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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 slander

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

We hit it after the AOBF wandering around in the rain. They keep the beer in the back in an elevated section, warm on a small wall of shelving and cold in the coolers. A good selection of regional micros and good imports. I meant to pull me a couple of Brooklyn Monster '02's (I haven't seen the '02's in a while) but I ended up spacing them (it was after all, post AOBF!!!) but I scored me some Rogue I2PA's and a bottle of the Sam Adams Triple Bock, which is not so easy to find these days in the NYC area, especially at the $5 it cost me for this one (I should've bought a few of them) and they had some of the Magic Hat big bottled beers very nicely priced. What's this?!? Both of the Dogfish Head rums? (I scapped me a bottle of the honey rum). Good beer selection, a case up front with a small but quality glassware collection ( I really do need Caracole "Saxo snifters"), and a pretty decent tequilla selection too. I'm sure we'll stumble on back come September.

06-08-2003 16:47:03 | More by slander
Photo of DoubleJ


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

I had some time to kill on Christmas Eve before my plane departed, so I strolled along Charles Street in search of Charles Street Liquor. I felt I needed to take home another sample of beer home as a last-minute gift, and that I did (a bottle of Founders Red Rye). The selection is more focused on imports than domestic craft beers, but you can still come away with a 3 liter bottle of Double Bastard. The imported selection is diverse and evenly represented; I noticed a large number of German and English beers I've never heard of before. I was asked if I needed help a few times when I was debating what I wanted to take home with me. Multiple checkout registers help move the queue line fast, ending my BeerFly tour of Boston a little faster than I was expecting. Great place to stop at for beer if you're around the west part of the peninsula.

01-02-2008 02:32:23 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Charles Street Liquors was my first stop to find local beers in Boston. As it's on Charles Street not too far from the north station it's easy to get to if you're traveling. Of course, I was driving, and there's absolutely no parking near there! I made due.

I was impressed with the number of 6-packs they had, but I normally buy single bottles. They would not break up a six pack for me (...I found it on tap later that day!). The single bottle collection was pretty good too, but there wasn't a whole lot that I couldn't find in other parts of the east coast. Lots of good Belgians though. Decent Germans. I was looking for local though.

The store is well maintained, and very comfortable and easy to browse. The staff (I think I dealt with an owner, perhaps just a manager) know their products and what's going on in the market, and they're more than willing to assist customers who need help (unlike me)! ... ... (An aside... I found it interesting that the man I spoke with gave a 2-sided compliment/put-down to a local brewer as #1 - he had no idea who I was, and #2 - that should be some of their bread and butter, but that's not really the market they're interested in).

Had I known, however, what limited range of local beers I would encounter on my next 5 stops, I probably would have bought more - but even then, I did have that clock ticking on my illegally parked car!

Certainly worth a visit for beer, and don't forget that they do have a very good, expansive wine selection if you're headed out to a BYOB restaurant (Boston has many!). I certainly wouldn't pass it by.

Oh, and as to the dusty bottles mentioned earlier, yes, I saw them too and it kept me away from the Belgians. ... ... ... Why not just dust them off?

06-26-2008 22:18:09 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%

Stopped in as we passed it heading to the Red Line Charles stop. Nice selection of some beers I can not get in NJ like McNeill's, Newport Storm, and Middle Ages. Easy to view the selection of warm bottles on the left side of the store. Not a large selection by any means, but one that left me staring at a number of beers I haven't tried yet.

I picked up a few bombers and they were a bit pricey in my opinion. But then again this is city and I'm sure the store rent ain't cheap in this area.

The service was friendly, but not overly inquisitive of my staring at the selection of warm bottles for a few minutes.

Convenient if riding the Red Line. Worth a stop if you are not a Bostonian.

08-01-2006 23:02:57 | More by Gavage
Photo of rousee


2.7/5  rDev -33.3%

I knew about this place for years but never went out of my way to go--until I learned they have an exceptionally good selection of beers.

I would still go here and would recommend it due to the huge selection--but each time I have been there, some member of the staff has slightly annoyed me. Most recently, it was a guy interrupting a conversation I was having with another shopper and beer enthusiast only to force their own opinions upon us as if they were undisputable facts.
Before that, it was just some harmless wise-ass sarcastic remark but when I am the customer and I don't know you--you don't do that.

Their prices are pretty Beacon Hill too--read overpriced. Again, I have to recommend it because of the huge selection and fairly easy location. Could be a lot better though.

Update from visit on 6/4/05---
The # of beers has decreased substantially. Noticeable dust on many of the bottles. This was always present here but its gotten worse.Who wants to buy a Christmas beer in early June? How bout one from England where it is bound to deteriorate versus improve due to a low abv or clear bottle. Staff has never been great here. Downgrades are in order across the board. Pricing is spotty -you can get a good deal on some things but other items are a tad higher than reasonable.

10-09-2004 04:06:08 | More by rousee
Photo of Hibernator


4.14/5  rDev +2.2%

Went to Charles Street Liquors after reading very positive reviews on BA. This is a great establishment for beer fans. Offerings from all over. Nice selection from Dogfish Head, Smuttynose, Rogue, Stone, Berkshire Brewing Company, and many, many other breweries.

I picked up a Rogue Old Crustacean Barleywine, Dogfish Head Mida's Touch and Dogfish Head Aprihop.

The service was friendly and helpful. Easy location from the T....Charles St off the redline or Park St and a scenic walk cutting up the common and crossing to Charles Street.

06-13-2004 22:48:25 | More by Hibernator
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Well, i was a bit leary of going here as i got mixed reviews from people who had gone. First off, their specialties are Belgians & other imports. If you love Belgians, they have pretty much any you could want. Also, some uncommon ones, like Baltika or La Choulette. Service was friendly & excellent. Now, a couple of things.
1) some bottles are dusty (not all), & i saw at least one or two kinds of beer that were past the due date. So, inspect your beer before buying as i did.
2) While there's a good selection of US micros in cases, not much unfortunately in ways of singles as they don't allow broken cases.

All in all though, i would come again, but would not do my main beer shopping here though.

08-20-2007 19:28:01 | More by papat444
Photo of mltobin


3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

This place is conveniently located on Charles Street in downtown Boston, not too far from the hospital area where I was staying with a friend. It is a relatively small store in general for wine/liquor/beer and the craft beer section also is small. But, they do make a very good use of their space. You can pick up some Belgian classics like Chimay and other trappist beers. Mass beers like Haverhill and Mayflower. Other US craft beer such as Port, McNeill`s, White Birch. The staff I came across were friendly enough, but did not all seem well versed in their offerings. Prices were better than I expected for the great location, where other things can tend to cost a pretty penny.

08-07-2011 00:57:06 | More by mltobin
Photo of Dicers


4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-21-2014 14:32:47 | More by Dicers
Photo of Imstillthegman


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

I made this one of my many stops while in Boston for the EBF. Good selection including many Belgians/imports, Stone, Founders, Oskar Blues, AleSmith, and the locals. I am still kicking myself for forgetting to grab a six-pack of Gordon....grrr. There is a parking garage pretty much right across the street from the store. There was some dust on some of the bottles I purchased but I am assuming it was just blowing in from nearby construction. Atleast, I don't think AleSmith would sit around long enough to get dusty. Mass. gets a lot of great beers and I wish I could of found a store that was large enough to have more of the offerings from all of those brewers. This was a good store with a good selection a little bigger than some of the other downtown Boston stores.

02-12-2007 00:50:05 | More by Imstillthegman
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Charles Street Liquors in Boston, MA
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