t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 24, 2013
Visited September 22, 2013.
I’d heard a lot about this place, mostly from bman, that the selection is awesome and that I have to visit. The funny thing is that it’s right between Ladyface (where I’ve been a dozen times) and LAB (where I’ve been several times) and I never realized that it was there. It’s also hard to find from the street. It’s in the back of an industrial complex and there are no signs visible from the street. Inside is very large for a liquor store. Wine takes up about 80% of the store but in the back is a whole aisle of beer, half of which is refrigerated and the other half not. The selection is pretty impressive. Tons of California made beers, many of which from places that I’ve been to but had no idea were bottling. I also saw a ton of Mikkeller bottles on the shelf. Just this one aisle is enough to keep you busy for a while. Prices were a bit high but not too far out of line. All the employees were extremely nice too. I will return.
Kind of hard to find. It’s all the way in the back of a business park. The store seems to be much more focused on wine, but definitely a nice beer selection. Service was very helpful and friendly, prices were good as well. Unfortunately the tasting bar was closed.
OK, first, agreed. It is hard to find. Just trust your GPS. There are no signs, and it is in back so you can’t see much of anything but an office park from the road. But it is worth it. They have a pretty amazing scotch selection as well, BTW. Beer is in the back, some in coolers, some on shelves. No real .rar whalez, but a lot of good shit, including some stuff (like Mephistopheles) that I did not even know was distributed in California. Prices are a bit all over; some things are very reasonable, others a little high. Lots of Belgians and locals, everything else is a little spottier. I am just bummed that I got there on a Tuesday and the Sundowner was closed; that looks awesome as well!
(Visited 03/2015): Wade’s Wines is located in Westlake Village in an office park and as others have notes is pretty difficult to find even with GPS. Once located, parking in front of the store is plentiful.
The inside of the store is packed with shelves of wine, beer and other libations. The beer is primarily located in the back of the store in coolers and on shelves.
The store stocks several hundred bottles from CA, the USA and around the world. Many breweries from the state like Russian River, Lost Abbey, Almanac, Drakes and Lagunitas. Other craft brewers like Logsdon, Ninkasi and even stuff from my home state like Rockmill.
Service during my visit was attentive and friendly both while I was browsing and at checkout.
Overall this is a store worth checking out despite the difficulty in finding it.
Truly a great little bottle shop! Should cover you for all your beer, wine and spirtits needs. Tons of scotch and brandy and tequila. Only thing I didn’t see were sakes. The place has 4 different ice ciders which seems to be pretty rare for anywhere outside of Canada and the NE. Some real gems in the beer department too, stuff that is here before anyone else gets it. I will add them to the availability tab. Shop is huge, everyone their is helpful, and the beer buyer seems to know his stuff. Also a bunch of local beers I haven’t seen bottled before. Easy to miss driving by though.
msante79 (342) Mount Prospect, Illinois | August 8, 2009| Updated April 22, 2011
Awesome little store. Especially for LA. Hard to find but I like that. Has a nice smell to it. No macros just high quality micros and nice selection of europian brews. I picked up 2 Alesmith Decadence, RR Temptation, Ballast Point Black Marlin, Hair of the Dog Fred & RR PtE, HOTD Ruth, and a Leviathan Barley Wine. They also had Consencration and Cuvee De Tomme 750’s which I have not seen anywhere else in LA. Even picked up a 12 bottle styro shipper for $6. Great little store with good service. They even had a beer tasting while I was there. Cheers to small stores like this who bring in twice the good beer the BevMo’s do.
Hard to find in industrial area, no sign. Once you get inside it’s a whole other story. Even though the employee was more of a wine guy, he made every effort to answer questions and assist in any way he could. The selection of beers was very good. Great selection of local Cali beers, micros, and imports. If you are into wine and spirits they have an amazing selection. You may end up paying a bit more for theirs beers than some of the other competitors, but you would be lucky to find their selection anywhere else. This place carries zero mass market beers. We took beers home with us on the plane and for a charge, they gave us a great transportation container. Would definitely visit again if in the area.
Saw this from the freeway and decided to stop in on a Tuesday morning. Really nice selection of wine and spirits. Beer selection is pretty decent as well (ended up spending $90 pretty quickly). Was surprised to see a massive tasting room with 120 beers on tap that looked really nice, but only open Thurs-Sun. You absolutely cannot tell how nice this place is from the outside. One of the guys that worked there gave us a nice quick tour of the place - you could tell he was proud of it. My only gripe with this place is that I got no cell signal in their beer aisle, so I couldn’t check ratings to help me figure out my purchases. I went to the front of the store and got 1 bar. Wireless would be nice!
The location is a little tricky to find; on the freewayside of an office park. It reminded me of Lost Abbey in that. In complete honestly the star here is the wine but they have an interesting selection of beer. Nice that it didn’t just focus on CA brews. I would recommend combining this with a trip to Ladyface about 3 miles down the road. Check their hours before going.