United States > Texas > Austin
newshound (5) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 16, 2007
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
This place rocks! You walk in and thereís ususally cool Putumaya type world music playing and some Nag Champa incense burning. Great beer and wine selection, tastings and magazines/papers. Local brews, Texas brews, Intíl brews. They let you build your own 6-pack from cool and dry. Super laid-back and knowledgable staff. Not much food, they have cheeses, candies, slim pickinsí on some groceries.
ezra (3) Austin, Texas | March 24, 2007
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Difficult as fuck to get to because of the IH-35 exit. Well worth it, awesome selection. Ambience? Itís a family-owned convenience store. An Austin staple...
Dooglave (2) Fort Worth, Texas | November 7, 2005
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
Hands down the best selection of beer and wine in Austin.
Lumpy (50) Carrollton, Texas | August 17, 2005
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Service is good and selection s great for the area.
Walt (189) Austin, Texas | August 2, 2005
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Parking absolutely sucks...great selection and they will break six packs...friendly knowledgable staff...I think the selection is better @ Grapevine, but Whip In is better than CM or Whole Foods...they do have an abundance of pale lagers from all over the place that Iíd never seen before...
KAggie97 (220) Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas | March 18, 2005
74 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Nice selection. If youíre not from the Austin area, this place will have some stuff you havenít had before. Definitely a must-stop for a serious beer connoiseur. Steep prices, but the selection makes it worth the dough.
julrey (22) Austin, Texas | February 17, 2005
80 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
As mentioned already, Whip In, Grapevine and Central Market all have more or less the same selection. When a beer is going in or out of season you may find some left in one location but not the others, but for the most part these stores attempt to stock every type of beer you can get in Austin. For that reason they deserve a 15 but since weíre also comparing with out of state retailers one has to admit that there are better stocked beer states than Texas. The last time I drove by there had been a massive remodeling done to the exterior - the place almost looks classy now in a sideshow circus/titty bar kind of way. They also have a liquor store next door that benefitted from the remodelling as well. Not sure if the interior has been redecorated as the place wasnít open at the time. Assuming it hasnít, the interior is purely functional, no real ambience or vibe to speak of aside from an aging convenience store facade stocked with massive quantities of alcohol where the motor oil and toilet paper would normally be. The staff is generally friendly and of course knowledgable about their beer. This helps if youíre looking for a recommendation as you canít always find an employee to hit up at Central Market.
PorterPounder (376) Tallahassee, Florida | February 10, 2005
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Eclectic little 7-11 type store that has a great selection for the area. A few gems here that you will not find at Grapevine or Central Market - but they are always a bit more expensive for some reason here. Clerks are very friendly and helpful. If you donít find what you are looking for in one section - go over an aisle or two - it is probably over there- slightly chaotic set up - but it was consiolidated that last time I visted this week - so easier to find! Stop in - you never know what you might find!
fly (227) austin, Tejas, Texas | February 24, 2004
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
For a dingy little convenience store, it's pretty impressive what you can find. Yes, they hold their own in their own odd manor against Grapevine, etc. As far as service, would have to say it's dependant on who's there - can be knowledgeable, less than that but friendly, or downright surly (which I find amusing in itself - picture clerk from Simpson's on a VERY bad day).
joet (100) Santa Rosa, California | February 19, 2004
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Cool place. You can find an occasional gem you that might have had its day at Grapevine. Staff is helpful. A little small and dim. One of the best bottle shops in Austin.
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