In a few weeks, the St. Johns Neighborhood Association will ask city council to approve a ban on the sale of 40-ouncers. But for the time being, these big gulps of glory are still available in the neighborhood. Forget Plaid Pantry, where the tightly clustered aisles make navigation difficult--especially if you are already staggering drunk. The best selection around is at 7-11. Air-conditioned and friendly, the 7-11 is an oasis. And they have the best selection in town: No fewer than eight brands, including the Lexus of 40s, Olde English "High Gravity" 800 for a justifiable $2.94. PB

7-11, 7330 N. St Louis, 40s from $1.99 - $2.94