Thanks to some suggestions from other Chowhounds on an old thread, I have a new favorite liquor store: Wine & Liquor Depot, on Saticoy in the Valley.
It is scotch paradise.
It is good at many things, but it's sort of mega-insane-crazy-wonderful scotch wonderland. Weird rarities. Special releases. Gorgeous oddball stuff. It's the Amoeba Records of scotch. Scotch-lovers who haven't been may wet themselves once they discover the *second* full aisle of scotch.
Very reasonable prices, too, and it's become my bourbon-seller of choice. Also, one of the only places I've ever seen Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate vodka, which is flavored vodka for asshole snobs like me that would never consider drinking flavored vodka in a million years. Like looking into the soul of a cocoa bean, on acid. (Sadly, I haven't seen it there recently.)
Beverage Warehouse in Marina Del Rey is my other favorite. They're the joint for an incredible, unexpectedly deep selection of rums and vodkas. Best joint for agricole rhums (made from cane sugar! weird anise and sencha notes! cool!) and a really, insanely deep selection of vodkas. New American vodkas. Strange Eastern European vodkas. Van Gogh vodkas and Charbay vodkas, which are the ones that if you're a bourbon-and-scotch drinker and you think vodkas are for imbeciles, well, they're the ones you should try. (
Those two are really doing it for me.
But really: Wine & Liquor Depot. Scotch paradise. Totally cool.
Also, for those of you keeping score: it's an easy dash from two of my current favorite heartthrob restaurants, Puro Sabor and Priyani Oriental Cafe. Also near the rock climbing park. There's a full day for y'all.