United States > Virginia > Richmond
Travlr (1644) Washington, Washington DC | April 7, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Extensive beer selection with a good mix of local, regional and international stuff. Large selection of ciders, including some local stuff, which was a plus. Satff was friendly and helpful, and had good recommendations. Definitely worth a stop.
Braudog (753) Glenville, Pennsylvania | August 26, 2007
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Stopped for some take-homes after the Shockoe Craft Beer Festival and was heartily impressed. Even though my wife was hurrying me along, I walked out with a case of singles, mostly imports, but even some Rogue, Green Flash and Stone that I canít get in SE Virginia. And the proprieter gave me a 5% military discount. All the way nice.
DiarmaidBHK (736) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | May 27, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 13/20
As you can deduce from the title wine is the main thing here and takes up the majority of the floor space. They have 12-14 coolers full of six packs and an aisle of local, national, and international craft. I didnít get the musty smell that Magsinva got but I did notice a few of the bottles were past their sell-by date which often happens at mom and pop shops like this. I did like the food truck sitting in the parking lot. Thatís a neat touch. But the biggest concern I have is the pricing. Though they had. A few bottles I hadnít seen before the prices were high even compared to DC. Itís a very good bottle shop and the staff seemed friendly but I donít think itís the best in the state.
Drake (479) Free Union, Virginia | June 13, 2008| Updated June 8, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
In a sort of out of the way area of town, but worth it. Great beer selection, though it is a little pricy. Lots of foreign beers and the local and US stuff is well represented also. Cute dog running around. Helpful employees, though I hear the owner can be a bit rude. Nice glassware selection. Open parking lot in front of the store with lots of neighborhood folk around... I really like the vibe here.
jackl (438) Charlottesville, Virginia | November 16, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty impressive place. Half the storeís devoted to wine, the other half to beer. Nice selection of root beer too. The selectionís pretty well-curated. Thereís a solid representation from Belgium. Virginian breweries get a decent amount of shelf space alongside the craft big boys. Prices were average, service was non-existent. Good spot.
bytemesis (400) Sunnyvale, California | July 22, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good selection, including some things I havent seen elsewhere in Virginia, such as Perennial. Very few of the bottles, even the IPAís are in the fridge however. Prices donít seem that bad compared to what I am used to paying. All in all a pretty good place that I plan to return to.
JCB (232) Durham, North Carolina | December 28, 2006
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Iíve now been to Once Upon a Vine 3 times. I think itís much easier to find than people suggest - just a few minutes off 95 - though certainly not in an eye-poppingly obvious location. The guy who runs the place is really great, always pleasant to chat too, and the whole staff *really* knows their beer (and wine too, for that matter). Iím always eager to check in to see whatís available there that I canít get at home, and they always have the goods - Southampton 750s, Oaked Bastard, Panil (!), and Russian River Temptation, baby. Lots of good local stuff like Legend and Dominion. Really the best place to go in the area (though I still like Carytown Beer & Wine and River City Cellars too).
Butters (180) Richmond, Virginia | February 9, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
This place definately has quite the selection. I too, like stegosaurus, have had to wait up to 5 minutes to get checked out before, but it is well worth the wait. But I actually LIKE the fact that the staff isnít constantly trying to íhelpí me. I enjoy it when a beer store just lets me scope out there selection in search of those not-so-common brews. I always feel better when I find a good rare beer myself than have a clerk try to shove bottles in my face just because he likes a particular style.
magsinva (138) Virginia | May 26, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Very crowded wine store with a corner for beer. Not very well organized, though if you can find them, they do have some stuff I havenít seen elsewhere. Stock rotation isnít that great because some bottles are dusty and they still have Winter seasonals at the end of May! There was also a musty smell to the store that was offputting. They have some cheese and candy from around the world which is cool, though Iíd check the sale by dates before buying. Location is in the middle of a neighborhood, hard for out of towners to find without a GPS.
changeup45 (109) Mount Dora, Florida | August 29, 2010
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
I stopped by here on my way through Richmond. Wasnít hard to find off of I-95. Beer selection was pretty good although probably not as good as I was expecting based on reviews and listings. But I picked up a few things I was looking for. The guy at the register was very friendly. Clean and well organized. Prices seemed about right. Didnít appear to be the nicest area but I know little about Richmond. Iíd go back if in the area.
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