Central Market - North Lamar
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
3.4/5 rDev -17.9%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This is a very nice grocery store (like a Sendik's here in WI or a Wegman's in DC) with quite a nice beer selection. There was a good representation of TX craft beers, some other gems (like Stone, which we don't have here in WI), and quite a few imports. The selection was pretty big, but I wasn't all that interested in most of the selection...there just wasn't much that was unusual or out of the ordinary here.
I didn't try to pull singles out of six-packs at this store. I didn't see any other shoppers doing this, there weren't any empty six-pack carriers hanging around, and all the six-packs present were whole (they all had six beers in them). There weren't a lot of singles here; a few 22oz bottles and half-liters which were mostly imports and this left me a bit disappointed.
The store is immaculate, had a lot of hot food ready to go in a cafe setting (I visited during lunchtime and this was very popular). Quite a nice store, but wouldn't necessarily be my first stop for craft beer shopping.
10-31-2007 01:30:40 | More by BeerBelcher
4.7/5 rDev +13.5%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4
The best grocery store in Texas. Has a good selection of beer and wine also. They usually have about 200 different beers to choose from, and their turnover is great, I've never seen old/stale beer there (and I've tried nearly all 200 they have to offer). Service is also good, there are 2 - 3 clerks dedicated to the wine and beer section so there's always someone to answer your questions or run to the back to check on stock. They will often run weekly specials where they sell larger micros and some imports (eg Sam Adams, Shiner, Red Stripe) for $3.99-$5.99 a sixer.
04-12-2002 09:06:12 | More by htomsirveaux
4.51/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Between Central Market and Whole Foods Austin grocery shoppers have everything they need in one place! This place has a fairly decent selection which I would say is fantastic by Texas standards—certainly leaps and bounds above the regular HEBs I’ve visited, with half the selection devoted to micros and the other half to imports. There’s also a cooler at the end of the section with Texas-only brews, predominately from the Austin-area. I picked up some Jester King goodies here off the shelf, even. Best part about my whole visit, tho, was the ‘beer guy’ working the day I was there—super friendly, helpful, and as eager to suggest beers as I was to talk about them.
03-31-2013 07:11:17 | More by elNopalero
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Central Market is one of my regular beer spots (N. Lamar) for the size of the selection and price. While I rate it as a bit pricey, its not because the beer is over-priced, its because there's so much there (beer and otherwise) that you will likely spend more money than you had planned on by the time you get out of the store. As far as selection, they basically have everything available in Texas, lacking only a few special release type items... and judging by how slow theyre selling the DFH 120 and R'Extra, they will probably continue to pass on the expensive special releases.
I don't really need service in a beer store, just the shelves to be stocked, and CM hardly ever disappoints. There was one instance when I asked one of the employees about the availability of a certain beer that was only available in a mix-pack and he went right ahead and broke the mix 12-pk just so I could have 3 of the beers- superawesome. Much better environment than the other gourmet supermarket down the street and satisfies all but my most exotic desires.
07-14-2007 16:54:25 | More by BeerZack
3.85/5 rDev -7%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
I love the Central Market store in Houston and was happy to check this one out while on vacation. Of the beer stores I went in Austin this is the best of the bunch, their selection is outstanding and consists almost solely of imports and craft brew. Service wasn't amazing, but then again I didn't ask for help. The employees at least had their personal beer picks which were listed near the price tags. Central Market may be a tab bit on the expenisive, but I guess it is understandable because of the huge selection and other rare food items in the store. The only other problem I had with the store is that it is almost a labyrinth and takes some getting used to when finding your way towards something in the least amount of time.
07-29-2004 19:51:19 | More by Gagnonsux
3.94/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Not too far from the Draught House is this central market. They have a very good beer selection, there are other places in Austin that have better selections, but for a grocery store it is very good. This specific location has a better selection then the south store. The problem with Central Markets in general is that they some what over charge for their products. I've noticed HEB brand products at Central Market before and they were more expensive then they were at HEB (HEB owns Central Market). Their beer has the same issue. A lot of times they have beers that other places sell and they are slightly more expensive. The nice thing about Central Markets is that every now and then they have a sell on beer. I believe it's 25% off of $25 or more in beer, 15% off of $25-15 and 10% of $15-10. I don't normally shop there for beer, unless I'm leaving the Draught House and I know they have something I want and I know it's the same price elsewhere.
07-22-2011 21:03:50 | More by jamescain
4/5 rDev -3.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
Although this Central Market is smaller than the ones in Dallas, it seems to tout a better selection of beer. When I saw the physical size before entering, I was worried, but later quite pleasantly surprised! The service there is barely above average, but the beer selection and a very nice cheese selection that is at your convenience make the demand for service pretty low. I would definitely make another trip to this store and if you haven't been, I would highly recommend it. Cheers!
04-29-2003 09:23:01 | More by BeerAngel
3.65/5 rDev -11.8%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Central Market is a grocery store that also has a nice selection of beer and wine. This review is for the S. Lamar location, not the N. Lamar location that is listed in BeerFly. The wine and beer sections are located towards the back right corner of the store in relation to the entrance.
Quality - All of the beer storage and display here was in refrigerated shelving units that formed an "L" around a portion of the wine selection. The temperature was not set too low, but it was cooler than the surrounding store in the beer area and should be adequate to keep the warm Texas weather from affecting the beer. Some of the beer that we purchased from this store had gone bad by the time we opened it, unfortunately. I do not know if that was the result of transporting it back home, storage conditions at home, old supply, or some other storage conditions previous to purchase. Luckily it was only a portion of the total purchases that were bad, but it was definitely a disappointment.
Service - While we were shopping, we happened to run into the managers of the beer section who were running inventory and getting ready to order the next season's seasonals. Both guys were very knowledgeable and helpful, and didn't mind answering any of the questions we had about their suppliers.
Selection - There was a good variety of beverages available, with an entire row of shelving reserved for local Texas brews like Shiner and Independence. There was a decent selection of Belgians from Affligem, Leffe, Rochefort, Chimay, Koningshoeven, and others, as well as a nice variety of Youngs, Wells, and other English breweries. Most beers were in three, four, or six packs and couldn't be broken down individually, but there were multiple larger single bottles available too. The prices were a little high for some things, but very reasonable for other items.
The trip to Central Market capped off our weekend in Austin quite nicely. The next time I'm there visiting with friends, I will definitely have to stop by the N. Lamar location and see if it is as good an experience as the S. Lamar location was.
04-02-2008 18:22:53 | More by kensuthe
3.7/5 rDev -10.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
the central market beer section is divided into two coolers. one for six packs and one for individual bottles. there is also a small section of 12 oz bottles at the front.
good quality of beers. nothing you couldnt find at most stores but still impressive for a super market.
ive only encountered a beer guy once out of the many times ive been but the store is so huge i didnt really expect anything else.
pretty big selection. only problem is all the new, limited beers fly away because they put all of them on the shelves. nice rotation of seasonals and new beers.
the section in the front is usually where i lurk theres usually a few good bottles for 1.99 a piece. its definately worth checking out.
11-24-2009 23:32:53 | More by northaustin
3.35/5 rDev -19.1%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
A nice store, with lots of over price hippy stuff. BUT, when it comes to the Beer selection, is very good. Lots of belgians and a nice selection of texan brews (nice to see that!) ... The prices can be high but seeing some of the beers they bring in and it being Austin, not that unreasonable... Have also have a great wine selection and some expensive good food ... went with Hans + Ans....
Overall feeling on my visit: Like others have said, Is like most other Central Market stores and being based in Austin this store gets a good selection of brews that should not disappoint any true beer lover!
02-15-2008 22:16:56 | More by Onslow
Central Market - North Lamar in Austin, TX
92 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.