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West Lakeview Liquors

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West Lakeview LiquorsWest Lakeview Liquors
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102 Reviews
Reviews: 102
Visits: 172
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: n/a
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2156 W Addison St
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-6136
United States
phone: (773) 525-1916

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @wlvliquors

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: 172
Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -19.9%

I haven't been to the physical location but I dealt with them over the phone and through the internet.

They have a great selection listed in a nicely searchable format online. Organized by state or country and then by brewery. I kind of wish there was a clean search function but its easy to find out stuff when I want to find it. I am cautiously impressed with the selection.

I placed an order from some Cantillon beers and some other stuff and they were slow to get back to me. I contacted them via phone after a few weeks and they said some of the beers I had ordered were on back order and they were holding it. I would have appreciated a heads up on that. They shipped my package about a week later and they subbed two beers without asking and sent the wrong vintages of everything else.

I like online liquor stores and this is definitely a good one from a selection and quality point of view. But they really need to work on a system that matches their inventory with what is available on the website. Otherwise the customers won't have confidence that they are ordering what is listed on the site. Also, if something goes wrong, actually call the person who placed the order (or email them). You have access to this information.

I would use them again, cautiously, but I will definitely place my order over the phone. (1,329 characters)

Photo of Cubatobaco
3.9/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

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. (640 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.95/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

I stopped in here while cruising around the Chicago area looking for some beer to add to the cellar.

I was truly surprised by how small this place is-- but even more surprised by how many beers they managed to fit in here!
The overall vibe in the look of the place makes me think of an old wild west saloon and general store-- and I actually like it. I do the shelves are pretty over-crowded, but they seem to be doing the best they can with the space available.

I bought a few bottles of 3F Oude Kriek (as it is implement unavailable in the SW suburbs). As of mid-February, the shop still has some bottles of mikeller Sour Bitch available -- 2 bottle limit, $30 per bottle. I was also surprised to find several cases of Jester King Black Metal... I was told that the owners of the store are friends with the brewery.

I was mainly excited to see they still had several of the Cantillon stemware glasses remaining, and happily grabbed 2 of them. The glasses were "cash only," and $10 each, but I was excited none the less.
The store also had a bunch of other glasses available, including some of the Duvel artist series.

My only complaint about the store-- The 2 employees I dealt with seemed to act like my presence was an inconvenience up with which they begrudgingly put.
The tall guy with longer dark hair in his late 30s that appeared to be the manager and the hipster in his young 20s that rang me up both gave the impression that what they needed to make their store a better place was having fewer customers looking around.

Now to be fair, I'm sure that both of these guys are friendly and courteous and all that, and perhaps I caught them during an inventory or while they were trying to organize new shipments... But, as stated, it remains my only complaint. (1,778 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ranked the best store in Chicago, it likely is. Very good Shelton brothers selection, as well as twelve Percent (Evil Twin). Several US microbrews not available or sent here by distributors that were available at other small stores I visited. Looked like 700 different selections. Some overflow bottles were in the front window which was not a good idea. No breaking up of 4 or 6 packs. Service was a bit spoty but also only one server this night and I was keeping him hopping.Attached to a small deli-like store with some good snacks that go with beer. (553 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev -12.3%

My second stop upon arrival in The Windy City. The store is pretty small, but they make good use of the space. A refrigerator section with some sixers and a few bombers and then another wall dedicated to singles of craft beer. A ton of bombers and 750's. Lots of Lost Abbey, Goose Island, Port, Flossmoor, etc. Seemed to be lots of high end beers here. I found tons of great beers that I don't have access too in MN. I was asked if I needed help and then allowed to look around and make my selections. Prices seemed to be pretty good. A good beer store and worth the stop. (572 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.16/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Finally got to stop into this place on our way over to DLD this year. Honestly not much to look at from the outside, but in its compact size, there was a fantastic selection of local and imported stuff. Most impressive were the imports since alot of what I saw I have not seen anywhere else in the area. My only complaint is paying Chicago area prices & tax, but I can highly suggest the place since you will find something that you cant anywhere else, just be prepared for the costs.

Overall, a great beer store though. Would visit more often if it were closer (562 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev -9.1%

I visited on 2/21/2009.

This was my first visit to this place and I was very impressed. Its not a very large place, but they combat that by wasting zero space on wimpy beers! The wine section is right inside the door, and the beers are in the back. Coolers line the left wall with about 6-8 doors dedicated to craft beer 4 and 6 packs. The warm beer was across from the coolers on a mishmash of curving shelves and display islands.

Selection was pretty diverse for such a small place. There were easily over a dozen countries and a bunch of serious US craft brewers represented with 5+ beers from Nogne, a few from Baird, some Jolly Pumpkin, a bunch of German stuff that seemed fairly obscure, an excellent lineup of Belgians, plus a full line of Great Lakes, Bell's, Founder's, etc. I couldn't begin to list it all, but believe me it was impressive.

Service was fine, the one question I asked they had a ready answer for.

Prices were ok, with a few things being a bit overpriced compared to other stores in greater Chicagoland. Still, the rarer stuff is worth paying a premium to get...

All in all a great store that I will visit again I am sure! (1,153 characters)

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 mulder1010
4.28/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A-- Off Addison, near Wrigley Field. Very small shop. Wine in the middle of the store, beers in the coolers and in the back.

Q-- Clean and organized. Did a nice job of separating the foreign, local craft and craft beer. Especially considering the space that they have to work with.

S-- Excellent service. Had two questions and got a lot of help in a short amount of time.

S-- Impressive. Good Foreign stuff that not normally seen and really good selection of stuff within the Chicago area. Able to buy singles of selected beers was very nice and something not all that seen in the US.

V-- Good prices, good service and a good selection of beers. FFF, Flossmore, Dark Horse, Great Divide, Hitichino, and others make this a place worth going to in a big way. Thanks to Dunt and Alexander for the suggestion. (813 characters)

Photo of mkopera24
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%

I accidentally stumbled upon this great store just recently. I was surprised to see it had never been reviewed on here. So I knew it immediately needed to be added. For any BA's in Chicago, or any visiting you need to stop by. First off, when you walk in, just by the look of this place, you know that this is a beer lovers store. The owners obviously know and love beer. On Fridays & Saturdays from 4-7pm, West Lakeview has instore tastings. Great place to go taste and talk some really good beer. Great Belgian selections....which was my favorite. They are great with keeping up with all of their brands' seasonals. Not to mention the service. I was approached by, and talked beer with every employee that was on the clock that evening. Great people...very knowledgeable when it comes to all of their products. And when you stop in, say hi to Automatic & Action....the two dogs that freely walk around the store. Again, just a great place for a beer advocate to go, enjoy, talk, and learn about really great beer. (1,015 characters)

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I visited this place because everyone who lives in or near the city HAS to visit it.

It wasn't quite what I was expecting. This is a humble little liquor store with a nice little craft beer section. All the beers were reasonably priced and well organized by country. All the sixers, 4-packs and minikegs were in a series of fridges across the way. They also had a selection of cheeses for pairing in the next room; something I wish every liquor store had (I can dream can't I).

Ok, there was a nice selection of single bottles, true. The Mikkeller selection, in particular was very good, but there was nothing outrageously rare or crazy. Mostly stuff you could find at your local Binny's and the sixer selection suffered.

That being said, this did have the neighborhood shop feel and the staff were extremely knowledgeable and friendly - true beer advocates.

Overall, its not the beer Mecca some make it out to be, its more of a hangout for beer geeks and a chance to be in a drink store where the line between beer sellers and drinkers is blurred. A nice, quaint little place. (1,081 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here after a small tasting down the street at Lush. I wasn't sure what to expect, frankly. It's a small place, kinda cramped, with warm beers on shelves opposite a wall of coolers (also filled with beer). This place has a decent-sized selection, one that seems to focus on imports that you won't find very often elsewhere. I collected a few smoked beers and headed off on my merry way. Some gems here, indeed. The guy at the counter seemed affable enough (I didn't press him for knowledge or anything), and I hear great things from regulars and semi-regulars. The prices are a tad high for my blood, but I chalk that up to Cook County and whatnot, to tell the truth (and it wasn't that bad, really). Overall, a great little place, one that I definitely plan on visiting again very soon. (797 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%

When I moved to Chicago this was the beer store around the block, so I had a distorted view of beer stores in Chicago. This place has lots of great beers packed into a very small store. They have a wall of about 10 cooler doors where most of the beer is store with some nice book shelves with the rest of the warm beers.

They had some nice beers that were not that common with some nice Dogfish Head Vodka and Rhums. There was some Anchor X-mas Ale from 2005 that was interesting to see and many of there brands had 5-6 styles which was nice to see. The also had a nice Belgian section with a smaller German section but the main focus is on American craft beers. They have some hang tags to describe a few beers and they looked like they were made by the owners.

I had forgotten how charming this place was and I will have to stop in more when I am in the old neighborhood. (881 characters)

Photo of BrewSomerville
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%

I have only been to West Lakeview Liquors once, but I plan on returning the next time I am in Chicago.

It is a very small place, but they use their space well. It didn't seem crowded and they had quite a bit of Beer to choose from.

They categorize the Beer by region. Some of their stock is refrigerated and some of it is not. They had a good variety from the areas that have a lot to offer, and they did have things from places that don't really come to mind when Beer is mentioned.

The service was great. They were friendly and knowledgeable. Even though I live about ten hours away (driving) I felt like I was in my neighborhood shop, except this place has a much better selection of Beer.

I can't remember how much I paid for my Beers, but I do remember being a little surprised at a few of the prices, both in a good way and a bad way.

Overall I think this place is pretty cool, I'll be back for more when I return to Chicago. (936 characters)

Photo of harpus
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%

West Lakeview Liquors is fairly easy to find, it is located on the corner. When I arrived it was only about 10 minutes before they closed, becase I just can from the airport. Since the store was about to close, I was expecting them to hurry me out. They let me take my time in looking at the selection and were very helpful when I had a question. This store also carries the best selection of Mead, since most of the places I have been to do not havea single bottle of mead. Most beers are offered as single and the price is reasonable. If/when back the Chicago area I will go back to this store. (596 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I made an online purchase from these guys recently and I must say thank you.

They carry many things that don't quite make it to Wisconsin. Their website is easy to navigate and non cluttered.

So made an order and was informed via email they were out of one of my selections. No problem. The sales person suggested something along the same lines and I agreed. Well I got another email stating that another of my selections was out of stock. No problem. The sales manager felt bad this time and offered up a bottle of 09 Juliet. To which I replied "hell yes!"

My order arrived on time with no incident. I will definately be going back. (639 characters)

Photo of onefmatt
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Great liquor store, fantastic selection of imports and liquor. They a friends with Mikeller and have a great selection of their wares. Craft selection is always good and changing, sometimes hit or miss but always solid. Good local Midwest brews from 3 Floyds to Founders to Finch's.

What really sets this store apart is the beer events they will put on in the lawn out back. Just nice to have a store so involved in the craft beer industry. Cantillon Zwanze event back in September was a blast. I am more apt to give to those who give to the brewing community. (561 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%

I was in the Chicagoland area for business, but my flight was early so I decided to hit Wrigleyville. 25 bucks to visit the ballpark?? Pass!

I'm sure glad I made it here though. Not the biggest store you'll see, but selection is excellent. You can tell the manager knows and loves Beer. Eclectic selections from local, regional and larger micros, and very good stuff from abroad, but I stuck mainly to 3 Floyds and New Belgium, although I would have got more stuff if only customs and luggage space weren't a problem.

Excellent service, guy was friendly without being pushy, and went the extra mile to get me a bottle from the backstore.

Prices were in the mid to high range for some of the classic Beers offered, but I didn't mind for the rarities offered.

Highly recommended. (781 characters)

Photo of Circles413
4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,587 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev -5.8%

The first stop on my beer store journey in Chicago.

West Lakeview is a nice corner beer store with a large, diverse selection. They have a real strength in European beers spanning Belgium, UK, Germany, Finland, etc. The Belgian lineup was particularly strong. The American craft selection is moderate in size but high in quality. Good selection of FFF and Goose Island especially.

Service was fine; prices were reasonable. My expectations were very high for this stop. While they were not met, this is still a very worthy stop.

HV (533 characters)

Photo of wedgie9
4.35/5  rDev -5.8%

This is one of the best beer shops around. They feature beers from nearly every country you can think of. I stop by around once a week just to see what is new, and I am never disappointed. They are also THE place in Chicago to buy Mikkeller, as they have some exclusives that are not offered anywhere else in the city. The staff is always helpful, and make great recommendations based on what I like.

The prices are comparable to anywhere else in town, and if you are looking for rarities that no one else carries, this is your place. (535 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.35/5  rDev -5.8%

Walked in the door and almost thought I was in the wrong place, it sort of a small store with a row of coolers storing all the store's six packs and a number of singles. The store leans mostly on imports, specifically Belgians. The domestic craft section is rather limited, most beers from IL and a few of the other larger microbreweries from around the country. But the real draw of this place is the sheer volume of Belgian singles, if you are into Belgian beer this is the place to go in Chicago, if you couldn't find something at Binny's or Sam's Wines this place probably has it in stock and if not the staff will probably will be willing to put an order in for you. I was in a hurry and didn't get a really good chance to talk to them but the guy working there seemed friendly enough. A bit out of the way at least for me, but I'd say the trek out here was worth it. (872 characters)

Photo of Rasputin
4.35/5  rDev -5.8%

I just moved into town, and lo and behold this place is a 5-min walk from where I live! Jackpot!

To sum up West Lakeview's theme, I'd say it's "quality over quantity." This is a small place, with limited shelf space. That having been said, they have made the absolute most of the space they have. Great selection of European beers, especially English and Belgian. The American selection is up there too. Nothing is lacking.

For a smaller place, they have a good bit of cooler space, and use that well too. It looks like their better sellers across all styles and locales are well represented in the cooler. The best aspect of the coolers is that the very last cooler, in the back corner of the store, is where they keep the American macros. You have to go a little out of your way to find them, which is how most of us here at Beer Advocate would probably prefer stocking was done at all beer stores.

I found some beers here that I haven't seen elsewhere, including Sam's. Not many, but for a place this small to have something Sam's doesn't is impressive. The fact that they took the time to stock liquors by Rogue, Dogfish Head, and Chouffe is commendable. (Those liquors are not cheap though: $30-40/fifth)

As for service, I have found that everyone who works there is friendly and helpful. However, not all of them really know the beer that well. They try, and are pleasant to talk to regardless.

All in all, I'm not sure this place worth going way out of your way for (if you aren't already in town). However, if you live, and/or are visiting anywhere nearby, and appreciate good beer, you owe it to yourself to check this place out.

I haven't been to one of the weekend beer/wine tastings yet, but I'm looking forward to doing so soon. (1,760 characters)

Photo of MarkFy
4.35/5  rDev -5.8%

Love this place. They have a great selection of U.S. and foreign beers, sell some bottles in singles which is nice, and tend to get some rare/hard to find beers that usually gets swept up before they hit the shelves at Binnys and such.

Staff is friendly and prices are spot on and quite fair. Great selection of some harder to find and unique spirits as well. Wine selection seems to be okay.

Not a huge place, but it has a nice neighborhood feel and kept quite clean.

And yes, if you like Mikkeller, this is the place to go hands down. They get some bottles that hardly anyone knows about but certainly would be sought after. (629 characters)

Photo of Hall312
4.39/5  rDev -5%
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. (301 characters)

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West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL
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