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Ray Skillman Summer Concert 2022 – Revery

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July 21 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Greenwood Park Mall | Payless Liquors @ 1266 S Madison
Location: By the outside fountain, near entrance 3, and next to Bar Louie.

Payless Liquors is excited to be an associate sponsor of the Summer concert series returning for 2022! Enjoy live music every Thursday evening from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Summer Line Up

June 2 – Crush
June 9 – Toyfactory
June 16 – The Womblies Rock Orchestrra
June 23 – Jambox
June 30 – Tastes Like Chicken (Give Back Night)
July 7 – Blue River Band
July 14 – Five After Midnight
July 21 – Revery

We ask that all guests please bring their own chair or blanket for seating.

summer concert series

Ray Skillman Summer Concert 2022 – Five After Midnight

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July 14 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Greenwood Park Mall | Payless Liquors @ 1266 S Madison
Location: By the outside fountain, near entrance 3, and next to Bar Louie.

Payless Liquors is excited to be an associate sponsor of the Summer concert series returning for 2022! Enjoy live music every Thursday evening from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Summer Line Up

June 2 – Crush
June 9 – Toyfactory
June 16 – The Womblies Rock Orchestrra
June 23 – Jambox
June 30 – Tastes Like Chicken (Give Back Night)
July 7 – Blue River Band
July 14 – Five After Midnight
July 21 – Revery

We ask that all guests please bring their own chair or blanket for seating.

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Ray Skillman Summer Concert 2022 – Blue River Band

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July 7 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Greenwood Park Mall | Payless Liquors @ 1266 S Madison
Location: By the outside fountain, near entrance 3, and next to Bar Louie.

Payless Liquors is excited to be an associate sponsor of the Summer concert series returning for 2022! Enjoy live music every Thursday evening from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Summer Line Up

June 2 – Crush
June 9 – Toyfactory
June 16 – The Womblies Rock Orchestrra
June 23 – Jambox
June 30 – Tastes Like Chicken (Give Back Night)
July 7 – Blue River Band
July 14 – Five After Midnight
July 21 – Revery

We ask that all guests please bring their own chair or blanket for seating.

summer concert series

Ray Skillman Summer Concert 2022 – Tastes Like Chicken (Give Back Night)

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June 30 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Greenwood Park Mall | Payless Liquors @ 1266 S Madison
Location: By the outside fountain, near entrance 3, and next to Bar Louie.

Payless Liquors is excited to be an associate sponsor of the Summer concert series returning for 2022! Enjoy live music every Thursday evening from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Summer Line Up

June 2 – Crush
June 9 – Toyfactory
June 16 – The Womblies Rock Orchestrra
June 23 – Jambox
June 30 – Tastes Like Chicken (Give Back Night)
July 7 – Blue River Band
July 14 – Five After Midnight
July 21 – Revery

We ask that all guests please bring their own chair or blanket for seating.

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Ray Skillman Summer Concert 2022 – Jambox

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June 23 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Greenwood Park Mall | Payless Liquors @ 1266 S Madison
Location: By the outside fountain, near entrance 3, and next to Bar Louie.

Payless Liquors is excited to be an associate sponsor of the Summer concert series returning for 2022! Enjoy live music every Thursday evening from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Summer Line Up

June 2 – Crush
June 9 – Toyfactory
June 16 – The Womblies Rock Orchestrra
June 23 – Jambox
June 30 – Tastes Like Chicken (Give Back Night)
July 7 – Blue River Band
July 14 – Five After Midnight
July 21 – Revery

We ask that all guests please bring their own chair or blanket for seating.

summer concert series

Ray Skillman Summer Concert 2022 – The Womblies Rock Orchestrra

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June 16 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Greenwood Park Mall | Payless Liquors @ 1266 S Madison
Location: By the outside fountain, near entrance 3, and next to Bar Louie.

Payless Liquors is excited to be an associate sponsor of the Summer concert series returning for 2022! Enjoy live music every Thursday evening from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Summer Line Up

June 2 – Crush
June 9 – Toyfactory
June 16 – The Womblies Rock Orchestrra
June 23 – Jambox
June 30 – Tastes Like Chicken (Give Back Night)
July 7 – Blue River Band
July 14 – Five After Midnight
July 21 – Revery

We ask that all guests please bring their own chair or blanket for seating.

summer concert series

Ray Skillman Summer Concert 2022 – Toyfactory

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June 9 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Greenwood Park Mall | Payless Liquors @ 1266 S Madison
Location: By the outside fountain, near entrance 3, and next to Bar Louie.

Payless Liquors is excited to be an associate sponsor of the Summer concert series returning for 2022! Enjoy live music every Thursday evening from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Summer Line Up

June 2 – Crush
June 9 – Toyfactory
June 16 – The Womblies Rock Orchestrra
June 23 – Jambox
June 30 – Tastes Like Chicken (Give Back Night)
July 7 – Blue River Band
July 14 – Five After Midnight
July 21 – Revery

We ask that all guests please bring their own chair or blanket for seating.

summer concert series

Ray Skillman Summer Concert 2022 – Crush

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June 2 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Greenwood Park Mall | Payless Liquors @ 1266 S Madison
Location: By the outside fountain, near entrance 3, and next to Bar Louie.

Payless Liquors is excited to be an associate sponsor of the Summer concert series returning for 2022! Enjoy live music every Thursday evening from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Summer Line Up

June 2 – Crush
June 9 – Toyfactory
June 16 – The Womblies Rock Orchestrra
June 23 – Jambox
June 30 – Tastes Like Chicken (Give Back Night)
July 7 – Blue River Band
July 14 – Five After Midnight
July 21 – Revery

We ask that all guests please bring their own chair or blanket for seating.

Cocktail for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day: 5 Cocktails and Spirits

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We’ve all been there. It’s February 7th, and you still don’t have a plan for Valentine’s Day. Maybe a simple card won’t do the trick, and you’ve run out of ideas. Luckily for you, we’ve got a plan. If you’re planning on a dinner at home, or maybe just a few drinks, these drinks are sure to encourage that romantic air that you might be trying to capture.

 

  1. Apple Cider Mimosa. We’ve all heard of the classic mimosa. And if you’re thinking brunch for your Valentine’s Day celebration, a mimosa is a great idea. This mimosa combines a sparkling wine, like a Cava or a Prosecco, with apple cider for a surprising twist. First pour in your apple cider, roughly halfway up a champagne flute. Then, add your chilled sparkling wine of choice to top off the glass. Garnish with an apple slice, and sip away.

 

  1. Red Wine. You really can’t go wrong with a rich, deep red wine. Evoking the color of passion, red wine is certainly a more traditional approach for Valentine’s Day. Merlot, with a rich, dark fruit flavor and its deep red color, is a great option. Here are a few merlots to choose from.

 

  1. Kentucky Kiss. Not for its name alone, the Kentucky Kiss would be a great addition to any Valentine’s dinner menu. If you or your sweetheart enjoy bourbon, this is the cocktail for you. Combining lemon juice, fresh strawberries, bourbon, maple syrup, and club soda, you get a rich and boozy cocktail for the evening. First, you’ll muddle the lemon juice, maple syrup, and strawberries together in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass. Then you’ll add ice and fill the rest of the glass with bourbon, and a splash of club soda. Garnish with a fresh sliced strawberry and enjoy. Looking for bourbon? Maker’s Mark is a delicious and recognizable option.

 

  1. Hanky Panky. The name might be outdated, but the flavor certainly isn’t. Using gin to make a sweet martini, the addition of the herbal Fernet-Branca creates an interesting and complex flavor. In a tumbler with ice, combine sweet vermouth, Fernet-Branca and gin. Add a splash of orange juice to taste. Stir these ingredients well. Then, strain and pour into a martini glass. Add a twist of orange peel for a bit of extra flavor, and the all-important added flair. Salud!

 

  1. Italian for ‘drowned,’ the idea is to drown ice-cream with coffee. But for an added treat, pour over a little coffee liquor, Irish cream, or amaretto for added kick. An affogato is the perfect way to finish out a meal and treat yourself and someone special to a special dessert.

 

From start to finish of your Valentine’s Day plans, these 5 cocktails are sure to inspire a romantic mood and create the right element of extra to your plans. The easy preparation and the complex flavors of each cocktail are perfect for your meal, start to finish. From a bubbly kick-off, to a rich, boozy ice cream dessert, you can enjoy a warm glow for the whole celebration. To save yourself a little more time before picking up your Valentine’s date, utilize our pickup form for a speedy transaction.

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Why Champagne Isn’t Just for Parties

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When we think of champagne, most of us probably have a similar idea. It’s the perfect drink for a celebration such as a New Year’s Eve Party, wedding, Christmas party, or any other formal get-together.

 

Just because champagne is the perfect fit for special occasions doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed at other times. In fact, champagne is enjoyable year-round. You don’t need a big event to pop open a bottle.

 

Unfortunately, many people feel that if you drink champagne outside of special events, the drink will become less “special.” Because beer and wine are a common part of many people’s day-to-day lives, enjoying those drinks can feel ordinary. Some individuals don’t want champagne to begin feeling “ordinary” as well. Instead, it remains an exclusive treat for special occasions and holidays.

 

However, champagne can be enjoyed at any time without losing its appeal or celebratory associations.

 

Why Do We Celebrate With Champagne?

 

Why do we consider champagne to be the drink of celebration in the first place?

 

The tradition of toasting and celebrating with champagne dates back several centuries. Historically, champagne was an expensive and luxurious beverage. Before we discovered techniques to prevent it, these bottles tended to burst. Since champagne bottles exploded so frequently, many distilleries lost a large portion of the champagne they produced. This caused the drink to become more exclusive, giving it a larger price tag.

 

At the time, champagne was something of a novelty. Since it was so expensive, it was a favorite of European royals and the wealthy. Whether it was birthdays, coronations, or other royal celebrations, it wasn’t uncommon for champagne to be served.

 

Life is About the Simple Pleasures

 

When you experience a big milestone, the next obvious step may be to crack open the champagne and celebrate. Many of us disregard the importance of smaller milestones and moments throughout our lives. These are the experiences that define our lives on a day-to-day basis, and they’re just as worthy of celebration.

 

Rather than sit around and wait for the next big event, try celebrating the simple pleasures. When you do, don’t be afraid to sip on a glass of delicious champagne. Who says you can only toast to major, life-changing events? Even if you just had a good day at work, or a relaxing weekend, it’s never a bad time for a toast.

 

Make Ordinary Experiences Feel Fancy

 

When you indulge in a glass of bubbly, it’s easy to make ordinary events feel fancy — and who doesn’t need that every now and again? Daily life doesn’t need to feel monotonous or boring. Although your leftover dinner may not feel like a “fancy” meal, when you enjoy it with some champagne, you can transform the entire experience.

 

Life is short. If you want to celebrate the small things and embrace your fancy side, then who’s stopping you? All it takes is a bottle of champagne.

 

At Payless Liquors, we carry an impressive selection of champagne and other kinds of wines. You can stop by to pick up a bottle, or you can place a pickup order through our site.

Holiday Wine

Top 6 Wines for a Holiday Party

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If you want to spend time with your guests during your holiday party rather than standing behind the bar all night, forget the complicated cocktails and stick to a true holiday classic – wine. Selecting wine may seem intimidating, especially when you have multiple guests to consider. Take out the guesswork and make sure you’re fully prepared with our curated list of holiday wines.

 

  1. Erath – Pinot Noir

 

Oregon is a popular location for Pinot Noir due to its unique climate, allowing Pinot grape varieties to thrive and produce delicate, well-balanced wines. This Pinot is known for its smooth finish and light, silky, fruit-forward flavors of orchard cherries, fresh violet, and herbal tea. Delicious when enjoyed alone, it’s also perfect for accompanying simple meat and poultry dishes as it complements these dishes without overpowering them.

 

  1. Banfi – Chianti Classico Riservia

 

An often-overlooked and underrated wine, Chianti is produced in the Chianti Classico zone of Tuscany. This rich, deep ruby-red chianti undergoes a minimum of two months of aging, half of which in Slavonian oak barrels, followed by six months of bottle aging. Dominant flavors include cherry, orange peel, plum, iris, leather, and subtle wood, making it the perfect wine for pairing with flavorful roasts or charcuterie boards.

 

  1. Louis Jadot – Beaujolais Villages 2020

 

Maison Louis Jadot ranks as one of the most trusted and beloved wine houses in the world. The Gamay grape variety grows in light soil in the southern part of Beaujolais. This light, crisp, juicy, and fruit-forward red features notes of raspberry, strawberry, black cherry, and spice, underscored by zesty peppercorn. Its light-to-medium body allows it to pair well with anything, but it truly shines when accompanied by light red meats and roasted white meats.

 

  1. Mount Veeder – Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

 

In 2018, extensive winter rain, late-season spring showers, a moderate summer free of heatwaves, and warm sunny fall days allowed for a healthy crop of grapes to thrive in Napa Valley. This created complex flavors, well-balanced acidity, and refined tannins. Ripe blackberry, deep cherry, and black plum are accented with mocha, dried sage, cedar, and sweet oak in this wine. Lush, fresh, toasty, and with impressive depth, this Cab should be served with prime rib or roast.

 

  1. Santa Margherita – Pinot Grigio

 

A Vivino 2020 Wine Style Award winner, Santa Margherita’s signature Pinot Grigio hails from the Alto Adige region of Northern Italy. This wine has a clean, fresh, and fragrant aroma, bone-dry finish, and Golden Delicious apple taste. With a versatile, flavorful, and well-rounded personality, this Pinot is a great choice. You can serve it as an aperitif, with a variety of cheeses, seafood dishes, white meats, and souffles.

 

  1. Segura Viudas – Cava Brut Reserve

 

Is any holiday party truly complete without sparkling wine? Cava is Spain’s best-known sparkling wine, and this Cava Brut was produced in the Rioja region of Southern Spain. Segua Vuidas used nine different wines for this blend, each vinified in separate tanks with 30 months of aging. Aromas of lemon verbena, brioche, brine, tarragon, and honeysuckle provide a light, airy, floral flavor with hints of smoke, and its minerality imparts notes of lime chiffon, bread dough, and vanilla. Pair with appetizers, lean fish, and cured meats.

 

Matching like with like is a helpful tip for pairing wine varieties with foods. Consider a Pinot Grigio for fish or chicken dishes, a Chianti or Cabernet Sauvignon for rich red meat, and a Pinot Noir or Beaujolais for a full and hearty spread, then finish the evening with a Cava Brut. At Payless Liquors, we are available for all your holiday shopping needs. Contact us today to stock your wine cabinet for the upcoming feast and you’ll be sure to have a memorable party.

Luc Belaire Bleu Day

Luc Belaire Bleu Day

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Could it be true that Bel Aire Bleu is available to you? Join us for Bel Aire Bleu Day on December 4, 2021 at our East St. location from 11am-2pm to be able to grab a limited edition bottle of this deliciousness! This sapphire-colored, berry-flavored cuvee is certainly one you would want to try.
*No sign ups or bottle reservations necessary to participate. One bottle limit per person.
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Holiday Liquor Cabinet: How to Properly Stock

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’Tis the season yet again, and as we prepare to gather and make merry, let’s be sure not to skimp on the holiday liquor. Knowing what to have on standby is crucial to creating the perfect drink.

 

A well-stocked home-for-the-holidays offers drink selections that are both diverse and accessible, with a mix of classic crowd-pleasers and exceptional choices to prominently feature holiday and deep-autumn flavors.

 

The Holiday Liquor Cabinet

 

A liquor cabinet that can hold up through Thanksgiving and well into the New Year is important. Nobody wants to break their holiday groove to make an emergency run to the liquor store in their Christmas pajamas. So, make sure you have the following liquors available for guests at a minimum.

 

  • Rum—Try a spiced rum for warm wintertime vibes. You can’t go wrong with Captain Morgan or Sailor Jerry’s. Mixes well with nog and in hot mixed drinks.

 

  • Whiskey—Make sure you have something on hand for the whiskey connoisseurs at your holiday gathering. Irish whiskeys and bourbons can both hearken back to the memories of a traditional country Christmas. Try exploring offerings from Jameson or Knob Creek.

 

  • Vodka—a simple, clean vodka is a must-have for guests who want mixed drinks. It’s the most versatile and adaptable of the liquors. Try Svedka or Smirnoff, both of which also offer flavor-infused vodkas that might spark your holiday creativity.

 

  • Peppermint Schnapps—for those candy-cane-themed mixers or shooters, of course. Try spiking your hot cocoa.

 

  • Brandy—Brandy is another drink that can go well with egg nog, but it’s also a favorite for just sipping around the fire. Rémy Martin XO is a staple, but in some households, it’s a Christmas tradition to acquire a bottle of Spanish Brandy, or Brandy de Jerez, which owes its unique qualities to being derived from Spanish sherry.

 

Hearty Winter Beers

 

It’s not all about liquor. The beer-drinkers at your holiday festivities also deserve consideration. Stock up on a crowd favorite like Budweiser, with their annual holiday-themed cans, but think outside the gift box as well.

 

There is no shortage of craft brewers putting out seasonal brews each year. Try to have choices in at least three categories. Grab a lager, an ale, and round out the offerings with a porter or stout because you’ll want to have something hearty and dark on hand this time of year.

 

  • Bell’s Brewery—Christmas Ale
  • Tröegs Brewing—Mad Elf
  • Revolution Brewing—Fistmas
  • Sierra Nevada—Celebration Ale
  • Samuel Adams—Winter Lager
  • Leinenkugel’s—Snowdrift Vanilla Porter

 

Mull-Worthy Wines

 

Mulling wine is a fun and easy way to add some warmth and holiday spice to your celebration. You simply simmer a dark wine at low heat and add cinnamon sticks, cloves, oranges, and whatever other herbs or spices you like, infusing it with that magical Christmastime flavor. Don’t boil it. Set your heat too high, and you’re likely to burn away alcohol content.

 

  • Merlot
  • Zinfandel (not white)
  • Garnacha/Grenache

 

Mixers and N/A

 

Don’t forget your nog, sparkling juice, ginger ale, and cola. Head to your nearest Payless Liquors and stock up on holiday cheer.