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Trader Joes Applies for Class B Liquor License at 14th and U St, NW – Beer and Wine Only

by Prince Of Petworth December 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm 24 Comments

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1914 14th Street, NW

On Friday afternoon I was excited to learn that Trader Joes had applied for a liquor license at the store they hope to open in February on 14th Street between T and U. This store will be open Sunday through Saturday 8 am – 10 pm. A reader asked if they’d be able to sell liquor too like Costco does. No liquor for Trader Joes – they’ve applied for a class B license which allows for beer and wine only. I stopped in the Foggy Bottom location of Trader Joes and was happy to see that they have a huge selection of beer and wine (and champagne):

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  • Anonymous

    TJ’s beer and wine selection and prices is probably the best in the city. CostCo is great for liquor, but TJs has them beat on wine and beer. That’s usually how I do my booze buying.
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    So glad to see them at 14th and U! There’s only a few liquor stores in the area and wine prices are outrageously overpriced for crappy wines. This competition will force the others to step up their game.

    • Anonymous

      HT has lower beer prices actually (the only thing at HT that is cheaper than anywhere else strangely enough). But yes, TJ is a great place to get wine.

      • Anonymous

        TJ beer prices are pretty mediocre on good beer. They have some vaguely drinkable cheep beers, but at that price point you’d be better served with 3 Buck Chuck. You can find better beer selection and price elsewhere.

        I’m also not that impressed with their wine selection, unless your primary objective is bargain bottles. Specialty food stores like Rodmans and Italian Store are better for affordable but not cheap wines.

      • anon

        TJ beer prices are pretty mediocre on good beer. They have some vaguely drinkable cheep beers, but at that price point you’d be better served with 3 Buck Chuck. You can find better beer selection and price elsewhere.

        I’m also not that impressed with their wine selection, unless your primary objective is bargain bottles. Specialty food stores like Rodmans and Italian Store are better for affordable but not cheap wines.

  • Anonymous

    Do TJ’s ever sell liquor? Even in Vegas I don’t remember seeing anything other than beer and wine.

    • Anonymous

      It does in California.

      • Anonymous

        You can buy liquor EVERYWHERE in Cali. Love my home state!
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        Every pharmacy (CVS, RiteAid) has a dedicated liquor aisle. Just in case you need to wash down your meds with something a bit stronger.

        • Anonymous

          Are you from southern California? Just asking since many of us natives cringe when hearing “Cali”.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, Long Beach/OC
            Are you “hella” cringing?

  • jim_ed

    While I enjoy Devil’s Backbone and Starr Hill, someone should show TJ’s a map and maybe let them know that beers made 120 and 200 miles away aren’t “local.”

    • Anonymous

      There is only a handful of breweries producing beers for sale in bottles and/or cans within a 120-mile radius of DC, so yes, I’d definitely include Starr Hill and Devils Backbone among local brewers. Now whether they’re “near here” is altogether relative.

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  • gotryit

    I do love the Devil’s Backbone – Eight Point IPA. Especially at $9 for a 6-pack.

    • Anonymous

      Ditto. Good deal for DB.

  • Anonymous

    SO psyched for this to open so close to me; already cowering in fear of the lines.

    • Eponymous

      Agreed, especially about the lines. I’m betting that a lot of people living on the east side of the city, like me, would like to shop at TJ’s but have avoided the Foggy Bottom location because it’s all the way on the other side of the world and it’s almost impossible to fit. inside. the. store. A store in the younger, more populated center of the city is going to be a mob scene. I really hope TJ’s is planning to open a third location in D.C., stat (maybe H Street?).

  • That MAn A

    Cookie Butter &&&& Cheap(er) beer

    we are doomed

  • Anonymous

    Anyone know when it’s supposed to open?

    • Anonymous

      How about ……. “they hope to open in February “

  • jcm

    I think their wines tend to be mediocre at best. They’re cheap, but I’ve had plenty of good under-$15 wines. I don’t think I’ve ever bought a TJ’s wine I’d describe with an unqualified “good”.

    • Anonymous

      Ok there, Dr. Shuffhausen.
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      The wine at TJs is fine. Just avoid the Two Buck Chuck and their other “house” bottles. They have great values on wine from independent vinters. Yes, a $5 bottle won’t be great, but it’s good enough for the vast majority of wine drinkers. Even “wine snobs” will find a good value in the $20-$40 bottles.

      • c

        i used to do events where we had free wine. 3 buck chuck was BY FAR the most popular wine i served. I only got it for the ease on the budget, but people could not get enough of it. the crowd was super varied too. old, young, rich, poor. across all ethnicities.

        so maybe your personal taste calls it bad ( mine does too actually) but THE PEOPLE love it.

  • Anonymous

    Just another example of the devil’s water being sold in the city. :-(

    • anon

      Don’t you mean “;)”?

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