Help me spend $1800 on wine/beer in NYC!
November 1, 2010 11:26 AM   Subscribe

Can you recommend any wine/beer shops/distributors in the New York area?

I am organizing a cultural event/fundraiser and have $1800 to spend on enough wine/beer for 300 people (and by "people" I mean "students attending an Open Bar event" so lots of booze is required). Does anyone have experience with wine/beer shops or distributors and have recommendations? Criteria are: Cheap, reputable, will deliver in Manhattan (at no or low cost).
posted by newhere10 to Food & Drink (6 answers total)
The Trader Joe's on 14th street in Union Square might be able to assist. Their wine and beer store is pretty legit.
posted by patronuscharms at 11:30 AM on November 1, 2010

Trader Joe's Union Square Wine (541)

138 E. 14th St.
New York, NY 10003
Phone Number: 212-529-6326
Trading Hours: M-Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 12pm-9pm; Wine is sold at this location

Since I pressed post too quickly...
posted by patronuscharms at 11:31 AM on November 1, 2010

The Trader Joe's mentioned by patronuscharms only sells wine; while the grocery store next door sells beer, I'm not sure how much luck you'll have buying in bulk. Instead, for your beer needs, I'd consult this thread; I personally have had great luck with New Beer Distributors down on Chrystie Street.
posted by saladin at 12:03 PM on November 1, 2010

You will have to go to two stores - can't sell liquor and beer in the same store in NYC.

Since you want cheap TJs is probably the way to go. If you wanted to spend like 8 bucks a bottle on wine I think there are better choices, but at the "as cheap as possible" price point that's the way to go.
posted by JPD at 12:28 PM on November 1, 2010

I recently asked a similar question and found great beers at remarkable prices at Flair up on 207th. No delivery, but for the difference in price, I'm sure you can figure out a solution.
posted by piro at 12:45 PM on November 1, 2010

Get Kegs. These guys don't deliver, but they can probably refer you to a distributor closer to your venue. Kegs can be a pain in the ass but the value is high, and no bottles or cans to clean up. The less glass you have to deal with the better. 2 or 3 kegs, at roughly 3 or 4 hundred bucks, should be more than enough beer. Price your wine to 8-12 bucks a bottle, get between 6 and 10 cases depending on your crowd. Ah, but re-reading the question I see you are not doing hard booze, so that makes it easier by far to go long on the wine.

Keep in mind that kegs require a large deposit, but are worth it. Plus if there is any left over you can host a party the next weekend, just keep it cold.
posted by vrakatar at 1:12 PM on November 1, 2010

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