About Cook St. Liquor
“Not the Usual Suspects” is the mantra we’ve been trying to drum into our customers’ heads over the last few years.
What this means is that we don’t carry all the same brands that can readily be found in every Victoria liquor store. To put a fine point on this particular topic, we have ousted most mainstream corporate-made brews from our fridge to make room for high-quality craft beer, and lots of it. We are equally selective about the wines and spirits we sell, choosing—when possible—offerings from small producers, which complements our diverse selection of beer.
One-time buys are products that only come available once during the year, usually because of small production or extremely high demand. Some stores find it daunting to be constantly changing inventory, but that’s what we live for—scouring warehouses of importers for that gem in the rough that nobody has heard of.
Our secret weapon is our ace staff.
Owner Glenn Barlow, who has decades of experience selling wine in BC, has surrounded himself with people who share his passion for quality beverages. Every Friday the group convenes for the weekly staff tasting, where decisions are made on what to carry and tasting notes are taken on new product arrivals. This is where knowledge is shared and opinions are voiced so that all employees are familiar with our ever-changing inventory of craft beer, wine and spirits. The result of this dedication to carrying the best boutique booze from around the world is that Cook St. Liquor has become a destination liquor store for imbibers island-wide. Stop in and see for yourself.
230 Cook St. (behind Pizzeria Prima Strada)
Victoria, BC, Canada
10:00 am to 9:00 pm every day