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Corner liquor stores are everywhere in Sacramento. But it can be a challenge finding one that stocks food and drink more refined than Funyuns and Four Loko. Whether you’re looking to satisfy a late-night Doritos craving or need to grab a decent bottle of wine on your way to a dinner party, here are three unexpected gems that deserve a visit.
It’s not every day you see a $600 bottle of single-malt Scotch whisky sharing shelf space with packs of Slim Jim jerky. But it’s all part of the charm at Prestige Liquor & Wine. Situated along a busy stretch of Howe Avenue, this unassuming but immaculate market offers a very limited but well-curated selection of better wines (Rombauer, Opus One, Stag’s Leap) and a well-stocked spirits section alongside the requisite jug wines and snack foods. 1050 Howe Ave.
This bustling shop in the heart of Land Park’s Tower District carries an impressive array of moderately priced California wines, including plenty of party-ready whites and bubblies in the refrigerator case. The beer selection could stand to be expanded, but the small assortment of single-bottle microbrews (including Sacramento’s own Rubicon IPA) is a nice touch. 1525 Broadway
Don’t let the menacing-looking bars on the windows discourage you from patronizing this venerated midtown institution. While most liquor stores are an uninspired sea of Bud and Coors Light, the tidy little A&P boasts one of the best small-label beer selections in town, with Northern California microbreweries well represented. The wines here are modest in terms of selection and price (most bottles are south of $15) but will do in a pinch. 1101 21st St.