Most of the time when we need liquor we head to Carrefour, City Supermarket, or any of those types of places; but we are now happy to report that we found one more option: 9519, a Chinese somewhat upscale liquor store that’s stocked with baijiu, huangjiu, vodka, gin, vermouth, red and white wines, beers, and even some fancy old-fashioned wine sets (ceramic, similar to a sake/wine set).
The name is meant to sound like 酒,我要酒 (Wine, I want wine), and they have a website where you can peruse what they’ve got and order online (but the site is all in Chinese). As for prices, we found that the online price of 750ml bottle of Tanqueray will set you back 180 RMB, while the cheapest 750ml bottle of Absolut costs 99 RMB. We’re not sure how these prices compare to Carrefour for the same reason we don’t know the price of weed—we bum off other people more often than not.
Anyhow, there are three or four of these actual stores, but the major one in central Puxi is the one we walked by, located on Changde Lu, near Changshou Lu (常德路/长寿路). It’s a bit out of the way, surrounded by all the subway construction, but if you’re in the neighborhood, it might be a worthwhile alternative to Carrefour for a liquor run—certainly, judging from the lack of business happening there when we passed through in the evening, there will be less of a line then what you’d find at Carrefour.
1168 Changde Lu (near Changshou Lu)