West Lakeview Liquors

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West Lakeview LiquorsWest Lakeview Liquors
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100
world-class

102 Reviews
Reviews: 102
Visits: 170
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

2156 W Addison St
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-6136
United States
phone: (773) 525-1916

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Notes:
Place added by: mkopera24

Hours:
Mon. - Thurs. 10am - 10pm
Fri. & Sat. 10am - 11pm
Sun. 11am - 10pm

Parking: Y (in the rear of the store)
Mail Order: Y
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Reviews: 102 | Visits: 170
Reviews by wschmit:
Photo of wschmit
4.86/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

West Lakeview is probably the best bottle shop in Chicago. The selection is easily the most thoughtful and deep. I only regret that they don't devote a bit more shelf space to beer, because it's all crammed into one small area. But don't think I"m complaining, more like wishfully dreaming.

These guys know their beer--almost any given person in the shop can talk beer, and probably wine and liquor too, if given the opportunity. Binny's maybe has a beer guy or two on staff at all times, but for this little shop to muster such knowledge is damned impressive.

Selection of Americans is the skimpiest. They keep it to interesting and limited release beers. The imports are where they kill. Pannepot Reserva? Five different offerings from Fantome for 14.99? Three or four offerings from Mahr's? Six beers from Dieu du Ciel? Check, check, check, and, yes, check. I could go on--Drie Fonteinen, Cantillon, hell even seeing Spezial Rauchbier in a bottle shocked me. So the selection kicks serious tail. The only thing that could make it a five was if they had more space devoted to sixers of American stuff, but I won't hold that against them. Glad they make the decisions they do.

Oh, and prices are very fair, even inexpensive at times. If you're visiting Chicago from even a good beer town, be sure to stop here.

Edited to add: I stopped in again today, and went immediately afterwards to the Marcey St. Binny's for a side-by-side. Prices and selection are as good or better here almost across the board, except for six-packs. For example, West Lakeview had JW Lees 99 Harvest Ale for 7.99. Binny's did not have it, and the ones they did have were all 7.99 (06) or 9.99 (older). One data point does not a whole argument make, but these guys hold their own against Binny's, for sure. (1,787 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jstonerock24
4.64/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of eb1610
4.82/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Stopped in today since I was told it was a must stop by some Chicago people that I've traded with and they were right. Great selection of beers from the area which is what I was looking for while on vacation. Staff was unbelievably helpful and even offered me some Zombie Dust. The male staffer took the time to write out bars/breweries that I should visit while in town. Pretty much my ideal store (398 characters)

Photo of mojiboo02
4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of aussiebeer
4.61/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of puftdank
4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Monkeyknife
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of o221d
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.61/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.36/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of HartsyThaiFood
4.76/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Irishace9
4.37/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.26/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Sweffin
4.57/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
4.14/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of indianabeerman
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Taybeh
4.25/5  rDev -8%

Pretty small and not a huge number of offerings, but the stuff that they did have was high quality. Very helpful staff. Asked about 3 Floyds stuff (because I only saw some Gumballhead and Robert the Bruce on the shelves) and he hooked me up with some Zombie Dust. Made the drive back to Minneapolis a lot better, full of happy anticipation. (343 characters)

Photo of saemick
4.28/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of zofoandrew
5/5  rDev +8.2%

This store is small, but it packs a punch. Lots of local stuff (62 characters)

Photo of baybum
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Hendrick24
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL
100 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.