month - Specs is as good as Goody Goody (on average) and their sales can even beat Bev Depot. You have to have your Specs key card and pay in cash (or debit card) to get the best prices, but I've usually walked out of their with much better prices on things - and a better selection - than I can find here in Dallas.

I'm hearing the Specs will be in the old Toys R Us on Central near Walnut (not sure that's exact - don't know where that store is). It will be a the full deal - deli, food, market, etc. along with the booze. They are wanting to make a name for themselves out of the gate and attract all the SoTX expats who miss them.

Regardless, Specs will blow doors of Centennial, Sigels, etc. pricing on their worst day.

Damnit, that's one exit down from my office. There goes the paycheck! Guess I need to sign-up for one of those Spec's keys.

timd
10-04-2011, 16:03
Damnit, that's one exit down from my office. There goes the paycheck! Guess I need to sign-up for one of those Spec's keys.
Yeah, you have to have the key card and pay in cash to get the "good" prices - so it's a multi-tier discount and I can see how it would be annoying to some folks.

Who knows, maybe the Dallas store will be different? I know that Austin, San Antonio & Houston are all key card/cash based for the best prices.

Just one example of many - I got Longrow 10/100 for $59 on sale, and Angels Envy for $29, and ORVW 10/107 for $25... just a few examples of good prices they've had. I'm sure they are more expensive in some areas, though.

timd
10-10-2011, 19:06
Specs just posted on their Facebook page:

"We're shooting before the holidays our address will be 9500 N Central Expressway"

That's the huge old Toys/Kids R Us building from what I can tell... It'll be as big as Binny's South Loop or Party Source - bigger than the downtown Houston Specs, I'd think...

StraightNoChaser
10-11-2011, 11:55
Specs just posted on their Facebook page:

"We're shooting before the holidays our address will be 9500 N Central Expressway"

That's the huge old Toys/Kids R Us building from what I can tell... It'll be as big as Binny's South Loop or Party Source - bigger than the downtown Houston Specs, I'd think...
I can't wait. This not only means great prices and selection, but more work!

theDon
10-12-2011, 09:38
Sounds like we need to have a Spec's grand opening, SB-DFW get together. Everyone in the area meet there on a Saturday, buy a few things, bitch about the prices and selection or be amazed by them and then proceed to the nearest members house for a tasting. My house is out as I commute 60 miles one way. So who's hosting this thing?

StraightNoChaser
10-12-2011, 11:51
Since it hasn't been mentioned, there's a big FREE American whiskey festival tonight at Sigel's in Addison. Info is all here:

http://www.sigels.com/content/view/477/1/Bourbon-&-American-Whiskey-Festival-&-Tasting.html

Tim and I will be there :cool:

StraightNoChaser
10-12-2011, 11:54
We need our own Gazebo!