Moving to Philadelphia from Madison, WI came with a few adjustments to our usual patterns of living, and casual shopping for groceries and beer came with a steep learning curve. If you live in the area, you are likely familiar with the concepts of “state stores”, “beer distributors”, and “bottle shops”. To those unfamiliar, alcohol is strictly sold by the State of Pennsylvania, with special retail locations for wine and liquor (“state stores”–basic selections with locations few and far between) and beer, which can be purchased at reasonable prices only at “beer distributors” where you need to buy a case minimum. Bottle shops offer a more frequent and available alternative for buying beer–but be prepared to pay top dollar for even very cheap beer.
So, here in Philadelphia you really have to plan ahead if you will need a bottle to take to a friend’s for dinner or if you are in the mood for a beer after work. If you are lucky, your 2-mile radius will have a wine store, OR a beer distributor. If you are like most of us, you’ll have to instead pay a premium for a few bottles of beer or drive some distance to find a distributor or state store.
Strangely, I haven’t found a useful map online for these locations. Good luck trying to find a neighborhood wine store open on Sunday! There are some open, but you have to be in the know as to which one is where.
To help with this, I’ve put together a map with data from the PA Wine & Spirits stores website. Notice the color coding for stores open on Sunday. At the bottom of the page I’ve also included a map of Philadelphia beer distributors (generally open everyday). Hope you find this helpful.
Philadelphia Wine and Spirits stores (including those open on Sunday):
Dark green = open everyday
Red = closed Sundays (and some Sat, Mon–see notes),
Light green = premium collection, open Sunday
Philadelphia Beer Distributors: