Five Points Bottle Shop
Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 45 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev -3.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Hands down the best package store in Athens.
Five Points recently expanded their store, and they have even more selection than they used to.
They definitely try and stay on top of breweries that add Georgia to their distribution list. I'm not going to say you can find anything there, but if they don't have it they will be happy to order it.
The service is usually great, I took off half a point for the odd times when the cashier is a bit surly. Overall though, they know beer and are happy to help out. The owner is in from time to time and he will talk your ear off if you're not careful - but in a good way.
The prices are very reasonable, you can usually find some good beer on sale.
Again, this is the best place to buy beer in Athens, if you're in the area it's definitely worth a stop.
07-22-2008 16:25:36 | More by glid02
5/5 rDev +7.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Five Points Bottle Shop is the only truly great bottle shop in Athens. They have pretty much carried the banner for great beers in this town. The selection is amazing and you always find something you have not yet tried. The staff is knowledgeable and well versed in both beer and wine. If you are looking to buy great beer in Athens this is the only stop that is guaranteed to not be a waste of your time. I have been by numerous times this month and have always found another beer that is world class. Keep up the good work guys.
01-24-2008 21:58:15 | More by edamjohnson
4.35/5 rDev -6.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The only place I go in Athens. It's no Green's, but the selection's better than anywhere else I've seen here. They have a big standard selection of imports, Belgians, and US craft brews, and they rotate out a fair amount of seasonal stuff from places like Dogfish Head. The staff have been knowledgeable in my experience, though never extremely forthcoming. It's certainly cramped, and often busy, but I've never waited long at the register, even on a Friday night when the joint's full of boneheads buying kegs. The only place in the area I know of worth stopping at.
01-04-2008 08:22:28 | More by MaxM
4.45/5 rDev -4.7%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Looks pretty interesting from the outside and then you go inside. I saw the reviews so I sniped out the good stuff right when I came in. They still had a couple bottles of Donkey Punch and I also found Dark Force there, both of which were a little pricey but I can't complain. They also had Lagunitas, another beer I can't get. The Dale's and Old Chub were very well priced at $7.99, so it kind of balanced things out. The guys working there were willing to help with whatever I needed and did answer a question when I had hoped the carried Hercule Stout from Belgium because they had a couple other beers by the brewer. Fairly crammed in but stocked with beers from all over the place basically from floor to ceiling. Recommended and a nice surprise.
11-25-2007 00:52:41 | More by ncvbc
4.35/5 rDev -6.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Prior to leaving on vacation to Northern Georgia, I scouted places on BA, knowing that I would travel through Athens. I tried to visit Copper Creek Brewing, but found it closed at noon on a Saturday. Thought that was strange. I also scouted out Five Points Bottle Shop and was glad I did. This looks to be a former convenience store with doors centered on the front. I walked in and was quickly lured to the back of the store by what I perceived as beer coolers. This section was obviously for the college macro-drinking crowd and not what I was looking for. In a haze, I remember walking through aisles of wine and liquor, but again, not what I was looking for. My wife calls to me from across the store at the right side of the entrance. Through cramped 1-person aisles, I found a nice selection of micro and import beers in bottles of various sizes along with a cooler full of choices. I could have easily spent an hour here, but my small children were easily bored at what was my "candy" store. I left with some JW Lees Harvest, of which they had several different years. I also bought some Victory Storm King, some Lagunitas and a few Belgians. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.
09-11-2007 22:55:56 | More by Procrastinator
4.65/5 rDev -0.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stop here on a recent trip to Georgia. Found this place right here on Beer Advocate. My first impression was "Wow, that's a lot of wine, that sucks", but that would soon change. Found our way to the beer selection and couldn't believe my eyes. Before I knew it my hands were full and I was borrowing the hands of my friends. I got talking to one of the guys working and he starting making recommendations after asking what type of beer I like. He made several good recommendations, then passed me over to Will. Will (if you are reading this Will, I was the guy from Ohio who came in tonight) made even more recommendations. Next thing I know I have a nice pile started at the corner. I finally decided to check out and was very surprised at the price ($96 for a lot of beer, great deal)
If you are ever in the Athens area you need to stop. Looking forward to my next trip to the area so I can come back.
09-02-2007 03:03:44 | More by tburkhart
4.65/5 rDev -0.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Very impressive selection. I was thrilled that they had 7 or 8 different Cantillion beers (although they seemed a bit expensive even for Cantillion). The whole store, and the beer section in particular, is very cramped and that makes it kind of difficult to browse... but it's worth it considering their selection. I didn't talk to anyone because I don't like people, but one of the employees was helping a couple pick some beers for a party while I was looking around and from what I heard he knew his shit (and enjoyed his job). My only complaint is that the prices seemed a bit high, but they weren't unreasonable for an independant retailer.
After visiting the store several more times, I have increased by score for selection to reflect the fact that this store is constantly expanding its selection with new and exotic offerings. I am particularty impressed by their commitment to finding vintage beers, even going so far as to offer discounts on vertical lineups of some beers.
They have recently expanded their beer area vastly. It is no longer the cramped maze of cases it once was. Much of the beer is now in coolers and it is a lot easier to find what you are looking for and find out how much it costs.
After living near this store for six months, I can honestly say that it is, by far, the best beer store I have ever been to. I can go in there every week and find five or six new items that I have never seen before.
08-30-2007 02:20:05 | More by nickfl
4.6/5 rDev -1.5%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Service: I called a couple of liquor stores in Athens asking around for a particular beer that no one had. Five Points didn't have what I wanted but the guy on the other end made some very good points. We talked about PUMPKIN ALES for at least 5 minutes. That's a fairly obscure beer topic and he knew what he was talking about. He sold me on Post Road and I was in there later that day picking up a 6-pack...Needless to say, I went back the next day and bought a case getting ready for Fall. In short, service was knowledgeable, helpful, and courteous.
The selection is outstanding. Along with the great liquor selection, the beer selection is top notch. At first, I was looking in the back section for beers - that's where they keep the Natty Light, Bud etc. When I asked about premium beers, I was directed to a whole other section of the store. They were so overstocked with good beer, they had some on display on the floor. The selection was excellent, ranging from various U.S. Micros to Belgian Trappistes. In summary, the selection is excellent. There was an overflow of good beer and it was apparent that they were having a hard time finding places to put all of it. There's something for everyone. If there's not, you shouldn't be drinking beer.
All in all, I highly recommend this place for all the above reasons.
A nice little feature: When you're checking out, all the fake I.D.'s that have been taken up over the years have been taped to the wall behind the register, with little quips written on each one. Fun to read while you're waiting in line.
08-28-2007 02:14:32 | More by jdubjacket
4/5 rDev -14.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Very small from the outside but they sure do pack in a good selection in a small area. I was especially impressed with the belgian and trappist selection. I'm not sure where they get some of the stuff but it is definately a good place to browse. Large selection of chilled beer as well single bottles. Service was the only slightly lacking but they were helpful once I was able to get there attention. Definately a diamond in the rough. If you are ever in Athens, this is a must visit just for the sheer selection packed into such a small area.
06-30-2007 20:40:03 | More by tigerdoc
4/5 rDev -14.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Although they are now cheaper than other stores in town they are still a bit pricier than I would like. However, I invite you to consider that even with the exchange rate Cooper's Best Extra Stout is actually cheaper here than it is in Brisbane (according to my friends from AU)
Don't walk in here expecting help but if you prod enuogh someone might chat with you. The owner is actually quite knowledgable but the place gets so crowded on weekends and evenings that I would be prepared to look around on your own.
The store is small and only about 1/3 is dedicated to beer but in true European beer shop tradition there is beer packed everywhere from floor to ceiling. They have a lot of variety and things you won't find elsewhere in Athens (like all Aecht Schlerkla brews). Other than the sheer horror that is parking there at 5:00 PM and the fact that I bought a cellared Sweetwater Festive Ale that was skunky, I have no complaints and only compliments to this place.
=== UPDATE ===
Service has vastly improved at this place. Now it is sometimes hard to look at beer without being offered help. So many retarded frat kids sit there confused looking at the lambics that I understand why they offer to help so much. The owner Sachin as well as some of his more loyal guys behind the register all know about beer and will point you to what you want, even if you didn't know you wanted it.
I can't seem to leave this place without something I didn't come in there to get.
01-26-2007 23:40:05 | More by Big78CJ
Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA
100 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.