An off licence is a shop
that primarily sells alcoholic
drinks to be consumed off the premises. Typically, you can also purchase smoking products and confectionary
at such an establishment. They make an alternative
by allowing you to take the alcohol home and charging less
for it. You may find you can buy a bottle
of a given brand
the pub price
in an offy.
Off licences are not as useful as they used to be because large supermarkets now tend to stay open longer and can afford to sell booze for even less. They also tend to have a larger selection than many off licenes.
You can often spot an offy by the group of underage drinkers hanging around in front of it.