United States > California > Costa Mesa
lunaticharness (23) Torrance, California | March 1, 2004
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
crazy ass place people all over the place, slow as fuck check out, great selection of beer - i think they had some more hidden but im not sure...,
DrunkAsASkunk (40) Lynnwood, Washington | February 27, 2004
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
This place is the ultimate stop for those seeking alcoholic consumption. If you want belgians, if you want local brews, if you want a hefeweizen, then youll get about 50 varities here. Parking is good, the selection is unparalled, and you can buy by the single. Prices are decent but can get expensive as would be expected. The workers are knowledgeable, and nearly every style can be represented at hi times. You can also order in what you desire! A MUST STOP for anyone in the area!
ZepolK (1) South Side Montebello, California | February 23, 2004
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Somewhat odd place with what appears to be an indoor swap meet feel. Great beer selection, but the service could not be any worse. Staff could care less if you found what you were looking for. When I would ask they seemed to be annoyed with my questions and would give generalizations on where they may or may not have a particular beer hidden. As I said the selection is great, but good luck trying to find anything. With a selection this vast they should consider having a Kiosk or at least a map, or a knowledgeable beer guide who actually knows where they keep all the different beer! Overall I got what I came for but I took forever to find it, especially with the kind of "Bevis & Butthead, Spicoli staff" they have running the beer section. If Hi-Time Wine Cellars management ever read this review, stop hiring the local potheads from Newport and your friends kids, there not cutting it!
austinpowers (152) New York, New York | January 26, 2004
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Very tough to find, so MapQuest it. Excellent selection! True beer lovers should plan on spending 60-80 minutes in this store ogling and selecting your purchases. Service is decent, too. I like the darkened back room with the bombers and exotics in it - very nice. If it isn't at Hi Time, it cannot be obtained in SoCal. Oddly, their focus is wine, but perhaps that pays the bills.
herbjones (29) Orange, California | January 13, 2004
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
This place blows and everyone should stop going there.Leave the beer for me! Seriously, if they dont have it, you cant get it in SoCal. If you dont see it ask for Mike he can tell you if they can get it or if they got it and you missed the boat.
JohnC (163) Mission Viejo, California | January 12, 2004
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
The first two sentences in the Brew Tour says it all, "Moslems go to Mecca. Beer Geeks go to Hi Time." They have an enormous selection of beer. They have monthly beer tastings. Yes, look at the map on their website, because they are in an out of the way location. The beer staff is knowledgeable. You can mail order beer from them. As noted in the Brew Tour, this is First and Foremost, a Wine store. Even if you aren't into wine, go downstairs and see the wine cellar.
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