Royal Liquors - Watt's Mill
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4.44/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a surprising store since it is also a gas station, You would not expect to get great beer but this is KC! You get great BBQ from a gas station after all. I like this store because it is a store you need to wander around to see what is there. You can find some deals if you look. I ran into sone Green Flash Le Freak on sale! Oh Yeah! They had Nebraska Brewing Hop God. It was pricey but well worth it. If you live on the Kansas side of KC, go visit as Missouri seems to have easier liquor laws for beer distribution.
Great store to visit whenever you are in South KC. Spend time looking as the organization of the beer is somewhat loose.
12-30-2012 06:12:41 | More by Flatlands
4.4/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
I have a handful of bottle shops I frequent in the Kansas City area, but Royal may be my favorite. The store carries a large selection of domestic and imported brews as well as a variety of wines and liquor. While I can find better deals with some searching, they can't be beat on selection. What really makes this place special is Brad, the beer guy. He frequently updates Twitter and Facebook with new arrivals, and has been known to randomly set out limited and rare releases. Great staff and selection.
12-17-2012 19:26:08 | More by booyahachieved3
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located right off I-435 is a huge plus. It may be one of the easier stores to get to on my way through the south side of the city. It is a gas station/convenience store which surprised me. Great selection of beers with good organization. I've never seen so many varieties of the Mikkeller single hop series. Rows are organized by country. A very small and limited mix a six section is there, too. They have some good glassware, too. They had a deal on the glassware if you a beer from the same brewery. Staff wasn't very helpful but it is a gas station. They did hook me up with a Deschutes sticker when I asked a question about their Deschutes selection. This is a really good beer store in the KC area.
01-12-2012 03:31:30 | More by zeff80
3.75/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | $
The wife and I drove by this place while en route to our friends' house in nearby Mission, Kansas. I remembered seeing a listing for this joint here on BA so I decided to check it out...
The location/atmosphere is quite crazy, what with a massive liquor store being part of a gas station! A little dumpy in its surroundings and looks, but once you're inside it's all good. Literally a TON of beer!
First you stumble upon a large bomber shelf, with Chimay, Ommegang, Duvel, all of the Boulevard Smokestacks, Avery, Grand Teton, Southern Tier, New Holland, Stone, Jolly Pumpkin, Mikkeller... plus a lot of locals from Missouri/Kansas like Doodle Brew, Cathedral Square, Weston Brewing.
Keep going past the bombers and find the six-pack section, with Lagunitas, Breckenridge, Odell, Arcadia, Bells (five different ones), Founders, New Belgium, Southern Tier. Widner Bros and Bridgeport from Oregon, which I have not seen around the Midwest. All COLD! Now this is rare, and I sure do love it...
The Mikkeller shelf is amazing, with pretty much every single variety of the Barrel-Aged Black Hole series, including Tequila and Cognac and the works. Also the Single Hop series.
Some strange beers from abroad, like 8 Wired from New Zealand, Hel&Verdoemenis and other obscure Euros, plus a ton of Belgians (a whole aisle, in fact).
Last but not least, there is an extra aisle for warm American craft six-packs and bombers, where I saw Moylan's and Jolly Pumpkin.
You can tell by now the selection here is OUTSTANDING. The only thing I didn't like about Royal Liquors was the service. Nonexistent, cold, indifferent. The cashier couldn't even say "hello" and simply uttered the amount of my beer. Whatever. Other than that, this is a must stop in the KC area.
09-24-2011 01:00:06 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.21/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
This place is the go to spot for beer in the south of Kansas City or if you are along I-435. The store doesn't look like much and it is part of a gas station but do not worry, it is the place to be. A lot of selection in the cooler and even more in the front of the store. Basically has all the beer that is available in the state of Missouri. The beer manager is a very knowledgeable and very nice guy who will talk beer and let you know what to look out for in the near future. Like them on facebook and keep an eye out for the tastings they have from time to time. The prices are as good as anywhere in the city. If you are south in Kansas City you should look up this place and stop by to get what you need.
05-14-2011 01:09:45 | More by mizzouguy
4.7/5 rDev +14.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I was going atround place to place to find the Hopslam Ale that Bells brewery had released just recently. This place is amazing. They have almost everything you could ask for. They sell microbrews that are extremely hard to find. The guy i was talking to actually sold me one of his 2 mini kegs of hopslam that he had. THANKS!!! Overall this place has alot in the cooler and has alot to offer in single bottles. If you live in the Knasas City area it would benifit you to go to this place. You would be amazing to see what Missouri can sell but Kansas connot. Once again thanks to the people at Royal for giving me the Hopslam.
01-24-2011 01:47:30 | More by HOPPYKC
3.41/5 rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
12-2010 re-visit: Wow, things have gone downhill here...not quite the excellent selection as before, but there are still remnants of it. Sadly the beer aisles are in full sunlight. Some obscure quality imports still (no more drie fonteinen or uerige), maybe more than Lukas in KCK, but not worth the risk here of light-struck bottles, imho. Spirits were 20-25% more here than in KCK for the same stuff. No staff on the floor. Left empty-handed. Wondering if they are transitioning to a smaller selection, or just in between beer buyers.
From the minute I entered the store and started admiring the open case display of La Folie, someone was there to assist and talk about beer. This guy was beyond helpful, and friendly too. After visiting a second time, without the beer guy, service was just ok.
The selection was very nice, great Belgian, German, and other Euro imports. St. Bernardus Abt 12 Special Edition was there, Drie Fontienen, Caracole, Rochefort, De Dolle, as well as Uerige Sticke, and other harder to find goodies. There was a great selection of US craft too, including most Bell's varieties, Schlafly (found 2 reserve varieties), Boulevard, New Belgium, Avery, Great Divide, etc.
Prices were reasonable, even on the limited release stuff. A discount was received for buying 6 import singles. If I lived here, this would be my go-to store!
12-24-2010 04:47:40 | More by emerge077
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Larger booze, wine and beer distribution spot the beer is to the right and up front as you enter the store, as well as in several cooler units along the back wall. Nice selection of the expected locals, regionals and then a better then average for what I saw in the area imports. Founders, New Belgium, Boulevard, O'Dells, Great Divide come to mind for some interesting stuff, but they had a lot more...Pleasant and informative dude helped me find the Saison Brett bombers from Boulevard and guided me around the place for a quick tour. Quite decent if not amazing place, worth a visit if in the area.
08-07-2009 23:03:50 | More by Billolick
3.7/5 rDev -9.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Both Sam and Chris no longer work there. They don't know what they have in stock or what they are getting in. It's kind of depressing. The people there don't know much about beer.
I have to say that Chris is still working there. I talked to him about finding some Chocolate Indulgence about a week ago. He is absolutely brilliant when it comes to talking about beer. I also have to extol the qualities of the rest of the people that work there. Sam is one of my favorite beer guys. If you ask him for a beer that they don't carry, within seconds he has called half of his distributors trying to find out who carries it, if he can get it in MO, and when it will be available. No matter how many annoying questions I ask them, they never tell me to go away. They have the best beer selection of all the small-medium sized liquor stores in KC. This is my go to liquor store. While they don't have the selection of other larger stores in KC, the people make up for it. Their staff is great. I will continue to make Royal my number 1 liquor store
12-15-2007 05:09:43 | More by hwwty4
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Had no idea what was inside this place, went in to maybe find some local KC stuff, but what I found astonished me and I spent more time and money there then what I expected. This place has everything. I picked up some Samuel Smiths of which that had about 10 differents styles and some Rogue which they also had a great selection of. The place is huge. They have probably 10 coolers of beer 2 or 3 which are full of craft beers. They have three aisles about chest high filled with great beers on both sides. They also have a huge selection of liquor. The service wasnt bad the clerks were nice but I didnt ask them any questions, nor was there any type of presence of the floor. The prices seemed really good too.
10-01-2007 01:05:45 | More by crazybrody06
Royal Liquors - Watt's Mill in Kansas City, MO
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