THIS IS was THE BEST PLACE TO BUY WHISKEY IN LOS ANGELES. In the middle of the hottest, deepest part of the valley lies a dull, brick, no-frills building that reads "Open To The Public."
You can count on these guys to have the best prices 90% of the time â€“ and weâ€™re not talking about just saving a buck or two, we mean truly excellent prices (although recently they've gone up a bit, but are still very good). Friendly and helpful, they also have the largest selection of independent bottlings in the U.S. You wonâ€™t find a better selection of tequila, scotch, bourbon, rye, or vodka (we donâ€™t know why youâ€™d buy vodka, but whatever) anywhere in the L.A. area. Worth the trip to BFE, and if you donâ€™t want to make the trip into the heart of the Valley, itâ€™s still worth it to ship it to yourself just a few miles away.
The only place that beats these guys for price is Hi Time's occasional great monthly specials, but their selection is just plain paltry compared to Wine & Liquor Depot.
W&LD used to be Mecca.
It's now slightly above average.
They've got a good selection of OBs. They've even got rare OB's on the shelf (at a premium). You've been craving a bottle of Loch Dhu (WHY)? Well, they've got four or five. Even in the handy 200ml size so you can use it in a more ipecac-like fashion as it was intended to be. Oddball springbanks, Bowmore Black, Bruichladdich 40, and so on.
The Indie selection is hit or miss. It used to be almost neverending; now it's the same dwindling selection I've picked over a dozen times or more. They've gotten in a handful of OMCs from time to time and a few other indies, but this is not what it once was.