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10 Excellent Twin Cities Liquor Stores to Shop When You’re Serious About Cocktails

Rare whiskeys, deep amaros, small producer mezcals, and more

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Amaro for days at Zipps Liquor in Cedar/Riverside
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With cocktail bars, and the talented creators who run them, largely out of rotation for the moment, mixing drinks at home has become part of the new daily routine. In frustrating contrast, routine is the very thing that a carefully crafted cocktail should help to disrupt. Raise the bar of your at-home mixology experience with the ease of these expertly staffed and stocked liquor stores. Many even deliver.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ace Spirits

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4 Shady Oak Rd #18
Hopkins, MN 55343
(952) 960-8014
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The moments to set aside the mixers and celebrate with a neat pour of something special are often harder to come by, and thus more meaningful these days. Ace has a wealth of high end bourbons and scotches for just such occasions, including rare releases from Kentucky’s most storied distilleries. Even better, Ace’s top shelves are graced by some of the scarcest bottles of cognac and armagnac available in the metro.  Shipping is available on orders of $60.00 or more (one could get there with alarming ease).

Inside a dark liquor store with shelves and shelves of whiskey, like a library. An old wooden ladder is secured to the shelves.
Ace is a destination for those that love the brown booze.
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2. Henry & Son

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1220 Glenwood Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 200-9517
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A boutique wine shop in the Near North neighborhood, Henry and Son also offers a small liquor selection curated for quality.  Focusing primarily on natural wine, the shop also features unique imported options for ciders, vermouth and sherry — often one of the first categories bartenders look to when building a drink. The staff is highly knowledgeable and passionate about environmentally conscious wines and spirits made by small producers, not corporations. Everything in this store is selected to the tone of a sommelier’s discriminating taste. Curbside pickup and delivery are available by phone. 

Inside Henry & Son wine shop with a wide open, white panted industrial room featuring racks of natural wines. A red with white banner is behind the cash wrap that says “Henry & Son.”
A boutique shop with a beautifully selected liquor supply
Lucy Hawthorne

3. South Lyndale Liquors

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5300 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 827-5811
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This shop might be called the palace of liquor stores in Minneapolis.  It features a wide variety of high-quality products across the entire range of spirits, even into the more esoteric corners of calvados, mezcal, and rum for which smaller stores often can’t make space. Navigating the multitude of options can be challenging, but the staff are more than capable as co-pilots on any liquid journey. Order online or by phone for curbside pickup, or for home delivery. 

4. North Loop Wine & Spirits

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218 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 338-5393
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The staff at North Loop is enthusiastic and highly educated in the spirits trade. This shop offers an intersection of expansive selection and great service that makes it a standout when blindly seeking out something new. Curbside pickup and home delivery within 5 miles are available by phone.

5. Sentyrz Liquor & Supermarket

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1612 NE 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 781-3484
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Many of the most common spirits one would reach for to build a classic drink involve an expensive bottle to be poured from in small quantities. This post-prohibition grandfathered-in liquor and grocery store in northeast Minneapolis offers many of those same products at an often lower cost than can be found anywhere else.

6. Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop

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303 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3232
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Beside the many options for stores that feature specialty selections and curated inventories, Surdyk’s is a standby that will always have a reliable supply of every primary home bar necessity.  What it might lack in esoteric choices, it makes up for in sheer volume of selection and competitive pricing. Home delivery is available within fifteen miles of the Northeast store - a broader range than most. 

The gray and brushed metal exterior of Surdyk’s blends art deco with 80s industry style.
An icon for wine and booze in Northeast
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7. Cork Dork Wine Co

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4703 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 721-9463
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Cork Dork is a tiny space brimming with only the best imbibing options. This store is often on the forefront of the newest specialty spirits to hit the local shelves, and the staff is eager to make introductions. Keep in mind that only a few customers can occupy the small space at a time. Curbside pickup is available.

The black awning covering a brick building exterior of Cork  Dork
A specialty shop in every sense of the term
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8. Zipps Liquors

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2618 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 333-8686
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Boasting a massive bourbon and single-malt scotch selection, Zipps is a go-to for finding the right bottle to pour for a great Old Fashioned or Rob Roy.  It also features a strong selection of bitter amaros, one of the cornerstone foundations of the modern cocktail movement, and these are on special through the month of February.  Both curbside pickup and delivery are available.

A shelf lined with bitter liquors
A snapshot of the vast selection of Amaros at Zipps
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9. Thomas Liquors

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1941 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 699-1860
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A classic Mac-Groveland wine shop, Thomas offers a high-end spirits selection focused on quality across the spectrum. The small staff are armed with deep knowledge.  Offering an inviting, tight-knit atmosphere, Thomas has been a staple of its neighborhood for three generations.  Delivery is available through the Drizly app.  

The brick exterior of the small building is covered in a grape and grape leaves mural
Wine and so much more inside this Mac/Groveland liquor store on Grand Avenue
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10. Wine Thief & Ale Jail

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1787 St Clair Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 698-9463
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Originally a dual-concept shop with highly curated wine and beer selections in separate enclaves, the Wine Thief and Ale Jail has grown over the years to incorporate a range of spirits that fits the same quality-driven approach.  Products are organized with helpful sensory descriptions that can lead curious customers to the right destinations based on their tastes.  Curbside pickup is available with online ordering coming soon.

The charming facade has a black awning, brick building and large windows.
Outside the Wine Thief and Ale Jail on St. Clair in St. Paul
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1. Ace Spirits

4 Shady Oak Rd #18, Hopkins, MN 55343
Inside a dark liquor store with shelves and shelves of whiskey, like a library. An old wooden ladder is secured to the shelves.
Ace is a destination for those that love the brown booze.
Ace Spirits/Facebook

The moments to set aside the mixers and celebrate with a neat pour of something special are often harder to come by, and thus more meaningful these days. Ace has a wealth of high end bourbons and scotches for just such occasions, including rare releases from Kentucky’s most storied distilleries. Even better, Ace’s top shelves are graced by some of the scarcest bottles of cognac and armagnac available in the metro.  Shipping is available on orders of $60.00 or more (one could get there with alarming ease).

4 Shady Oak Rd #18
Hopkins, MN 55343

2. Henry & Son

1220 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Inside Henry & Son wine shop with a wide open, white panted industrial room featuring racks of natural wines. A red with white banner is behind the cash wrap that says “Henry & Son.”
A boutique shop with a beautifully selected liquor supply
Lucy Hawthorne

A boutique wine shop in the Near North neighborhood, Henry and Son also offers a small liquor selection curated for quality.  Focusing primarily on natural wine, the shop also features unique imported options for ciders, vermouth and sherry — often one of the first categories bartenders look to when building a drink. The staff is highly knowledgeable and passionate about environmentally conscious wines and spirits made by small producers, not corporations. Everything in this store is selected to the tone of a sommelier’s discriminating taste. Curbside pickup and delivery are available by phone. 

1220 Glenwood Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405

3. South Lyndale Liquors

5300 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

This shop might be called the palace of liquor stores in Minneapolis.  It features a wide variety of high-quality products across the entire range of spirits, even into the more esoteric corners of calvados, mezcal, and rum for which smaller stores often can’t make space. Navigating the multitude of options can be challenging, but the staff are more than capable as co-pilots on any liquid journey. Order online or by phone for curbside pickup, or for home delivery. 

5300 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

4. North Loop Wine & Spirits

218 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

The staff at North Loop is enthusiastic and highly educated in the spirits trade. This shop offers an intersection of expansive selection and great service that makes it a standout when blindly seeking out something new. Curbside pickup and home delivery within 5 miles are available by phone.

218 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

5. Sentyrz Liquor & Supermarket

1612 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Many of the most common spirits one would reach for to build a classic drink involve an expensive bottle to be poured from in small quantities. This post-prohibition grandfathered-in liquor and grocery store in northeast Minneapolis offers many of those same products at an often lower cost than can be found anywhere else.

1612 NE 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55413

6. Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop

303 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
The gray and brushed metal exterior of Surdyk’s blends art deco with 80s industry style.
An icon for wine and booze in Northeast
Surdyk’s/Official

Beside the many options for stores that feature specialty selections and curated inventories, Surdyk’s is a standby that will always have a reliable supply of every primary home bar necessity.  What it might lack in esoteric choices, it makes up for in sheer volume of selection and competitive pricing. Home delivery is available within fifteen miles of the Northeast store - a broader range than most. 

303 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

7. Cork Dork Wine Co

4703 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
The black awning covering a brick building exterior of Cork  Dork
A specialty shop in every sense of the term
Cork Dork/Facebook

Cork Dork is a tiny space brimming with only the best imbibing options. This store is often on the forefront of the newest specialty spirits to hit the local shelves, and the staff is eager to make introductions. Keep in mind that only a few customers can occupy the small space at a time. Curbside pickup is available.

4703 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407

8. Zipps Liquors

2618 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
A shelf lined with bitter liquors
A snapshot of the vast selection of Amaros at Zipps
Zipps/Facebook

Boasting a massive bourbon and single-malt scotch selection, Zipps is a go-to for finding the right bottle to pour for a great Old Fashioned or Rob Roy.  It also features a strong selection of bitter amaros, one of the cornerstone foundations of the modern cocktail movement, and these are on special through the month of February.  Both curbside pickup and delivery are available.

2618 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

9. Thomas Liquors

1941 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
The brick exterior of the small building is covered in a grape and grape leaves mural
Wine and so much more inside this Mac/Groveland liquor store on Grand Avenue
Thomas Liquors/Facebook

A classic Mac-Groveland wine shop, Thomas offers a high-end spirits selection focused on quality across the spectrum. The small staff are armed with deep knowledge.  Offering an inviting, tight-knit atmosphere, Thomas has been a staple of its neighborhood for three generations.  Delivery is available through the Drizly app.  

1941 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

10. Wine Thief & Ale Jail

1787 St Clair Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
The charming facade has a black awning, brick building and large windows.
Outside the Wine Thief and Ale Jail on St. Clair in St. Paul
The Wine Thief/Facebook

Originally a dual-concept shop with highly curated wine and beer selections in separate enclaves, the Wine Thief and Ale Jail has grown over the years to incorporate a range of spirits that fits the same quality-driven approach.  Products are organized with helpful sensory descriptions that can lead curious customers to the right destinations based on their tastes.  Curbside pickup is available with online ordering coming soon.

1787 St Clair Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

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