John & Pete’s

Best of LA, August 2006

Let’s get one thing straight. John & Pete’s , which has been in business since 1938, is a liquor store. It is not a fancy wineshop, though it does have a nice selection. Its strength is stocking bars, whether for an afternoon pool party, an all-martini cocktail affair, or a blowout wedding. The prices are good (with discounts at six bottles). For big orders they’ll deliver from Malibu to Pasadena. And they stay open late. So if the guests are burning through the Belvedere, they can discreetly send over another case mid-party. That’s one of the reasons why caterers and party planners swear by the shop.