If you lived in the area this would be great. Drinking and shopping while sampling is awesome. As a destination it is interesting but you are drinking in a grocery store. Selection is great, prices are decent but service was poor. It was cool, because I have never seen anything like this, but that is where my curiosity ends.
Stopped in here earlier today on my trip south. Took a minute to find the beer area but once I did it really was pretty impressive. Huge long cooler holds most of the six packs and singles, with the rest scattered around the area. Directly across from the cooler is the tap area with lost of seats and all of the beers on a large chalk board. Atmosphere was good for what it is, a few people milling around looking at beers. Quality was pretty solid. Lots of different beers from all over the country, multiple styles and they even sold some glasses I had never seen before. Service was pretty good. I was left alone to brows the beer area but once I went over to the wine / bar area I was asked if I needed any help, I didn’t tho. Selection was easily the best part. They have a TON of beer in that place. Lots of locals, nationals and internationals. I was able to pick up some Crooked Stave and even a mead I was on the lookout for. I didn’t try any of the food this time but it all looked great. Prices were solid across the board, only a handful of bottles I felt were a little high. Overall one of the best grocery store bottle shops I have ever encountered. I may return when we roll through town again in a few weeks.
Good sized beer selection...and a loaded bar?! How much better can a grocery store get? Wish my nearby grocery store could match even a fraction of this setup.
BOLTZ7555 (89) Phoenix, Arizona | June 6, 2013| Updated January 15, 2016
Incredibly solid given it’s a upscale grocery store. Solid draft selection and they even occasionally host beer dinners. They’ve transitioned through multiple beer buyers and all have been impressive. Never a dip in quality. Visit if you are close.
Big, nice, high end grocery store, WITH A BAR!!!! Great service in the bar area, mostly self serve but they will come check on you if it gets slow. You can get food from the various counters and chill in the bar area and drink. Great draft selection and you can open any bottle that they have on the beer isle. Value was really good all around, we had a couple beers and took some to go as well. This place is amazing, this would be my go to grocery store if I lived near by.
Whole Foods rocks. I have only been to the Chandler location once, but when I was there, I had a blast. They have an incredible selection of draft (and bottled/canned) beers, and their prices are great. They also have an impressive list of bottled beers that are cold and you can buy and open there without an extra charge. Oh, and James Swann is the beer guy there. I haven’t met him yet... but he is VERY active on Facebook. Just a fun place to hang out and drink beer.
Is it odd that my favorite nearby stop for a pint or two is inside a grocery store? Perhaps it is, but that should speak volumes about the quality of the Watering Hole inside Whole Foods. The bar has 31 taps pouring good local selections and great (and often rare) brews from all over. The nice craft beer selection is due mainly to head honcho/beer buyer James Swann. If Arizona has a very limited supply of a much-sought beer, there’s an excellent chance James will get one of those kegs. His beer classes on Fridays feature a lineup usually based on style or brewery and have become a fixture in the local craft beer community. The few drawbacks include the fairly small seating area, and the long lines that can emerge during busy times/big events (there’s usually a maximum of two people pouring behind the small bar). Bottle selection is damn good, though often a wee bit more pricy than other nearby shops. Overall, this place is tops in the SE Valley among beer bars.
Who ever thought of drinking awesome beer at a grocery store? Well this is the place. Friday nights are hopping with beer class linking a different style or brewery and brining the craft beer community together. James and John are knowledgeable behind the bar, and always a great selection on draft, plus one of the best bottle selections around on the beer wall. You will enjoy having a great brew..Cheers!
Update: The new guy behind the bar is Scott. He loves his hops, but he’s very beer knowledgeable and friendly. A great bartender.
Wow this place is insane!!!!! I have never been to a whole foods that has a bar along the side of the place with 32 taps! this is killer! great selection and the beer manager there is really friendly. This could be the best place in Phoenix for beer. The bottle selection is solid and always rotating stock so you get fresh stuff. I have to go back to this place!