Five Points Bottle Shop
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4.2/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is one of the best place to buy beer (and other forms of alcohol) in Athens. My cousin owns a competitor on the other side of town and he'll readily admit the same.
Staff can be hit or miss, but most of them are great. Owner's fantastic, as well. Usually very friendly and helpful. A bit stand-offish at the absolute worst. But being in a college town of Athen's caliber will definitely take its toll on you some days. They have a big collection of really shitty fake id's that they've confiscated and they like to scribble mean things on which I find hilarious (though possibly libelous, to be honest).
Selection is very good, especially for where you are. Prices can be beat, but not by much. It's definitely cheaper at Total Wine if you're in the Atlanta area, but for Athens this is one of the better options.
If you're in Athens and you're looking for better beer than what you'll find at Kroger, this is a good place to start.
06-09-2013 16:07:25 | More by Dreizhen
4.97/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Wow. I went in while visiting the town, just to see if I could find something to have at the hotel while we were visiting, but wound up discovering the most extensive collection of bottled beer I have ever seen! Started at the far cooler, where there were three full shelves of Stone bombers, including the vertical epic from 09-12, old guardian, smoked old guardian, and RIS. Moving through the store, it was organized by geography, and the staff were very helpful in locating whatever I thought I would like to find.
As has been stated in other posts, I didn't even know that Mikkeller made that many beers! There had to be 6 full shelves, over 40 different Mikkeller products. The sours section was impressive, and the Belgian Aisle also had quite a selection.
Asked about a couple mythical beers, and while I found the Rodenbach Grand Cru and Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary, they didn't have Westy XII, Black Ops, Black Note, BA Bigfoot, or Biscotti Break.
Great selection of glassware in the Growler shop, and an amazing selection of taps (Enjoy By, Siren Noire, etc).
Will be back next time I'm in town.
03-23-2013 12:40:49 | More by watsonmd
5/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
The best beer store in Athens, and one of the best in the SouthEast. A phenomenal selection with new beers coming in almost every week. The staff is great with people specialized in knowledge for beer, wine, and liquor. The everyday beers are a little pricier than usual here, but the specialty and craft selection are about on par with every where else.
02-23-2013 23:52:01 | More by slayer13
4.44/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
The bottle shop doesn’t look like much from the road but this is THE place for beer in Athens and beyond!
Vintage beer, rare releases, brews you won’t find anywhere else in Georgia… they’re all here. Plus full line-ups of every other major brand (that shelf of Stone bombers…more stuff than I've ever seen).
They have Lost Abbey Deliverance and Angel’s Share (got a ’10 Brandy, drinkable). Also a Harvest Ale 2002! Every Mikkeller you can think of, including the Black Hole series (I bought Tequila).
Pretty fair prices all around, $14.99 for those Lost Abbeys and $7.99 for Harvest Ale. Outrageous selection of bourbons as well, including New Holland bourbon aged in beer barrels.
Service was perfectly nice at checkout, and they have beer folks around the aisles. Along with Ale Yeah! Roswell, this is my favorite beer store in the ATL-GA area.
01-04-2013 04:28:17 | More by DoubleSimcoe
5/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
The best beer store I've ever been in.
Athens is a killer college town, we hit it once a year for a fun weekend. It's loaded with pubs & restaurants and everyone is laid back and cool.
I only discovered this shop on my last trip and can't believe I've missed out on it before now. I literally spent an hour and a half poking around the store and ended up with a very reasonable tab for the amount of items I bought.
In the same parking lot there's a draft building with 20 taps of quality brews you can purchase in three different sizes of growlers.
They have a second store in town too that I have yet to visit.
This place is worth a trip, make a weekend of it and be sure to stop at Trappeze Pub. You'll be happy.
02-10-2012 21:12:38 | More by Mantooth
4.94/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Bottle shops don't get much better than this. Selection is excellent and quality is just as good. The service may have been the best I have seen. These guys are knowledgeable, affable, helpful and shared some of their more limited items with the their more beer savy customers. The shop itself was a little crammed but that just means they have more stuff. The prices were great as well. All items were either same as others or 50 or so less with some beer cheaper than I have seen directly from tap rooms. This is a must stop for any beer lover. I will definitely be stopping in next time I am up this way.
12-22-2011 03:29:12 | More by kylehay2004
4.86/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I had a beergasm. Single best beer shop I've ever been to. Enormous selection of quality stuff.
I've been to Specs and Whole Foods and other non-chain specialty beer stores across several states and this is by far the best selection of beer I've seen so far.
You wouldn't even be able to tell by the shabby (though artistic) exterior, but inside the shop is a beer geeks heaven. Shelves all the way up to the ceiling with bombers of beers I've never seen in most places. The sour beers section alone is pretty impressive. Three different vintages of Rodenbach Grand Cru. Every single Trappist beer, except for the Westvleterens.
Refrigerated and unrefrigerated six packs, single bottles, bombers, huge novelty sized bottles (notably, Chimay)... I even saw a growler from Rogue.
They also sell fresh growlers to go (3 different sizes) each priced at $4 for the bottles themselves and fill-ups are priced individually by beer. Around 20 beers on tap to choose from.
The staff were clearly beer geeks and knew their stuff in and out. Unlike what you'd find at a national beer chain like Specs.
Finally picked up a bottle from Achel (the last remaining Trappist brewery I haven't sampled). They didn't have KBS, but said they've had it before and even had a 3-year vertical keg tapping before... 3 vintages side by side on tap at their bar. Insane. They said when they do get KBS in bottles it tends to last less than a month.
No Dogfish 120 or Dark Lord, but it was worth asking anyway. Chances are if there's some beers on your want list, they'll have a few of them here.
09-08-2011 20:50:28 | More by ZenAgnostic
4.78/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
My favorite beer store.
A tiny, cozy place packed to the rafters with beer. They're always up to date with new releases, and do their damnest to keep holes filled.
I'm most impressed with their selection of foreign beers. It seems like if it's produced, they'll carry it. I've never seen so many Mikkeller beers on the shelf at once. Also, this is one of the last places I can remember in GA still carrying Cantillon. (All gone now, sadly.) Looking for something adventurous, I was recommended an Austrian barleywine aged in Calvados barrels. It was incredible.
The staff are all craft beer lovers and any of them can give great recommendations. Prices aren't quite as cheap as some places in Atlanta, but then again, not many other places are either.
I'm most fortunate to have acquired my 750ml bottle of Fou'Foune here. They only got three bottles!
07-03-2011 16:18:20 | More by awalk1227
Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA
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