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Five Points Bottle Shop

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Five Points Bottle ShopFive Points Bottle Shop
BA SCORE
100
world-class

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 7.74%
[ Store ]

1655 S Lumpkin St
Athens, Georgia, 30606-4742
United States
phone: (706) 543-6989

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @5pointsbottle

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(Place added by: AlexJ on 05-03-2005)
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Photo of bhalter8
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Having visited 5 Points a few times over the past few months, I can say it stands up well to any GA bottle shop. It's nice to see this store mature from the macro only shop I remember in my college days. Sachin has done a fantastic job of creating a good mix of craft beers, including some truly hard to find ones (in GA that is), in addition to a solid Belgian selection. Pricing is very reasonable. The service is fantastic, very knowledgeable, although, I must add, most recently I was being helped by Sachin, so how could the service be anything less than fantastic? A must stop if you are in the area, you'll definitely find some things you hadn't seen elsewhere in the state, and be treated well.

Photo of gabeerfan
4.2/5  rDev -9.7%

After several trips to Athens in the last few months, the wife and I finally were able to stop by for a look.
Once you walk in, the craft beers are to the right, against the wall and on the shelf across the coolers. There are cases of beer scattered throughout the store.
Service was only ok because no one asked if we needed help with anything. Luckily, my wife and I don't really need help choosing a beer, but I imagine they would be helpful if asked.
Selection was outstanding. We found a 2006 Sweetwater Festive and several other beers we cannot find in Atlanta. Lots of Belgians and other imports and huge magnums of Belgians were available too. No mixed 6 pack offerings that I could see.
Prices were pretty good. Some offerings were higher than what we are used to paying, but only by $1 or $2. We did see a few beers that were less that what we are used to paying.
This is THE stop if you are in Athens and it is a great rival to Green's in Atlanta.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Great beer store in Athens. In some ways this is as good or better than Green's in Atlanta. Same list of craft beers, and a better selection of British and German beers, and they usually have a huge stock of Terrapin products. There are also usually a few surprises on the shelves. I'd say their belgian selection is a little weaker than Green's though, so it's a bit of a toss-up. The service is friendly and knowledgable, and prices are fine. I hit this up every time I'm in Athens, and with Trapeeze and the Terrapin facility open there now I even take a road trip just to hit up beer sites in Athens ocassionally.

Photo of everetends
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Went here to pick up some great brews before I headed back to the Bama. This place is awesome. To tell you the truth, it looks like ass from the outside. Kind of an eye sore considering the buildings surrounding it. Just walk in the place and you will forget what you saw from the parking lot.

Rows and rows of wine and liquor hit you first but if you go to the extreme right wall you will find the great beer selection. A full wall of coolers, a full aisle of bottles, and random bottles and gift sets cast about. The beers were amazing with lots of Belgians, micros and craft brews. Limited releases were everywhere and it didn't hurt that they had all four monster series brews from Terrapin in full supply. Odds are if you want it, it is there.

The service shines in this place. I talked to Will over BA and he got me down there. Apparently there are two locations owned by the same guy, but Will told me to go to this store over the one he works at because the beer selection is far better. He could have easily sent me to his store to get sales and such, but he did me a solid and that is awesome. He even spent time with me to recommend places to eat in Athens. Awesome guy. The gentleman I talked to at the shop was awesome also. He is a budding beer geek and seemed to be just excited to be able to talk beer with me. He recommended a few brews that I never would have brought home on my own and I look forward to trying them.

The beers are all very well priced and reasonable. They cut you a break if you pay in cash (around 10%) and the shopping center above them has an ATM. I will absolutely be making the trip back to Athens and this bottle shop has a lot to do with that decision.

Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

Photo of edamjohnson
5/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

Photo of MaxM
4.35/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

Photo of ncvbc
4.45/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Photo of Procrastinator
4.35/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

Photo of tburkhart
4.65/5  rDev 0%

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.

Photo of nickfl
4.65/5  rDev 0%

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.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

Photo of tigerdoc
4/5  rDev -14%

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.

Photo of Big78CJ
4/5  rDev -14%

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.

Photo of timtheenchanta
4/5  rDev -14%

The place isn't bad on a weeknight but it could easily get extremely crowded. I didn't get much assistance or even attention for that matter. The selection was great. They have pretty much everything you can find in Georgia. Being halfway to Greens for me and near a better beer scene, I think I'll take Five Points most days out of the week. They also have all of this year's Terrapin Monster series. I would gladly rank this one higher if I got a tad better service next time. Still a good store with good prices.

Photo of bobbyc881
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%

What an incredible store. Took my first visit there last Saturday. Great selection of Belgians, domestics, & plenty of local stuff. A little tight on space when there were a few people looking, but it wasn't too bad. Absolutely exceptional service kicked in minutes after I arrived. They were pulling stuff from the back... putting together cases at the front counter... and making excellent recommendations. One of the owners (I assume) was very knowledgeable and great to talk to. Reasonable prices plus a few sale items. I'll definately be making trips back here!

Photo of Hopsedge
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Five Points Bottle Shop is next to Mellow Mushroom and the Mean Bean off of Lumpkin Street in the Five Points area of Athens. If you don't know where you are going, ask anyone how to get to Five Points and they will tell you. Beer selection here is really great and new things are added all the time. There are numerous high gravities and more Belgians than anywhere in the region unless you want to go to Atlanta an hour west. Staff is very friendly and helpful, but this place is popular and gets crowded on the weekends. Do yourself a favor and don't miss this shop if you are in the Athens area.

Photo of AlexJ
3.7/5  rDev -20.4%

I stopped by here while in Athens for the Classic City Brewfest and before the cap was popped here in North Carolina. A decent sized store, they carry wine, liquors, and a wide selection of craft and import brews. I would say the main emphasis here is on fine Belgian ales, with plenty of stuff like St. Bernardus, Westmalle, Rochefort, Augustijn, Unibroue, Gulden Draak, and manym many more. I snagged a few bottles of Quelque Choise which I have never seen before. They have plenty of micros as well, both local and from the West Coast. Prices are very reasonable, bombers of Great Divide were $5 and most sixers were $ 6-8. I was dissapointed to see that they were no longer carrying Three Floyds brews and were out of several other things as well. I spent about $150 and stocked up nicely. I would definately go back next time I'm in town.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.85/5  rDev -17.2%

The Five Points Bottle Shop is located in Athens and looked pretty easy to find on the mapping program. A bazillion turns later and it seemed pretty obscure. Close to the Mellow Mushroom is probably the best way to use a landmark to find it. Map it out well prior to going to it. If heading past Frat Row, turn right on Lumpkin (South) to get the Five Points and it will be on your left.

The place is a liquor and beer store with fairly reasonable prices on both. The back wall as you walk in is the BMC section with a few micros thrown in. If you walk right you will come through a passageway that has beer on either side, mainly Belgians. Turn left and many more Belgians await. Then begins the coolers. The cooler on the left wall is single bottles of mainly UK and Germans and the the other wall is sixers. I saw workers stocking shelves and cleaning bottles which was good, but then in the cooler I noticed some older beers from last fall which made me check a bit closer. Upon further inspection it appears some of the beers do not move well, so choose carefully.

A nice store. A bit on the grungy side, but the shelves were extremely neat and care was taken in staging the brews. The staff really didn't offer any assistance and when a guy asked about some Tequilla I had to step in. By the way, if you are the guy who bought the Don Julio Reposado, let me know how that Batchelor Party turned out.

I found one single beer in the place I had never tasted before and purchased it. Also I picked up two other beers since I had driven and hour out of my way and a bottle of that Don Julio since we don't see it in NC. A very good store, I won't be back however unless I am in Athens.

Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA
100 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.