Small place in a basement on Newbury. More wine than beer. Much smaller range than Charles Street LIquors but they did have a couple of things that Charles Street didn’t (can’t remember what now). However, as we were staying very close to Charles Street liquors, I only went here once so i don’t know what their rotation is like. Not cheap but this is Boston, and an expensive part of Boston at that.
Located in a busy lively street of Boston with many restaurants and shopping. This little basement store is hard to spot and you can forget about parking during busy hours. The store is small so it is missing a lot of stuff that can be found in larger Boston stores but the limited selection is interesting. For instance I picked up some Cascade Kriek and Ithaca Brute. They had some Bruery, Lost Abbey, Jolly Pumpkins and a decent selection of classic Belgians (Rulles, De Dolle, etc.). Most beer are kept in two double-door fridge in the back so your beer should be in good shape. Prices are decent for the area, cheaper than the larger Charles Street Liquors not far from there. Again, just like most places (bars/stores) in this area this is not worth making a big detour but if you have a hotel downtown you must hit this store. The selection was limited but I picked-up some stuff there (such as Ithaca Brute) that were not at Charles Street Liquors. The 11pm closing time is also very convenient.
We’re on a short trip to Boston this weekend - we were shopping on Newbury street anyway, so we popped in here - this place is highly over-rated - very small space, with a decent wine selection - about one cooler/fridge full of beer, with a few cases sitting on the floor next to it - nothing I didn’t see at any of the other local stores (pizza port wipeout, two brother’s bare tree, lagunitas 13 were the most "stand out") - semi-pretentious atmosphere - nothing special, and hardly worth a stop, even if you ARE in the area.
Really not what I expected - several extremely rare beers availalbe but a much smaller selection than I was led to believe from other reviews. Maybe 30 different beers - had AleSmith Speedway Stout though. If you’re in the area already, it’s worth stopping by but otherwise probably not worth the effort.
Nate (326) Indiana, Pennsylvania | February 9, 2008
Visited here in Aug ’02 for the ACS Meeting. Walked over during my first evening in town with a buddy to find some beers to rate in the hotel. Found Aecht and several New England brews to try. Decent selection, prices were not surprising for a big city, and the people were helpful enough.
Visité pour la première fois le 8 juillet 2009, en explorant un peu le coin. Vraiment pas loin du station T Hynes, dans un sous-sol, pas mal tout les bières sont dans le fon, ce qui est facile à trouver car ce magasin n’est pas gros. La sélection n’est pas mauvaise, pas aussi gros que celui de Charles Street. Le sevice est bon, bien que je n’ai pas demandé de l’aide. Si ton hébergement n’est pas loin, ça vaut la paine.
limited but solid selection. more of wine and liquor store than beer store. on busy newbury street. not great reason to seek out store in itself, but if happen to be in the area could be worth a pop in.
OldGrowth (193) the Containment Area, North Carolina | December 25, 2004| Updated April 29, 2006
Located near the end of Newbury st near Massachusetts ave. In a basement location. This small store does a good job rotating things through. Stuff will disappear quickly as they don’t have big storage space. Nick the beer guy will talk shop with you and help you if your not sure if what you want. Good prices compared to some of the area’s big stores. Worth a visit if your in the area. Very close to MBTA’s Green line stop Hynes Convention Center/ICA Station Any "B" "C" "D" train will go there
Visited here back in October ’07 while in town visiting some friends and honoring the funk. Nice little store, but they wouldn’t allow me to use their restroom which kind of annoyed me. Maybe they didn’t have one. Picked up some stuff from southern tier, alesmith, and smuttynose that I can’t get in NC. A rather small selection, as they are mainly a wine and spirit store (surprise), but a decent one with some nice brews. Oh yeah, they also had some 2001 3F gueuze that they had just gotten in that day. Yes, I’ll take 2.
A nice little upscale "boutique" bottle shop in what seems to be a well-to-do part of town. Nick the Beer manager wasn’t there, but the two guys behind the cash were friendly and gave me some glassware to go with the boxload of goodies I bought. Plenty of one-offs and oddities, especially with US micros. A few 6-packs, but mostly singles and bombers. Not a huge selection of imports, but all interesting ones. I enjoyed my shopping experience there and will return whenever I get back to Beantown.