Five Points Bottle Shop

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Five Points Bottle ShopFive Points Bottle Shop
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60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: n/a
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1655 S Lumpkin St
Athens, Georgia, 30606-4742
United States
phone: (706) 543-6989

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(Place added by: AlexJ on 05-03-2005)
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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.44/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Five Points is a moderate sized store with a huge selection of alcohol packed in it. Most of the store is wine and spirits but the beer selection is pretty comprehensive. They make great use of the space and the displays are very neat and organized.

They have a wide array of beers from the east coast, west coast, Belgium, England, Germany among others. I saw good representation from Terrapin (obviously), Stone, Rogue, Anchor and Sierra Nevada. I was particularly impressed with the coverage within some of the better breweries. They seemed to have everything that Stone and Rogue offer. Much of the stock is refrigerated as well. I'm sure they need it with that Georgia summer heat.

Five Points shows a great commitment to craft beer. It's well worth a visit if you're in the area.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.85/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

Photo of Mantooth
5/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%

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 GarthDanielson
4.57/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This place is a must go if you are in Athens. Seriously. It's a serve-all package store, with wine, booze, and cigars alongside the craft beer. This place has the perfect feel of a hole in the wall beer store, but much higher quality. The far wall is all cooler doors for craft beer in 6packs, 12packs, 4packs, cans, and bombers. A couple end-cap/corner displays of new bottles or featured deals, as well as two full rows of bottles and bombers. There is a ton of beer to peruse while you are here. Lots of local stuff, and apparently Georgia has a great distribution spray because they have shit from everywhere in here. At the end of the craft beer aisle, there is a beer chiller. It's basically cold circulating water that you drop your beers into to cool them off before you go, just in case you won't have access to a fridge, or are in a rush to cool them down. The staff was super-friendly and very helpful. This place is pretty damn awesome!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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 glid02
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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 kylehay2004
4.94/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of jophish17
4.04/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 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

Photo of thagr81us
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%

First a warning... Do not attempt to go anywhere near Athens during a UGA football game. I found this out the hard way. Anyways, on to the review... The location was very easy to spot from the road with a nice large sign out front. A decent amount of parking as well. From the outside it appears to look like an old style gas station (minus the pumps obviously), but with beer logos all over the place. Looked like my kind of place. Opened the door and WOW! Tall wooden shelving everywhere stocked to the ceiling. The majority of the left store was liquor with the right portion of the store selling beer. The selection at this location was EPIC. I could have easily bought a lot more bottles but had to limit myself (I still bought QUITE a bit though). Just about anything that is available in the area was there, including a few things that aren't so available as well. Lots of individual bombers, sixers, and 750 mL's to choose from. Prices were pretty reasonable as well from what I have seen in the past. Made my selections (which basically covered half the counter) and went to pay. Upon checking out the cashier told me to pick out two glasses for free for my large purchase. Definite plus on this one... After I was done, the cashier helped me carry the beer out to my car. This bottle shop is top-notch and is a definite must visit. Even made sitting in traffic for an hour totally worth it to visit this gem.

Photo of AlexJ
3.7/5  rDev -20.6%

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 ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of Big78CJ
4/5  rDev -14.2%

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 doublewide
5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of bhalter8
4.85/5  rDev +4.1%

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 everetends
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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 gabeerfan
4.2/5  rDev -9.9%

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 ZenAgnostic
4.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.6/5  rDev -1.3%

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 ncvbc
4.45/5  rDev -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.

Photo of timtheenchanta
4/5  rDev -14.2%

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 Dreizhen
4.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of mtstatebeer
5/5  rDev +7.3%

I've been to this place quite a few times and finally decided to rate it. This place was a must stop for me when I visited Athens the past few years. In just the three years that I shopped here, the selection got better and better. Each time I visited I typically spent a good bit of time and money, but always worthwhile. Service is awesome, Sachin and the crew were always willing to help. I can't say enough about the folks who work here. They love beer and were always helping beer geeks like me and regular folks who were just there to try something new. Selection is great, last time I was there they were adding Founders to their selection and had a complete 4 or 5 shelf section dedicated to their Mikkeller selection. There were many Belgians, English, German, and a ton of American crafts. If you are ever in the Atlanta area or driving on I-85 in that area, it is well worth the stop.

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Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA
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