A joy of a family-owned store, in a great North Side hood. Huge craft beer selection, often different than what’s 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. That’s awesome. This is the place to go for AMERICAN micros, their stock rivals Binny’s 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 they’ll 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.
The reviews here seem a little dated as the beer selection has taken a very positive turn as of late. Shelf space for beer has been recently doubled with a new emphasis on American Micros. I have been working my way through the reccomendations and have yet to be disappointed. Prices are reasonable (in line with the big boys) and the selection is comparable. Best of all if you find something you like they will whip out the beer distributor catalog and have it in the store for you in a week. Kudos to the new ownership! Great selection, decent prices with a neighborhood feel.
This is a nice little liquor store in what isn’t the nicest neighborhood on the north side. The place is nicely laid out, with a couple shelving units and several coolers devoted to beer... the selection was good and the prices reasonable.. would be nice to cut into some of that BMC space. Service was exceptional (at least when Dave was there).
Armanetti’s is back open and under new management! The floorplan is still open with Pergo floors and the bright lights definitely help illuminate a vast selection of wines, spirits, beers, and enough gadgetry to satisfy most upper-echelon bartenders.
A great selection of domestic wine (probably the 2nd best in town, behind Binny’s) and a nice selection of imported wine as well (I especially like the focus on the Rhone Valley). Staff is friendly and knowledgeable- eager to help, and seem to know what they’re talking about. They carry wines ranging from White Zin to Silver Oak (I’m not personally a Silver Oak fan, but you get the point- wide ranging selection).
Best tequila selection in town for a retail location. Also a stellar Scotch/Whiskey section.
Beer selection could use some work, although it’s off to a great start. Decent Belgians and English mixed in with an impressive (albeit small) selection of domestic micros. Probably the last place in town with a stash of Brooklyn Local 1 (12 at least- these were on the shelf tonight!).
The owner of the shop, Stephen, is very approachable and open to just about any suggestion.
In all, cool new local place.
Located about 2 miles west of Wrigley on Lincoln just off Addison, you can find plenty of streeet parking here or you can brave the tiny, paved sidelot. Despite a miniscule storefront, the doors whirr open to a snazzy, new-looking shop with a loft-like floorplan. Pergo floors and an open-shelving system make the store feel airy and bright. A big selection of wine overshadows their stock of beer and spirits. Strange black-and-yellow shelftags with a hand holding a shaker glass that shout numbers like "97" and "94" confuse the hell out of me.
Beer selection is diverse yet sadly small with alot of shelfspace screaming for more fermented tenants. Decent selection of Belgians, moderate Germans & English and (around the corner to another aisle) a slim yet tasty offering of American micros. Beer manager Dave is really into beer and scotch, loves to discuss brews and would really like to attend more events... if he could get the time off work! He arranges beer tastings on Friday nights as well.
Update March ’07. I ran into Dave who is now working at Binny’s Willowbrook, and he said that his dad decided to close the place down. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted!