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The location: Lucky Liquor.

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A liquor store.


Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. In Bon Temps, Louisiana.


Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. The store is briefly glimpsed in the opening credits of every episode.

Warning: this video contains somewhat disturbing images.

       It's about 18 seconds into the credits,
       after we see the Victorian house,
       and the two white houses.

    ( You can see the opening credits for yourself by clicking on the YouTube video to the upper right. If your connection is a fast one, try watching the High Density version.)



Q. What is it actually, in real life?

    A. A liquor store - just not in Bon Temps.


Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. You can find the real Lucky Liquor at 161 Christian Street, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

    That's at the north/northeast corner of Christian and Fannin Streets, two blocks northwest of the two white houses, and five blocks northwest of the Victorian house. Lucky Liquor is also just a few blocks southwest of the Vampire's Nest.

     Here is an aerial photo of the area, with the store marked. And here is a map link.

( Warning: Since I haven't been to Shreveport, I can't say whether this is in a
safe or unsafe part of town. So if you visit, exercise reasonable caution. )


The night time photo below was shot by Jen Bark in 2009.  (Thanks, Jen!)


And this day time photo was shot by Eleanor & Michele in 2009.  (Thanks!)





Here is the Google StreetView panorama of the liquor store (left-click on the image to pan around, right-click to zoom):




[Follow-up: I received an email from a fan, Etta, who lived most of her life in Shreveport,
and knows the town well. She suggested I add this warning about the area:

"The locations for the Lucky Liquor, Victorian House, and the Two White Houses in the credits are in the
downtown Shreveport area vicinity.  I would not advise people to go there alone, especially after dark.
  Most of the locations in Shreveport were shot in the poorer parts of town.  I'm sure this was to capture
more of the small town vibe of Bon Temps.  Unfortunately, this meant that most of the places where
they shot were not safe.  In fact, Sprague Street (the White Houses location) is infamous for
its history of drug and prostitution activity."

And this comment came from Stafford, another lifelong Shreveport resident:

"It is an extremely dangerous part of town and True Blood fans should
never go there at night and use extreme caution during the day."


Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. This was an easy one. You can see the street number of 161 on the front of the store, and since the name (Lucky Liquor) is real, all I had to do was google for "Lucky Liquor, 161" and it popped right up in Shreveport, not far from the Vampire's  Nest.

    Finding this spot first made it easier to find the next two locations in the opening credits (the two white houses and the Victorian house), since they were bunched close together.  So I didn't have far to look.

    In fact, I'm pretty sure that the headstone/cemetery glimpsed along the way is the nearby Oakland Cemetery, but since the Google StreetView photos don't show the headstone in question, I can't be 100% sure.



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