Guide To Boston Food Stores That Sell Alcohol

December 28, 2010 2:46 PM

fresh pond market Guide To Boston Food Stores That Sell Alcohol

(credit: Fresh Pond Market)

Massachusetts is funny with its liquor laws, particularly regarding where wine and beer can be sold. While some grocery stores sell spirits, others don’t. Trying to figure out which ones do and which ones don’t isn’t always easy. So here’s a guide to some that do. Are we missing one? Let us know in the comment section below.


Most, if not all, of the Shaw’s stores in Boston sell wine and beer in the store. The selection is generally pretty good, too. Technically these are separate, small businesses in the bigger store. You will need to check out separately from your groceries, so be prepared to spend a few extra minutes at a register.

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s is notorious for selling cheap, but good, wine. It also has a fair variety of beers. The selections change from store to store, and there is more than one in Boston.

Fresh Pond Market

358 Huron Ave
Cambridge, MA

Perhaps thought more of as a convenience store than a grocery store, this place sells most of what you’d find at larger stores, but doesn’t stock as much. People living nearby say this is a great stop on the way home for a bite and a beer.

Allston Food & Spirits

225 Cambridge St
Allston, MA

Not truly a grocery store, but again another place that sells food in addition to beer and wine. You can also pick up cleaning supplies here, and a plus for locales in the city? It has parking. Allston Food & Spirits also sells hard liquor.

Formaggio Kitchen

Boston and Cambridge

As you could gather from its name, Formaggio Kitchen sells cheese. But what goes better with cheese than wine? The stores have an extensive wine selection and the staffs are knowledgeable and willing to help you pair a wine with either your cheese or your whole meal.