(Visited 03/2014): This Total Wine location is on Broad Street in the Henrico area of north Richmond. There is a large parking lot in front of the building.
The interior is similar to other stores, with aisles full of different beverages. The beer is located on the left hand side, both in packs and singles. The sections are divided geographically.
The beer selection numbers in the hundreds, including many regional breweries like Starr Hill, Blue Mountain, Hardywood and Alewerks. Other domestic craft breweries like Bruery, Boulevard, Epic, Terrapin and Firestone Walker, plus many imports.
Service was pretty good on my visit, if typical of this type of store. I was pointed to the section I needed, asked if I needed any help, and treated well at checkout.
Overall this chain doesn’t have a world class selection but can always be counted on to provide some good selections, including many from local brewers.
Drake (849) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | June 13, 2008| Updated August 10, 2010
I’ve been here a few times now. Located a few miles West of Richmond, right on 250. Large strip mall parking lot. Typical Total Wine setup, though the location is older which makes the place seem a bit tired. They won’t let you break sixers and they’re not particularly helpful, though some of them are friendly. I’ve run into a couple of price discrepancies that take forever to clear up. They do have lots of singles and lots of variety, but nothing particularly rare. I wouldn’t stop here if you had limited time in Richmond, but it may be worth a stop if you have more time to spare.... Update.. stopped by on 8/7/10 and the cashier was a total dick. He didn’t mean to be a dick, he was just so inept it came across that way. Service score downgraded, if that’s even possible.
This is my go-to store when even I go down to Richmond, a nice selection of singles, prices are unpredictable, but they have some really good prices every now and again. Selection is pretty solid, I’ve had really helpful beer guys and completely worthless ones here, just depends who is working, as the staff is mostly wine people. Also, I think the singles selection is down a bit from where it was about 5 years ago, but it is still pretty good.
I’ve been there twice over the last year when I’ve been in town visiting friends. Average selection, and just about the same amount as most of the rest of the Total Wine’s I’ve been to (except the Springfield, Va location - which is still quite large even after the move). A few more "rare"-widely distributed brews (as in less common big micro brewery beers that are harder to find) there, and a few that I haven’t been able to find for a few months in the rest of the state were hidden there.
This was the first Total Wine i’ve been too, and I LOVED it. It’s great to go into those specialty shops and find that truly ’rare’ beer, but i get equal excitement from finding beers i haven’t yet tried from some of my favorite ’macro’ microbreweries like Troegs, Tommyknocker, Victory, etc. I left with over a dozen beers that I have been trying to track down over the past year. They also seem to get seasonal releases earlier than other stores in richmond. Service seemed to be a little lacking, but after a few requests, they did break down several six-packs for me.
Good for your basic beer shopping. Better selection and slightly better pricing than other grocery-type stores. Generally larger selection and better pricing than the smaller wine stores. Can find stuff for both me and the husband here. Staff not super-knowlegeable.
Total Wine and More is great location to find new beers to taste. Their focus is more on wine than beer. I have an old co-worker that is on staff. He is very knowlegable of wines and will try assist with beer selection. The staff have always been courteous and helpful. I prefer draught beer and this location is all bottles.
Huge selection of craft beer here. Very reasonable prices, but you’ll only find the occasional rare beer here. Staff hare somewhat knowledgable but this is primarily a wine store. Kegs are available here for several craft beers too.
Store itself was a mess - shit everywhere, carts, boxes, cases. Beer isle smallest of the three Total Wines I have been to, and definitely the messiest. Some have no prices, lots of empty holes, lots of shit shoved way deep into the shelf. One guy there was friendly and apologized for his cart being in my way, but cashier scanned the same beer multiple times when I wasn’t paying attention (thanks itemized receipt). I left with 2+ cases of shit I haven’t tried (though most of the stuff I could get in Charlottesville I just haven’t yet). I’ll go out of my way and go back to Gainesville next time. If you’re from out of town, stop in - you’ll find a good amount of stuff you haven’t had.