Despite being a little easier to find, I donít think that Midtown has the selection that Frugals does. They donít have anywhere near the selection of singles and the beer on the liquor side is in a awkward place right next to the windows. That said they did have stuff that Frugals doesnít so it is worth a trip to both.
Was in this place mid-day in the middle of the week and the staff was more interested in restocking and dusting shelves than answering questions. Great selection (for TN) on both sides. First time Iíve seen any Highland from NC in mid-TN. Found a 2003 Rogue Old Crustacean tucked in the back of one of the shelves and picked that up. They did have some different stuff than J. Barleycornís. Prices are comparable for those that both carry.
Great service on both sides of this easy to find store. Swung by here last weekend while in town for a wedding. Selection was great and complete with locals like Yazoo and Regionals like Schafly, Bluegrass and some other things not distributed further south like Boulevard. Let me break their six packs which totally made my day. Also had some pre-mixed sixers by style if you are interested in that. Awkward layout but the service and selection would keep me going back here.
Wandered into this place after finding it on RB. Several of the other reviewers have hit the point on the head. The beer side has the same selection, at roughly the same prices as does Frugal MacDoogalís and J. Barleycornís. The liquor side had several things that neither of the other stores had. Prices were average to high, but that is typical of Nashville. Worth a trip to get some different beers at this location.
10/24/13 - In Nashville on business and made this my first stop. No real ambiance to speak of, just a typical bottle shop. Went in the beer store first. Great selection! Had a lot of stuff I did not see elsewhere in Nashville. Numerous breweries represented. You can buy singles from all 6-packs they sell, which is a hige plus! And while they have several coolers full of different beers, they have a far greater selection of warm beers, which is good for the traveler looking to take different beers home. Had several beers in the cooler that I did not see warm though. I ended up spending way more money than I had intended too. Person working the register was friendly and engaged me in small talk. I did not know that Nashville had to separate the higher alcohol beers though and noticed several Stone and Sweetwater bombers in the attached liquor store, neccesitating a visit and additional money spent. The liquor store had a few rows and shelves of higher alcohol content beers, most of which are seasonal, one-offs, and hard to find. Typical, fair prices. Could have easily spend hundreds in these two stores. Great selection and a definite must stop.
This is probably the best bottle shop in Nashville with not only great selection, but knowledgeable staff. They always seem to get a hold of special releases and donít gouge the price - which I appreciate.
Low alcohol side of the store is mostly six packs with a couple of refrigerator shelves of bombers. This side doesnít take AmEx, while the high alcohol side does. Donít even try to figure out Tennessee alcohol laws. The high alcohol side has a fair selection of local and Belgians, all crammed into a small space directly in the front window behind the cash registers. An earlier post claims the shades are drawn to keep the sunlight off the beer, but I didnít see it on two sunny afternoon trips I made there. Those poor beers were cooking! As this was the best beer selection I found in Nashville, I ended up driving to Bowling Green for beer that is properly cared for. If, on the other hand you are looking for Bourbons, Midtown has a beautiful display of those in the center of the store.
In town for the week, I swung by to grab some regional/local stuff. With the screwy Tennessee liquor laws, the high gravity stuff is on the liquor side and anything at 6.3% ABV and below (I believe that was the break-point) is on the beer/cigar side. I was pleased to see that the guys on the beer side knew their inventory well and could describe most of what I wasnít familiar with already. Amongst the stuff not available in KS or MO, I found: Yazoo, Sweetwater, Victory, Yuengling, DFH, and a few others. The higher gravity side had a couple employees that were eager to help me with my mini-quest, but other than Yazooís Sue, there wasnít too much that I havenít already tried or canít find in KC. The combined selection here is pretty solid, and if you are into sakes, they have one of the best selections Iíve ever seen. If youíre in the area and wanting to make a beer run, this is a solid choice.
stoad (21) laguna niguel, California | December 28, 2008
In town for a conference and looking for some east coast beers. They had a decent selection and the staff was friendly but seemed that they had more wine than beer knowledge. I found a few bottles worth taking home. I didnít realize until later (and no one there mentioned it) they had a lower alcohol side. Luckily I figured it out before leaving TN. Stupid alcohol laws.