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Chicago's Best Rum & Overall Tiki-Friendly Liquor Store?
MauiHowie
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Joined: Apr 20, 2009
Posts: 28
From: Chicago, IL
Posted: 2012-05-08 06:29 am   Permalink

I've come up sadly lacking at some of Binny's suburban locations (Skokie, Niles) and a DiCarlo (Mundelein) while searching for a decent selection of Martinique and Jamaican rums. I've also been looking for a good orange curacao/liqueur a la Creole Shrubb and hope I might find something other than DeKuyper or Bols somewhere as well.

Can anyone recommend any quality rum/mixer stores in Chicagoland or even SE Wisconsin (I work in the northern suburbs). As for Wisconsin, I frequent Woodman's in Kenosha (mostly for craft beer) which has a few rums, but still a slightly underwhelming selection for such a large place.

Any help? I'm jonesing for a great Mai Tai!

Mahalo,
MauiHowie


 
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croe67
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Joined: Jan 05, 2003
Posts: 1068
From: Land of Cheese & Beer
Posted: 2012-05-08 06:58 am   Permalink

Aloha!

Princess Pupule here.

The best spot in SE Wisconsin is Woodman's in Oak Creek - night & day difference between what they carry & the Kenosha one. The Kenosha one was good 5ish years ago, but I think the Liquor manager from Kenosha went to the new Oak Creek store, so now that's the place to go. That's your spot - for sure! Check it out


 
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MauiHowie
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Joined: Apr 20, 2009
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From: Chicago, IL
Posted: 2012-05-08 07:00 am   Permalink

Perfect! Great to hear from you, Princess! Can't wait to say hi at Ohana!

I see a drive up north in my immediate future. Great excuse to stop at Foundation Bar too.

Mahalo,
MauiHowie


 
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Kill Devil
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Joined: Feb 16, 2011
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2012-05-08 07:38 am   Permalink

The selection at the Elmwood Park, IL Binny's (on North Ave)has a good selection of rums, along with Velvet Falernum, Herbsaint and Pomegranate syrup.

 
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MauiHowie
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Joined: Apr 20, 2009
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From: Chicago, IL
Posted: 2012-05-08 09:25 am   Permalink

Thanks, Killdevil. A bit closer to home so I might try your place first, then check out Woodman's next time I'm up MKE way.

Mahalo,
MauiHowie


 
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DarthMalaguti
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Joined: Jul 28, 2010
Posts: 26
From: SW Florida
Posted: 2012-05-08 11:17 am   Permalink

I've had excellent luck with Antioch Fine Wine & Liquors. They have a decent selection in-stock but more importantly they let me order items not on their shelf. In the past few months they've special ordered me Smith & Cross, Clement Cuvee Homere, Clement VSOP, Clement Creole Shrubb and St Elizabeth Allspice Dram.

It's unrelated to what you're looking for, but last week they still had 8-9 bottles of old label LH151 on the shelf.

Good luck.

http://www.antiochwine.com/
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MauiHowie
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From: Chicago, IL
Posted: 2012-05-08 11:34 am   Permalink

VERY interesting, Darth. I work about 10-15 miles from Antioch so it's most definitely worth a stop...perhaps even tonight?

Thanks!


 
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croe67
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Joined: Jan 05, 2003
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From: Land of Cheese & Beer
Posted: 2012-05-08 11:39 am   Permalink

Oh yeah - I forgot about Antioch!
I've been there - decent selection, but the big bonus is their willingness to order in what you want - for sure. Great to here that it's close by for you!


 
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TropicDrinkBoy
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Joined: Feb 27, 2011
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Posted: 2012-05-09 12:06 am   Permalink

You might want to give DrinkUpNy.com or Beltramos.com a try. The first has free shipping with a reasonable size order. Both have great prices and selection.


 
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