In a town where nothing comes cheap, hosting a shindig always means shelling out for the pricey bash you’ll drunkenly have to clean up later. But hell, it’s spring: time for tapping the keg and downing the (gulp) Heiny, which can all be done for less than you’ve spent in the past.
To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of some of the better beer distributors and a few cheaper liquor stores throughout the city, with basic price comparisons. For more info, also check out the indispensable NYC Beer Guide; unfortunately, we have yet to find an equally useful website for spirits. Most places deliver, but it helps to have a car or a sympathetic friend with wheels. Also keep in mind, NY State Law requires a $75 deposit on all kegs, on top of whatever security the store charges. Sometimes it’s just easier to go with the case.
This Chelsea beer distributor delivers everywhere in Manhattan below 100th Street. A case of Bud is $18.95; a six-pack of Heineken is $7.50; and a six-pack of Brooklyn Lager is $7.95.
With next-day delivery to anywhere in Manhattan, this beer seller also has a thorough website with constantly updated prices on everything in stock. A case of Bud is $19.99; a six-pack of Brooklyn Lager, $8.99; and a half-keg of Bud is $80, in addition to a store deposit.
The friendly Cobble Hill distributor will deliver in Manhattan and nearby Brooklyn, and is phenomenal for unusual beers. Ask about the one-stop party service: $75 minimum with a $7.50 delivery, mix and match on everything in the store. A case of Bud is $19.85; a case of Heineken is $31.49; and a half-keg of Bud is $79.99, plus a $130 deposit.
Located in Astoria, Thrifty offers a case of Bud for $17.09; a case of Heineken for $28; and a half-keg of Bud for $75, plus a $120 deposit.
This distributor compensates for the trek up to Inwood with some dirt-cheap prices. A case of Bud is $15.49; a six-pack of Heineken is $5.99; and a six-pack of Brooklyn Lager goes for $5.99.
Astor Wines’ inexpensive next-door neighbor offers ridiculous specials like a gigantic 1.75 liter of Skyy for only $22.99. A liter of Absolut is $21.99 and a liter of Jim Beam is $12.99.
7. PJ Wine
This monster warehouse in the further reaches of Manhattan (204th Street) is for those with transportation only, as it does not deliver spirits. A liter of Absolut is $20.99 and a liter of Jim Beam is $14.99.