United States > Illinois > Palatine
Scipio (12) Palatine, Illinois | March 26, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Good store with an even better selection. Wide variety of domestics, and there is a very good bomber selection. The only negative that I can think of is that the selection of imports is a bit thin. They have many Belgian beers, but not very many from Britain. However, for whatever reason, I noticed that prices are lower than other stores that I have visited. I mean, it seems that some items are at least $2 cheaper than I have found elsewhere. You can’t beat some of these deals. Another plus is that they have some of their more obscure options already available chilled. Staff seemed friendly. It would be easy to see this becoming a favorite liquor store for a local.
GhostFace (15) Wisconsin | October 15, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
This place is a very nice store. Not much of a looker outside and in but you aren’t really going on a beer hunt looking for a flashy store.. are you? Friendly staff gives you a sense of how stores were once run. The guy I talked to was not very helpful but good thing I know my stuff and kept on looking through the store. Prices were a little high in my opinion but they’re pretty standard for the Chicago area market. They had most of the Chicago micros in stock along with some Three Floyds, Avery, Stone, Brooklyn, Dogfish Head & Boulevard. Very nice beer selection in my opinion. Not much of a booze + wine selection but they did have all the standards. Check out Emmets brewpub right down the block!
Rustyscrupper (1) Illinois | March 7, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great selection of beers. Bombers as well as 6 packs. Not your Binny’s shine but they make up for it with a knowledgeable staff. Good pricing makes me stop about once a week.
msante79 (341) Mount Prospect, Illinois | March 26, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Large corner liquor store. Big singles selection which is always a plus. Tons of regional brews in both six packs and bombers. Had all the new seasonal brews available in the chicagoland market. While it may not be and neat and brightly lit as the local Binny’s the prices were cheaper and had just as wide if not better selection. May be my new local bottle shop which I plan to soon be mayor of!
TheGuy (26) Illinois | November 28, 2009
56 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Old and dirty with a decent selection of most craft beers you get in the chicagoland area Bells,Three Floyds, Founders,Goose Island the usaul stuff average at best not very knowledgeable at least while I was there the beer guy was pointing me at some point brews that he has tried picked up a couple of singles and will proboly never return
HonkeyBra (12) Lemont, Illinois | January 18, 2009
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty cool place. Definitely out of the 70s, but they’ve got a great make your own six pack section, and lots of rare, awesome bombers. Sometimes you’ve got to watch for old stuff. But, there’s tons of great beers and sometimes have great events here (like a lost abbey release party last november).
Ughsmash (138) Pewaukee, Wisconsin | January 9, 2008
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
This was conveniently close to my hotel and Durty Nellie’s for a couple weeks. It’s a large, kind of dirty, warehouse type building that wasn’t too pretty to look at. The service was good, and they were able to answer my beer questions. The beer selection was large, with much stuff available in singles, but I found a lot of dead, expired stock... they did have cool stuff like BA Allagash stuff as well. This is a good stop if you’re in the area.
SubstanceT (114) Saint Louis, Missouri | March 3, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Wow what a hell of a find. I was pretty impressed with their selection, however, I wonder how long things are sitting on the shelf. They are the only place in the area that has a singles selection. Pretty much anything that you can buy in a 6 pack you can get in singles. Lots of VERY SOLID BEERS and an occasional find. This place is now in my regular rotation.
LOL, frankenkitty talked about the 70s atmosphere. When we walked into the store they had disco playing. It was funny.
Illini08 (41) Raleigh, North Carolina | January 7, 2007
58 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Very old style feel to the place, almost musty. Pretty good selection of singles, but you can’t break up six-packs which sucked. Plenty of stuff from Victory, Great Divide, GI, Great Divide, Great Lakes, not much from FFF or Capital though which disappointed me. Service was horrible. When I found someone working there, she seemed perturbed that I was even there, let alone asking her a question about beer. I got a short and exasperated response that "You can’t take beers from the six packs! Then how would I know how much they cost?!"
frankenkitty (94) Oak Lawn, Illinois | October 27, 2006| Updated November 8, 2006
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
As mentioned, the retro-’70’s atmosphere is quaint if not disturbing. Brown linoleum and dark paneling seal the deal. Exterior detailing suggests this was an ex-Blockbuster with blue & gold awnings and a theatre marquee. Staff is cheerful and willing to help and offer suggestions.
A diverse beer selection is spread across several aisles. Every time I turned a corner I was pleased to find even more! (Only 2 meads though: Lurgashall and Chaucer’s. bah.) Some bottles were thoroughly stuck to the sheetmetal shelves and could only be removed with considerable pressure and a frightening "CRACK!". That and a bit of dust suggests that Dobby’s lack of rotation needs to be more skillfully disguised.
Prices were on par if not better than Suburban Chicago bottleshops. I bought a case of mixed 12’s and a case of mixed pints/750’s and spent around $75 (although I may have been a bit frugal in my choices). Stop by when you hit Brockway Chophouse
3 blocks away on the other side of Palatine Road.
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