Great beer selection and awesome food in the store. The only bad part about looking for beer was that you got cold because you had to walk into the fridge. Very knowledgeable staff that will help you with any question.
Rerate Visited here again after a 10 year break. The Beer Cave has really picked up, hundreds of singles to choose from and they have added a bar with about 8 or so taps and plenty of lively conversation. Great to revisit again. Original 74 Visited again While working in Austin for a few months, this is my weekly visit to stock up for the week. They have a good selection of locals, a few western micros and a great selection of Belgians- rough guess about 50 different ones in the cooler. Don’t just look in the cooler, turn around, over by the wine is a shelf with about 20 Belgians, mostly in 750 ml bottles. Also have sake’, meads and ciders. The take out food is pretty good in the deli and the service is quick and friendly and very "earthy".
I was a little disappointed the first time I visited the new Whole Foods as they’d made the mistake of advertising a selection of 800 beers prior to the store opening. I knew that you couldn’t get that kind of selection in Texas, but figured they’d at least carry everything that you could get. This didn’t turn out to be the case, but on further explorations I think my initial impression was a bit off base. You can tell by the size of their walk in cooler ("Beer Alley") that they can’t possibly stock as much beer as Central Market or the Whip In, but it seems Whole Foods has weeded out many of the mediocre American micros rather than going for the whole enchilada. There’s a lot to be said for a complete selection, but I can’t fault them too much for lacking beers that I probably wouldn’t have bought anyway. Finally, it should be mentioned that Whole Foods does do sales on full cases, something no other store in Austin does to the best of my knowledge.
This is the original Whole Foods and it is massive. They have a bar inside so you can drink some brews and shop. I love the Whole Foods with that feature. The beer is almost exclusively kept in a walk in cooler, which is another big plus. I only went to one other bottle shop in Austin, so I’m not sure how the selection measures up to the rest of the city. But it had more than adequate selection of local, regional and import stuff. Prices are great, but I think that’s just Texas in general. This is right downtown, so that’s another bonus.
slimchill (88) Austin, Texas | December 21, 2007| Updated September 15, 2008
Another great WFM. Walk-in beer cooler with a good amount of variety. Well organized. HUGE glassware selection. Friendly knowledgeable staff and always a wonderful place to grab a bite.
The Lamar WFM store, and the new "Bar Lamar" are amazing values. The Bar is an incredible place to have happy hour, as you can go into the substantial beer cooler, bring it over to the bar and pay grocery store prices for bar drinking.
The selection in the beer cooler is substantial, probably as large as any place in Austin. Their biggest constraint is distribution in TX, moreso than space or will.
Check out the huge selection of singles and bombers.
The downtown store is the flagship/corp headquarters, and it really shines. As has been said before, selection slightly subpar relative to CM. The cooler is snazzy. Just go check it out, if just for the prepared food...
The Flagship Whole Foods location which features a huge store and parking garage so finding a place to park is not difficult, which is nice since there is very little parking in Downtown Austin. A great selection of beers, as with most Whole Foods. Also has a bar with a nice tap selection.
We visited the place where it all started (or at least the current location near where it all started) today. This place has a nice bar (only 6 beers on tap when I visited, not the 8 listed in the description), and a really nice selection of bottles in the walk-in fridge area. It was a pretty cool set-up, and we enjoyed a beer from the tap while we perused the selection in the fridge. If I lived near by I’d definitely be back here for the some combination shopping and drinking.