Best Of Houston® 2021: Best Liquor Store

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Best Liquor Store: Spec’s Fine Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods (Downtown)

Since George Foreman, there has not been a Houston area heavyweight champion as popular or revered as Spec’s. A perennial holder of the “Best of Houston” title, the downtown location in particular attracts more hay (and tastier) than Big George. Foreman may have scowled and weighed down on his opponents before, but Spec’s mascot is a nerdy, friendly bunny who beckons drinkers with a bright red flag. The big blue building on Smith Street is the main event, but dozens of Spec stores across Texas deliver what makes you float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

A trip to the city center is also boxing training. You can walk its many alleys, as Rocky once ruled the back alleys of Philly, looking for wine, gin, rum, whiskey, tequila and more. You may have to work your way through the incoming samples as sellers promote their brands with the zeal of a young Don King. And in that corner, and all along a back wall, there’s plenty of weightlifting beers from all over the world, 12 ounces at a time. Much like a big price fight, Spec’s sometimes draws celebrities to ringside, people like 50 Cent, Kendall Jenner, and Dana White more recently.

There is so much to choose from and it’s not even all the drinks. Foodies flock here for fine produce too, an entire section of the store dedicated to fresh cold cuts, pastries, coffees, cheeses and even meats to throw on your George Foreman Grill.

2410 Smith, Houston

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