Do NOT believe the hours. The Whip In does NOT stay open until midnight as they advertise. I was just there at 11:54 p.m. last night. Two other cars full of potential customers pulled up as well who were not associated with me. All of us were ignored. I knocked on the glass doors and saw the employees inside look back at me. I pointed to the time on my cellphone. They looked back at me shrugged their shoulders and dismissed me. If I were the owners of The Whip In, I would dismiss the employees who worked tonight. They obviously do not care about the business they work for. All they cared about was leaving work early. Because of that, the potential customers suffered. The business suffered because it missed out on sales. And the reputation of The Whip In suffers because it is now guilty of false advertising. What a shame. I have been a regular customer of The Whip In for years but no more. I will support another local business from now on that hires employees with integrity who will work the designated hours. And I will share this story with everyone I know and encourage them to do the same.
I left Austin and part of my soul behind there when I moved some 8 years ago now. Whip In is truly what makes us old South-of-the-River proud of that heritage. The selection is ever changing and if you feel like being challenged or hipped to something new go ask that kind fella behind the counter what your looking for....and odds are heíll open your palate up to something you canít believe youíve lived without for this long. Good to see them still going.
For their seemingly small inventory of beers, their selection isnít shabby. Many of the beers you see at most stores, but also an occasional surprise. You know, the whole *hey, what in the world is this?* Customer service was great, and their shopping carts dart cleanly through the aisles. Iíll be back.
Park in the back- I pulled into the front and was a little confused, saw the store front but absolutely no where to park there. Store is kind of crampt inside, but otherwise ok. Beer- singles available- I saw some that I hadnít seen at Grapevine, Specís, and a few smaller stores. Prices- some higher, some lower than other places. Staff- very laid back, but knowledgeable enough. Food- some cheeses, some sandwiches, but standard convienence store grub. Summary- kind of out of the way for me to go with Specís and Grapevine literally in my backyard, but I do plan on going back sometime. We all have to support the little guy every once in awhile.
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.
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...