This came up in another thread, but figured it deserves it's own. I have some explanatory notes below as well:
Best Liquor Stores in Greater Boston (please add to this list as it is weak on N. Shore, South Shore, and West of 128 info).
- Martignetti's Soldier's Field Road
Pretty good selection of everything wine and alcohol. Quirky but knowledgeable crew in the wine department.
- Cambridge Wine & Spirits
202 Alewife Brook Pkwy
Cambridge, MA 02138
Pretty good selection of everything wine and alcohol
675 Washington St
Newton, MA 02458-1261
Pretty good selection of everything wine and alcohol. Very strong on wine. Though a bit of attitude with the staff if you're not spending $40+ a bottle.
Brookline Liquor Mart
1354 Commonwealth Ave
Allston, MA 02134
Pretty good selection of everything wine and alcohol. VERY strong on wine as they are owned by one of MA biggest wine importers.
Wine Cask and Cheese Cask
407 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143-3832
Good wine selection, limited on liquor, okay prices. Great if you are local but not worth a special trip.
Blanchard's of Allston
103 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134
Pretty good selection of everything wine and alcohol. Nice low key wine staff. Don't go on Saturday night or the college kids prepping to get boozed up will drive you nuts.
Route 1 North
Pretty good selection of everything. Not much help from the staff.
Federal Wine & Spirits Inc
29 State St
Boston, MA 02109-2723
Decent, but really not competitive with the other places a bit out of downtown.
The Wine Bottega
341 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113
Good wine selection. A bit pricey. Not competitive with the other places a bit out of downtown.
Atlas wine and Spirits
(I know some of the bigger ones south of Boston have great selection).
If you want to save $$ and make a big purchase it is hard to avoid a trip over the border to NH. Better prices at the NH State owned stores and some of the big ones have excellent selection.
Sadly, for liquor stores with serious selection and decent prices you really do have to get out of downtown Boston. Suburban and semi-suburban areas just have the real estate for bigger stores which generally (go figure) greater selection and lower prices.
Wine and booze selection don't correlate 100% but there is significant overlap. i.e. Gordon's in Waltham is one of the best wine stores (possibly the best) in Greater Boston but their booze selection is not that exciting. That said they just added a huge Belgian and Barleywine selection to their beers so... Also, Gordon's lost David Raines, their wine guy of many years departed recently to focus on importing, which has been his side business for many years. Sadly none of the other Gordon's staff even comes close to filling his shoes.