State Patrol Targets Tipsy's Liquor World

Tipsy's Liquor World, at Bowles and C-470, isn't just another alcohol-supply store. As Westword pointed out in this May piece, it's 87,000 square feet of huge -- a veritable booze resort supplemented by two restaurants, Pickles Deli and Twigs Wine Bar, not to mention a posh tasting area outfitted with high-end furniture and a live piano player. In addition, the decor includes a series of mannequins outfitted like customers, security guards and so on, and they're so ultra-realistic, with blue eyes that glisten and twinkle in the light, that folks who've already had a few before dropping by are likely to lose their shit at the sight of them.

That'd undoubtedly be fine by the State Patrol, which is clearly keeping a close watch on Tipsy's clientele.

The afternoon of June 22, for example, four -- count 'em, four -- squad cars were lined up along C-470 pointing north along the foothills just beyond the highway entrance off of Bowels. And two more officers, one in a car and the other on a motorcycle, had pulled over drivers headed in the opposite direction. It was a legal six-pack that packed one helluva punch.

Let that be a warning to you, Tipsy's customers. Don't sample the store's products until putting the car in the garage, or you could be in a Liquor World of hurt. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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