Five Points Bottle Shop
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3.7/5 rDev -20.8%
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.
02-17-2006 16:22:39 | More by AlexJ
3.85/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
05-17-2005 13:11:37 | More by GCBrewingCo
4/5 rDev -14.3%
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%
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.
11-09-2006 18:24:42 | More by timtheenchanta
4/5 rDev -14.3%
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
4.04/5 rDev -13.5%
Found this place on my way out of town.. on accident, I swear!
The exterior made me question the reputation. Looks more like a run down convenience store that you'd avoid at night. However, the Dogfish and Allagash signs in the window relieved me.
Walking in, I found the beer to the right, but not before noticing the impressive Single Malt selection as well. The beer aisle is incredible. Hundreds of beers from around the world - possibly everything we can get in Georgia. Locals, American micros, British and Euro beers, you name it and chances are its stocked here. Even some rarer stuff from Italy and Scandinavia that I haven't even seen at either Green's in Atlanta.. whoa, a beer store in Georgia that has a better selection than Greens! And without tons and tons of crap mixed in!
No quality issues whatsoever, and the staff is very helpful and friendly. Prices are a bit higher than in the city, but the place was busy on a Saturday afternoon and beer was flying off the shelves. Bonus points for a seriously good glassware selection and you have one of the best bottle shops around. Great place to spend paychecks. This is more along the lines of Bruisin Ales or Healthy Spirits... which is a good thing
EDIT: I do not like the new "atmosphere" guidelines, Five Points is an awesome shop, deserving of a higher grade than what I've given it. But I can honestly give the place an atmosphere rating higher than 3 because, like I said, it looked like a ghetto convenience store
04-12-2009 02:59:05 | More by jophish17
4.18/5 rDev -10.5%
Very impressive selection The whole store, and the beer section in particular, is very cramped. The beer selection is made up of two ceiling height shelves and a full wall beer cooler. The area between the shelves is just very cramped. But considering the selection it's worth it. The staff is very knowledgeable and seem to genuinely love their jobs. They are very helpful if you have any questions, but aren't pushy and wont bother you unless you ask for help.I like the original store, but it is a little to cramped and crowed for me. However they will still get my business, but maybe more at their other store.
05-05-2011 04:30:06 | More by jimixr
District of Columbia
4.2/5 rDev -10.1%
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
4.2/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
12-29-2008 02:27:07 | More by gabeerfan
4.35/5 rDev -6.9%
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
Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA
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