Selection: Excellent, most varieties of liquor and beer, including single shots and single beers
Price: $$, average DC beer prices, slightly above average DC liquor prices
Service: Excellent, they will order anything, always quick with a smile and helpful advice
Specialty: Mass selection of beers and liquor, special orders
You will not find this store on Google Maps (at least I cannot), but it is definitely the premier liquor store in the DuPont Circle area. Every time we go to this store on P Street (between 20th and 21st) we are greeted by friendly faces and excellent service. This liquor, wine, and beer store is operated by a group of brothers or close friends. They always greet us when we enter and they consistently ask if we need help with our selection. And believe us; any seasoned drinker could use a few words of advice with this wide array of spirits! From Bud Light to Delirium, from Smirnoff to Ciroc, this store has nearly every spirit imaginable (including much rarer spirits which I could not begin to recognize).
Beer enthusiasts will be excited to know that wide selection of their beers can be bought in single bottles for tasting. Liquor enthusiasts will be excited to know that they have nearly every one of their liquors in any size ranging from single shots to handles. They even have some of the more expensive, rare liquors in collector’s edition bottles and bottles larger than 3 liters. What is the best part about this liquor store? They will order anything you want assuming it is legally sold in the U.S.!
On this particular evening we were looking for “Deschutes Brewery: Obsidian Stout” as featured in this week’s Washington City Paper. After browsing multiple liquor stores including the mass selection of foreign and domestic beers at 1 West DuPont Circle Wine and Liquor I was at a loss for finding the featured stout. In a last-ditch effort I asked the store clerks if they recognized the beer name or picture (I brought the newspaper article just in case). The clerk informed me that they did not carry Deschutes. I thought all was lost in my search for the elusive beer. However, he quickly told me he could ask the owner to order the product with no strings attached! He informed me that they would write down my contact information and call me with a quote for the price of any amount I wanted. He wrote down my name along with a list of special orders. I look forward to hearing from them soon.
BOTTOM LINE: A MUST!