Boston Area Liquor Stores

I just answered 2 emails about Boston liquor stores that carry a good selection of rums. I figured I’d just re-post what I wrote to them.

I frequent a few places in and around Boston:

Blanchard’s in Jamaica Plain (You can order online and pickup there, so it’s great. Mediocre selection, really, but they’re the only place around that sells El Dorado. Check online first.)

Liquor Mart in Boston on Mass Ave – huge selection

Brookline Liquor Mart
Marty’s
Kappy’s – These last 3 are in a 1-block area – VERY convenient, and always a great selection between the 3. This is easily my recommended stop, since you get 3 for one.

For agricoles, especially the high end, there’s a place in Back Bay called Charles Street Liquors. They’re small, and not cheap, but when they have something good they have the great stuff. I was there once and saw the Clement Cuvee Homere and their XO – both very highly recommended, if you have the cash.
I go into NYC once in a while, and hit Astor Wines. If you’re ever dying for a dozen new rums to try, that place is worth a once-a-year trip.

Not quite so far from Boston, but barely an hour away, is Joyal’s in Warwick, RI. They have their inventory online so you can check before you go. Damn, they don’t anymore. What a bummer. But they are worth a trip, honestly.

Also, Julio’s out in Westborough is worth the trip. Ryan knows his rums.

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19 Responses to “Boston Area Liquor Stores”

  1. Chris Says:

    Nice to see a new post…it’s been a while. I agree, Julio’s is worth it (I have the advantage of working down the street).

  2. JJ Says:

    Really great to see you posting again.

    I live in DC now, but remember Kappy’s well. “My” store is the Fitchburg, Mass location. It is always my last stop before leaving. Supermarket sized, great prices, and a surprisingly good selection of higher end liquors.

  3. Frederic Says:

    Ball Square Liquors in Somerville has a few of the El Dorado series and is about to expand their store to have a lot more goodies.

    Kappies in Medford (Rt 28/16 intersection) has JM rhum agricoles for half price ($20 for the gold and the blanc)!

    • Scottes Says:

      I will have to try Ball Square Liquors. I’m tired of driving to Jamaica Plain to get my ED. Great stuff.

  4. cocktailspirit Says:

    You’re not dead! Win! The one Kappy’s in Peabody is amazing. The guy there is crazy passionate about rum.

    • Scottes Says:

      Yes, he is! That particular Kappy’s is one of my favorite stops. I’m always looking for something new and unusual, and he always comes through with something.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    last time i checked marty’s on comm ave was closed, though the one in newton is still open.

    • Scottes Says:

      Damn, that’s a shame! They had some great stuff, and all 3 stops within a short distance made for a gold mine.

      Oh well, luckily the others are still very worthwhile.

  6. Adam Says:

    Thank you for this post! I was just coming here to try to find your e-mail address so that I could ask you where one might find Foursquare Spiced in the area. I’ve been looking all over for it, with no luck so far. Do any of these places have it?

    • Scottes Says:

      The *only* place in Mass that has ever had Foursquare is a small place in Tewksbury called Abuts Liquors, 1768 Main St, Tewksbury, MA 01876

      Though I’ve seen it there a few times, I’d still call and ask if they have it before you drive all over the place.

      Abuts is a funny place. It’s a small local store, but with a great selection of rum – when they have it. I’ve found Flor De Cana 21 there, all the Barbancourts, Angostura 1824, and a few other fine rums that you’d NEVER expect in such a place. But it’s never the same selection twice.

      • Adam Says:

        Thank you so much for the prompt reply, and thanks again for this great post. Should we ever meet in person, the first round of Mai Tais is on me!

      • Adam Says:

        Update: Abuts was a bust–the person there said she’d never even heard of the stuff–but the good news is that today I finally found the Foursquare at a place called Caporale Liquors, in Wakefield MA. I was also shocked to find a rum there that I’ve been seeking for over two years, Inner Circle Green Dot. Looking forward to finally tasting both this evening…

      • Scottes Says:

        I’ll have to give Caporale a visit. Soon. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Malibu Rum Says:

    I always like to buy my booze online, I’m so lazy…. :)

  8. Michael Otis Says:

    Just a small correction. Charles Street Liquor is in the Beacon Hill area of Boston not the Back Bay.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Kappy’s in Peabody, MA has one of the best selections of Rum I’ve ever seen.

    • Scottes Says:

      I have to agree. There is – hopefully not was – one guy there who really knows his rum, and he keeps some very nice choices around. This Kappy’s is highly recommended.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    I think is name is Tony

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