Depending on your personality and how much time you have you will either find Tops overwhelming or exhilarating. It is hard to conceive of a more eclectic liquor store, both in terms of the products on its shelves and its clientele.
In the 20 short minutes I had during this visit I saw:
-Several college students devising optimum strategies for how to most efficiently get drunk and make huge mistakes which will possibly severely hamper their lifetime earning potential (to be expected given Tops' proximity to ASU).
-I also saw several other professionals just getting off from work; these were most-often perusing the neatly-laid-out wine section (in contrast to the free-for-all which is the liquor section).
-Then there were the clearly homeless folks looking to get their fix.
-And finally the college student who was buying a large Red Bull and a Blue Moon (if this admixture isn't called a "Red & Blue" it is more of a crime than combining these two in the first place).
When not people-watching I was busy perusing the whiskey selection -- not an easy task given the "layout" of the liquor section. If I'd had an hour this would have been a fun process, akin to a treasure hunt. As it was, it was somewhat infuriating that I'd glance a Willett Rye hidden behind a Wild Turkey 101, and a High West 21 in the back of a locked cabinet which I was only briefly allowed to peruse given the one staff member who had to attend to all the desperate-to-get-their-drink-on college students with their Jager and PBR.
Still, I was pleasantly surprised by their large selection of both rare and local/craft whiskies. They had whiskies from Washington, Montana, and two from Arizona. They also had the Wild Turkey 101 Rye which is a pretty good find.
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