New Yorkers load up on booze for election night
4th November 2020

New Yorkers are getting into the Election Night “spirit” — by loading up on liquor.

The 2020 presidential election was a boon for Big Apple booze stores, with several sellers across the city seeing an uptick in sales on Tuesday.

“We are having three times the business we normally do, it’s been insane!” said John Berg, the manager at St. Marks Wine and Spirit in Lower Manhattan.

Customers there were grabbing everything from cheap wine to $60.99 bottles of Casamigos tequila.

“All my regulars are stocking up [and] a lot of my customers are having election night parties” Berg told The Post.

Gabrielle Macintosh, a 24-year-old who works in fashion, purchased an $11.99 bottle of Snoop Dogg-branded wine and some tequila for a small gathering in the Financial District.

“Either way the outcome will be chaotic so I might as well drink,” she said, “[I’m] hoping the alcohol will calm the nerves.”

Over at Astor Wine and Spirits, an employee said things had been “pretty busy,” with a lot of folks stocking up on Champagne.

“In victory or defeat you need Champagne,” said the staffer, who asked to remain anonymous.

One customer got Dom Perignon because he was hosting a “Bye Don Dom” party, she said, adding that the store had “been shipping bottles to celebrities…even Rachel Maddow.”

At Warehouse Wines and Spirits nearby, Patrick Meagher, 47, was loading up on four bottles of red wine to watch the election results with some friends.

“I need something to take the edge off,” he said.

NYC-based online alcohol service Minibar Delivery told The Post it saw a 27 percent spike in sales on Nov. 2 over the previous Monday — with an average order value of $78.30.

For Election Day, the service was projecting sales to be up 40 percent compared to the prior Tuesday.

Meanwhile, some brick-and-mortar liquor stores were seeing lines similar to those at polling places earlier in the day — like Thompson Wine & Spirits in the West Village, where an employee told a Post reporter to come back when the shop was less packed.

BQE Discount Wine and Liquors in Williamsburg also had a line of booze-hounds out the door, and workers there said business was booming.

Taryn Randall, 32, picked up four bottles of wine, two reds and two whites, saying she “just wanted a glass of wine to calm my nerves a little bit.”

Friends Stephanie Babirak, 32, and Zora Tucker, 41, both of Harlem, walked out with a bottle of Maker’s Mark and a bottle of Old-Grandad for “a little election-avoiding party.”

“We’re going to pamper ourselves. This stuff will relax us,” said Babirak.

Jose Rios, 56, picked up a box of Cabernet Sauvignon — which holds about 32 glasses worth — “to celebrate the vote” with his family.

“I don’t know if we’re going to drink the whole thing — but we’re going to try,” he said.

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