United States > California > Costa Mesa
GG (15) Costa Mesa, California | June 18, 2009
76 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Everytime I go to SoCal, if Iím in the area I stop by Hi-Times. The wife loves their tequila and I could spend an hour perusing thru the walk-in cooler looking (and freezing) thru everything they have. A really nice selection, prices are pretty decent and they allow you to break up a sixer (for a price). If you are near Huntington Beach, or anywhere else in Orange County itís a must stop.
Beergeek23322 (135) Chesapeake, Virginia | April 19, 2015
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic place. Lots of hard to find booze, rare wines and an excellent beer selection all in a huge cooler. Everything from singles to 6-packs, domestic and foreign. Prices a bit on the high side, but absolutely a stop worth if youíre in the area. I happened to walk in to their monthly beer tasting today with 10 local beers being poured accompanied with cheeses and salamis. Great place!
BMan1113VR (422) Los Angeles, California | December 23, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Quite an epic selection of booze. A ridiculous liquor selection, and a very good wine selection. Beers were almost all kept in a cooler, with a large amount of uncommon to see beers (nothing super rare, but a lot of new ticks even for a local). Employees were knowledgeable, but vocally arrogant and dismissive. Prices were fair for wine and beer, but a bit high for some/most of the liquor.
joeneugs (189) Livermore, California | July 7, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
I seem to find my way to this store every time Iím in SoCal. Good location (even though its a bit hard to find) with ample parking. The beer section is sequestered off to the side of the store and almost seems separate, but I give them high marks for their giant walk in cooler where most if not all of their beer is kept in good condition. I always find some interesting beers here that I canít get in NorCal. They had a pretty good selection of imported craft as well. The employee there seemed to know about most of the recent releases and what was coming soon. A good place to visit when down in this direction.
johanvan (13) calgary, Alberta | April 10, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great Selection of Import & Craft US beer. Really well laid ouit store (easy to navigate). Good prices and was able to buy some really good beer goblets that I brought home with me. Some real gems in the beer cooler; I will be back!
jhgrantjr (41) Tennessee | March 10, 2012| Updated June 11, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
This place was unbelievable. All the beer is in a walk in cooler, lots of singles and local stuff like Russian River, Alesmith, Lost Abbey, etc. If you are in OC, you need to stop here.
savnac (284) Anchorage, Alaska | February 23, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Big beer, wine, spirits, tobacco and gourmet food place tucked away behind a big strip mall. The place is really nice but the beer area is tucked away in a more unfinished area which is still nice and organized. Service was great, someone asked if we needed any help and made some nice suggestions. Selection was really good, lots of California micros, US micros and imports. Value was great on most things while some bottles seemed a tad bit high. Overall a great bottle shop, definitely stop by if youíre in the area and see that they have.
blutt59 (166) Dallas, Texas | August 11, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Semi residential location with big walk in cooler, all the standards plus a few not seen everywhere else, good store if you are in the area, wish they still shipped here
Dixonian (150) Plano, Texas | August 1, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
My go to beer store during a recent work trip to the OC. They have a walk in fridge with brews sorted by country. I found so many gems that I had been looking for. Bought some glasses as well - their collection is stellar. Service is hit or miss - a few people have been incredibly friendly and helpful while some others have been a bit stand offish. This place rules and I could see myself being a regular if I lived here.
StefanSD (45) Lakeside, California | May 11, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited here on my way back from Hollywood. Its kind of tricky to find. Very nice walk in beer cooler with many gems that you donít normally see in Socal stores. Prices were quite reasonable, I picked up a couple of Odonata Saisons for $5 each. I did not require any assistance but I feel that I had I needed any help would have been available.
brokensail (1137) Orange County, California | April 11, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
I was initially concerned as I turned onto Ogle (from Orange) to see what appeared to be a residential area. I almost missed the place at first, but was able to slow down and make it into the parking lot.
I walked in through the main entrance to see quite the expanse of cigars, wines, and spirits. I was (again) a bit confused until I looked to my right to see a hallway were I could see some cooler doors and a walk-in cooler through a hallway.
The initial confusion was quickly replaced with a feeling of elation. There are about 6-8 cooler doors and a substantial pile of cases to the left of the doorway. Next to/behind the cooler doors is a large walk-in cooler where there is even more good stuff.
Lots of, well, just about everything. Plenty of German beers, a pretty good selection of Belgians, as well as other imports such as Mikkeller and Nogne-O. All the usual suspects from CA and the west coast, and quite a few you donít usually see (most notably Kern River, Mammoth, and Caldera). Plenty of stuff from DFH, Flying Dog, New Belgium, HotD, Russian River, The Bruery, Stone, Deschutes, North Coast, and more (too many to name).
I wish I had more money to spend here because I could have easily bought a few cases full of beer (I went conservative and only bought one case worth).
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