United States > California > Redondo Beach
SlimHabib (1) California | September 1, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
I moved to Redondo Beach and this store was my first introduction to Total Wine & More. I walked in with no expectations and I was blown away. Compared to the shops I was used to going into this place had a huge selection, great prices, and a variety of things you would want to go along with your alcohol selection. Besides the normal beer, wine, and liquor, this place has tastings, classes, snacks, and small items related to alcohol (glasses, cork display pieces, etc). For a retail chain and a novice connoisseur who is looking to try some different items, nothing will come close to this place.
When I get by my initial amazement, there are a few cons that I have noticed from the many times I have been here. As many other reviews say, when I have searched for a rare beer (that I have seen rated high on this site), I have come out empty handed. The service is hit and miss as I have had some great experiences with associates on the floor who have been knowledgeable about the selection, and I have had times where I am basically ignored the entire time I am in the store (including the checkstand). The thing that gets me the most is the actual checkstand setup. The end of the checkstand (after you have checked out) has very limited space. So once I purchase my items I am handed my change and as I start putting the money in my wallet, I am being handed my items purchased, since the checker canít start ringing up the next customer until I am walking towards the exit. The more items I get, the more rushed I feel as I am trying to put money away, and figure out how I am going to carry my 12 pack, and a handful of craft beers.
Overall, a great place and the store has more than enough items to try for a reasonable price.
brokensail (849) Orange County, California | June 3, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Compared to some of the other Total Wine locations, the selection here is a bit disappointing. Still, itís bigger than a lot of other bottle shops. The usual Southern California suspects, some imports, and a smattering of beers from other states. Typical Total Wine pricing. Non-existent service other than at the register.
toxichop (23) South Gate, California | October 11, 2012
46 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 8/20
Like another user said "quantity over quality" thats pretty much all your gonna find. Although they do get some nice seasonal and rares but they go rather quick so ur chances on getting something like abyss is very slim. I was able to score Kern 5th so that was awsome (had to ask for it). Lets go to the typical stuff, twice I went...what did I want some typical port, flying dog so I order that...I drove...what happens? order cancelled cause they dont have it...thats the end of that. So there website is completly useless. For the most part I avoid this place and would rather hit up local liquor stores run by beer geeks.
casualcolors (10) , | April 4, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
I hate how much I love this store. As much as this store is to local liquor stores as Walmart is to local retail businesses, I canít really boycott it just because itís so damn good.
Anova167 (17) Manhattan Beach, California | March 1, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Solid spot, but is a bit quantity over quality. They have some good selections, but they donít have many truly rare beers.
MattH (55) California | September 22, 2011| Updated March 3, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
The best selection of beers in the South Bay. I particularly like the option of being able to buy single 12oz bottles and cans. This allows me to buy a beer for $2 to $4 instead of throwing down $7 to $12 for a six pack. Buying beer this way is a great way to try as many beers as you can and save money. For those who do like to buy six packs they do have a vast selection and better prices for six packs than anywhere else I have shopped in Southern California. They also have a lot of the more expensive specialty beers that come in the 750ml bottles, but I think that Whole Foods in El Segundo has a better selection in this area. I cannot say too much about the customer service as the only time I really interact with any employees is when I am paying for my beer. They do have beer classes here. I am thinking of attending one on September 29. The cost is $15 and you get to try 12 beers. I also heard they feed you.
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