Goodbye Washington State Liquor Stores: An Investigative Photo Gallery

This guy is none too happy.  He's paying more for booze for now, and took it upon himself to scold West Seattle initiative 1183 "yes" voters Friday. (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0561 This guy is none too happy. He's paying more for booze for now, and took it upon himself to scold West Seattle initiative 1183 "yes" voters Friday. (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
First stop: The brand-new West Seattle Trader Joe's, where they have all of two rows of shelves dedicated to liquor. (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0631 First stop: The brand-new West Seattle Trader Joe's, where they have all of two rows of shelves dedicated to liquor. (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
These prices don't seem to have gone up too much...or have they? (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0641 These prices don't seem to have gone up too much...or have they? (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
Hard to see here, but the stuff in between the Bullitt Rye and the Wasabi peas is locally made Rye Whiskey from Woodinville! (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0651 Hard to see here, but the stuff in between the Bullitt Rye and the Wasabi peas is locally made Rye Whiskey from Woodinville! (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
Next stop, the West Seattle Jefferson Square Safeway. So far "Safeway Select" and "Scotch Buy" brands have yet to make an appearance. Bummer, Scotch Buy Scotch would be pretty cool. (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-067 Next stop, the West Seattle Jefferson Square Safeway. So far "Safeway Select" and "Scotch Buy" brands have yet to make an appearance. Bummer, Scotch Buy Scotch would be pretty cool. (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
Jameson Irish Whiskey is a KZOK fave, but if you're looking for a Real bargain, go spend a night in Canada...you can buy TWO full-liter bottles at the duty free shop for $14 each! (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
Scotty Images 6.4.12 068 Jameson Irish Whiskey is a KZOK fave, but if you're looking for a Real bargain, go spend a night in Canada...you can buy TWO full-liter bottles at the duty free shop for $14 each! (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
Maker's Mark is another KZOK favorite.  It looks a bit more expensive than the WSLCB store...but wait...there's more! (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0691 Maker's Mark is another KZOK favorite. It looks a bit more expensive than the WSLCB store...but wait...there's more! (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
Some of us are more fond than others of "Old Crow". (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0701 Some of us are more fond than others of "Old Crow". (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
Crowski's namesake hooch would appear to have gone up, and Safeway was the only place that had it. (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0711 Crowski's namesake hooch would appear to have gone up, and Safeway was the only place that had it. (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
Nearby is West Seattle's "Flagship" Washington State Liquor Store, brand new at the end of August.  They still have their "Grand Opening" sign out, but they are anything but "open". (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0721 Nearby is West Seattle's "Flagship" Washington State Liquor Store, brand new at the end of August. They still have their "Grand Opening" sign out, but they are anything but "open". (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
Well...surely the guys who financed intitative 1183 will have lower prices...right? (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0731 Well...surely the guys who financed intitative 1183 will have lower prices...right? (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
They certainly do have more than 10,000 square feet, and a full aisle of it is dedicated to delicious booze! (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0751 They certainly do have more than 10,000 square feet, and a full aisle of it is dedicated to delicious booze! (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
Say, that seems like a reasonable price for small-batch bourbon...or is there a surprise waiting later? (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0771 Say, that seems like a reasonable price for small-batch bourbon...or is there a surprise waiting later? (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
Now THAT would appear to be a bargain! Don't believe everything you read...(Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0781 Now THAT would appear to be a bargain! Don't believe everything you read...(Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
Score! (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0791 Score! (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
We were surprised to not find Michael Anthony from Van Halen/Chickenfoot in this section. (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0801 We were surprised to not find Michael Anthony from Van Halen/Chickenfoot in this section. (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
That's a tiny bit cheaper than the WSLCB price...but you haven't left the booze aisle yet.(Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0811 That's a tiny bit cheaper than the WSLCB price...but you haven't left the booze aisle yet.(Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
Not sure how I feel about having the same brand on my singlemalt and toilet paper. (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
Scotty Images 6.4.12 082 Not sure how I feel about having the same brand on my singlemalt and toilet paper. (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
But single malt Scots whisky is the REAL "Spirit of Radio".(Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0831 But single malt Scots whisky is the REAL "Spirit of Radio".(Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
Shopping trip complete.. I went for the cheap Canadian...now... where do I put it? (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0861 Shopping trip complete.. I went for the cheap Canadian...now... where do I put it? (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
The State's getting the same cut they always did, but they don't include it in the price until you get to the checkout counter! Trickery and deception? I think so!(Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0881 The State's getting the same cut they always did, but they don't include it in the price until you get to the checkout counter! Trickery and deception? I think so!(Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
$22.01 is not $12.79. Knowledgeable 1183 advocates say prices will come down eventually. We sure hope so! In the meantime...ouch!  (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
scotty-images-6-4-12-0891 $22.01 is not $12.79. Knowledgeable 1183 advocates say prices will come down eventually. We sure hope so! In the meantime...ouch! (Scott Vanderpool/Scotty Images)
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One Comment

  1. mark says:

    don’t know where you shop for boz , but i bought my bottle on saturday and it was $3.35 less than in the washington state liquor store

    1. Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Costco on Friday…did you include the tax they now add at the checkout counter? The tax is the same, they just take it off the advertised price at those stores. Where are you buying?

      1. Heather says:

        Don’t forget there is an additional tax being added on July 1st. It will be more than it was before. What really sucks is now cannot find any of the specialty stuff I liked before, none of the flavors cannot even find Bacardi 151, where did it all gooooo????? The excuses I have heard is that they just don’t have the space for all of the varieties so they only carry the basics now. Wonderful, isn’t that special.

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