Spinnakers Spirit Merchants (Victoria West)

Mayor: russell_beer (1) | Bottles: 200
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
300monsters  (1) victoria, British Columbia | June 13, 2013
Most of the people who work here really want to help you find what you’re looking for or at least suggest something you’ll like.For the most part, i’ve found that they are excited about the product they sell and are always happy to make recommendations they would firmly stand behind. the craft beer selection is ever growing. local and world beers are constantly changing and growing. if you are the type who likes to walk in and try something new you won’t be disappointed. wine, beer and spirits seem to be in a constant rotation. that’s not to say that there isn’t consistency, popular brands are often reliably in stock. they have lots of spec items that you can’t find at most government liquor stores, check out their fat ass tequila it’s pricey but if you’re a patron drinking douchebag this stuff is similarly priced and way better. plus your friends will totally think you’re badass for liking expensive tequila that’s both good, and not in every crappy hip hop song. you’lll be a maverick. The cherry on the cake is the slowly but growing single malts they are aquiring. never a frequent buy but it’s always a treat and nice to expand your palate with new scotches. all in all, a good place to go if you are not set in your ways in terms of alcohol. and even if you are, they usually have what you’re looking for. i like it.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Crit  (150) Surrey, British Columbia | June 14, 2006| Updated September 14, 2008
Found some interesting imports I haven’t seen in a while, and even got a couple of free glasses
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk  (400) Washington D.C., Washington DC | May 5, 2013
Nice place with great prices for a cold beer and wine and friendly service. Selection is pretty good coming from an Ontario perspective. They have a few European imports, a couple U.S. beers and a bunch of BC stuff.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jonas  (38) Garching b. München, Germany | September 8, 2010
Very pleasant little shop with a nice selection of canadian, US and good international beers. You can pick up wifi from a nearby Starbucks in the shop which makes it easy to check Ratebeer.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
mcberko  (1084) Vancouver, British Columbia | June 8, 2016
Really good, underrated place with an extensive selection. They try to sell Spinnakers bottles front-and-centre, which is no surprise, but their beer and cider selection is very good other than that. Prices are good, on the slightly cheaper side of town. Worth a stop when in town.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Ferris  (1458) Burnaby, British Columbia | January 11, 2015
A larger store with likely the largest selection in Victoria. Many are old though, which can be good or bad. They tend to get quiet a few limited releases so if you are looking for an Abyss or such, they tend to get them. Staff was decent and prices were good. A pretty good shop and since it’s close to so many other things I would say you should go.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen  (67) Bakersfield, California | July 9, 2008
Good stuff that I can’t get in Washington. Good selection (as far as I know) of local beer... About 7-8 Phillips brews.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee  (536) Toronto, ON, Ontario | July 26, 2005
Attached to the excellent Spinnakers brewpub, this is the only place in BC where I’ve seen beer that isn’t readily available at government liquor stores. I’ve managed to pick up things from Great Divide, and some bottle from Phillips that aren’t around on the mainland. You can also pick up bottles of several of their own beers that aren’t available in government stores.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu  (237) Victoria, British Columbia | August 10, 2006
A decent selection - very impressed with the Alaskan and Elysian beers as I haven’t seen them elsewhere in the province. I know Paul Hadfield had some hand in the establishment of the Elysian (Seattle) so its nice to seen the connection is still there.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy  (125) Bakersfield, California | July 7, 2008
Visited woth Joss, Enniskillen, and CapFlu. Good selection of local Canadian bottles, wish I had brought more cash to buy some of the local ciders!

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