John Walker & Company

If you want something more than just wine, then you cannot miss John Walker & Company. Serving customers since 1933 (just when Prohibition ended), this shop not only has its own cellar for wines but also offers a stellar range of spirits from around the world. There is an array of vodka, gin, rum, whiskeys and scotch. There are also great vintages hidden in John Walker's oak walls and cabinets, such as the Cristal champagne. Depending on the size, prices range start at $5 and reach $500 for the rare selections.

For those who work in the Financial District, it is a very convenient stop. The very knowledgeable staff can help you find the right tonic to alleviate any stress and to lift any celebration.

- Excerpt from "Better Than Tap Water" by Grace Chen