04/13/2012 09:06 am ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

The Best Bargain Booze

When you're planning a party -- it could be a housewarming or a frat party (don't worry we won't judge!) -- that requires you to buy some alcohol, what do you usually do? Do you buy whatever is dirt cheap on the shelf? If this sounds like you, keep reading. More often than not you're probably doing yourself and others a disservice by buying swill that's not even worth sipping. But price is not always an indicator of quality if you know what to look for. We're here to show you that it's possible to find a good-quality bargain booze that doesn't break the bank and still tastes good.

If you take the time to look around your local liquor store (or online) you'll find that there are some affordable alcohols worth your attention -- don't let the big name brands distract you. So you don't have to do all the work of taste-testing, we've done it for you. We scoured the web to see what everyone has to say about the best bottom-shelf booze. The best part is, they all come in under $20.

What's your favorite bargain booze? Vote in the slideshow below or let us know in the comments.

Sources: The Kitchn, Esquire, The Awl, Chow, About.com -- 20 Good Value Wines Under 10 Bucks and About.com -- Champagne and Sparkling Wine Reviews and Recommendations.