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West Lakeview Liquors

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West Lakeview LiquorsWest Lakeview Liquors

139 Ratings
Ratings: 139
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.17%
[ Store ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @wlvliquors

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 by wschmit:
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4.86/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

wschmit, Feb 18, 2011
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While this may be an awesome store to visit, I am very disappointed in their online service, as well as, customer service via email. I placed an order on June 7th and did not get an update until June 23rd about shipping. It was for 6 bottles!!!! Come on! The sad thing is that I had to call. I also received and email with a FedEx tracking number that said it would show up today (6/23), but it's being shipped today.

I'm a bit sketchy about the IPA's that I ordered as they are now 3 weeks older. I hope that they compensated for such. I hope that they can get their orders caught up and no one else has to go through this kind of delay.

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West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL
100 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.