Liquor stores – off the record

A liquor store is a retail shop that sells prepackaged alcoholic beverages — typically in bottles — intended to be consumed off the store’s premises.
Depending on the region and local idiom, they may also be called bottle store, off license, bottle shop, bottle-o, package store (in Boston, called a packet), ABC store, state store, or other similar terms.
In South Africa and Namibia, these stores are generally called bottle stores.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland the corresponding term is off-license, which refers to the fact that alcohol may be brought on the premises but must be consumed off the premises.
Almost all supermarkets and grocery stores, and many petrol stations, have an off-license.
The price of alcohol in off-licensed establishments is substantially lower than its price in on-license establishments (bars, pubs, and restaurants).
Australia – Regulation of alcoholic beverage sales is a state responsibility. Generally, beer, wine and spirits must be purchased at a bottle shop, colloquially known as a bottle-in some states. These may be a separate section of a supermarket or an individual store – major retail corporations usually have their own bottle shop franchises located close to their supermarket operations.
Drinking establishments may also sell liquor for off-site consumption. Drive-through alcoholic retail outlets are common. The state of Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory permit the sale of alcoholic beverages from supermarkets and convenience stores.
New Zealand – Supermarkets and convenience stores may sell beer and wine only.
Spirits (whiskey, brandy, rum, gin, vodka etc.) must be purchased at bottle shops
In Poland all supermarkets, convenience stores, and gas stations may sell beer, wine, and liquors only if they have concession to run this kind of sale.
All provinces except Alberta and British Columbia have government-owned retail liquor monopolies.
Alberta only privately owned liquor stores. British Columbia has both private and government-owned retail liquor outlets.