2401 West Platte Road, Riverside | 816-741-3377
For some, swiftness is the primary virtue of a liquor store. But if you're using a stopwatch to clock your odyssey from door to aisle to counter to sidewalk, you may not win a race at Red X. And it's not the store's fault, unless you can blame the Red X's ownership for stocking a track-stopping selection of wine, spirits, beer and cocktail accoutrements. Binocular- and cell-phone flasks, sake sets and neon-plastic jiggers await your gawking, alongside bottles of lavender syrup, jars of olives stuffed with smoked gouda, and enough sour cocktail onions to ward off a whole horny frat house. The alcoholic esoterica go on and on: cinnamon-flavored whiskey, cherry-flavored Manischewitz, green margarita salt, sorghum beer, Armenian brandy in dragon-shaped bottles, airplane bottles of absinthe. Maybe you're here for one of the well-attended wine tastings? You'll find your way there soon enough — Red X employs a large, trained staff ready to help you navigate the store itself as well as its products. It's all enough to make you move north of the river.