A shop at which liquor is sold for consumption off the premises; a wine-merchant’s shop or ‘off licence’. Also attributive.See also off-sales.
1862G.H. MasonZululand 17 (Jeffreys)One of the first [of my old aquaintances] I met with was driving a carriage and a pair of horses;..another, who formerly kept a small bottle store, was a wholesale exporter.
1897H. RaymondB.I. Barnato 88It was said that Merriman had formerly kept, or had been interested in the profits of a bottle store, that is, an off-licenced liquor shop.
1916E. Prov. Herald 22 July 6Touching on the bottle stores, the Committee considers that special officers under the control of the Resident Magistrate and closely in touch with the Police should be entrusted with power to issue or refuse liquor permits.
1952Drum June 10Africans..are not allowed to buy wine in the bottle-stores; so they get Coloured workers to buy it for them, or brew Skokiaan or ‘Kill-me-quick’ for their weekend drinking.
1961T. MatshikizaChoc. for my Wife 30She worked in the bottle store serving the blacks who had liquor permits, and whites who required none.
1978Het Suid-Western 20 Sept.Bottle stores are now the last shops left in South Africa that practice racial segregation with separate entrances and separate counters, depending on your skin colour...The poor bottle store man has no alternative, or else he is in grave danger of losing his liquor licence.
1984D. PinnockBrotherhoods 15Liquor prohibition was ended in terms of the Liquor Amendment Act of 1961...The Act granted all races the right to buy liquor at bottle-stores.
1991G. Zwirn inSettlerVol.65No.2, 11Bottle store, Colloquial SAE for a British-type of off-licence, viz. a shop where liquor is sold for consumption off the premises.
1993Sunday Times 25 Apr. 13A number of off-licences (the curious name for bottlestores in Britain) pride themselves on keeping homesick South Africans..supplied of their favourite tipple.
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