Until the advent of fine import-liquor warehouses, thirsty citizens were forced to wait for the westward jet stream to blow cloudfuls of fermented Spanish-grape vapor into their waiting mouths. Enjoy a downpour of international libations with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of liquor plus a variety pack of five mini 50-milliliter bottles (a $40 value) at Liquor Barn, located in Niles.
A heavenly stable of myriad spirits awaits imbibers at the gargantuan Liquor Barn, which has liquefied Illinois residents for 28 years. Feel free to scan the barn’s organized shelves for your preferred tipplings, or navigate its 20,000-square-foot floor for tasty new treasures the world over. Check out the barn’s featured spirit, the French-distilled vodka Nuage, or stoke your stamp-licker with classic bottles such as Smirnoff ($16.99 for 1.75 L), Hennessy ($24.99 for 750 mL), or Grey Goose ($23.99 for 750 mL). Vineyard veterans can excitedly gallop their grape-stompers upon encountering the multifarious wine selection, which includes Sutter Home moscato ($4.99), Franzia ($9.99 for five-liter box), La Casada Italian wines ($10.99), and Caymus 2008 cabernet ($59.99). Not to be outdone, the barn harbors a host of bottled and canned beers; lug domestics such as Budweiser ($8.99 for a 12-pack of bottles or cans) or Gumballhead ($10.99 for a six-pack of bottles), or branch out to brews such as Zywiec ($11.99 for a 12-pack) or Beck's Oktoberfest ($19.99 for a 24-pack of bottles).
You will also receive a variety pack of five 50 mL liquor bottles, which includes Russian vodka, Marie Brizard assorted French liqueurs, and Kamora coffee liqueur (customers can choose from four libation combinations out of a bin of portable potables). If you're overwhelmed by the deluge or simply want to talk schnapps, feel free to tap the friendly staff's collective keg of knowledge.
You must be 21 years of age to use today's Groupon.
Liquor Barn has a nearly perfect 4.5-star average rating from seven Yelpers:
- We got a real great price for a birthday gift for a friend of ours, and their selection is incredible, and the owner is extremely friendly with a vast knowledge of liquor and what's currently the "in" drink. – Michael C.
- They weren't kidding, this place is as big as a barn and has a wide selection of beer and alcohol. They have brew from foreign countries and great prices especially on cases of beer. – Johnny S.
Despite its rustic name, Liquor Barn purveys a wide array of sophisticated libations. Its shelves span continents with their stock—wines hail from Europe, South America, and Australia, and more than 2,000 domestic and imported beers appease hops aficionados. As for spirits, the store carries a mix of popular brands—Bacardi and Smirnoff among them—and exclusive collectibles, such as the cask-matured Auchentoshan 1975 limited-release bourbon, 1 of only 500 bottles ever produced. These coveted pieces display craftsmanship both inside and outside their containers. Tequila bottles, for example, might resemble painted skulls or ceramic cacti, instead of traditional flasks.
The staff facilitates purchases with onsite expertise. Each of the two Liquor Barn locations boasts specialists on certain types of drinks, from cognacs to craft beers. During social events, they showcase their know-how by leading pairing dinners, weekly free tastings, and cooking demonstrations along with special guests. Employees needn't be in the store to furnish parties, either: they can ferry drinks to nearby locales in a fleet of delivery trucks powered by popping champagne corks.