Over the next few minutes you will be going on a deep dive into where you can buy wine, liquor, and beer in Albany. Our only real goal is to cover as much as we can in this local alcohol guide.
Kicking this off will be a list of the best liquor stores and wine shops in your area. Those that are ready to go pick up a bottle of vodka, tequila, wine, or a case of beer will be filled in first so they can get the party started soon.
Once the stores are out of the way we will get into the best local breweries and beer bars, and a list of Albany wine bars will follow that up. Wineries and vineyards will get a shout out, and we will round this all out by mentioning some of the best happy hours near you to buy cheap alcoholic drinks after your work day ends.
Towards the end you will find an alcohol map for your area with all of the various venues we are mentioning pinned on it. You are all welcome to check out some of our other blogs on wine, liquor, and beer around the area at this link.
Best Liquor Stores & Wine Shops In Albany
Our favorite liquor stores and wine shops in Albany to buy vodka, tequila, a case of beer, or a bottle of wine would be:
- Westmere Liquor Store at 1810 Western Ave # 1
- Liquor Shed at 48 Columbia St
- Smith’s Colonie Wine & Liquor Store at 1701 Central Ave
- Mokhiber’s Wine & Liquors at 366 S Pearl St
- Empire Wine & Liquor at 1440 Central Ave
- The Wine Shop at 265 New Scotland Ave
- Laviano Wine & Liquor at 1871 Western Ave
- Partition Wine and Liquors at 800 Broadway
- Albany Wine & Spirits at 105 Colvin Ave
Westmere Liquor Store stocks a wide range of liquor, wine, champagne, and beverages including a large selection from Korea, Japan, and other Asian countries. Founded in 1945 Mokhiber’s Wine & Liquors is one of the oldest liquor stores near you and they are open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 9pm and Sunday from 12pm to 8pm.
Empire Wine & Liquor carries a large collection of top-rated wines and liquors such as rosé, red, and white wines along with whiskey, bourbon, rum, and more. The Wine Shop has been supplying the local community with wine, champagne, mixers, and spirits since 1933 and also hosts wine tastings every Friday.
All wine and liquor tastings held at Laviano Wine & Liquor are free and they also offer a large variety of premium beverages at discounted prices. As one of the premier craft beer stores in town Albany Wine & Spirits houses over 5,000 brands of beer and cider plus 18 draft lines.
Breweries & Beer Bars Near You
There are some nice breweries and beer bars in your area like:
- Fort Orange Brewing at 450 N Pearl St
- Druthers Brewing at 1053 Broadway
- Madison Pour House at 1110 Madison Ave
- Westmere Beverage at 1756 Western Ave
- Albany Distilling Company Bar at 75 Livingston Ave
- Beer Bones Taproom at 594 Loudon Rd
- Oliver’s Beverage Center at 105 Colvin Ave #4
Fort Orange Brewing serves flavorful craft beer in one of the city’s largest taprooms which can handle most seating needs for small or large groups and is the ideal place for an office happy hour, fundraiser, or private party. Become a member of Druthers Brewing and receive their six packs of 4 beers delivered to you on a monthly basis or pick them up from one of their locations while enjoying excellent seasonal cuisine.
The Madison Pour House is a local pub that specializes in soccer, terrific bar food, and a broad choice of beers including over 40 drafts and cask beers as well as 100 bottles. If you want to find a diverse collection of liquors or have them delivered to your home Westmere Beverage is worth a visit.
The Albany Distilling Company is a small handcrafted distillery that produces amazing spirits one small batch at a time utilizing both modern and traditional processes. Beer and cider are available in 15 different flavors at the Beer Bones Taproom who offers daily deals and patio seating.
Wine Bars In Albany
For fine wine in Albany with an authentic Italian menu head to Lark Wine & Tap at 288 Lark Street. Or you can head to one of the wineries from our next section, plus our happy hours lists have many places that sell nice wine as well.
Wineries & Vineyards In Your Area
Head to one of these wineries or vineyards near you to see how the sausage gets made:
- Altamont Vineyard & Winery at 3001 Furbeck Rd
- Victory View Vineyard at 11975 NY-40
- Royal Meadery at 20 Hallwood Rd # 2
Nestled in the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains with a rustic-chic vibe and stunning scenery Altamont Vineyard & Winery is a great place for any event whether hosting a charity gala, wedding, corporate party, or everything in between. Wine tasting is also available every weekend from 12pm to 5pm in a flight or by the glass.
You may go to Victory View Vineyard for tastings and tours of their winery or vineyard. They focus on crafting fine wines with cold-climate grapes and farm-bottled beverages at competitive prices. Royal Meadery is proud to be New York’s first licensed farm meadery sourcing local honey and ingredients in addition to producing both still and sparkling, sweet, and dry meads.
Best Local Happy Hours
You can buy cheaper alcoholic drinks if you know when and where the best Albany happy hours are:
- Vault 244 at 244 W 1st Ave SW
- Sweet Red Bistro at 208 W 1st Ave
- Albany Ale and Oyster at 281 New Scotland Ave
- Gamberetti’s at 211 W 1st Ave #102
- Barcelona Restaurant-Wine Bar at 1192 Western Ave
- Dragon King’s Daughter at 129 W Market St
Draft beer, red and white wine, and cocktails are available at Vault 244 and their happy hour is from 4pm to 5:30pm plus 9pm to 10pm every day. Sweet Red Bistro is a restaurant, caterer, and bar presenting sweet red wine with happy hours on Wednesday and Thursday from 9pm to 10pm or Friday and Saturday from 9pm to 11pm.
Gamberetti’s provides specialty cocktails paired with Italian cuisine using fresh, natural, and organic ingredients at fair prices. Come for their happy hour every day from 3pm to 5 pm and 8pm to close.
Dragon King’s Daughter strives for a memorable dining experience featuring Asian fusion food and a fantastic beverage selection of eight different sakes along with one of the most fascinating beer lists in the Highlands like local brews as well as import and craft beers. They have happy hour for dine-in only from 3pm to 6pm every day.
You can read more of our posts on:
- Liquor Stores & Wine Shops In New York City
- Liquor Stores & Wine Shops In Buffalo
- Liquor Stores & Wine Shops In Syracuse
- Liquor Stores & Wine Shops In Montreal
Enjoy Drinking Wine, Liquor, & Beer In Albany
We wish we had more to share but we will try to keep this page as up to date as we can. Hopefully you learned at least a little something about all of the local liquor stores, wine shops, breweries, beer bars, wine bars, wineries, vineyards, and happy hours in your area.
Don’t be afraid to let us know if you found anything incorrect on this page in the comments, we want to keep this info as accurate as we can. Now go have fun drinking wine, liquor, or beer in Albany.