(Visited 02/2012 and a couple times since): Crown Liquors’ downtown location is in a historic building at the intersection of Ohio and Delaware. There is metered street parking in front of the store and in the surrounding blocks.
The interior has a ground level floor and a downstairs section devoted to wine. The beer section is all along the rear of the store (depending on which entrance you use) in coolers along the wall and shelves opposite.
Crown stocks hundreds of beers at this location, and has the best selection of the chain that I have visited. Many Indiana and regional craft breweries are represented like Three Floyds, Upland, Mad Anthony and Sun King are in stock, as are other domestic craft breweries like New Belgium, Stone, Anchorage and Tyranena. Lots of imports too from Mikkeller (including pretty much the whole Single Hop line) and others. Lots of singles as well.
Service has been consistently good on my visits. The staff knows the beer and are always friendly. They also offer discounts on case purchases.
Overall this is one of my favorite shops to visit when in Indianapolis, downtown or otherwise.
Easy to find location on the corner with signs all around. Parking is good before 3:00 PM and after 6:00 PM. New interior with two levels. Tasting bar in the center of downstairs. Very good selection and walked away with six new beers with the help of Pat. RB discount was given. Well worth the visit when downtown.
Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Looked for Three Floyds; they had 3 six pack choices (Alpha King, Pride & Joy, and Robert the Bruce) and 2 bombers, Behemoth and Arctic Panzer Wolf. Prices are high here. They’re aggressive about carding even if you aren’t buying anything (we had a large group and only a few made purchases) but otherwise very helpful. Good selection of Shoreline but prices were outrageous on those. Lots of other good local and regional labels. Very good selection for a limited amount of space.
Downtown Indianapolis - limited street parking but there’s a parking garage right around the corner on Ohio. Nice selection of local, Belgian, and Mikkeller beers and decent German selection. A good stop to combine with trips to Sun King and Flat 12 (which are just a short trip east on Ohio).
DuffMan (339) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | May 10, 2014
Great selection, good organization on shelves and in coolers, lots of local Indiana stuff. There were three staff-- one new guy trying his best, one awesome beer guy, and one mouth-breathing moron. So I’m giving service a 7 because we had to work our way up to the awesome beer guy, who saved this place from getting a 4 for service! Anyway, for out-of-towners, this is certainly a worthwhile stop.
Nice bottle shop/party store right downtown. Selection is quite extensive, but being right downtown, I haven’t seen anything uber-rare on the shelves (probably due to it’s high-traffic location). Still, definitely worth a stop.
Not a bad liquor store. It’s nice that it was centrally located in downtown. Has a good selection of great Midwestern beers (local option, three floods, boulevard smokestacks, etc.) No mix and matchers but the staff was pretty helpful.
Stopped in here on a recent visit and found it to be well worth it. Super solid store, not quite as mind-blowing as I was hoping for. But there was a terrific selection nonetheless, with tons of regionals (FFF, Upland), national craft (Sixpoint, Southern Tier, etc.), and a very nice range of Belgians and Scandinavians. Picked up some stuff to cellar and some for the hotel room. Those visiting Indy should make this a priority.
Stopped by while downtown. Easy to find, and parking wasn’t that big of an issue in the afternoon. Great selection of imports and rare micros. The geek factor of what they had was impressive. The staff knows about the beer, and the Ratebeer discount was a surprising plus. A must stop if downtown.