For those getting ready to host a big party over the holidays – whether it's Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's Eve, or any other festivity – having drinks on hand for guests comes with part of the territory.
So Three Village Patch has compiled a list for those hosting, for those looking to bring something for the host, or even for those looking for somewhere to go out and get a bottle of whatever it is that you like to sit back and enjoy on a winter evening.
Just make sure whoever's driving has been enjoying responsibly.
Hamlet Wines & Liquors
Located on Route 25A in East Setauket, this family owned and operated shop has been running since 1976.
Mora's Fine Wines & Spirits
In business for over 20 years, Mora's offers Saturday tasting for those looking to expand their horizons, and if you don't have the time to make it down, check out one of Richard Mora's blog posts on Three Village Patch. Topics rangs from wine choices with turkey to nano-batches of bourbon.
This shop located on Route 25A near Kung Kullen, in the Three Village Shopping Center, offers a large inventory for customers.
Stony Brook Wine & Liquor
If you find yourself on the outskirts of the area, this shop – owned and operated by the same family for three generations – sits in the Waldbaum's shopping center.
Bottle Blowout is located on Nesconset Highway in East Setauket near Waldbaum's, making it a convenient stop in which you could pick up wine and liquor as well as party snacks and dishes.
In business for nearly 20 years, Waverly recently rolled out a new website and can be found in person near Stop & Shop in East Setauket.
Lake Side Emotions
This shop opened in May of 2011 in the Stony Brook Village Center, carries a variety of red, white, and sparkling wines, and also hosts wine tastings.
Stony Brook Beverage
For those who prefer beer over wine and spirits, Stony Brook Beverage on Route 25A in East Setauket has a wide variety, from craft breweries to more popular bottled domestics and imports. For those looking to enjoy a local seasonal brew, check out Stony Brook Beverage's growler bar – call in advance to see what's in store.
Located in Port Jefferson's Harbor Square Mall, Brewtopia is a provider of home brewing supplies and has a variety of craft beer for sale as well.
Port Jefferson Brewing Company
The only way to get fresher beer than buying it at a brewery would be to brew it your own. Keep an eye out around Christmas for the Surge Protector IPA, which PJBC donated to and will benefit Long Islanders hit by Hurricane Sandy.