33 Wine Shop & Bar

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33 Wine Shop & Bar33 Wine Shop & Bar

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1913 Park Ave
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63104-2536
United States

(314) 231-9463 | map

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A narrow space dominated by high tables and chairs, but not the standard. Instead, these were more modern structures, adding to the ambiance. Blonde hardwood floors, a short, blonde wood bar with a frosted glass strip running down the bar's centerline and illuminated from underneath. Low-key lighting, art along the left wall, and an owner plus his head bartender continually polishing glassware.

Hey, wait a minute! The exchange rate with the Euro sucks right now and suddenly I'm in Paris? Brussels? Je ne sais quois. Listen, baby, if you're looking for a great place to take your vino-drinking date, this would be the place! It's like Spuytin Duyvil without the spendiness, to invoke my MN friends. They offer meat and cheese traps, to boot. Just two taps, but Val-Dieu and Old Rasputin on my visit, plus a well-selected list of about two dozen BTs.

5's across the board.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.28/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar on my way back to the STL airport. It is located on Park Ave in the Lafayette Square area on the south side of town, just a stone's throw from Square One. Parking is fairly plentiful between street and lots nearby. I have visited Square One a few times and never noticed this place and clearly I was missing out.

The inside has a very modern look and feel with sleek decor and functional-looking furniture. The bar is on the right side and there are high tables on the left. A huge wine collection is displayed on the split level in the rear. White brick and art dominate the walls. A large chalkboard is behind the bar with the draft beers listed, and the entire beer list is available in their menu, categorized by style.

33's beer selection obviously takes a back seat to wine but what they do have is well thought-out and served with care (and more often than not in appropriate glassware). There are 5 taps, including Dieu du Ciel Aphrodisiaque (kicked), Mikkeller Texas Ranger (tapped), Founders, Bear Republic, Boulevard, and Hitachino. In addition there are around 50 bottled beers from regional brewers like Schlafly, O'Fallon, Boulevard, and Tallgrass. Other micros like Lagunitas and Ska are represented, as are many imports like Uerige Sticke and Rochefort.

Service was very good on a late weekday afternoon. Again this place clearly favors wine (it is in the name after all) but there is clearly an emphasis on quality and presentation no matter what they are pouring.

I tried the cheese plate on my visit and it was enjoyable.

Overall this place is well worth a stop to anyone in the area.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.94/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3

Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here on a Friday night and had a few beers on the patio out back. One note: if you sit on the patio there is no table service, you have to go to the bar to get your beer. Inside is fairly minimalist in terms of decor, but it works. The beers were good quality. Taps were clean and they served them in the proper glassware, even with the brewery's logo on it. Service was fine. No problems but nothing great either. The selection was good. 6 taps with two local brewpub beers on tap. The paper menu listing the bottles is what confused me. They have 100s of beers but not that many listed on the menu. As I left I stopped by the bathroom and saw into the wine cellar. There was a ton of awesome beer sitting in there that was not on the list. They were not chilled but could there have been others that were chilled and ready to go? A little disappointing to see that on my way out the door. I didn't try the food. It certainly is a nice beer destination especially since it is next door to Bailey's and a couple blocks from Square One Brewery.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.29/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.86/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

After all these years of enjoying myself at this fine establishment, I realized I've never put in a formal review. Shame on me.

33 is a small and comfortable place to enjoy a nice glass of beer and/or wine. The place has 8 tables or so inside and a couple of gardens outside to enjoy when the weather is right.

The atmosphere is friendly and warm even for a first time visitor.

The beer selection is on the smaller side but well-chosen. No BMC brews here. More than 100 beers in bottles with something for everyone. Six tap handles rotate and the styles vary from Imperial Stouts to Belgian ales and hard-to-find seasonals from a variety of brewers. I've had Hitachino Classic and Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout on tap for example. Very tough to find in this area. Equally impressive is the fact that the beers are served in the proper glassware.

Though this is not a restaurant, you'll find a nice selection of cheeses and crackers. Plenty of great places to eat are just steps away if desired.

In short, 33 is a must-stop destination for anyone looking for a casual and friendly place to enjoy a great beer or a fine wine.

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Photo of bsuedekum
4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is the perfect place when you want to go grab a drink while on a date. They have 5-6 very solid rotating drafts and they have a great bottle list that also includes cheaper "to-go" prices if you want to take a few bottles home. I went last weekend and had a bottle of Cantillon Kriek and I went the weekend before and had a draft Mikkeller Breakfast Geek and a bottle of 3F Sharbeeske Kriek. I mention it's great for a date location because they have an extensive wine list which is perfect for the ladies who don't love craft beer. The staff is great and extremely knowledgeable. Very quaint calm bar in a cool part of the city.

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Photo of DCon
4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

While becoming a regular here, this whole review will show how come I went from not even knowing about this place to driving over 30 minutes to come specifically to this outstanding beer bar.

Being located right next to the Baileys Chocolate Bar, it is very similar to this place in the sense that it is not labeled and has limited signage. Not a problem for me! Ill spread the word! Walked into the place, its immediately a fancy, yet urban feel bar with hanging glass blown lights that make the lighting and vibe just right. All times I've came in, there are either couples or even single people enjoying wine. Not once have I seen people with Tulip/snifter glasses filled with one of God's greatest gifts! I'm one of those that breaks this pattern. Both inside and the outside patio are comfortable and always smoke free! Perfect environment to enjoy great brews.

No frosted glasses here! Almost every brew is served with its corresponding style or brewery. Also, if buying the beer by the bottle, they give you the option of having it presented from the cooler or cellar temperature. Very cool!

Service is impeccable! Each employee is here to make sure your experience is always what you expected. Both inside and out, you are greeted and served promptly. Don't need to worry about where you sit.

Both on-tap, fridge, and cellared brews are constantly rotating and the rare ones are first come, first serve. I've taken brew to go many times as well (can't always enjoying everything @ 33!). If not into beer, their wine list will throw you off your seat as well.


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Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Went here based on the all of the good reviews on BA. Not sure the visit was entirely warranted.
33 Wine is a wine bar and craft beer bar. They sell bottles to go, but this is primarily a bar. There are about 6 taps and somewhere around 100 bottles, though I suspect the number of bottles on offer varies depending on what is available.
I came in to the shop primarily to purchase bottles to go. Since this is a wine bar, to go purchases are made off the menu. There are no shelves to peruse. No labels to read. Just the menu. Others have mentioned they were taken back to the cellar, but that was not the case in my instance. And this was not because they were busy as I was literally the only person in the store at the time. So I ordered a tap beer and sat at the bar to look over the menu.
There were two employees working while I was there. The younger guy was quite helpful and pointed out some "rarer" bottles that likely wouldn't see distribution in my area. The older guy just seemed annoyed by my presence.
Hard to comment on the atmosphere. At the time I was there it was an empty bar in the middle of the day. Didn't eat while I was there, so I am unable to comment on that as well.
In the end, I finished my beer, purchased my bottles and headed down the street to a grocery store (Fields) for some non-beer purchases. As fate would have it, the grocery store had a decent selection of beers so I decided to take a look. I couldn't believe it when I notice two of the bottles of "rare" beer I just bought from 33 right there on the shelf. At a fucking grocery store. And for $4 less a bottle to boot. To think I tipped the guy over at 33 just so he could take advantage of my lack of beer knowledge concerning the local distribution. Oh well, I guess you win some and you lose some.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.44/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This is a great place to stop by in St. Louis and I probably would have never found it without BeerFly. An unassuming place with blue doors and no real specific signage from the street so check for the address. Upon entering there is a bar on the right hand side along with various tables scattered throughout. It's a nice and cozy place with white brick walls, cool artwork and glass globes hanging from the ceiling. The back room houses a huge wine cellar and there's an outdoor patio too!

After getting there before they opened, we waiting and Jake opened the doors for us and invited us in. They have a huge wine menu alongside a very nice beer menu as well. Bottles are held in a temp controlled cooler and range from Bell's to Schlafly along with lots of Belgian's as well. What I found really cool was the two draft selections: St. Bernardus Pater 6 and La Chouffe. I chose a St. Bernardus Pater 6 and it was even served in the proper St. Bernardus chalice. My girlfriend got an Aventinus also served in the proper glass! The selection may not be huge but it's well thought out and the beers are extremely well cared for.

Jake chatted with me for quite awhile about beer and I couldn't have had a better time. One of the best beer bar experiences I've had in a long time. He even took the time to write down directions to Corral Liquors for me since it was on my way home. If you're in the St. Louis area this is a great little place to check out. It seems like it could get quite crowded when busy, but in the late afternoon it was really chill and relaxing. A place that really cares about both beer and wine and the customer as well. Don't take my word for it...go check it out for yourself.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Checked this place out in February of 2006, meeting up with fellow BA drewseslu. A caveat to this review: apparently this place is not as packed as it is when we showed up, so take my minor grumbles about the crowds with a grain of Saturday night on Mardi Gras salt.

So for the first time in my life I can say that I wished this place allowed cigarette smoking. You read right...normally i'm an unabashed proponent of smoke-free establishments, but in this case I would have taken cigar smoke in favor of a bunch of drunk-on-wine onion smelling yuppies. The place reeked like barfed-up-vino.

Anyways, the place was crowded and filled with wine-o-philes. We grabbed a beer (schwartzbier, rauchbier, and IPA respectively), presented lovely in proper glassware and assumed our wallflower position against the back part of the bar. Eventually the crowds would settle down, but we were still stuck next to some college girls who could talk, and LOUDLY at that.

The atmosphere of 33 (once it tamed down and we could actually look around) is minimal chic; exposed brick, well-kept servers, hanging globe lights. Its clearly a nice place to 'be' when you've got a few tasty beers swimming around in you.

Another great feature of this place: stratified pricing. Prices are fairly relative to high when compared to other beer bars, but you get a huge break carrying bottles out of the place! How sweet. According to drewseslu, the Two-Hearted works out to be like $8 a sixer, comparable with anywhere in the city.

I really appreciated the owner's rapport with us beer geeks (the rest of the place was obviously wine-leaning). All in all we had a good night. I'm sure we'd of had a phenomenal night when more beer afficianados were abuzz and the crowds were thinner.

A must when in St. Louis either way.

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Photo of Realale
4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Outstanding wine and beer bar in the Lafayette Square neighborhood. Quite a modern look to it, and quite a hip crowd on a Saturday night. If you intend to have a conversation, try a less busy time, or the patio out back. As I've visited more, I've really settled in here, and find it a wonderfully relaxing, convivial place. Completely non-smoking which was a big plus in my book. Food is an increasingly interesting selection of cheeses, crackers and cured meats.
Closed Sunday and Monday.

Beer is available for both on-premises consumption and take-away. The take-away prices are very fair, and the drink-in prices reasonable as well, though the mark-ups on wine are even more reasonable. Beer has become a co-primary focus with wine over the years, and the owner, Jake, is quite passionate about beer. Jake has recently turned the reigns of the beer selection over to Dylan, who is an excellent homebrewer, and very much a beer guy.

The beer list has grown to about 100 selections, versus several hundred wine selections, but there is not a dud on the list, and the selection rotates. Plenty of Belgians, Bell's, British, and German, with a focus on frequent rotation with the seasons. All beer kept in dark, temperature-controlled storage so it's condition is impeccable. In addition, 33 now sports 6 taps, which rotate frequently through a selection of really interesting craft selections, and B.United and Shelton imports.

Lots of folks drink beer here, and Jake and his staff are as happy to pontificate on a $4 bottle of beer as they are on a $40 bottle of wine. Definitely a place that recognizes that taking care of customers with personal, thoughtful service is a key to long-term success. My highest recommendation.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.95/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

My wife found 33 out on BeerFly as the place we would take her dad out for his birthday. This definitely was a great place . . . for wine. It worked out real well that everyone in our party drank wine. Not to harp on anyone's comments, but it is a GOOD beer bar, but not a great one. Sign says no bachelor or bachelorette parties allowed, so you can tell that the atmosphere is tame.

Jake does have a passion for wine and beer, and told me about his support for Beer Advocate, but the selections were a bit above average. I chose the Bell's Two Hearted Ale, which I like, but I wasn't crazy about anything else in particular, except for the Gumbalhead bottle that was there for decoration. Very nice touch that it was served in a Bell's glass. Enjoyable . . . but not outstanding.

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Photo of karst
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Feb 26th 2001 Jake opened 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar. A one man operation he puts in 80 hr weeks. The clients are warmly greeted and cared for as only an owner who truely values his customers can. Hightly revered by St. Louis BA's I spent the afternoon from 3:30 pm opening til it started clearing out around 8:30. A true labor of love Jake adds a lot of value to his well cared for beer ( kept in wine cellar at 55°F with an outstanding stock of wines).

For extra value you may purchase bottles of beer at retail prices that are truely competitive. Visited mid week and the place was full. We enjoyed the beer garden in the back. Although food is limited to crackers, cheese, and sausage they too are carefully selected and very fresh and well presented.

The Lafayette Park store front is kept traditional outside. I enjoyed talking with local artist who displayed her paintings. I could tell that Jake is a good neighbor and a smart businessman who understandings providing a valuable service and quality products.

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Photo of DuqTroops
4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited here in October 2005.

This is a hidden gem in St Louis and a must visit experience. It as if it was transplanted from Greenwich Village or Soho of New York City. There is an extensive wine list as well as a great beer list. Very authentic with use of specific glasses for each serving of drinks (both wine and beer).

The food is a mini tapas menu; a lot of small appetizers for you to share with a table.

The service was exceptional. The owner / employee knew his wines really well, as well as his food and beer. Very open to answering any questions. Also, recommended dinner across the street.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Get_Lowell
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of mdvatab
4.8/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Before there was iTap, or the plethora of budding brewpubs in town, there was 33.

My first visit to 33 was in 2005. While I've been a craft/import beer drinker since the mid-90s, 33 probably exposed me to more beer styles and world-class brands than anywhere else. Schneider Aventinus, Aecht Schlenkerna, Bell's Two Hearted, Bitburger Pils, Reissdorf Kolsch, La Fin du Monde, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Cantillon Kriek, and Berliner Weiss (don't remember the brand) to name a few.

33 has an unassuming storefront (not even a sign). Most customers probably would never have even walked-in had they not learned about the place through word of mouth, or when meeting a friend there. The main tasting room is deep with a high ceiling. Numerous clear globes hang from the ceiling, giving the appearance of bubbles floating in the air. The long bar is off to the right, behind which sits special glass-doored coolers that house various wines, by-the-glass offerings, and, of course beer! The draught selection is pretty limited (only ~8 taps), but all are high-quality, and are more difficult to find brews. At the very back of the room is a beautiful cellar, in which beer and wine is stored at a constant temperature of 55F. During warmer months, the back patio is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy a brew (and a smoke for those who are so inclined).

Quality is unbelievable. I mentioned the cellaring conditions of the beer above. The beer is as fresh (or well-cellared) as one could hope for. The owner and servers take great care to polish the glassware, so when it arrives at your table, it's sparkling. Also--33 does a better job than any bar I've ever visited when it comes to serving beer in the appropriate glassware for the style. Often, the glassware is even branded with the name of the brewer who made the beer you've ordered.

Staff is highly-knowledgeable about beer, how to pour it, and can make recommendations if needed. On one of my earlier visits, when I inquired about why my Berliner Weisse was sour (I thought it was infected), the server patiently explained the brewing process of this specific style, and that this was the way the beer was supposed to taste. At times, the place becomes so busy, that it can be a little difficult to get one's server's attention, but it comes with the territory with a popular place like this.

33 has one of the best on-premise beer selections in town. The menu is updated regularly, and there are so many beers offered that it takes a while to get through. The menu's also pretty entertaining to read. (Jokes/witty quips from the current and prior owners.)

I'm not sure about current food offerings at 33, as I've only focused on the beer during recent visits. You're not going to find typical bar food here, though. Generally meat and cheese trays, nuts, hard pretzels, etc.

One last note--33 also sells beer and wine to go. If you're looking for a harder-to-find beer, and other retailers are sold-out, this is one place to look!

I can't recommend this place enough!

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Photo of phaleslu
4.64/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar doesn’t even have a sign outside, which led to my confusion as I initially looked for this place on my rides home from work a few months back. You pretty much have to know the address and look for the ’1913’ on the door. I came in one day last week after work to try a Cantillon on tap and wound up having a few things. There are 7 taps, but they’re all fantastic at any given time; when I visited, they had Mikkeller, 2 Founders (including Nemesis 2010!), Southern Tier, Harviestoun Old Dubh 18, and Pilsner Urquell in addition to the Cantillon St. Gilloise. There were also some great bottles available, including the just-released Mikkeller/BrewDog I Hardcore You and other stuff I haven’t seen at other bars in the area. They don’t have a kitchen but serve some bread, meat, and cheese plates. Prices are fair, and the atmosphere is a sort of minimalist wine bar. The service is unbelievably friendly, knowledgable, and helpful. It’s cool to go into a wine bar and get world-class beer treatment.

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4.93/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of washburnkid
4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I walked right by this place, which was more exciting than it was annoying. I love semi-hidden beer locales.

When I went, there were at most three other people sitting at the bar with me. It was quiet, and not a ton of things to look at around the place, save for the big wine/beer related crossword puzzle on a chalk board right above the bar. That was pretty fun.

The quality was great. The beers, from what I experienced, were fresh...and there was PLENTY to choose from. They had a great tap list of about 8 brews, and their bottle list was extensive to say the least. I stuck with Founders, since I wasn't sure when I'd be able to try them again now that I'm back in California. I had a super fresh Harvest ale, and a very chocolatey porter.

I didn't have the food, but I really wanted to. If I ever come back here, I'll have myself a nice beer and cheese pairing.

The service was great. The guy behind the bar was the wine guy (as explained in the menu). As he was about to pour my beer, I stopped and asked him if I could do it. I didn't want to be a snob; Founders just has inconsistent carbonation and I wanted to take good care. I felt bad for possibly offending him, and asked him to pour my second one. He also listened intently as I explained why I wanted to pour, and he continued talking to me about beer for a while, made the Harvest Ale suggestion, and chatted until someone interrupted us.

This is a great place. One of the finer beer bars I've been to. If I'm ever in the area again, I'll be sure to hit this place up!

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.8/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Some how, some way a wine bar manages to be a better beer place than any other in the city... how do they do that?

Well, there's the selection, each beer picked by the people selling it because they like it. Since I first wrote this review, Jake has brought on a beergeek as a full time employee who has taken an already tight list and made it tighter. No crap. Just yummy beer.

We're not talking hundreds of beers. Probably only 50 or 60 individual selections. Currently only two beers on draft but they're apparently adding another kegerator bringing it up to four. Four taps isn't a lot, but when the taps are focused on craft beers that you don't see all around town, well you can't exactly complain. At the time of this review, drafts consist of something beligian I can't remember and North Coast's Old Rasputin (IMO, a much better beer on tap than bottled).

The service is nothing short of excellent. Frankly, I think you'd be hard pressed to find better service anywhere. They're prompt, friendly, get to know their customers and know their products.

As far as quality, unlike any other place I've ever been too, every beverage in the place is stored either in a 55 degree cellar or a fridge. Nothing sits warm, nothing sits in the light, that means if a beer got to 33 in reasonable condition, it'll be in reasonable condition when you drink it. Over the years, I've bought and drank a lot of beer from thirty three. NEVER have I had a problem with freshness.

Atmosphere-wise it's a clean, dimly lit and upscale environment. Small places so there's not a lot of seating and on weekends it can get quite crowded and loud. When it's crowded indoors, the patio out back is very nice, great for spring and summer evening and with a small group I can normally find seating as long as I don't show up too late.

Jake and his employees (Dillan and Mike) are really personable and really excited about good beer. They're all familiar with the products, so if you're looking for something, just ask.

The upscale interior of the place might turn off some individuals who prefer to drink in pubs, but the place is, given a chance, really welcoming and resultingly it's become a favorite haunt of mine.

Also worth mentioning is that Jake's wine list is hovering well above 500 wines, primarily from small producers. If you go out with wine drinkers, this is the place. They can get their fix and you can get yours.

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