Recently, I was talking to someone who has a minority financial interest in a couple of liquor stores. Before I really thought about what I was saying, I blurted out that I didn't make a habit of patronizing them because they weren't "serious about cocktails," and there were sufficient outlets for generic stuff closer to home. She asked what I meant, which of course immediately tied my tongue. Graciously, she said that if I passed along any suggestions, she'd make sure that they got to the right people.
So now I had to think about it. And then I realized that I didn't, because eG Forums.
When you walk into an unfamiliar liquor store, what do you look for? What tells you that it might be a place worth checking out on a regular basis?
Or think about it along the lines of the Ten-Bottle Bar: give me a minimal list of items that qualify a liquor store as worthy of regular patronage.