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February 7, 2008


In light of all the liquor license discussion going on over at Dining@Large, I thought I'd toss this out there.

So, in their 'Best Bars of 2007' list, Esquire wrote this little blurb about the Golden Gopher, a bar in Los Angeles:

"The stylishly dim Golden Gopher has a liquor license so old, it permits takeout sales -- meaning you can stop in for a martini at the bar and pick up a six-pack at the liquor stand on your way out."

I laughed when I read this.

Apparently, bars like this are rare in LA.

However, my buddy Jeremy, who lived there for a while, said most grocery and convenience stores sold beer and wine.

So there's a trade-off.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:57 PM | | Comments (16)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Random stuff


They still have drive through liquor stores in Charles County. At one point - and this may still be true, some of those liquor stores had licenses so old that they could similarly sell you a mixed drink and put it in a to-go cup.

Goldberg's on Route 2 has a Drive-Thru, since prohibition(at least thats what they advertise)

i grew up in ohio, where they sell everything in the grocery stores AND have drive thru's.

and i am also pretty sure you can buy beer on sundays.

Man, oh, man, federalism is some wacky stuff!

Oh, bryanintimonium, you and your stories! There are liquor drive-thrus in Charles County. The nurses are stealing my money. This thing on my neck is getting bigger.

Now I will return to the real world, where I have to mix my own drinks while I am driving.

I vacation every year in the Outer Banks (NC) and always get a kick out of the strange liquor laws down there...and I emphasize "liquor" laws because you can't (legally) buy liquor there.

If you go, be sure to bring your own because you won't find any there - not even in bars! However, it is also home to perhaps the most famous chain of drive thru beer retailers - Brew Thru. Don't even think about opening your brew before you get back to the beach house though, b/c the cops down there are hardcore.

It just occurred to me there is beer drive-thru in Greenbelt on 193, outside College Park. I forgot all about that convenience!

Actually, in Ohio you can buy beer and wine in grocery stores, but you need to go to state-run liquor stores for liquor. Every state differs and some states allow counties to make their own laws...that's why Anne Arundel Co. has liquor stores that are open on Sunday. That said, IMO the Sunday rules are so antiquated and need to be brought into the 21st Century.

JTK, I don't know how I forgot about the one in Greenbelt! That place was the best in my pre-21 college days - they never carded!!

JTK and Greg S, are we talking about the Liquor Barn?

I believe we are. Across the street from the fabulous Greenbelt Mall. I believe it sits next to a Checkers.

I completely forgot about it! I only went there a few times, but how can one forget about the drive through. Ah, Greenbelt.

you can get liquor at the Rite Aid on Greenmount Ave. just so you know.
AND...AND...the liquor store on Fleet and Broadway is open on Sunday!!!
and the beer/wine selection is not too shabby. also, no 8ft thick plexi either!

JMG, Fleet St Liquors has a crappy little "bar" inside, so that's why they can sell on Sunday. I haven't been there in a few months, but I'm guessing they don't give a [darn] about the smoking ban either!

Greg. sorry dude, but when it comes to picking up a bottle of wine or a six of Sam Adams on Sunday, this place can't be beat.
I'm not looking for Well's Liquors, so this place is perfect.

PS: I am VERY drunk righ tnow.

JMG, I agree...Fleet St liquors has been the destination for more than a few of my late-night and/or Sunday beer runs. I was just explaing why they're able to have sales during those times. I think all liquor stores should build a shotty wood box and call it a bar so that they can offer "package goods" on Sundays!

i just saw this interesting article on msnbc about the crazy rules
thought you might be interested

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