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Booze On Church

Wines Taro, Raymond's and Church Street Cafe restaurant-goers will no longer have to schlep over to Park Street for their liquor. You will soon be able to purchase wine and spirits right on Church Street.  Can't say where -- more details soon to follow right here on Baristanet. With the Whole Foods winery now a thing of the past, this new shop promises to be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

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Some BYO restaurants will call over to a local liquor store so that a customer can order a bottle of wine. The liquor store then delivers a it to the customer's table.

Which retaurants in Montclair offer this service?

Posted by: Bitpusher | Jun 22, 2005 1:59:44 PM

I know Corso 98 will do that for you...

Posted by: Liz | Jun 22, 2005 2:04:08 PM

I wish there would be another bar or nightclub or music venue open up with a liquor license - versus another liquor store. There are 2 within super easy walking distance of Church Street...the one on Park and the one at the corner by Semplice.

Posted by: butchcjg | Jun 22, 2005 3:39:14 PM

Romany Liquor on Glen Ridge Ave has his winelist in Church Street Cafe & they deliver after 6pm. I've gotta believe that they do the same thing for other neighborhood eateries.

Posted by: Greg Spinelli | Jun 22, 2005 4:04:36 PM

hey - whats the deal with the archaic Sunday liquor law (can't buy after 5pm?)

seriously, what is this attempting to do? curb rampant sunday night drinking parties? i mean, we all work on monday anyway so...what gives?

Posted by: Left Of Center, like Suzanne Vega | Jun 22, 2005 4:16:19 PM

Please remember to shop at Romany Wines & Liquors -- ask for Felix -- on Glen Ridge Ave. Just down the block from Spice it Up and up the block from the Montclair Book Center.

Posted by: Raymmmondo | Jun 22, 2005 4:50:33 PM

Liquor on Church Street is a beautiful idea, and long overdue, and the denizens could certainly use some loosening up. However, it is not a bad idea to plan ahead, go get a decently priced bottle at Buy-Rite and take it with you to your favorite restaurant. Of course, that is the MO of a seasoned eater/drinker such as myself.

Posted by: Person of Interest | Jun 22, 2005 5:27:55 PM

Left of Center,

There are alost of silly laws. (alcohol related)


Posted by: Awful Awful | Jun 22, 2005 6:14:23 PM

Left of Center - back in Kansas, we couldnt buy any liquor period on a sunday - or a holiday!

Posted by: butchcjg | Jun 22, 2005 8:41:42 PM

And in California you can just pop in to your neighborhood Vons or Ralphs for your liquor fix. 24/7.

Posted by: hate to shop | Jun 22, 2005 9:33:56 PM

I wish there would be another bar or nightclub or music venue open up with a liquor license - versus another liquor store.

yes. i totally agree. preferably a music venue or bar!

Posted by: E. | Jun 23, 2005 10:09:54 AM

My wish list includes a music venue or bar/tavern in the Church St area, Tierney's comes the closet (geographically & otherwise), South Park, Jakes do at times meet this wish but not usually & not on weekend nights. The Office just doesn't either. What I have in mind is to emulate more or less a Montclair version of the Town Pub. 378 Broad Street, Bloomfield.

Posted by: SR | Jun 23, 2005 11:03:57 AM

Forgot about Egan's - but prob no one else has - really, good place, but still loking for more middle class place...as for Buy-Rite, where's that? Broad St in Bloomfield? As for package goods places w/ parking I know Bottle King - Glenridge and some like Home Liquors in Verona & Newark...any other suggestions in Upper Montclair, near Clifton or Watchung Ave Brookdale area?

Posted by: SR | Jun 23, 2005 11:13:37 AM

Do I have to keep recommending the Great Notch Inn on Rte. 46 in Little Falls? It truly has everything. So much of it, in fact, that you should probably make sure your last tetanus shot remains in effect before you use the Notch's restrooms.

Posted by: cathar | Jun 23, 2005 11:53:59 AM

Sounds like a great place, so thanks for recommending again the Great Notch (one thing is I can't walk home from there in under an hour or 10 mins like I can from Church St.)

Posted by: SR | Jun 23, 2005 12:02:42 PM

You're of course right, SR, that the Notch isn't walkable. But that's what cabs and designated drivers are for. Any place that opens in the Church Street area, however, if only because of what a liquor license costs and what the rent will be, would intrinsically be nowhere near as funky as your average roadhouse (which is how the Notch styles itself). They'd understandably more interested in making their monthly "nut" and paying off their loans than in showcasing local talent and vending reasonably priced drinks. (Am I the only one that feels Egan's is somewhat overpriced and clearly lacking in "bar bar" atmosphere? It's instant-but-ersatz pubdom, without the village rummies and the decades-accrued fug of smoke and stale beer and human disappointment you find all across Ireland.)

Posted by: cathar | Jun 23, 2005 3:58:26 PM

Gee whiz - you'd think there was no place to get a drink at an upscale slightly more sophisticated bar than South Park -- what about Rascal's? It's a comedy club upstairs, but it's just a regular old bar with great looking barkeeps downstairs.

Check out the bathrooms - cool, man.

Posted by: jack | Jun 23, 2005 11:08:43 PM

been to Rascals's bar: too many mirrors, bouncers & disco dance music-no hurry to go back not never, but not first choice)...now if ever get chance to go to a Comedy show, that'd be different

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