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Charles Street Liquors

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Charles Street LiquorsCharles Street Liquors

55 Ratings
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.37%
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143 Charles St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02114-3252
United States
phone: (617) 523-5051

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Photo of Bilco
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Bilco, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%

update 6-24-04:
what can I say? I pick up a sixer of "Endurence", yell to the counter,
"Is it any good?"
He comes over and says:
"I haven't tried it, but the Weekly Dig (The Bros) gave it 3 out of 5 stars".

I'm impressed.
Even more so when he pointed out the Victory 10 & 12.

On advice from Todd, I returned to this establishment. I double parked out front, thinking I would only be inside a few minutes. I was lucky I didn't get towed having stayed a good 45 minutes. They have a great selection of beer, including too many Belgians to mention. What impressed me the most though was the free glass with my $20 purchase. Just call me cheap

bewareOFpenguin, Sep 27, 2002
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%

There's not much I can't say about this place.. They have bottles of beer that I couldn't find anywhere else in boston, such as J.W. Lee's 1999 and 1998 harvest ales for 5.50 a bottle, Victory V10 and V12, a good selection of hard to find belgians, and much much more that I can't think of at the moment. Though the overall selection isn't as large compared to other places I've been to in boston, the quality of what they offer is uncontested. Though I didn't have too much time to chat with the workers, they seemed nice enough and knew their beer. They even through in 3 free beer glass because I bought $50 worth of beer.. (not a bad deal).. The one thing I will say is that I was definetly dissapointed with their glass selection (which was little to none), for I had heard that at one point they did have a great selection in this field. But the beer quality fully made up for this.

Overall, if you've never been, go right now.. You won't be dissapointed...

bigbeerdrinka, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of kbanks13
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Just decided to stop in and browse what they had last night, especially after hearing so much about them. Needless to say, I was very impressed. Let's get this out of the way now: Is it Julio's? No. Do they still have a reasonably large selection of great beers? Definitely, especially considering the selection at most other surrounding stores. Mostly 22's, but a fair amount of singles too, including harder to find ones (I haven't really been looking for it, but I haven't noticed Traquair anywhere else besides Julio's and here). A good selection of Belgians and American craft alike. I decided to buy just one bottle; since I still have a good stash at the moment, but I wanted to throw a little support to a store I was starting to like so much. The staff was very friendly when I went to check out and the guy working was quite talkative. Nobody came to talk to me when I was browsing the isles though, which I actually prefer (I don't like to feel rushed when I'm looking for something, but not any specific item). Prices were a bit high on some items, but overall pretty fair. I liked their selection and staff a little more than the stores a little closer to me, and it is way closer than Marty's or Publick House for me (let alone Julio's), so I figure I'll be trekking here quite often. Great place to stop in at for some tougher to find bottles.

kbanks13, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of waughbrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Very nice. Good selection all-around, especially the Belgians. Helpful, friendly staff. I have not been disappointed with the beers from there, although some might not move so quickly. Overall their prices may be a little high,(probably just to cover their high rent), but I think I saw the Westys there for cheaper than anywhere else around. My favorite Boston store for the "finer" beers.

waughbrew, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of afi4lifer
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

afi4lifer, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

This is a favorite stop of mine when I'm in Boston. Right at the bottom of Beacon Hill, this great store is a convenient stop as you walk down Charles between the MGH T-stop and the Boston Public Garden. Great selection of special beers plus a very nice selection of wines to go with it. The prices are very reasonable, and there are always specials. The shelves and displays are well organized and easy to navigate, and the store itself is pleasant. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Overall, a great place to shop for drinks to take home in a bottle.

jushoppy2beer, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of WanderingFool
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

I had a friend who lived around the corner from Charles St. Liquors and have been here several times on beer runs. He has since moved and I haven't been back for a few years, until today. I've forgotten what an awesome selection they have. There are several beers here that I can not find anywhere else, such as Magic Hat Chaotic Chemistry & Thumsucker and Dogfish Head Pangea. There's a large selection of imports from Belgium, Germany, and Britian, but I also found beers from Japan. They also have a great selection of local and national microbrews.

The service is excellent and quite knowledgeable. While shopping around with several beers in my hand one of the clerks offered to bring them up to the front for me and gave me some tasting notes on some of my selections.

This has to be the premire spot in Boston to get beer. I can't think of another location in the city that has nearly the selection as Charles St. By the way, if you're hungry the King and I next door has some great Thai food!

WanderingFool, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of dpend
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

If you walk up Charles Street from the Common you will find this store somewhat tucked away at the end of street on the right hand side. As you walk in, you are greeted mostly by a large wine selection, but have no fear, just continue toward the back of the store and you will be in front of a wall cooler filled with many impressive beers. Continue left and you will find a well organized wall of some even more impressive finds.Not necessarily a huge selection, but some very hard to find beers and being from FLA, we could not of hoped for a better experience. SCFD471 and I left with two cases each and a few free glasses as well. We almost bottomed the Taxi out.The staff was very helpful and friendly and we actually ran into at the EBF later that evening.Great store that we will visit again.

dpend, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

When I saw the bottle of Corsendonk in the front window, I knew this was the place. I squeezed past the wine-tasting and found the goods.

They pack an amazing array of beers into on sweeping shelves, a long rack, and a well-stocked cooler. The prices strike me as a bit high on some things, but I definitely get the feeling that no space is wasted on second-rate beer. All the good stuff is here, including several hard-to-find ones.

They have a nice selection of bottle-conditioned ales and they take good care of them. I got some Vintage Henley which comes in a clear bottle has no sign of skunk at all.

gentlebubbles, Jun 12, 2004
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Charles Street Liquors in Boston, MA
91 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.