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Archer Liquors

Archer LiquorsArcher Liquors
BA SCORE
98
world-class

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.81%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

5996 S Archer Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60638-2818
United States
phone: (773) 582-4767

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @archerliquors

Notes:
Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 9am - 11pm
Sunday: 11am - 6pm

Mailorder: Y

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lupulo

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $

This is my go to spot for trying any new beer. What sets this place apart from others is that you can buy a single of any craft beer in the store. This a great way to try some of the pricier 4/6 packs without going broke.

Their beer prices are always very fair and most of the time lower than other places in the city.

This is a solid spot if you ever find yourself in the southside or near Midway airport.

10-16-2013 23:42:52 | More by lupulo
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jkaiser150

Florida

4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

this was my second trip in three years.
this is the first place you must go after arriving at midway airport because of it's proximetey to it. it takes about 10 minutes to get there. they have a parkinglot right off archer.
i got there early by 15 minutes and they let me in after i told them i came all the way from orlando
the manager gave me a tour of the beers, the selection was excellent. i wish i had this place next to me in orlando
i picked up blackheart ipa by fff, they also had artic panzer wolf!

i will be back

07-10-2012 16:21:47 | More by jkaiser150
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Archer Liquors is a very good craft beer shop by Midway airport. I stopped by based on the BA reviews.

I was looking for something I couldn't get back in NC and managed to find some FFF Dreadnaught when no one else (including the brewery) had bottles for sale. They have a good selection of American and European in six packs and larger single bottles.

This is a pretty typical liquor store from a decor perspective. The atmosphere is nothing special but that doesn't detract from what they do.

I would definitely recommend this place. It was well worth the stop.

07-04-2012 11:31:13 | More by GJ40
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jcreegan

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

I made a few purchases online from Archer Liquors and all went great. They package mixed boxes on occasion and make limited quantities available, I was able to get a FFF mix pack which was great. You have to be part of their email list to be made aware of the packages available for purchase. You reserve your box through a quick online survey and they will contact you back to finalize payment. I got called back within an hour to wrap up my purchase. Save & quick shipping with good service. I was happy with the pricing as well. Check them out when you get the chance.

04-25-2012 17:10:38 | More by jcreegan
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This store is about two miles from the hotel I'm staying at on a trip to Chicago, and is almost directly across the street from Midway airport. I stopped by today to pick up a few things not available in Ohio: Allagash, New Belgium, Port, Firestone, and my first bottles of Three Floyds :)

This has the look and feel of a corner liquor store which it is- but as soon as you walk in you can tell the selection is much better than average.

Service seemed okay- shortly after I walked in I was asked if I needed help with anything, but just said I was browsing and wasn't interrupted again.

Selection was well above average, though a bit unorganized. Cases were stacked everywhere, and some single bottles were near the cases, others on shelving towards the back of the store. A great selection of bombers/750s as well. There were some refrigerators but it seemed mostly for the Bud/Miller/Coors, with a few crafts thrown in.

Overall, if I lived nearby, I would definitely be a regular, and will certainly swing by again if in the area, though I'm not sure I would go out of my way to stop if just driving through town on the freeway.

08-06-2011 19:40:30 | More by ONUMello
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

Not the largest selection of craft beers from a quantity standpoint, but from a quality standpoint? Outstanding. Stopped in for the first time last night and walked away VERY impressed. One great feature? On craft beers you can take a single out of a six pack and do some sampling. Picked up several 12 oz. bottles and bombers rated 100 on http://ratebeer.com, including quite a few I have never tried. But being able to take home a single instead of a whole six pack makes me MUCH more willing to try something I haven't tried before, but am not quite sure about. This will definitely make my list of regular stores I stop at once every week or two to check out if anything new is available. They had several things I haven't seen anywhere else, so the guy who handles the beer knows his stuff extremely well.

08-04-2011 13:51:41 | More by funkyaudio
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IchabodcraneIpa

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $

Walked into here to create my own six pack of various craft brews. The man behind the counter was definitely helpful and very courteous to me. The selection of craft beer they have here is definitely decent, but not the biggest selection ever. They have plenty from stone brewing, dogfish head, and victory. There is definitely good quality craft beer here and the ability to mix and match any 12 oz bottle in the store is a godsend. There was also a small home brewing section with some materials for that. All in all I was happy with my random 6 pack and love that I could try 6 different beers for the price of 1 six pack. I will return here for sure if I am in the area.

02-23-2011 21:32:49 | More by IchabodcraneIpa
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kk73

Hawaii

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This review is based on a shipping order placed by email and phone.

I thought the selection was very good being that I cannot get any of the beers available in hawaii. As far as pricing is concerned I thought very reasonable to very good, considering it would cost me an arm and a leg to fly to Chicago to pick up these brews and bring back to home. Service was excellent, emailed my order and Randy emailed me back the next day confirming order and saying when it would be ready to ship. He set up a time and day to call because of big time difference to finalize and pay for order. Everything went smoothly and was very impressed with the first class operation they run at Archer Liquors. Emailed my receipt confirming order. Shipping was very reasonable, as I had my order shipped to a friends house in Las Vegas. Randy runs a tight ship at Archer Liquors and would definitely order from them again soon. Hopefully Fedex gets off his ass.

03-20-2010 07:34:14 | More by kk73
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weatherdog

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

I was first told about this place about 2 months ago and since then have probably been there about a half dozen times picking up random things.

Like previous raters the exterior doesn't have 'craft beer' written all over it and when you walk in you have to pass cases of BMC stacked to the ceiling but after that it transitions into a hidden gem of store. The store itself is pretty small but their selection is very solid and seems to grow every time I go in.

The best part of this store is they sell EVERYTHING in single form. It's a great service to those like me who homebrew and have gallons of everyday drinking beers on tap but want to pick a mix a six of random beers to review or just to pick up a few different seasonals available. The prices are a little below average and I commonly find their bomber prices a dollar or two below Binny's.

Another amazing perk and service to their customers is sometimes they will built mini verticals and sell them that way for a reasonable price. Just within the last few weeks they had a 3pk of Victory Old Horizontal (fresh, 1 year and 2 year old) for $8.99. a Bigfoot sixer (1x07,1x08,2x09,2x10) for $14.99 and a GL Blackout 4pk (07-10) for $15.99. I personally think it's an unbelievable service to your customers and gives those just getting into cellering a jumpstart on a few popular choices for only couple dollar premium. I personally picked up the Victory 3pk because I've never had that beer before and thought it $3/bottle for a mini vertical of a beer I've never had has a good choice considering fresh bottles are $2.59/each.

They are always updating their twitter and website whenever they get a new product in and informing special deals. They also do online ordering which works well from what I've heard but do not need to use that since I'm 10 minutes from the storefront.

They do have a homebrew section but from what I glanced at it was very slim, not a good selection (I didn't even see any ingredients) and I doubt sells that well. If you eliminate that the craft beer section could be expanded at least 25%. A suggestion would just to keep a small stock of homebrew stuff in the back for those who know you have it and can stop in in the event of a homebrewing emergency.

Overall a great little gem that seems to get better all the time and it's the first place I check to see if they have a new release in stock. Most of the time I don't even have to call because they will announce any new arrivals on twitter.

02-23-2010 06:04:36 | More by weatherdog
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jensenrjdj

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

Stopped here the last week of December '09. Easy to drive right past the place. The area is ok and there is street parking and a lot. First impression is that it is selling a lot of cases of mass-produced beers. As you move past the first long aisle and head to the coolers, you will find a really good selection of craft beers and imports in the last two aisles before the coolers.

You will find Great Lakes, Victory, FFF, Founders, etc. Not well displayed so you need to hunt through the mixed cases for your personal treasures. The import selections are outstanding as well. You will need some time to work both sides of the aisles to hunt through the imports.

I did check out the homebrewing equipment as well. It was very limited and picked through. No extract, grain, hops. Not a homebrewing source.

01-16-2010 02:57:04 | More by jensenrjdj
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