Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Beer and Wine in downtown Bethesda

Sometimes your wrong and sometimes your WRONG. Recently I posted about Capitol Beer and Wine and said that "there isn't a lot of options for getting packaged beer and wine in downtown Bethesda, MD". Well, that brought on the comments. There may not be as many beer and wine stores as there are banks, but there are still a lot of them, even if you don't include places like Philadelphia Mikes which also sells beer to go. Here is a rundown of the ones I know of.

The first three are very close to each other, all were pointed out by an anonymous commenter.

Bethesda Beer and wine, 8015 Wisconsin Avenue. Located on MD-355 across from the green-roofed Golden House Chinese takeout. Parking in the rear (what could be better?)

Scarcely a block away is the charming Dunmor's Beer & Wine. An old building that really stands out, looks like a throwback to the 30's, complete with a gravel parking lot and a porch. 8013 Woodmont Avenue.

Moving two blocks north you find Woodmont Market, 8227 Woodmont Avenue. One of the newer contenders, I blogged about it before it opened.

Reader waxwing (who also follows me on twitter) pointed out that Lilit Cafe has a large selection of beer and wine. 7921 Old Georgetown Road near the Auburn Avenue Exxon station. There is a parking lot behind it.

Another anonymous commenter mentioned Cork 57 (though not by name). When this first opened I thought it was a lounge for people at the Mercedes-Benz dealer since it is totally surrounded by it. 4910 Bethesda Ave, across from the Giant Food. Looks to me like there are two parking spaces.

There are still more that no one pointed out.

The county liquor store on Hampden Lane sells beer and wine. It has a gate-controlled lot, but I think it is free too.

Bradley Food and Beverage sells the type of beverages that are the subject of this post. And, it is near Bruce Variety and Strosniders Hardware too. 6904 Arlington Road. Parking in the front for the whole strip mall.

Cork and Fork only sells wine but we will include it here too. 7110 Bethesda Lane.

Bethesda Chevy Chase Beer & Wine, right next to Vace's Italian Deli and the Sandy Spring Bank ends this roundup. 4701 Miller Avenue, a couple of parking spots in the front.

Then there is the previously mentioned, coming soon, Capitol Beer and Wine.

Did I miss any? I sure hope not, but if I did, let me know about them. Do you have a favorite?


  1. Lilit is my favorite (as if you didn't already suspect that) -- and as for the parking at the county liquor store, it is free up to 20 minutes -- perhaps even a little longer.

    Thanks for putting this together -- I didn't realize there were so many places in Bethesda to buy beer and wine.

  2. Hi Edward--was checking out your blog and was wondering if there's an e-mail address where I can contact you? You can also contact me at Thanks!

  3. Hi, Edward, thanks for the info! The Cork & Fork in Bethesda Row carries a few select beers, and the lady who helped me mentioned their selection will expand to parallel the 100-something one they have in the DC store. Their VA store has a crazy selection that I reeeeeally hope they bring over to Bethesda!

  4. And don't forget World Market, at Wisconsin Avenue at Maple Avenue. With the coming of Capitol Beer & Wine, that makes six beer & wine stores in the area between Battery Lane and St. Elmo Avenue.

  5. Very nice shop... Is all of my favorite wines are there?I'll try to visit one of these shop soon.. so excited..