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Come on in and have a smoke.

Fine Liquors and Tobaccos.
― Le Marquis D'Epoque[src]

Le Marquis D'Epoque is a popular recreational drug retailer and bar chain located in Rapture. Known locations of the store include Fort Frolic's Southern Mall, The Welcome Center's atrium, High Street, and Rapture's Grand Carnival.


Life in a city at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean was a wonder for all citizens of Rapture, but even that thrill would eventually subside. For the average individual looking to fill a craving, they could simply journey to their nearest Le Marquis D'Epoque. The business sold recreational drugs such as alcohol and tobacco products from basic to high end brands. The company benefited from a lack of government regulation and interference, a key tenet of life in Rapture.

Known Employees[]


The lonely Le Marquis D'Epoque in the Welcome Center.

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Welcome Center[]

The store seen in the Welcome Center is on the opposite of the entrance to the Kashmir Restaurant. The store has a small shrine dedicated to the memory of Winston Hoffner outside the gates of the closed store, indicating that he may have been the owner of the store.

Fort Frolic[]

Another shop is located in the last accessible store of the Southern Mall. If the player enters the store in Fort Frolic they will immediately be targeted by a Turret guarding what little is left. Downstairs the bullet riddled remains of what might be Albert Milonakis and his audio diary Fancy Cigarettes can be found. A U-Invent machine, and a Power to the People machine are also available to the player.

New Discoveries[]

Fort Frolic[]

Audio Diary[]

  1. Albert Milonakis - Fancy Cigarettes - Downstairs by Milonakis' corpse.

Burial at Sea - Episode 1[]

High Street's store open for business on New Year's Eve.

Main article: Burial at Sea - Episode 1

Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth can enter the store while exploring the area and upon doing so the owner, Winston Hoffner, will comment on how Booker is back again so soon, implying that he is a regular customer there.

The store is smaller than the one in Fort Frolic, but with a much more glamorous and comfortable design. This store also seemed to specialize in wine more so than other alcoholic beverages, and provided customers with a small booth where they could try different wines and cheeses. The Need to Know TheaterThe Greatness of Dr. Brigid Tenenbaum is found here.

New Discoveries[]

Need to Know Theater[]

  1. The Greatness of Dr. Brigid Tenenbaum



Burial at Sea - Episode 1[]

Behind the Scenes[]

  • Le Marquis D'Epoque is literally translated as "The Marquis of the Era" from French—a more appropriate translation might be "The Modern Man".
    • This name is also missing in the shop's art subtitle, instead only saying "Fine Liquors and Tobaccos."