The Liquor Library In Las Vegas' McCarran Airport Offers Liquor To Go

Kyle Murphy

There are many people who travel to Las Vegas each year. Whether it be for fun, work, or just for a temporary escape from reality; most of Sin City's visitors are looking to party while they are there.

According to NBC News, the more than 21 million visitors that Las Vegas gets each year now have the opportunity to get the party started at the airport.

Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport opened The Liquor Library earlier this month. The unique liquor shop is located in the baggage claim area of Terminal 1. The shop offers beer, wine, liquor, packaged snacks and cups, ice and mixers.This way, Las Vegas travelers can get their party essentials before their checked bags even hit the carousels.

Most travelers are familiar with post-security, duty-free liquor stores that are accessible only to passengers flying on international itineraries. The Liquor Library, however, is open to all. The shop collects sales and liquor taxes and is believed to be the first of its kind in a domestic airport.

The Liquor Library marketing director Diane Boyle told NBC News this, “Essentially, we offer most of what any liquor store would, just in a much more traveler friendly location.”

Because of the limited space inside The Liquor Library– just 1,400 square feet – the shop's designers decided to stack the merchandise on tall “bookshelves” which are accessed by “librarians” (the sales clerks) who will climb up and down rolling, library-style ladders to retrieve customers' orders.

Male travelers will, more than likely, really like this shop. Boyle says, “Our librarians wear charcoal grey pencil skirts, white button down shirts, black stockings and very cute spectacles while working on the sales floor."

The employee uniforms may attract a lot of customers, but the daily in-store tastings, which are hosted by different brands, may also help push sales.

During The Liquor Library's first week of operation, the store hit it's projected sales of spirits, with the best sellers being Grey Goose, Kettle One, Jack Daniel's and Kinky Vodka. Boyle said that the beer is “flying off the shelves,” but there’s also been a pretty good amount of sales of higher-end champagnes and wine, such as Dom Perignon, Veuve Cliquot, Duckhorn and Silver Oak.

There are many places in Las Vegas to buy alcohol, but The Liquor Library is very convenient for people who might not want to leave their hotel room to look for a liquor store.