Kris Wines | Holloway, Greater London
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Kris Wines
World Class based on 47 ratings
Type: Beer Store

394 York Way, Lower Holloway
Holloway, Greater London England N7 9LW [ print map ]
020 7607 4871

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Hours: MON-SAT 1.00PM - 11.00PM SUN 1.00PM - 10.00PM

Mayor: Leighton (128) | Affiliated user(s) here menan394 | Bottles: 700

Kris Wines

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Beer Available At Kris Wines (arranged by most recent)
Augustiner Maximator 97, Girardin Faro 78, The Kernel Export India Porter 98, Hop Stuff Gunners Porter , Berliner Kindl Weisse Mit SchuŖ Himbeere 9, Weihenstephaner Korbinian 98, Bohemia Regent Tmavż LeěŠk 12į 67, Kulmbacher Eisbock 99, Siren Wine Barrel Aged Undercurrent 97, The Kernel Export Stout London 1890 99, Weird Beard Fade To Black 97, The Kernel Pale Ale US 366 87, Weird Beard Single Hop Series No 4: Citra Pilsner 83, The Kernel India Pale Ale Amarillo Citra Summit , Mr Whiteheadís Boxing Dog Cider 39, NÝgne ō / Bridge Road India Saison 98, De Hemel Nieuw Ligt Grand Cru 97, Wild Beer Raconteur 83, De Molen Kopi Loewak Coffee Stout (2011-) 99, Bullfinch USA IPA 49
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47 reviews for Kris Wines
 Ambiance  72%
 Service  81%
 Selection  90%
 Food N/A 
 Value  78%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  96%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Osprey87  (37) London via, Wales | June 19, 2013| Updated December 24, 2013
This shop is a long way out of my way, but itís worth it. If youíre looking for a rare Mikkeller or a limited release De Molen then if itís not here itís not in London. The Belgian selection is good but the range is static. The British beer and world beer areas are more exciting. Iíve picked up lots of De Molens, Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, Nogne Imperial Stout Cognac BA, Struise Pannepot and Dark Island Reserve here to name just a few. Itís a treasure trove. However, on some occasions Iíve come away empty-handed so you canít guarantee youíll be lucky. I can see why some people have had problems with the service - Kris is a fellow beer lover and knows his stuff, but the older and younger guys who Iíve sometimes seen working there just provide cover and donít seem to be interested in beer.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse  (205) Hšsselby, Sweden | June 16, 2013
Great little beer and wine store located somewhere between Camden Town, Kentish Town and Caledonian Road. I took a walk from Kentish Town (ca 15 min) and there are buses from Camden Town. At first it just looks like an average hole-in-the-wall-liquor-store, but once youíre in, the walls are packed with interesting beers. Itís not very spacious, but the beers are well selected, with lots of beers from the US, Belgium and Denmark. Good selection of British beers, the selection of beers from London micros is specially impressive. I managed mainly on my own, so the knowledge level was hard to assess, but service was swift and friendly. Well worth a detour if youíre visiting Southampton Arms or the Camden Town pubs.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Enniskillen  (67) Salinas, California | May 7, 2013
Better American selection than most places in the US, you pay for it but its much cheaper than a trade.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
hopbomber  (32) Manchester, England | April 29, 2013
Great shop, very unusual vibe spent about 1/2 an hour in there most punters were Irish and Scottish alcoholics buying skol super. Anyway, selection is excellent especially for modern hop heavy beers from USA Denmark and uk. Belgian and German isnít large but thereís some great stuff. Far better than utobeer and cheaper. There are some bargains in there too even mikkeller is reasonable. 2nd best beer shop in uk only bottle stop in cheadle hulme (gtr manchester) trumps this.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40  (192) Beder, Aarhus, Denmark | April 29, 2013
Tiny store with a brilliant selection and a very enthusiastic owner. The selection holds lots of really good both English and foreign beers - featuring Kernel, De Molen, Mikkeller etc. Fantastic service. Kris will tell you honestly whether each beer is good or not, and I really appreciate that when it comes to breweries, that Iím not familiar with. Iíll be visiting this top store again next time I go to London. Great value for money on the English beers whereas some of the foreign ones are quite expensive even compared to Denmark.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Fin  (491) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 31, 2013
We visited here on Sunday 31st March 2013, we walked from the Southampton Arms which took about 15-20 mins. This is a very impressive beer store with a huge range of really interesting beers. I am a very regularly to be found in íJacksí Westholme Stores at Goring, probably at least once a month, it is also v.impressive, though I think that on overall selection and price in particular this place wins. I picked up some really interesting beers and was v.pleased that I didnít have to shell out an arm and a leg. This is a nice place, quite how they cram all of the beer in is beyond me (bit like Jacks on that front) If even remotely close to the area I think I would make a point of coming here, really impressed with this place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
johninmelb  (16) Bristol, England | March 30, 2013
Well, this is the best beer store Iíve found in the UK so far - only possibly rivalled by the House Of Trembling Madness in York. Shelf upon shelf of classic brews jammed into this tiny shop from all over the world. The best if the UKs new breed of progressive microbrewer alongside international favourites like MIkkeller, Flying Dog, Nogne, etc. Friendly and knowledgable staff - one of whom I think was the owner Kris. Fair prices as well, and very accomodating trading hours. Excellent.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Rune  (360) TromsÝ, Norway | November 22, 2012
700 bottles Ė yes, I really can believe the number after having been to the shop and walked through the tight passages between the shelves. The shop displays a fine selection of beers from interesting American, Belgian, German, Scandinavian, Dutch etc. breweries. They are all very well arranged and lined up. Most impressive is the selection on British, and especially, London microbreweries. Easily the best beer bottle shop I have been to so far. Smiling and friendly service. Btw, thanks for the umbrella! (visited, 06.11.2012).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Finn  (16) TromsÝ, Norway | November 19, 2012
Very good selection. Tiny place. Friendly service. Bottles from floor to ceiling and sorted in an intuitive way. Not far to walk if you visit other beer destinations in the area. Next time itís tempting to stay at the B&B around the corner.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
Leighton  (559) London, England | October 3, 2012
Iíll say it: best bottle shop in London. To start, the selection is outstanding. Lots of British stuff, plenty of Belgian, a whole wall of German, and lots of American. (There are plenty of other countries in there, too.) The American selection was quite impressive. There was stuff in here I couldnít even buy when I lived in New York City! Lost Abbey/Port Brewing, Odell, and Big Sky are in there, to name a few. (None of these beers are distributed in New York.) The shop itself is tiny but the space is utilized to the max. Thankfully, while I was in there there was never more than one other customer. It could get cramped very quickly, I think. And what I liked the most was that all the bottles were labled with the price. (This is not the case at Utobeer.) And the prices are better than decent. Some real bargains can be found, but for the most part the prices are fair. Sure, Kris Wines is a bit outside the city center, but there is a bus stop right nearby, and the walk from Euston Station is only about 30 minutes. I canít wait to go back.

Note well: there are two guys who usually work here: Kris and another fella. Kris speaks perfect English and is very helpful. The other guyís English is minimal.

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