West Lakeview Liquors
Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 97 | Show All Ratings:
4.33/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
In the past 2 weeks I had spent over $400 at this store & I loved everything about it...until today. Before I go into what happened today let me go back to my first visit a couple weeks ago. I was greeted by a girl who seemed slightly out of it but friendly. She pushed Three Floyd's on me despite the fact that I try to stay away from their hype. She wasn't very knowledgeable about the smaller batches & admitted that she hasn't tried much of what they had but she knew everyone loved (again) Three Floyd's.
(Moving forward to today)
I call the store to see if they will be getting in 2 different beers only to be greeted by the same girl & after asking about the brews she says, "who know....(moments of silence & says) there's so many beers out there". This girl is 100% useless & only goes off what she sees & isn't willing to find out what the customer is looking for.
That being said, I was at the store & a rep ran to the basement trying to find other brews that weren't on the floor that he thought I might enjoy.
So my final thoughts....
The young lady is a stoned hippy who runs with what most people ask for & the guys actually respect their customers. They have a huge selection of great beer that can only be found here! Don't go off the website because it doesn't show everything. You'll have to go in & see for yourself what an amazing assortment they truly have.
Again, if you run into a younger woman or if she answers the phone? Hang up & call back at a later time or just stay away from her. She'll talk your ear off about Three Floyd's & Three Floyd's only.
03-04-2014 09:19:01 | More by Circles413
5/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
WLVL has a selection that is unmatched not only within the city, but in the world. Beers varying from a couple thousand feet to couple thousand miles from the store's front door make it impossible to leave without something you had no idea existed or was available. It offers the rare and regular beers from popular Goose Island, 3Floyds and Pipeworks locally but also has an imported selection that allows you to step into another world.
03-03-2014 15:15:01 | More by chrismason269
4.72/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Undergoing some remodeling when I was there right before Christmas 2013. They said it took over 3 years to get a permit to expand? Wow, I knew Chicago politics weren't freedom-friendly, but sheesh! Plenty of selections of singles and bombers, plus had a few local cans I didn't yet have for my "drank it myself" can collection. I'll be back next time in town.
12-28-2013 07:42:14 | More by CopperMtnPlowboy
4.39/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3 | $$
They have the best selection in the city n best part in the morning when u can get first pick a things that come up from the basement, she has some amazing things that come out a that collection. People are great n have all the Pipeworks when they come out as some of the members worked at this store.
09-07-2013 00:20:41 | More by Hall312
4.46/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
WLL didn't exactly live up to the hype for me. The bottle selection was very good but there was very little that I couldn't find at other bottle shops in the city and in many cases WLL seemed more picked over than the two Binny's stores that I visited.
The service was outstanding though; very helpful and informative. Worth a visit if you are in Chicago but not the first place I'd stop.
07-23-2013 22:48:59 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.91/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is an outstanding liquor store. My experience included excellent, helpful, and friendly service. The selection is incredible, especially for local/Midwest beers, which is what I'm primarily looking for when going to a store in this region (my primary interest in visiting any beer store is usually getting local regional beers that I can't obtain at home). The import selection is great, too.
07-15-2013 03:25:16 | More by Offa
5/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Fantastic Service. The young guy who was working was super nice, super helpful and knowledgeable. Told me all about pipeworks and some beers in the back.
The Selection was great, tons of pipeworks, Half Acre Daisey Cutter, not too much 3Floyds but going to the pub so didn't matter to me.
someone on here said they had to pay cash for glassware, but I used a card.
04-01-2013 00:56:53 | More by rorj
5/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I was in the city and wanted to see what I could get that's not available in the 'burbs. It's a small store, but has an awesome selection. It was early on Saturday, March 9 and me and my wife were the only 2 in the store.
I didn't get the name of the guy working, but he mentioned he was a Cleveland native and was rocking a Great Lakes hoodie. He knew I wanted local and pointed me to Pipeworks, Spiteful, Begyle, etc. I also grabbed some Daisy Cutter, which is limited in the 'burbs and he asked if I wanted some Double Daisy Cutter as he thought there may be few bottles in the back. It was my first time there and he made me feel like a regular. I've been buying at least 12 beers a week from my local Binny's for the last 5 years and have never received such great service and selection of hard to get beers. They tend to hold limited releases in the back for friends of the beer guy...bad policy.
West Lakeview had most of the recent limited releases on the shelf with a 1 per customer limit, which I love. It gives everyone a chance to get their hands on rarer beers.
What a great store. Everyone in craft beer retailing should make a visit to see how it should be done. Well educated and friendly employees do make a difference. I'll definitely be going back.
03-10-2013 04:18:48 | More by ssimpson89
5/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Whenever my beer advocate friends come into Chicago from out of the area and ask, "Where should I go to find good beer in Chicago?" West Lakeview Liquors is my immediate response. And nobody has ever been disappointed.
A - The shop has a "boutique" feel to it (although not in a bad way). There are only about 2-3 bottles of each beer on the shelves (usually more are available in the back stock), so the store feels like a museum that is being constantly kept up by a very knowledgeable curator. Amongst the endless bottles of beers they also offer t-shirts, glasses, lambic baskets, etc. (many of which you aren't likely to find anywhere else except here and Belgium)
Q - The selection of quality beers here is the best I've ever seen. I have to imagine that it has to be up there with the best in the world. Very rare beers from breweries like Mikkeller, De Dolle, Evil Twin, Fantome, De Molen, etc. sit alongside local breweries like Pipeworks (they got their start working at this store by the way), Revolution, Three Floyds... and it goes on...and on...
Service - I've heard some people say that they haven't had the best service here, but personally, I've had nothing but good experiences. Last time I was in there buying a bottle of Bon Chein, the employee working the counter said, "If you like that, I've got a 2006 bottle in the basement you might really like? Another time I was buying about $200 worth of bottles and they threw in a free t-shirt for me too. I dropped a bottle on the floor once and thought I was about to get scolded, but the employee that saw just said, "Ah, don't worry man... that's why we've got rubber floors here!" So my service experiences here have been nothing but great.
Selection - If you are looking for the best and rarest beer you can find in Chicago. This is it...
V - Every once in a while you might be able to get a bottle $1 cheaper at Binny's, but in general, they are on par with everyone else. Also... Pipeworks bombers are $1 cheaper here than anywhere else.
O - If you haven't been here and have the means to do so. Do yourself a favor and go. And only bring what you're willing to spend... because I've gone in there for "a bottle for the night" and came out with $200-$300 in beer. It will happen...
03-07-2013 19:58:34 | More by cnbrown313
4.64/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Definitely one of the better spots in Chicago. Walked away with one of my best haul's here in Chicago. Great staff that knows a lot about the beers and latches on quickly to beers you'd dig. Went in there just to cruise the selections and walked out with WAY more than I had expected. Oddly they did not get any Westy's in (was not looking for them, but thought I'd ask). Only place in Chicago that I know of with the Eclipse in stock. I would definitely recommend this spot to anyone visiting or living in the Chicago area (Chicago proper)
12-22-2012 01:51:07 | More by freeride
West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL
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