Armanetti Beverage Marts - Chicago (OUT OF BUSINESS)

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  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 1/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 1/20
emerge077  (131) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | February 11, 2010| Updated November 19, 2010
Armanettis used to be a regular stop for me, but I dont shop there anymore. The selection is great, but prices are high, and they have a "members only" card program that excludes people from access to buying limited beers that are sitting on the shelf for all to see. Clearly not beer advocacy. After continued patronage, I was randomly lectured by the owner about "customer loyalty", and have been treated like I had never spent a dime in the store before (after spending over $1000 there over the last several years). Passive/aggressive behavior and poor treatment of customers is the issue here. Selection is great, with a focus on Midwest micros like FFF, Dark Horse, Flossmoor, and Half Acre. The store is relatively tidy, though iíve bought expired imports on occasion. With so many options nearby like West Lakeview, Lush, Pellys, and Whole Foods, I have no problem finding great craft beer elsewhere. Not to mention people who are passionate about beer and treat their customers like human beings. These arent isolated incidents: http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/2579904 More accounts on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/armanetti-wine-shoppe-and-beverage-mart-chicago?rpp=40&sort_by=rating_asc http://www.yelp.com/user_details?userid=Bxk1e52kHTVJLe5jeq_jlw http://www.yelp.com/user_details?userid=wec0NqmYVIgONWasXb889g
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9  (34) Nashville, Tennessee | January 23, 2010| Updated March 4, 2010
The selection is nearly great here. The store is very clean, and things are organized nicely. I have been a couple of times, and I find something that I donít expect nearly every time. This will be added to my regular circuit of beer shopping stops.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
mattmc1973  (13) Sterling Heights, Michigan | July 12, 2009
Stopped in here after leaving West Lakeview and didnít find what I was looking for there. Was pleasantly surprised to stumble on this place, whose selection was actually better than WLV!! Iíll be back.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel  (209) Chicago, Illinois | June 30, 2009
Pretty nice shop on the northside that gets in some goodies. Prices arenít nothing too amazing, but they do tend to have a lot of fresh stuff. I prefer to go down the street to WLV, but Armanettiís does carry Flossmoor stuff. One of my standard go toos.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
marchcow  (36) Coralville, Iowa | May 18, 2009
Stopped by here on a recent trip to Chicago. Had a very nice selection of domestics and staff was friendly and helpful. I agree that Steve was helpful and helped me carry my beer to the car. Definitely worth a stop. Nice neighborhood too.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
downender  (382) Bristol, England | March 21, 2009
Visted after having been to West Lakeview Liquors. Would echo comments that selection is nearly as wide as at WLV, and on the day had a lot more Three Floyds on offer, especially the six packs. Two decent shops in one neighbourhood is rare. Staff were friendly too.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
JJSuds  (26) California | August 22, 2008| Updated September 7, 2008
Surprising great craft beer selection for this neighborhood. Yoo-hoo!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao  (222) Iowa City, Iowa | August 8, 2008
Popped in here on my way to West Lake View Liquors to look for some Flossmoor as they carry their bottles. I was pleasantly surprised. Their selection was nearly as good as West Lake View, and actually a bit better as far as domestic micros go. I picked up a few bottles of Founderís Deca, for example. Steve was very friendly and helpful. If youíre going to West Lake View you should stop here as well.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
Walt  (189) Austin, Texas | April 15, 2008
Another wonderful shop!!! The owner and beer manager were there when I stopped by...great selection of awesome beers!!! Very knowledgeable and friendly! While, they didnít have anything rare when I was there, they did have everything that I wanted. Another must stop at shop.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
Garm  (2) | April 4, 2008
I found myself by Armanettiís and had heard a lot about it and decided to try out their craft beer selection. They had a wide variety of your staple beers, but then they had beers that I had not seen in any other store in the Chicago area. I walked in wanting to get one or two beers and wound up walking out with 5 simply because I knew I wasnít going to get them anywhere else. I see myself going there in the future for most craft beer purchases.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
beernightscout  (2) Chicago, Illinois | March 29, 2008| Updated August 29, 2009
A joy of a family-owned store, in a great North Side hood. Huge craft beer selection, often different than whatís at West Lakeview. Ask about the 4% disocunt card. Cool vibe: If you want a macro, you have to walk past ALL the micros and imports on the shelves, past the coolers of bigger name micros, to find the the cases they have in the corner cooler. Thatís awesome. This is the place to go for AMERICAN micros, their stock rivals Binnyís and blows away West Lakeview. Weaker on imports, but they have plenty to keep you happy, from Black Albert to all the great Belgians. And you can usually find a great deal, like Point Maibock 12-packs for $8 all this past summer, to Red Hook coffee beer for $2 a bomber. Become a regular and theyíll save rare releases for you (like KBS). So check it out, then walk down the street to Paulina Meat Market half a block away and spend the rest of your paycheck on the sausages.

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