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What are the best & worst LCBO locations in Toronto?

Not all LCBO locations are created equally. Sure there's some consistency when it comes to main brands of booze on offer, but given varying floor space, the selection varies considerably from store to store. Then's there's the Vintages issue — you know that fancy wood-paneled area that the wine snobs flock to? The best stores have sprawling Vintages areas, where you can buy wine and spirits that the LCBO buys on a one-off basis (as opposed to the perpetually replenished regular stock), not all of which is particularly expensive. Variety is the spice of life, guys — especially when it comes to liquor, so those little stores that only have a shelf or two of Vintages offerings can get pretty boring.

There are, of course, other factors to be considered. Line-ups (here's looking at you Atrium on Bay), the general seediness of the location (Hi, Galleria Mall) and the hours of operation (would everyone suddenly become an alcoholic if more locations were open past 9pm?).

Because we hate science, we decided to conduct a Twitter poll to get to the bottom of this all important question: what are the best and worst LCBO locations. Here are some general observations:

Best candidates

Summerhill / Scrivner Square
Queens Quay
Bayview Village
St. Lawrence Market (post-reno)

Worst candidates

Galleria Mall
Spadina & Baldwin
Atrium on Bay
North York Centre
Maple Leaf Gardens
Gerrard and Pape
All of them (blah, blah, blah monopolies)

What do you think? Got a candidate to add to these lists? Let us know in the comments.


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