Best Liquor Store - 1999
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
Readers' Choice: Crown Wine & Spirits
Let's say you're planning a cocktail party for some friends with particularly sophisticated palates. Along with the usual nibblies -- cheeses and crackers, chips and nuts, pickles and olives -- you want your spread to include, say, three kinds of caviar, as well as some citron vodka Swedish meatballs and miniature puff pastries with assorted fillings. Your bar will be stocked with an array of top-shelf liquors and liqueurs, and you'll have a sampling of beers and wines from all over the world, hard ciders, and maybe a few domestic microbrewed beers. You don't have to trek all over town to assemble these goodies, because all of them can be found at this newest store in the ABC chain, which also has outposts in Pembroke Pines and at the beach in Fort Lauderdale. You'll find mixers and bar supplies, too, as well as chocolates, sauces of all sorts (including fiery hot pepper), mustards, pastas, imported cheeses and meats, and a dizzying variety of cocktail olives and onions. One climate-controlled room features dozens of cigars from throughout Latin America, and another has wines so pricey they're under lock and key -- a 1986 Château-Margaux, for instance, that goes for $462.99. (The '83 vintage is a whopping $3 cheaper.) To top things off, the staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to please, and the liquor prices are pretty much unbeatable.