Posted: Jun 17, 2009 7:47 pm
bosco's isn't absolutely terrible. it's more of that it is a little more expensive for what it is and will give you the nastiest hangover ever. i like their IPA okay, but it's not worth feeling like you got an axe stuck in your head the next morning.
joe's is an awesome liquor store with a nice wine selection. while they are not buster's as far as size and selection is concerned because they pretty much have everyone beat, if you ever want a wine but don't know quite what to get, they're really super friendly and helpful with good suggestions. they have some beer, but it's the high alcohol content stuff and shit like k cider.
some convenience stores and groceries have an okay selection of beers so you may want to look into that as well. that peter pan's in the same building as joe's liquor which is on poplar near either belvedere or evergreen (my brain hurts right now and is thinking more about my sunburn than locations) used to have an alright selection of beer but it's probably been 5 years since i stepped foot in that place at least. schnuck's sometimes has some okay beer selection. raffi's has a pretty good selection, but they're further out than what you would think on a bike. (and down poplar which you might as well ride on the sidewalks around because you don't want to get plowed into by a shithead driver going 70. and believe me, they do go 70 on poplar sometimes.) also maybe look into the kwik stop on e. parkway and central. they sometimes have ok stuff too. bruce is spot on with recommending midtown minimarket, but like harvey tunnel said, you'll pay a little more for it than you would anywhere else for the most part.
as far as a bike is concerned, while it's hot as a motherfucker now, that's the least of your concerns. people here drive like shit and think it's great sport to tap you in a car while you're on your bike. i ride my bike, but if you're not familiar with the areas and don't know decent ways to get around or really mind being on the sidewalk, i'd say screw it and go for a rental car. the cops have better things to do than bust people for riding on sidewalks too. just sayin.